We have yet to learn the lessons of the Bonobo

Richard Newcomb asked In his review of The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution,” by Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham “How,” he asks, “could our domesticated qualities and our capacity for terrible violence be reconciled?”

 https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/humans-evolved-to-be-peaceful-why-are-we-still-so-violent/2019/01/25/05571f80-1040-11e9-84fc-d58c33d6c8c7_story.html?utm_term=.c016516c1311  (Human Evolution, WP 1.27.19)

Themes: 
violence
culture

High Risk, All Grown Up - Commentary

Themes: 
male vulnerability
violence
sexual violence

Promise First Do No Harm

We forget. Nonviolence begins in the arms of nurturing mothers and fathers.

We feel numbed-shock, sadness and rallying pockets of rage as another wave of violence ripples through our collective psyche. Personally, I celebrate our nation’s youth, like the boy in the Emperor’s New Clothes, exposing the hypocrisy of the gun-lobby and implicitly the greed of the military industrial complex, hiding behind flag-waving (pseudo) patriotism that worships killing.

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nurturing
touch
parenting
violence
culture

Nipping The Roots Of Violence

What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails
And what are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice
And everything nice… Really?

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violence
sexual violence
gender equality

Culture Wars Aganist Women

TWO CULTURAL BRAINS is a synthesis of SSAD Theory that describes the dominant role that PAIN and PLEASURE have in shaping the developing brain. THE FIRST BRAIN in evolution: The sub-cortical emotional-social sexual brain that is shaped primarily by the Matrilineal Cultures (Pleasure); and the SECOND BRAIN in evolution: the neocortical rational symbolic brain that is shaped primarily by the Patrilineal Cultures (Pain) which forms the Gender Equality Equation that exist throughout the World Cultures.

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culture
violence

Celebrating Josephh Chilton Pearce

Continuing to focus on the way culture shapes our reality Joe notes: ‘One of the things that culture brings about is the idea that without its guiding filters we would be like beasts in the forest, savage, uncivilized, murderous, etc. The truth of the matter is, culture is what makes us savage, vicious, murderous, war after war after war because of the restrictions and restraints imposed by culture. Both neural scientist James Neal and Alan Shore question: “Will we survive the current situation?” And both Neal and Shore, said “Only if we can produce males capable of nurturing their offspring.” And this sets the stage for a radically different view of the nurturing role of males.

Michael Mendizza

Themes: 
culture
violence
male vulnerability

It is culture that makes us violent

It is culture that makes us violent
Joseph Chilton Pearce

 Ashley Montague, one of our greatest Biologists said girls were far, far more viable and successful survivors than boys.  And we know that’s the truth.  We don’t need to go into all that.  And yet we think we have to, we treat boys much more stringently than we do our girls.  We pamper them, put ribbons on them, but the boys have to get out and, with the assumption that they have to do that to survive saber tooth.   But evolution has created a neural structure and heart connection here not to out-wrestle saber tooth, which is what the great big hulking physique and all this is so terribly rampant today, to out-wrestle saber tooth nature created a neural brain mind heart system by which we can simply outwit saber tooth’s.   But we sacrifice that capacity of using the higher intelligences to survive on behalf of this brute strength idea which makes awfully good soldiers and so on an so forth, but it makes a very poor evolutionary example. 

One of the things that culture brings about is the idea that without its guiding filters we would be like beasts in the forest, savage, uncivilized, murderous, etc.  Now the truth of the matter is culture is what makes us savage, vicious, murderous, war after war after war because of the restrictions and restraints of culture.  Gil Bailey and Rene Gerard, the great French Philosophers, was quite right with that. Culture survives on by periodic warfare. I quote you the august Thomas Jefferson saying “The tree of liberty must be periodically watered by the blood of tyrants and patriots.”  And that is that the perfect picture of culture. The other thing is the conviction that the child must learn to mind or they simply won’t survive.  And in the process of learning to mind they really lose their great survival instincts and turn them over to culture.  In both James Neal, a magnificent book of his on Zen and the brain, he’s a Neural Scientist, both he and Alan Shore in his incredible work had the little statement just popping up almost out of context, “Will we survive the current situation?”  And both Neal and Shore, who never heard of each other in all probability, knew nothing of each others work, said “Only if we can produce males capable of nurturing their offspring”.  So we find things then happening like people pulling their boys out of Waldorf School because they’re afraid it will make a pampering softy out of them.  No, it would make a nurturing intelligence out of them. But as the father said to me about pulling his child out of Waldorf, it’s a jungle out there and we’ve got to toughen him up to survive that jungle.  With that idea in mind we have a radically different behavior with boy babies from birth on then we do girl babies.  Ashley Montague, one of our greatest Biologists said girls were far, far more viable and successful survivors than boys.  And we know that’s the truth.  We don’t need to go into all that.  And yet we think we have to, we treat boys much more stringently than we do our girls.  We pamper them, put ribbons on them, but the boys have to get out and, with the assumption that they have to do that to survive saber tooth.   But evolution has created a neural structure and heart connection here not to out-wrestle saber tooth, which is what the great big hulking physique and all this is so terribly rampant today, to out-wrestle saber tooth nature created a neural brain mind heart system by which we can simply outwit saber tooth’s.   But we sacrifice that capacity of using the higher intelligences to survive on behalf of this brute strength idea which makes awfully good soldiers and so on an so forth, but it makes a very poor evolutionary example.  So again I think of Shore an Neal themselves, until we produce males that can nurture their own offspring, the only way to do that is to nurture the male themselves from the beginning as Michael Mendizza has said many a time with his nurturing projects.  So there you have a serious threat to culture in the nurturing project.  We wonder why this nurturing project gets grounded time and again and here we think it’s taking wings and it’s going to fly, but this again is that cultural backlash.  The nurturing process of creating males who are fully nurtured therefore they were capable of nurturing takes our whole image of the male from Hollywood to Madison Avenue and all of their advertising.  And it’s true throughout other countries as well.  The macho male who must protect us, etc., at the expense of the only survival procedures we have which is the higher intelligences.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE: Early Life Experiences and Failed Affectional Bonding.

VIOLENCE AND WOMEN’S HEALTH Science 16 October 2015

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/350/6258/257.full?utm_campaign=email-sci-toc&et_rid=17133896&et_cid=5032

Distressingly, violence on campuses is part of a larger epidemic of sexual violence in the United States, making it a major women's issue.

Tragically, we are again reminded of the Violence against Women and her Children that goes well beyond the U.S. borders.  Sexual violence is a world-wide problem that calls for world-wide solutions.

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violence

Congressional Inquiry on primate maternal-infant separation research

NICHD PRIMATE RESEARCH ON MATERNAL-INFANT SEPARATION: A CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRY.

A letter from the Congress to Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, dated December 22, 2014, stated:

 “We are writing to express our concern about public reports of what has been described as an ongoing taxpayer-funded project involving psychological experiments on monkeys being conducted at an NIH laboratory in Poolsville, Maryland….

Themes: 
sensory deprivation
violence

Motherless Mothers, Violence & Brain disorders

After fifty years Attachment Theory is no longer a theory. Decades of research confirm; the nature and quality of a human being’s earliest relationships shape the body and the brain for a lifetime.

Themes: 
abuse-neglect
bonding
brain
violence

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