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VIOLENCE: THE Failure of Culture
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
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RELIGION, VIOLENCE and the NETWORK OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES. (NSP):
A dialogue with Rabbi Michael Lerner on the
REFUSAL to ACKNOWLEDGE THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN CULTURES OF VIOLENCE.
The following exchanges between Dr, Prescott and Rabbi Lerner illustrates why the NSP cannot achieve its goals by refusing to address the role that RELIGION has in shaping violent cultures and the violence against Women and Children; and to affirm the GENDER EQUALITY OF WOMEN with MEN that is denied by the Abrahamic religions.
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GENDER EQUALITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS and REPRESENTATION
AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
E-Mail correspondence below calls for a different priority.
Rabbi Lerner—It is time to launch an “agonizing reappraisal” of the destructive role that religious institutions have had upon Humanity. Read more about Violence In The Name Of God
PHS Surgeon GENERAL KOOP:
“…violence, which is one of the most extensive and chronic epidemics in the Public Health of this country."
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C. Everett Koop, M.D., PHS Surgeon General and Deputy Assistant Secretary For Health. addressed the American Academy of Pediatrics, New York October 26, 1982 On Violence and Public Health, stated some 30 years ago: Read more about Another Failed Mother-Infant Bond
The Role of the Paleocerebellum in Eliminating Violence in Mother-deprived Primates and Permitting Expression of Affectional Behaviors Not Possible Before Paleocerebellar Surgery.
Prematurity, Infant Mortality and In utero Sensory Deprivation For Aberrant Brain Development and Infant Survival
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
In The New England Journal of Medicine ((1913, June 6) Hudson, Guttmacher and Collins (stated:
Each year in the United States, nearly 500,000 infants — 1 in every 8 — are born prematurely, before 37 weeks of gestation. Despite substantial advances in their care, premature infants face a daunting array of challenges; they are at high risk for death in infancy and face severe and lifelong health problems if they survive.1 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a legal and moral responsibility to do research in partnership with scientists and families to optimize the care of these highly vulnerable infants.
Matthews, T.J. and MacDorman, M.F. (2007) in Infant Mortality Statistics from the 2004 Period Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set. Division of Vital Statistics, National Vital Statistics Report, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention stated
More than one-half (55 percent) of all infant deaths in the United States in 2004 occurred to the 2 percent of infants born at less than 32 weeks of gestation. Still, infant mortality rates for the preterm (34-36 weeks of gestation) infants were three times those for term (37-41 week) infants. The three leading causes of infant death—Congenital malformations, low birth weight and SIDS—taken together accounted for 45 percent of infant deaths.” (pp 1-2).
Clearly, prematurity is a leading cause of infant mortality, which remains unresolved and “Despite substantial advances in their care, premature infants face a daunting array of challenges; they are at high risk for death in infancy and face severe and lifelong health problems if they survive (Hudson, Guttmacher and Collins, 2013).
Why has so little progress been made concerning prematurity and infant mortality by the OB/GYN and Pediatric communities? Read more about Prematurity, Infant Mortality and In utero Sensory Deprivation For Aberrant Brain Development and Infant Survival
This essay, Breastfeeding Bonding Prevents Infant Mortality and Suicide,
along with two accompanying videos provide dramatic information on the complex origins of violence in human cultures throughout the world.
|The Origins of Love and Violence, 24 minutes||
War On Women and Children,
This summary of a wide body of research spanning over 50 years, challenges thousands of years of child rearing practices of the dominant patristic/theistic cultures of the world and explains why those cultures appear unwilling to change, thus perpetuating the violence inherent in those cultures, which now represent the dominate cultures through the wor
The contemporary sexual violence in the U.S, military mirrors the culture from which it is drawn and changes in the military without changes in the culture are doomed to failure.
Changing culture means changing the brain that supports violent behavior in contrast to a brain that supports, peaceful, harmonious, egalitarian behaviors. The brain is the organ of behavior, as the film documentary supports. Pain inhibits Neurointegrative Pleasure and Peaceful, Harmonious and Egalitarian relationships; Neurointegrative Pleasure inhibits Pain and Violence
BASIC NEURAL NETWORKS OF THE BRAIN ARE FORMED DURING THE FIRST 3 YEARS OF LIFE.
The data presented herein demands the role of embodied Pleasure in human relationships, which is first learned at the breast of Mother—the primary agent of Nurturance, which prevents depression and violence. Disembodied (Divine) Love betrays Humanity and the future of Human Civilization.
Cultural investment in Mothers as Nurturing Mothers is indispensable in changing the newborn, infant, child and teen brain that is the future of Humanity that will make possible Gender Equality.
Ashley Montagu stated in The Natural Superiority of Women ((1952)
Women are the bearers, the nurtures of life; men have more often tended to be the curtailers, the destroyers of life." (p. 241).
"Women must be granted complete equality with men, for only when this has been done will they fully be able to realize themselves" (p. 242). http://www.violence.de/prescott/dvd/Natsup.pdf
Bullying and Childhood Cruelty Compels Violent Behavior
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
Bullying begins before cognitive language skills are developed-- in the home and Kindergarten.
Vinca Lafleur reviews in The Washington Post:
‘Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy’ by Emily Bazelon.
By VINCA LAFLEUR, Published: March 15
In researching her book “Sticks and Stones,” Emily Bazelon was struck by how many of the adults she interviewed “could access, with riveting clarity, a memory of childhood bullying.” Whether they had been victims, bullies or bystanders didn’t seem to matter. “These early experiences of cruelty were transformative,” she writes, “no matter which role you played in the memory reel.”
Bullying isn’t new. But our attempts to respond to it are, as Bazelon explains in her richly detailed, thought-provoking book. Scholarship on bullying has its roots in the 1970s, when Swedish psychologist Dan Olweus developed what became the gold standard for prevention programs in schools. Yet it wasn’t until 1999, when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris opened fire on their Columbine classmates, that the United States began tackling the issue in a serious way.
Responding to Bullying will not stop Bullying. Only PREVETION can stop Bullying This writer has proposed that the failure of affectional bonding in human relationships and in the maternal-infant/child relationship, in particular, are the real source of violence and bullying:
This writer wrote in
How Culture Shapes the Developing Brain and the Future of Humanity
And what we can do to change it. Read more about Bullying and Childhood Cruelty Compels Violent Behavior
TWO AMERICAS: TWO MORALITIES: TWO HUMANITIES: TWO CULTURAL BRAINS
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
This writer has previously proposed that Two Americas exist because our Two Humanities with our Two Moralities have been generated by our Two Cultural Brains that have been formed by the two evolutionary life experiences of Pain and Pleasure, which encodes our evolutionary and developing brain for Peace or Violence. This worldview can be seen at the following sites:
SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR (1949/20 in The Second Sex noted the two moralities that divide Man and Woman—our Humanity—that propels Humanity toward Peace or Violence:
The mother would enjoy the same lasting prestige as the father if she assumed equal material and moral responsibility for the couple; the child would feel an androgynous world around her and not a masculine world; were she more affectively attracted to her father—which is not even certain—her love for him would be nuanced by a will to emulate him and not a feeling of weakness: she would not turn to passivity “ (p.761).
Does Beauvoir imply that the daughter is responsible for her Father’s affection? The responsibility for affection resides with the parent not the child. If the parent fails in this most important behavior, who is responsible? Their parents who did not receive the love from their parents as a child or is culture ultimately responsible for the values and behaviors it creates? Read more about Two Americas: Two Moralities: Two Cultural Brains