Ontology (the development of the individual) recapitulates phylogeny (the evolution of the species) is more applicable to the mind than the body. The process of identification in the oedipal complex is related to communication in early hominins.
In Brian Hare’s book, “The Genius of Dogs,” he discovered that freshly domesticated foxes in Russia automatically have the cognitive abilities that only exist in dogs and humans.
Melancholic depression is usually precipitated by a feeling of being trapped economically or socially and its subjective experience reveals that it represents a pathological exaggeration of moods that normally emanate from the social sphere.
An excellent small book on mental illness for patients, family, and friends containing a compendium of treatments that work and easy to understand diagnosis on the basis of how it actually feels to be mentally ill.
The 3 acts of human evolution are 1)from primates formed groups; 2) The 6 million year pre-human hominid period; 3) Homo sapiens
Freud’s lasting legacies are his central concept of neurosis as the source of our anxiety and the existence of the mind as opposed to the brain.
How E. O. Wilson and Richard Dawkins introduced me to the spiritual dimensions of evolution.
The emotions of the the mind were selected in each generations from blends of temperament by individuals, and not by natural selection.
In 1975, while working in a jail, I conceived that morality has been maintained for millions of years by means of justice exercised in groups.
A good place to start with any notion is to strip it down to numbers…