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Sixteen Variations in Consciousness  James Olson (Origin Press, Waynoka, OK )   P1

Humanity is increasingly divided and angry due to mounting polarization concerning world affairs. Our social and political divisions pull us further and further into gridlock and war. We need to understand, at a fundamental level, the root cause of our divisions. The potential payoff is monumental. Brain dominance research has been somewhat discredited due to the issue of right-handed women. Traditionally, brain dominance studies have suggested that most women are right-brain dominant. However, handedness research tells us that right-handed women - most women - are left-brain dominant. In this dispute handedness research has more often prevailed. But it is a false dichotomy that assumes that if women are left-brain dominant, they can't also be right-brain dominant. What if the brain's information input and information output are independently subject to dominance? If dominance affects the brain's operation twice - once to process information input, and then to process a response - the dilemma is resolved: women may be right-brain dominant for information input and left-brain dominant for information output. If we are to successfully differentiate the types of information the individual hemispheres send to consciousness and find ways to intentionally manage hemispheric perception, we must consider the effect that dominance has on this process. My research into the brain's cognitive effect on consciousness focuses on hemispheric management systems and is heavily influenced by the science of genetic dominance. Dominance - complete dominance, incomplete dominance and codominance - regulates how the hemispheres operationally relate and create. If we apply the pattern of genetic complete dominance to the operation of the two hemispheres, we find that one hemisphere dominates, and the other is recessive. The majority of us experience complete dominance. This means our experience of consciousness is primarily informed by either an open-sourced nondual system or a closed dual system. Under complete dominance, the nondominant (recessive) hemisphere plays an active role in managerial control, but at an unconscious, secondary level. Genetic complete dominance is a dualistic system; it produces two outcomes. In contrast, genetic incomplete dominance and codominance are holistic systems and produce one outcome each. When genetic incomplete dominance sets the parameters of the brain's operation, hemispheric management systems integrate to form a hybrid system of operation. When genetic codominance determines how the hemispheres relate, we inherit a team operation to inform consciousness. If information flow is twice (input/output) subject to the effects of dominance, and in each instance is managed by one of four management systems, then the brain is feeding consciousness from one of sixteen different operating-system combinations. To resolve the ideological divisions created by a divided-brain and regain our unity and peace, we need to better understand the character of the hemispheric management systems and their working relationships. This is made much easier when we keep in mind that the brain's dual and nondual operating systems complement one another. What one system sees and does, the other sees and does the opposite - at least as perceived from our brain's dual hemisphere. Our nondual hemisphere perceives the unity of this duality.