Biocognitive - Glossary


    • Archetypal Wounds
      Mindbody wounds resulting from the turbulence of abandonment, shame, and betrayal. In biocognitive theory, these wounds are viewed as archetypal because they are found in all cultures with different degrees of interpretation.

    • Beyond the Pale
      Historically, early tribal cultures enclosed their members’ dwellings within fences or walls (“pale”) to protect against wild animals and enemies. If you remained within the enclosure, you were protected, accepted, and required to work for the collective benefit of the tribe. But if you went “beyond the pale,” you were no longer considered a contributor to the benefit of the tribe: to venture out for your own benefit did not serve tribal needs.

    • Biocognitive
      Term coined by Dr. Mario Martinez in 1998 to define his theory of mind body culture. In his biocognitive theory, Martinez proposes that cognition and biology coemerge within a cultural history to find maximum contextual relevance. Biocognition challenges the limitations of the conventional sciences that reduce life to its biological components and dismiss mind as a neurochemical expression. Rather than an epiphenomenon of biology, cognition coemerges with biology in an inseparable coauthorship of phenomenology and physicality within cultural horizons.

    • Bios
      H. Sabelli, found what he calls biotic patterns in natural processes such as heartbeat intervals that, although chaotic in their nonlinear nature, show complex novel patterns rather than unpredictability. Thus, self generating systems such as living organisms continually create novel and transient patterns that diversify in time. See H. Sabelli.

    • Chaotic Compass
      A variability guide to navigate the complexity of our turbulence. It disconnects our reruns by shifting from confirming the known to discovering novelty. Rather than pointing to fixed locations, it guides based on the instability that emerges from the turbulence.

    • Coauthorship
      Mutual contribution and participation with an event or a person. Communication is always a coauthored engagement, and it is never a one way process void of coupling.

    • Contextual Coemergence
      Attributes simultaneous cause to the biocultural histories that are exchanged between communicators (at all levels) in a shared bioinformational field that seeks maximum contextual relevance. Coemergence is a biocognitive term that offers a new causality in biology. Rather than the conventional assumption that life processes emerge one from another, in biocognition, causality coemerges simultaneously and is perceived sequentially. Although the emergent upward and downward causality of academic biology may be necessary, they are not sufficient to explain the complexities of life.

    • Cultural Editors
      Authority figures in cultural contexts that mold our identity through lessons, admonitions and examples. The cultural editors influence our conception of self
      worthiness and self attributes.

    • Cultural Paradigm
      A conceptual working model with inherent cultural assumptions, rules of engagement, and attributions.

    • Cultural Psychoneuroimmunology
      An interdisciplinary model proposed by Dr. Mario Martinez to investigate how social and cultural contexts affect immune, nervous and endocrine regulation. It moves psychoneuroimmunology rat research in conventional labs, to field studies with humans in their natural environments. Dr. Martinez argues that academic labs are void of cultural contexts, and since rats are incapable of understanding the meaning of their actions and awareness of their mortality, results extrapolated to humans lack major contributing factors that affect health and longevity.

    • Default Mode
      A neuroscience term to describe a default state during decreases in neural activity.

    • Feedforward
      An out of order event in the present with unfolding meaning or relevance in the future. A component of interconnectedness and its synchronistic portals.

    • Guardians of the Heart
      Guardians of the Heart is an embodied biocognitive model that views relationships as opportunities to heal the archetypal wounds of abandonment, shame, and betrayal that we rerun when love comes our way. By offering our hearts for reciprocal safekeeping, a guardianship is established to coauthor healing fields of commitment, honor, and loyalty, within a covenant of safety.

    • Healing Fields
      Mindbody Code resolution of archetypal wounds that go beyond intellectually reasoning the solutions. The healing field for abandonment is commitment mindfulness; honor mindfulness for shame; and loyalty mindfulness for betrayal.

    • Indeterminate Locality
      A biocognitive term to conceptualize how non linear communication is archived through multiple complexity localities that are not accessible until they coemerge into linear processes. Indeterminate locality provides an alternative to the improper use of quantum non locality when defining non
      linearity. Quantum non locality has no travel origin and it applies to sub
      atomic particles, whereas indeterminate locality has complex multiplicity of travel origins and takes place above atomic levels. While indeterminate locality is based on complexity theory, non locality is a quantum physics event. It is an error of category to use these two terms interchangeably.

    • Infinite Nesting
      Repetitive patterns of disordered order in fractals containing all the information from the total pattern. This complexity theory concept is extrapolated in biocognition to explain the default modes of operative consciousness.

    • Novelty
      In complexity theory, stability is defined as a range of repetition from minimum variability in quantum flux, to long and complex patterns of repetition in periodic and chaotic processes that can only be detected with recurrent methods. While periodic and chaotic series show greater recurrence than randomness, creative processes (biological, economic, etc.) are less recurrent than randomness. Thus, novelty is a unique condition of recurrence between chaos and randomness that can be measured by quantifying the scarcity of recurrences. In biocognition, the reductionist model of biology is replaced with principles of complexity theory interacting with cultural variables.

    • Operative Consciousness
      The mind body perceptual field determined by cultural presuppositions and beliefs. We perceive within the cultural horizons of our beliefs.

    • Perceptual Investment Value
      The implicit worth given to an intention, event, or action.

    • Recontextualize
      Rather than merely redefining the cognitive meaning of a context (semantic shifting), it is a process that revisions the felt meaning of a context. It embodies the biosymbols that define the new context.

    • Relational Incompleteness
      The brain is an incomplete interpreter that reaches meaning based on contextual relevance. Self is a relational entity that finds meaning with coauthors of identity within a culturally constructed context. Self identification is a potentiality that coemerges at the horizons of the relationship it coauthors. The interpreting brain interacts with the world to complete its interpretation, and the relational self finds identity in the relationship.

    • Ritual
      A behavior or event that gives inclusive meaning to the individual, family or culture. For example, breaking bread, celebrating birthdays and holidays with family and friends etc. A ritual identifies our relational self with our cultural belongingness.

    • Routine
      A behavior or event that reflects what we do with some regularity. A routine identifies what we must do to maintain status quo. For example, going to work, taking a shower, shopping etc.

    • Segments of Nothingness
      The experience in between thoughts and observations during contemplative practices. Segments without contexts.

    • Self Referent Fallacy
      To interpret the actions or circumstances of others based on our own experiences.

    • The Drift
      A biocognitive term to identify the synchronistic coemergence of interconnectedness. The drift is non linear and unpredictable. It unfolds without apparent sequence. Although the drift cannot be sought linearly, shifting from confirming expectations, to a discovery mode, increases the probability of entering its portals.

    • Unselfing
      A biocognitive term to express the process of detaching from the social and cultural labels of self. Unselfing occurs during deep levels of meditation or contemplative states. It is a groundless awareness that rids self of all its masks and labels. Without proper guidance unselfing can be a frightening experience. In pathological processes, it manifests as dissociative and depersonalization states during extreme anxiety reactions. Contemplative adepts can enter unselfing states at will without deleterious effects.

    • Variability Guide
      A searching mode that orients based on the novelty that emerges from the instability of turbulence. Sudden shifts from known to unkown time/space conditons require a navigational guide that replaces confirmation with discovery: entering unpredictable conditions without imposing linear order. See Chaotic Compass.
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