In any given interaction, there is a shared field that we apprehend implicitly. In addition, over the long stretch of our being human, the various experiences of Shared Implicit have slowly accreted into a Collective Implicit.
From Shared Implicit to Collective Implicit
This is related to ideas developed by Yuval Harai, Robert Wright, and Jacques Cauvin:
Yuval Harari, the author of Sapiens and Homo Deus, describes the paradigm as follows: “Planet Earth was conquered by Homo sapiens rather than by chimpanzees or elephants because we are the only mammals that can cooperate in very large numbers. And large-scale cooperation depends on believing common stories. But these stories need not be true. You can unite millions of people by making them believe in completely fictional stories about God, about race or about economics.” (Source: New York Times, 5/24/19)
This is a very powerful articulation of the crucial role that the belief in common stories plays in shaping civilization and history. An important consideration is that “these stories need not be true”. They have a deep emotional resonance, i.e. a kind of truth, but they need not be objectively true.
Robert Wright, in “The Evolution of God”: The notion of divinity slowly developed as small tribes turned into larger and larger social organizations, in order to make up for the loss of social regulation that used to result from personal interaction in a small tribe.
Jacques Cauvin: “In the year 1994, the French archaeologist, Jacques Cauvin, published his major work on the Neolithic in the Near East and the Levant. The book’s title in English was The Birth of the Gods and the Origins of Agriculture. The basic theme was that the Neolithic Revolution involved a “Revolution of the Symbols,” and that before the radical Neolithic changes in lifestyle could happen, there first had to be a major shift in thought. He argued that people began to believe in personified divinities that gave them power over nature. Because people identified with these gods on high, people felt removed from external reality and believed that these gods had given them both the right and the intelligence to control nature. This, however, came at a cost; humans now also felt a sense of alienation, a separateness from nature that was very different from their view of life during the Paleolithic.”
— The Neolithic Revolution: A Watershed Moment in Human History
One of the ways that the Collective Implicit manifests is as faith healing, in a broad sense of faith that does not just include religious faith. See:
– Expectancy: The placebo effect & the healing relationship
– How therapy practice can be seen as a neo-shamanic healing journey
– Shared Knowledge & Collective Implicit