Network of The Mind: Consciousness, Culture, and Evolution in Mental Health

Jay Getten | Dec 27, 2023 | 4 min read


Welcome back to our enlightening series where we unravel the intricate tapestry of the human mind. In this installment, we delve into the fascinating interplay between consciousness, culture, and evolution, guided by the insights of evolutionary neuro-anthropology and recent groundbreaking research. We spotlight the influential work of Michael Winkelman, whose research provides a unique lens to view these complex relationships.

The Dual Schools of Neuro-anthropology

Neuro-anthropology stands at a crossroads of two schools of thought: one emphasizing innate neural structures and the other highlighting the brain's plasticity shaped by cultural influences. This dichotomy echoes our series' exploration of genetics and quantum mechanics versus the impact of external factors. The innate structures resonate with the universal aspects of genetics, while the brain's adaptability aligns with the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics.

Shamanism and Innate Neurobiological Structures

Winkelman's insights into shamanism reveal a blend of cultural practices and biological underpinnings. Shamanic experiences, potentially a manifestation of underlying quantum phenomena or interactions with parallel universes, offer a new perspective on conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Could these altered states of consciousness in mental health disorders mirror shamanic journeys influenced by both innate neurobiology and quantum phenomena?

Insight in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Recent studies shed light on the levels of insight in BPD patients, comparing them to those with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Findings suggest that while BPD patients have better clinical insight than schizophrenic patients, their cognitive insight parallels that of bipolar patients. This revelation underscores the importance of consciousness and awareness in psychiatric conditions and points towards more effective, insight-focused treatment strategies.

Ancient Ritualistic Practices and Psychoactive Plants

The discovery of a 1,000-year-old ritual bundle containing psychoactive plants highlights the ancient shamans' deep botanical knowledge and their use of these plants for healing and ritualistic purposes. This finding not only underscores the cultural and spiritual significance of these practices but also challenges modern perceptions and biases towards psychoactive plants, especially in neurodiverse populations.

Quantum Entanglement and Human Consciousness

Groundbreaking research suggests that quantum entanglement might play a role in human consciousness, challenging traditional views of the brain's operation. This research opens exciting possibilities for understanding the mind and reality itself and raises questions about how different neurotypes might uniquely experience quantum entanglement, influencing their conscious states.

Quantum Mechanics in Brain Functions

The role of quantum mechanisms in sensory systems and brain functionalities offers a new frontier in understanding neurodiversity. The possibility that the brain operates on non-classical principles could revolutionize our understanding of consciousness and cognitive states across various neurotypes, including ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.


Our journey through the realms of consciousness, culture, and evolution reveals a complex yet interconnected picture of mental health. The insights gained from various research findings underscore the need for a multidimensional approach that incorporates biological, quantum, and societal factors. As we continue to explore the human mind's complexities, the potential for future research is boundless, promising deeper understanding and more effective treatments for mental health conditions.


Winkelman, M., & Fortier, M. (2019). The evolutionary neuroanthropology of consciousness : Exploring the diversity of conscious states across cultures. an interview with michael winkelman. ALIUS Bulletin. Link

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