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Bonding and the Brain
Joseph Chilton Pearce

The nurturing environment of the mother’s womb during pregnancy allows for Nature’s imperative to unfold in the form of a fully developed frontal brain, the prefrontal cortices will only develop fully if the nurturing bond between mother and child is unbroken during the first year. This is not a conscious process to be controlled by the mother or child, but a biological process of DNA responding to the environment to build neural structures and brain-heart connections needed to thrive or survive.

It isn’t that the infant inutero has to be conscious or sentient or anything else, it’s what does the DNA want to do inutero?  This wondrous bond according to the nature of the environment it’s in and the whole issue is that the mother’s emotional state is the environment that the infant is in because the emotional state means a particular hormonal state, a state of certain chemicals in that mother’s body and inutero which creates a certain environment.  The mother’s not consciously deliberately aware of that or bringing it about, nor is the infant, sentient or consciously making a response.  These are purely biological responses.
And if the mother is in a safe nurturing environment of her own or if she has the inner capacity to feel safe within herself regardless of her outer environment, all that happens is that the infant within her responds according to the environment it’s in and you build an intelligent system based on a safe, benevolent, loving, nurturing, caring environment.  And this is a purely biological response.  The mother can’t think herself into that.  The infant doesn’t think itself into that.  Intellect doesn’t enter into this thing.  You’re talking about a biological response of DNA to its environment.  Well you discover that all mammals determined the shape and character of the brain system of the infants they give birth to. Any mammal on earth feels themselves in a safe nurturing protective environment, anxiety free environment.  They give birth with an enlarged frontal lobe or what we call the forebrain and a reduced size hindbrain.  The hind brain is the oldest of the brain systems in our body.  It’s really inherited from the reptilian amphibian period of evolution, whereas the forebrain is the latest evolution in that addition of the brain, what makes us human and compassionate and loving and so on.  And the discovery that this is throughout the whole mammal kingdom, we’re simply glorified forms of mammals anyway, but we’re subject to the same thing.

If a mother feels within herself a security, safety, a freedom from anxiety, the infant she gives birth to will have a higher, more advanced evolutionary brain and a reduced sized survival brain, the ancient survival brain.  If she feels herself under threat, if she’s anxiety ridden in her pregnancy, than the environment the infant has is obsolete and you’ll have a much enlarged survival brain to try to deal with a hostile world and a reduced intellectual creative human brain.  Why, because you’re not going to need as much of that as you’re going to need of the survival brain.  So certainly the mother determines the type of brain structure that her infant is going to have when it’s born.  This has a tremendous impact on the fourth neural structure in the human being which is the prefrontal cortices, right behind our forehead.  Now that’s the largest part of the whole brain.  It’s larger than any other part of the brain.  But this grows, not in-utero where what we think of as the ordinary forebrain and hindbrain grow, which is determined by the mother’s emotional state, but the growth of the prefrontal cortices which is what makes us unique, human overall the other mammal species, the prefrontal cortices grow primarily after birth because otherwise the head would be so huge you’d have real troubles with birth.  And so if that nurturing environment is broken at birth and does not carry through in the post birth period, after birth, then the prefrontal cortices will be seriously malformed.  They will not receive the appropriate nurturing which they have to have for their own enfolding and development.

So above all the mother could breed a larger forebrain but that still doesn’t guarantee the appearance of the prefrontal lobes which occur after birth.  The prefrontals grow in about the first 9 to 12 months after birth and that’s what really determines the highest levels of human experience rather than just sort of another human animal.

Violence is Failed Bonding/Attachment - Continued


 

Violence is Failed Bonding/Attachment - Continued
Two key points: violence, along with a long list of other maladies; depression, ADHD, addiction, chronic stress related diseases, child abuse, domestic violence and rape are expressions of failed or impaired attachment AND the biological fact that males are more vulnerable than females focus our attention sharply. At least it should, but often doesn’t, which is indeed curious. For some strange reason the closer we tread to the heart of violence the more our attention is distracted, rendering us less capable of embracing and embodying the truth.

Themes: 
abuse-neglect
bonding
brain
pleasure
violence

Violence is a Failure of Bonding/Attachment

bonding and violence


We, or at least I, often rationalize violence. After all, it is normal to pound a fist or scream when frustrated and angry. Anger is normal. Einstein’s protégée, David Bohm, defined violence as any excessive use of force. Slamming a car door when one could gently close it. Violence is natural. Or is it?

Applying Gabor Mate’s insight into addictions: The question isn’t why the addiction. The real question is; why the pain?

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Themes: 
abuse-neglect
bonding
brain
violence

Violence: The Most Significant Mental and Behavioral Health Disorder in America and the World


The Role of the Paleocerebellum in Eliminating Violence in Mother-deprived Primates and Permitting Expression of Affectional Behaviors Not Possible Before Paleocerebellar Surgery.

James W. Prescott, Ph.D.

It is well recognized that Violence by Homo Sapiens throughout the World threatens species and planetary survival. Violence begins with the individual and must be understood before Cultures of Violence appear. The brain is the organ of behavior and how the brain is encoded for Peaceful or Violent Behaviors is the great challenge to Humanity.

Themes: 
abuse-neglect
bonding
brain
culture
pleasure
prenatal learning
sensory deprivation
violence

Bonding Is Resonance - Resonance is Life

The weaver becomes the web. The more we relate to dead things the less alive we become. Emerson made this simple observation as the industrial revolution was pouring across the globe. The environment shapes development. Development shapes perception. Perception shapes reality. Reality projected outwardly shapes the environment and round and round we go.  Resonance….

