Stanislav Matveev
3 min readMay 12, 2021


To Look into a Soul. 8) The beginning of the soul model.

All logical constructions exist within our model.

The drawing shows an agate stone. Is it difficult to draw this stone?

Yes, if you copy all the patterns. But it is not difficult if you use acrylic spill and just pour the paints on the canvas.

In the same way, in nature, the processes are chosen according to the principle of minimum energy consumption.

Pouring a new pattern each time is labor intensive. The solution is for the agates to copy themselves. Richard Dawkins and Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith write about this. “Inorganic crystals, minerals, bits of clay were the first replicators.

Organic molecules developed this movement.

Organic structures grew and divided serenely in a vast broth.

The next step of our model movement was the emergence of encoded programs of behavior to allow proper replication. Those structures survived whose copying programs contained fewer errors. Following the path of decreasing kilocalorie expenditure, structures appeared which for their development began to capture and absorb ready-made building elements.

The development went in three directions:

1) synthesis of protein structures and their replication;

2) capture of protein structures and copying of their own programs of behavior;

3) parasitic consumption of proteins.

The last option is very flexible. There is a lot of building material around, and the parasite captures protein, gradually assimilates the necessary blocks, and discards the unnecessary ones, and they go for utilization by predators.

But if there are few protein bricks around, the new program of behavior does not immediately disband the victim, but gives it a chance to live and feed on its material.

Each direction has its own behavior programs, its own instructions.

The next step is to combine behavior programs. If, depending on the situation, the structure can both synthesize proteins and capture proteins, it will have a survival advantage. And if, on occasion, it is also able to profit at someone else’s expense (parasitic), then the advantages increase. This structure survives in any environment.

Combinations of individual programs of behavior increase. The structures become more complex.

But to copy now there are not enough resources in one species. We need to join together to copy. Sexual reproduction arises.

Behavior programs intermingle and complex alliances arise. Proven programs of behavior are archived and the same make combinations.

Our distant ancestor put in us a program of behavior that gives us the pleasure of adventure that makes us human. This program of behavior caused him to overcome his animal fear of fire. Pulling the roasted carcass of game out of the fire of a forest fire. This meat was not to be raw or charred, but moderately roasted. Maximum kilocalorie conversion would be assured.

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