Friday, July 16, 2010

XVII. SUMMARY SO FAR  (Jan/14 correction female interprets male)

'Philosophically' considering (i) the microscopic interaction between a sperm cell and an egg cell (how all higher life forms originate), I have noted a number of 'conjugate' pairs of concepts that also may be pertinent in apprehending the nature of (ii) macroscopic interaction between male bodily anatomy and female bodily anatomy and (iii) psychosocial male-female interaction. (See Post #IV - "Soma in the Capacity of Psyche").

Conjugate pairs of terms that I utilize (there may be others) are:

(a) the male element effects the female element while the latter affects the former (the female function of affecting may precede the male effecting her - but the functions are virtually synchronous);

(b) the male element informs the female element while she transforms him;


(c) the male element defines the female element while the latter interprets the former.

This blogger perceives that the functions of effecting, informing and defining contribute 'energy' to the situation whereas the functions of affecting, transforming and interpretation have the quality of 'power'.

Analogously, this blogger posits interaction between: 'Destiny' and 'Fate' (Post # VIII); 'Soul' and 'Spirit' (Post #XV); and even 'Past' and Future' (Post #XVI).

Although my theory is based on nature, it turns out that a careful reading of Genesis 1 (Post #XIII) allows for (i) the "God" described there to be perceived as the 'impregnating' male effecting, informing and defining element of pro-creative endeavour while (ii) "the heavens and the earth" (ie, the laws of nature) affect, transform and interpret God's input - and 'give birth to' the cosmos.

An implication of this blogger's theoretical formulations is that reality itself is a manifestation of procreative interaction between two entities that are each half of a process. This calls into question the validity of (i) the kind of 'rugged individualism' that is revered in Western culture and (ii) 'individual psychotherapy'. Regarding such, William Epstein's book, "Psychotherapy as Religion: The Civil Divine in America", offers a pertinent critique.

In a later Post, I shall attempt also to formulate male-female interaction according to the principles of holography: e.g., male coherent input acts as a 'reference beam' while female existence is 'what is illuminated'. If this is valid, it would also apply to understanding the relationship between destiny and fate, soul and spirit and past and future. (Perchance some reader will offer this as a "Comment" before I figure it out.)

Monday, May 31, 2010


In the lyrics of Only the Good Die Young, Billy Joel writes/sings about a young man addressing a young woman: "...your mother told you all that I could give you was a reputation". More personally, a young woman once told me: "I am living proof that you have a future to look forward to."

The present blogger perceives that a female as incarnate spirit (see Post #XV) for a male is an incarnate (embodied) future for him while he, physically and psychosocially, gives/donates a carnal past (ie, "a reputation") to her.

I perceive that there is no such thing as a 'free-standing' future - so that a man who does not have/possess a woman, has no future. Of course every male starts off having such an incarnate future, his mother - and she may suffice for some men.

Somewhat similarly, a female can rely on a male conceptual archetype such as the "God" of Genesis 1 as her past, her "reputation".

Now, I apply the heterosexually complementary pairs of words from Post # V to the topic of time. Thus:

The past effects the future; while the future affects the past.

The past informs the future; while the future transforms the past.

and The past defines the future; while the future transforms the past.

If I recall correctly, Hinduism teaches that apparent 'reality' is an illusion. Somewhat similarly, according to this blogger's formulation above, the present is only an epiphenomenon that results from male-female, in the capacity of past-future, interaction. Male and female functioning are the actual phenomena.

The occasional perception associated with sexual intercourse that 'the Earth moved' may support this blogger's thesis that the reality of the present is not fixed.

None of the above necessarily disqualifies the pertinence and usefulness of classical or modern ideas about the universe of time and space - but posits that such are not 'free-standing' (ie, disembodied). And, indeed, any man who has related to more than one woman at a time can readily recognize how his situation has the kind of features associated with the contemporary concept of a multiverse - in the event, a psychosocial multiverse!

[As a possibly correlated reference, I note pages 58-64 of the June, 2010 edition of Scientific American : "Is Time an Illusion? - The concepts of time and change may emerge from a universe that, at root, is utterly static."]

Saturday, January 9, 2010



Commonly, the terms 'soul' and 'spirit' are used somewhat synonymously and interchangeably. Yet, etymologically, dictionaries tend to identify 'soul' with animating principle; whereas 'spirit' is a kind of life force or meaning/context.

One refers to the "spirit of Christmas" or "the soul of Rock and Roll"- not the converse.

Here, this blogger will utilize the term 'soul' as, indeed, representing animating principle and 'spirit' as indicating meaning or context.

Thus soul acts, defines, informs, animates/energizes, offers novelty and constitutes a part (ie, participates); whereas spirit is/exists, inspires, transforms, interprets, provides resources and truth and constitutes whole(ness).


