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Stephen G. Post, Lynn G. Underwood, Jeffrey P. Schloss, and William B. Hurlbut

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143584

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143584.001.0001

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Separation, Attachment, and Altruistic Love

Separation, Attachment, and Altruistic Love

The Evolutionary Basis for Medical Caring

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Altruism and Altruistic Love

Gregory L. Fricchione

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Dialectic is a process involving the inseparable interconnectedness of two opposing forces, events, or thoughts. At the core of all dialectical thought, there are the basic concepts of separation and attachment. The separation-attachment process can be used to understand prebiotic evolution. Separation-attachment is a common referent conferring extensional identity across different conceptual levels of complexity. The results of brain complexification include the development of memory of the past and memory of the future. Consciousness, memory, language, information, and memetic cultural evolutions allow for a myriad of social attachments that are achieved in response to separation pressure. Thus we have the bonds of sex, race, ethnicity, nationality, and religion strengthened by virtue of shared characteristics and information deemed necessary in the shared struggle for attachment security.

Keywords:   dialect, separation, attachment, prebiotic evolution, levels of complexity

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