chapter  4
12 Pages

Ancient Roots of Differentiation of Self

ByLEANN S. HOWARD

Research in the natural sciences can be comprehended in a new way when viewed through the lens of Bowen theory, which supersedes the compartmentalization of knowledge about humans and other forms of life. As an example, the study of the complex systems processes of harvester ants, when compared to processes in the human family, shows primitive indicators of differentiation and provides support for the idea that the same natural forces of individuality and togetherness govern both species. This is one example of how Bowen theory makes a potential contribution to a more comprehensive lens for understanding the process of evolution.