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Contemporary Issues Foundational

Content Does Not Determine Consciousness

Understanding What Is Good, Great, Evil, and Human Introduction Most of us believe that people possess one mind. Sometimes that mind has the wisdom and courage to declare in the face of widespread civil violence: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies”—a thought that surely comes to us from “the better angels of our nature.” Other […]

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Foundational Pre-Human Minds

Healing the Dissociated Pre-Human Minds of the Afflicted Human Brain

Introduction The quadrune mind model of consciousness describes four levels of consciousness, or minds, which can emerge from the human brain. Each level of consciousness, when it is the dominant mind, will produce a distinct pattern of behaviors in our adulthood. These levels of consciousness are associated with different groups of our pre-human ancestors and stages of […]

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Foundational Pre-Human Minds

Understanding the Pre-Human Minds: Working In the Hanford Nuclear Complex & Recovering From Trauma

The quadrune mind model of consciousness states that the human brain can support not one, but four distinctly different minds. Three of these minds are associated with parts of our brain that we share with our evolutionary ancestors: reptiles, herd mammals, and primate mammals. The fourth mind in this model, associated with the newest part […]

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Contemporary Issues Old Mammalian Mind

When All Is Politics, We Are Not Human

Thomas L. Friedman recently wrote a New York Times opinion piece in which he warned that America is becoming like Lebanon—a place where everything is politics.  The issues Freidman raise are perfect examples of why the quadrune mind model is important in real life. What he calls “politics” is the old mammalian group/herd mentality. And the warnings he […]

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Contemporary Issues Reptilian Mind

Why Religion Doesn’t Encourage Us to Become Human

The New York Times recently ran an article with the following in bold type: “Modern life is ugly, brutal and barren. Maybe you should try a Latin Mass.” This line caught my eye because the quadrune mind model has a lot to say about exactly why people would turn to Catholicism or Orthodoxy or other religions based in ritual […]

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Contemporary Issues Old Mammalian Mind

QM, the Strategic Error Made by “Anti-Racists,” and the Mind of a Bigot

Introduction. Quadrune mind is a brain-based model of spiritual consciousness that says the human brain can produce four different kinds of minds, or levels of consciousness. Each mind is identified by our behaviors. The three types of minds we have received from our evolutionary/developmental past are a behavioral reptilian-like infantile mind, an emotional old mammalian-like childish mind, and an intellectual […]

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New Mammalian Mind

QM and the Scary New Mammalian Mind of the 21st Century

Quadrune mind is a brain-based model of spiritual consciousness that describes three types of minds we have inherited from our evolutionary past: a behavioral reptilian-like mind, an emotional old mammalian-like mind, an intellectual new mammalian-like (primate) mind, as well as a mind only seen in human beings, our Human mind, which is capable of awe […]

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Human Mind Old Mammalian Mind

Why Meaning is More Important Than Happiness

A New York Times opinion piece written by Emily Esfahani Smith called on us to look for meaning, rather than happiness, to survive and even thrive during the coronavirus lockdown. We agree, and this blog explains why meaning is more important than happiness based on the quadrune mind model of human consciousness.   The answer is in the […]

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New Mammalian Mind Profile

QM, Tara Westover, and History’s Age of Reason

As discussed in my blog on Temple Grandin and in the Study Guide, quadrune mind is a brain-based model of spiritual consciousness. One of its basic ideas is that our human brain lies on a progressive continuum of brains across the evolutionary history of species, which is tied to the developmental growth of individuals and […]