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Evolutionary Drivers of Phenomenological and Behavioural Diversity  Brad Buhr (Community Learning Centres, Northern Lakes College, Edson, Alberta Canada)   C16

Individual phenomenological experience supervenes upon diverse phylogenetic drivers which developed within the constraints of environmental and social affordances. Today, the emerging complexity of human societies creates many unique social microenvironments which could select for new adaptive strategies capable of competing with atavistic world-views. Consciousness is the primary mechanism of human social adaptation as consciousness mediates both phenomenological self-regulation and behavioural modulation in interpersonal environments. Systems of social regulation coalesce as organizational rubrics including ideologies, religions, and customs. Previously, the underpinnings of social adaptation were presumed to be simplistic and based upon masculine aggression. However, the processes of self-domestication, epigenetic flexibility to environmental cues, multiple attachment styles, continuing evolution of gender expression, and a biologically based diversity of sexual orientation create a complex set of possible social futures. This is similar to a the state of quantum superimposition. Given the current social connectedness of human societies, there is an opportunity to consciously intervene and leverage an understanding of the complexity of human evolution into diverse, phenomenologically healthy, and behaviourally inclusive social systems. This presentation examines evolving primate gender interactions, evolutionary drivers of heterogenous attachment styles in small groups, the opportunities and challenges posed by self-domestication and epigenetic expression, and the natural diversity of gender and sexual orientation in the context of understanding and guiding emergent systems of conscious phenomenological self-regulation and interpersonal behaviour.