How plants can teach us to improve relationships.

In Paul Davies (Professor at Arizona State University as well as the Director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science) book "The Demon in the Machine" states:

"Life = Matter plus Information" "Our genetic material -DNA or RNA - is one example of this information, but living things also process information (not just store it) they gather information about their environment, they communicate information to each other, and most importantly, they transmit the information necessary for replication to the next generation."

"Life seems messy and chaotic on the outside, but is actually incredibly ordered, structured and organized. "

In Stafano Mancuso's book "Brilliant Green: The Surprising History of Science of Plant Intelligence" states:

"Plants are as sophisticated in behavior as animals. " He describes how "Plants not only have five senses like us, but another 15 as well. That plants have the capacity to remember, share, process and utilize information from their environment."

Cognitive Principle Matrix:

Cognitive Principle Matrix theory explores the theory that humans have the same basic system as plants and animals, plus a more advanced system.

In Polyvagal theory these two systems are:

  1. Perception. [Humans & advanced animals]
  2. Neuroception [all living systems]

In Iain McGilchrist's Book "Ways of Attending" these two systems are:

  1. Left Brain. See diagram below. The Attention process appears to be structured and organized. It tends to be based on common sense and logic, but it derives its information mostly from the Atunement process, which operates at least 1/3 of a second faster or earlier.
  2. Right Brain. See diagram below. The Atunement process appears unstructured and vague, but their are inherent processes driving these that evolved from plant life and then the nervous system.

In Daniel Kahneman's Book "Thinking, Fast and Slow" he describes two different systems:

  1. System 2: [Perception/Left brain]. Allocates attention to the effortful mental activities that demand it, including complex computations. It is often associated with subjective experience of agency, choice and concentration.
  2. System 1 [Neuroception/Right Brain]. Operates automatically and quickly, with little or no effort and no sense of voluntary control.

Perception [System 2] versus Neuroception [System 1]

We know that System 2 is slow because it processes information in words, at 40 bits per second, whereas System 1 is fast and processes information electrically, through the nervous system, at 40 million bits per second.

But what if System 1 uses quantum physics to process information? Paul Davies' book discusses this idea and also the "measurement problem" "The act of observing and measuring something unavoidably alters it. It transforms the unknown fuzziness of a particle or location into a concrete position, replacing uncertainty with certainty."

If we pay no attention to our system 1 processes or to the information it provides, then it should operate in optimum flow and produce exponential results, while in that state. That is, in quantum physics, information in one part of the system, will be instantly known in all parts of the system [mind, body and spirit].

If we are to pay no attention to system 1, then we need to be in at level 5, in the Default Mode Network, as shown below:

Note: Meditation is one way of getting into TPN- Neutral.

How plants can teach us about relationships.

Polyvagal theory teaches us that relationships are based on the theory of Attachment or Engagement. In Cognitive Principle Matrix the four principles are Trust, Respect, Acceptance and Commitment. Engagement and the four principles have been around in humans and advanced animals for 2 million years and are the main driver of good relationships. Once these principles are weakened we fall down into fight, flight or withdrawal mode.

This is how a plant would react to an external environmental threat according to Mancuso:

  1. Ascertain the quantity and quality of light.
  2. Compute the chemical gradients in the soil and air and respond to the sound frequencies.
  3. They can sense the presence of herbivorous predators, circulate electrical messages and communicate with other plants.

This is how we should react to a external threat to our trust, respect, acceptance and commitment.

  1. Shutdown system 2 [Perceptions]
  2. React using our core beliefs about trust, respect, acceptance and commitment [held in our gut brain]
  3. Use our impulse control [held in our gut brain]
  4. Communicate our message to the other person, based on our emotional reaction [heart brain]
  5. With reference to our "Neuroception model" above our voice would reflect our gut beliefs and our face would show our heart's emotions. The head [perception] would do nothing.

If the above process failed then it would be because either our core beliefs are not right or our impulse control was not strong enough. These are the processes to be worked on, not our response to the other person or their response to us. [This is perception] If we evolve our beliefs and impulse control, then we will attain good relationships in the future. If we don't evolve, our relationships will die, like the plant that doesn't adapt to its external environmen

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