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Separation, Attachment, and Altruistic Love

Gregory L. Fricchione

in Altruism and Altruistic Love

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143584
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143584.003.0030
Separation, Attachment, and Altruistic Love

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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

Chapter.  6865 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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