The Basic Principles of Genetic Law
- All life on Earth is based on genetics, and therefore must conform to the basic Genetic Law. Basic Genetic Law is really simple, Survival and Propagation of the genes (DNA). Notice this doesn't always include survival of the individual.
- The Genome is the blue print that holds all the potential bio-chemicals the animal can create. Through a complex process still not completely understood by science, a mixture of factors both internal to the organism and external factors "perceived" by the organism result in the manufacture of hormones and other bio-chemicals. The organism will perceive these bio-chemicals as "feelings or emotions".
- Over the life time of a species most situations are repeated over and over again. The organisms that perform behavior that in the end results in successful procreation will continue in the genetic pool. While those that do not will eventually be eliminated from the same genetic pool. This behavior is known by science as natural selection.
- The result of the evolution of instincts was that the behavior of a species is limited to a much more narrow set of behaviors (when compared to all possible behavior), determined by trial and error over the evolution of the species, that allowed that species to be successful in survival and propagation.
- The evolution of instinct, while described as trial and error, was not done with intelligence or reason, but rather that the first behavior that resulted in successful procreation would start to dominate the gene pool. This is why we see so many different animals react so differently when presented with the same setting or environmental variables.
- The senses of the individual animal provide it with information about the world and self. These senses are both external (taste, touch, smell, hearing, sight) and internal such as "pain" from injury as reported by the "state" of the body (Tired, weak, strong, energetic, etc…) or "mood" as reported by the "state" of the mind.
- Interpretation of the information from the world & self is known as perception.
- Perception is the first place where learning occurs in organisms. This learning is known as "Coloring Perception". This learning can come from personal experience of the organism or from education from other organisms. An example of this is the animal is confronted with a predator. In all cases the animals flee or fight instinct is activated, but the actual action the animal is compelled to take depends on the perception of nature of the predator and the situation. (Climb a tree?, Run?, Fight?)
The individual animal perception of the environment causes a complex and continues chain of events to unfold. These events are guided by and in support of the Basic Law of Genetics, survival and propagation of the genes. The steps are as follows:
- The individual "views" the situation unfolding in front of them.
- This "view" is colored by the experience and education of the individual. This is known as perception.
- The perception, not the details, is interpreted by the brain/nervous system under the guidelines of the species basic genetic instincts. The
- The brain/nervous system will set off electrical and hormonal signals that will be felt by the individual as emotions and feelings.
- These feelings can be complex but they will be part of one of two classes, pain or contentment. The individual can and often does experience feelings of both classes at the same time.
- The feelings of "contentment" will relax the individual, reducing or even completely elimination the drive for change.
- The feelings of "pain" will drive the individual to take some kind of action.
- Individual animals, even intelligent ones, do not learn to overcome their instincts. Instead what happens is that through experience and education the individual refines their "perception" of the input they are receiving. A different perception results in different signals and hormonal reactions to a given situation, which results in the individual having a different reaction or feelings. An example is a glowing cook top. So beautiful to look at for a child, inviting them to feel it, but touch it but once and it will never “look” the same again to that person.
- Only under the long term pressure of survival does a species instinctive behavior change. Under the Basic Genetic Law, Success is defined as survival and propagation of the genes. Therefore the most successful behavior of an individual animal is one that creates the largest NUMBER of viable genetic descendants, or in other words, the largest number of descendants to reach sexual maturity. As the number of descendants with this form of successful behavior increases the species will migrate toward this new behavior.
- Individuals of a species who are perceived as being too different either by appearance or behavior to “normal” will incite “feelings” of fear or disgust in other members of the species. This results in actions of harm or refusal to procreate with that individual. This is likely resulting because most mutations are harmful to a species.
- Humans wish to believe they are creatures of reason and intellect, however most normal humans never use their intellect to truly think. Instead the intellect is used for the purpose that nature designed it for; and that is to assist the individual animal to better fulfill their instinctive drives.
- Behavior has many components; many of these even seem contradictory. However through evolution most species, especially mankind, have developed the capacity of a very wide range of behaviors in order to respond to short term variations in the environment. These variations in environment can last anywhere from a few seconds to multiple generations. Variations lasting many generations can result in the creation or evolution of new or different instincts.
- “Feelings” of happiness/contentment result from successful fulfillment of an individual instinctive drives. On that same line of thought, emotional pain/distress results from failure to fulfill an individual’s instinctive drives.
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