After the male spermatocyte approaches the female ovum and (after attaching itself to the latter) injects its chromosomes therein, his/this genetic information informs, effects and animates the ovum while the latter contributes her/its own genetic information and transforms, affects and provides context for the male element). [See, also, Post #V.]

The female element provides 'spirit' in the form of context and meaning for the animating 'soul' genetic information of the male element - as well as contributing her own genetic information for the/her joint procreative project.


A male's words (and acts) addressed to a female inform, effect, and animate her while her own ideas, suggestions and emotional resources provide context and meaning for him - and, thereby, she conceives, gestates and 'gives birth to' a new actual reality that is generated by the combination of his soul (ie, what he has said/acted) and her spirit (ie, what she is).

This blogger submits that neither a man nor a woman has a soul. Rather a male composes soul that he then addresses to a woman.

After a man dies, his brain, voice and body are no longer functional - so he is unable to compose or communicate new soul. What a man has written, memories of what he has said/done and off-spring that he has sired remain.

A woman does not have spirit: she is spirit.

After a woman's body dies, it is not clear to this blogger that her incarnation of spirit, truth and wholeness stops functioning in the way that a man's compositional ability does.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


[Please note that what follows is composed in the context of contemporary 'straight' culture wherein males orient their sexual thinking and actions towards females. This blogger does not presume to compose ideas pertinent to homosexual or lesbian social interaction. I look forward to reading a Philosophy of Homosexuality composed by a writer who practices such.]


Although this blogger has not read Jung in any detail, I understand that some contemporary men subscribe to his notion that human beings are intrinsically hermaphroditic, at least psychologically: a man has/is primarily an 'animus' with a secondary 'anima' ("the feminine" inside him) and a woman has/is primarily an 'anima' with a secondary 'animus' ("the masculine" within her) - leading to several different ways that the man and woman may inter-relate.

Plato's view of a somewhat similar hermaphroditism was that people are conceived with both sexual organs but then split into the two - and spend the rest of their lives seeking their original partner of the other sex.


1) It is well-known that the sexual organs of the male fetus and the female fetus are, initially, extremely similar.

2) New-born babies and young children of both sexes provide emotional, even 'spiritual', resources for adults.

3) Young boys have high-pitched voices and relatively 'soft' anatomical features. (In terms of evolution, such semi-female comportment protected them from adult males seeing them as male competitors). And girls functioning as 'tom-boys' protected them from becoming overt female sexual objects of adult males.

4) So, in many ways, young humans are 1/2 male and 1/2 female adding up to 1 human being.

5) The human being's father contributed 1/2 of the chromosomes necessary for life and the human being's mother contributed 1/2 of the chromosomes necessary for life - adding up to 1 set of 46 chromosomes - the basis of a human being.

6) Thus, each infant is a manifestation of 1 whole human - constituted by adding together 1/2 male qualities and 1/2 female qualities - sure enough, Jung's hermaphrodite!

7) However, this blogger submits that maturation involves a male gradually 'shedding' his "female side" (a term favoured by acolytes of Jung) so that he functions more and more only as a male. Not only his breasts but his female psychology are/become vestigial. And, indeed, a man's spermatocyte that approaches the ovum is only male and only half of the enterprise of procreation.

In a complementary manner, a female gradually 'sheds' attributes of her "male side", etc.

8) A human being starts off as a 'hermaphroditic' whole - just like Jung says; but naturally, with maturity, gradually becomes merely a male or female half. .


The above formulation regarding male-female interaction has to do with (a) procreative endeavour, rather than (b) creation or (c) reproduction.

(a) procreation involves a kind of 'thrown ahead' making of something novel - a process that is, in many ways, uncontrollable and unpredictable (notwithstanding Mendel). In nature, it almost always (no doubt someone will proffer an exception) requires one male to impregnate one female (the chromosomes of one spermatocyte entering one ovum) with subsequent conception, gestation and one form or another of birth-giving.

It may be noted that the etymology of the English word 'nature' has to do with birth-giving.

Recently, technology has been developed so that 23 chromosomes of one woman's ovum can be extracted and then introduced into the ovum of another woman that already has its own complement of 23 chromosomes - adding up to 46 chromosomes and the possibility of two females, together, procreating a child without male input. (Together they can generate a daughter but not a son.)

Some men seem to be fascinated that the human species could possibly carry on without male participation! Most females find this possibility less interesting.

(b) creative endeavour such as making a work of art or designing and building a new car or house can be carried out by one male or one female or any combination of males and females.

(c) reproduction is the process of making more of the same, eg, a factory that produces thousands of cars. A striking contemporary example of biological reproduction is the cloning of animals (and, perchance human beings) Procreation and creation, of course, involve making novel/different entities.