Joseph Chilton Pearce made a profound and critical observation about virtual reality and the devices that produce them; they are dead, meaning they have no intrinsic resonate meaning, something all life forms share. They represent counterfeits of the mental imagery the most highly evolved regions of the brain evolved to generate. Exposure to counterfeits as the brain is developing (most importantly during the early stages and decreasing in importance through age eleven), retard the development of the capacities the counterfeit mimics.

One is bathed in living resonance sitting in the lap of a storyteller, hearts beating, nonverbal emotions, body contact, movement, temperature, order, touch and many other subtle fields of meaning. Holding a tablet or phone with a screen in your lap one is bathed in toxic microwave radiation. Yes, the senses are stimulated by lifeless counterfeits of living experience, startling bursts of sounds, moving colors, often frightening by design. Nature’s agenda is clear. We become the models we are given. At the turn of the century Emerson said: The weaver becomes the web. Joe’s insight is brilliant. Life and its meaning are defined by ‘resonance.’ Resonance is life itself. But we forget.

Prenatally the developing human is bathed in resonance. The first two years after birth are extremely sensitive. Attunement is the norm even if the adult is not tuning in. The developing brain is exploding with new and boundless possibilities all defined by resonance, that is, the nonverbal meaning of the model’s state. Nature assumes this model is a sensitive, available, attentive and attuned mother supported and nurtured by a father and extended family.

With the unfoldment of spoken language the child’s attention shifts to new internal imagery now generated by symbols and metaphors. As this new field of internal imagery expands attention shifts from the nonverbal meaning found in resonance to the play of words and relationships defined by words. The meaning of resonance slips in the background and is often forgotten, a tragic and unnecessary loss. What happens if the child’s models  are lost and absorbed in virtual reality and its counterfeits. If they, the models, are not sensitive, available, and attuned to resonance - what value will the child find in maintaining and developing this subtle capacity?

Imagine a developing human being interacting with a stimulating but dead technological environment. The model imperative and Epigenetics are lawful. They don’t care. Give a child dead counterfeits of living resonance and that is what you will develop in that child.

And down the slippery slope we go, bonded to dead virtual reality, increasingly unaware of what we have lost.

Themes: 
bonding
brain
environment

Prematurity, Infant Mortality and In utero Sensory Deprivation For Aberrant Brain Development and Infant Survival

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.
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1306986?query=TOC

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?

Themes: 
birth
brain

We Are The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 2

My intent (whim) has been to awaken parents from the spell and implicit trap created by our cultural identity. I would not have described it as such twenty years ago, but that is an up-to-date and accurate description.

By encouraging adults to become more aware of our self-generated trap we might free the children who come under our spell and with that, culture, or at least lessen the entrapment produced by the enchantment. After all; kids are not the problem. Child development is dependent on adult development.

This spell or enchantment is the normal and natural function of the relatively new neocortex, the 3rd brain using Paul D. MacLean’s triune brain model.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice symbolizes our immature mastery of the image making power generated by this 3rd brain complex. The imagery produced by this center is so vast and so new biologically that we simply get caught, again and again, in the images we create, forgetting that we have created them. Not a good thing given the creative power these images represent, which is what the Sorcerer symbolizes.

Themes: 
brain
culture
imagination
self image

The Importance of Breastfeeding/Bonding to Prevent Infant Mortality And Suicide

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.

love and violence
The Origins of Love and Violence, 24 minutes

War On  Women and Children,
11 minute film documentary produced by W-5, CTV Toronto and broadcast on their National Network in November 1976

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

Themes: 
bonding
brain
breastfeeding

We are the Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Human development is ‘model dependent.’ Every generation stands upon the shoulders of the previous. Nature assumes that the adult model, each individual and the collective culture, is sane, intelligent and wise. She could not do otherwise.

Unquestioned acceptance of the given was Piaget’s observation. That is nature’s agenda.  And it worked perfectly for billions of years until the neocortex evolved and with it the capacity to imagine. Imagination is the most powerful tool in the known universe.  Ah, but what if the user hasn’t a clue what it is or how to use it – sanely, consciously? We all then become the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Themes: 
brain
culture
imagination
parenting
violence

Not So Smart After All

Four twenty-something’s sit together pushing their happy meals around the table oblivious to each other and the environment. Each is enchanted by a different view of the same virtual-reality. Not so smart after all. I am suspicious of brands that merge the image of ‘smart’ with ‘technology’. Quick, convenient, multi featured yes, but smart, no.

Joseph Chilton Pearce claims that humanity is growing up in a virtual-reality with a corresponding loss of empathy and care for nature.

We assume that technology and science are highpoints of evolution. But evolution has been involved with the development of greater neural structures of the brain and the subsequent human capacities to move beyond the limitations and constraints of the lower animas… A rocket to the moon does not represent an evolutionary expansion… A discovery of humanity's immunity to fire or cold or our freedom from having to eat food [awareness of telepathy, development of intuition and insight, not to mention daily doses of empathy and kindness] – these are clear cases of evolutionary expansion. Our move beyond violence, war, and hatred would be a high-water mark of human evolution.

Joseph Chilton Pearce
The Death of Religion and Rebirth of Spirit

At the heart of my caution about virtual-reality technologies is the way they percolate into the lives of children before their bodies and brains have matured, not in a virtual-reality but in an organic one. Cool, quick, convenient and multi-featured is not enough. Discrimination and making appropriate choices are not possible without a strong, steady, living-reality as a reference. And that is, by objective measure, slipping away. Keep in mind that technological induced virtual-reality is dead. What the developing body and brain needs most of all are intimate experiences and relationships with life. The more children relate with dead things the more like them they become.

Themes: 
brain
imagination
media
television-computers

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