A Philosophical Reflection: Aphrodisia of the Primitive Brain

Lovers. (Buddhist influence), Ajanta Cave. Aurangabad district (officially, the Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar district, state Maharashtra (western India).

by LJ Frank

In a remote cave in Africa the skeletal remains of two ancient humans, hundreds of thousands of years old, were found appearing to be embracing each other with their skeletal arms around each other. What was their story? What were their lives like…their feelings, thoughts, beliefs, realities…who were their parents, and distant ancestors? How did they come to be there? Did they plan to end their lives in that place?

Speculation is embedded in the cells of my intellect. To exist is a form of craftsmanship – shaping, editing, and redesigning how I think about things each moment I am alive. It’s a lust to live, to feel, to taste, to experience and to experiment with the few moments I exist. My search for origins, the whys and the truths is an active ingredient in my philosophical diet.

Are we carbon based organic machines or something much more provocative that evolved from stardust and the violent beginnings of the universe? The human species emerged on a small planet in an arm of a galaxy among at least two trillion observable galaxies.

Primitive cultures hint at the initial sounds, murmurs, words, symbolic gestures, and acts of humans, ages ago. The earliest sounds of language began well over one million years in the past. (See Dr.  Steven Mithen, an archaeologist who wrote the Prehistory of the Mind has now produced a study about language and thought titled, The Language Puzzle: Piecing Together the Six-Million-Year Story of How Words Evolved.  

A preview reading suggests more studies will follow.

As the human neural architecture grew more complex, the emerging brain seeded human language…simple words and phrases at first and more complex over the centuries to communicate about the surrounding world.

The lust for life grew as metaphors and allegories of human existence became more articulate and complex. The desire to know grew as did human relationships, beyond mere procreation. The brain became on some level an aphrodisia jigsaw puzzle. Some pieces naturally fit together in a holistic portrait of natural human need and want. The lust to experience life.

The archaeologist, Timothy Taylor’s The Prehistory of Sex, Four Million Years of Human Sexual Culture,…. Sex was more diverse in primitive cultures than once thought. People had sex not merely for procreation but for pleasure…there was a built-in consciousness and conscience among primitive tribes – relationships from heterosexual to homosexuality were normal…the prejudices developed when power was at stake – sex was remarkably diverse in primitive tribes and cultures.

The aphrodisia of the brain, as I define it, evolved and was and is a form of lustful self-awareness that our consciousness inclines towards the appetite of desire that inhabits our cells. If each human cell is cognitive (See, The Sentient Cell: The Cellular Foundations of Consciousness) with attributes of conscience and consciousness, an element in those seeds of attributes is the lust to live cultivated by the mechanisms within the brain and heart.

The development of religion from shamanism (seeBrian Haywards, Shamans, Sorcerers and Saints) and forward, the philosophical searcher finds connections between the sexual and spiritual, ritual, and religion. The centuries later erotic sculpture and paintings of the Ajanta Caves in India are one example of that connection between the sensuous and spiritual with their Hindu and Buddhist influences – the aphrodisia of the mind.

The aphrodisia is embedded in our brain tissue, feminine and masculine are intertwined (see, Towards a Philosophy of Intersex)….each beckoning the other for balance. Fleeting sexual pleasure seeks to transcend itself towards the fulfillment of sensual, and spiritual awareness.

Power was and is an aphrodisia of the intellect as much as any food, plant, potion, or synthetic substance.  Self-empowerment is an active manipulative ingredient, with positive and negative energy. It’s positive when uplifting others and negative when negating others.

Studies of phallicism are numerous and offer examples of the positive and negative energies.  While the exploring the masculine and feminine and energy in each of us we find the birthing of myths, legends, theologies, psychoanalysis, rituals, pleasurable acts and even polarization. Sexuality is not static.  Eroticism and sacred are the product of the cells of the human mind.

Dress and footwear attest to the effect of the masculine/feminine overlay. During times of upheaval dramatic shifts in attitudes occur. Skirts and high heels, slacks and suits, tunic and do forth are cultural trends that appear to mimic the ebb and flow of who and what we are and how we are evolving.

Conscience and consciousness evolve and change but remain as seeds within the brain. The aphrodisia of awareness of who and what we are and wish to be and that is altered with new shifts in what is human, let alone male and female or both. Self-identity is changing.

The aphrodisia of the brain is still evolving and is merging with the machines it creates. Rules, laws, justice – whether disproportionate or not, affects how we live and survive… but who we are is steeped within our brain that retains a lustful curiosity that touches the core of our consciousness.

 If there are skeletal remains of us, will those remains be isolated from each other or in an embrace?