The Tether Hypothesis

A fascinating development in cognitive science, the tether hypothesis, which says that our brains on the rapid onset of evolutionary growth compared to other species was “ripped apart” and allowed to rewire itself.

In and of itself, it explains nothing about why our brains wired themselves for Mind, but it does break down a barrier to understanding how it happened. It makes sense that our brains would opportunistically rewire themselves at the time our craniums grew dramatically. Why chemical signaling reached between far-flung regions of the brain — except if you assume that the brain was fundamentally changing from an unconscious mind to a conscious one, which begs the question — provided the opportunity to blend experience and memory to facilitate consciousness remains a mystery.

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