“In forty years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical ‘therapy’ to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens. I cannot say exactly how nature exerts its calming and organizing effects on our brains, but I have seen in my patients the restorative and healing powers … Continue reading Biophilia is real and may have saved our species
All societies have ranking among individuals. Some people, by the time they are adults, are more highly respected than others. This is based on character and reputation. It means that most children, as they mature, look to such people - usually respected elders - as role models, as embodiments of ideals. The “fierce” egalitarianism of … Continue reading How Chiefs become Kings: reflections on the fragile power of states
Recently two aspects of our understanding of humanity appear to be converging. One is the study of human reproductive - especially "sexual" - behaviour, which has resulted in lively research focus in the field of Evolutionary Psychology, as well as Anthropology. Meanwhile, geneticists and ecological anthropologists have been working out the implications of discovering that … Continue reading On Human Mating Habits: considering also the evidence of “introgression” between anatomically modern and archaic people.
HELGA INGEBORG VIERICH·SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 “..The watchwords of the nineteenth century have been, struggle for existence, competition, class warfare, commercial antagonism between nations, military warfare. The struggle for existence has been construed into a gospel of hate. The full conclusion to be drawn from a philosophy of evolution is fortunately of a more balanced … Continue reading Right and Left? Nope.
When God food his perfect virgin -NOT according her, however!
Ecological engineering, and a keystone role, in any local ecosystem, is the human cultural adaptive niche.
Nov 7, 2018 11: 50 pm Symbolic communication can be visual or auditory: it can, of course, also be tactile and olfactory. Spoken language is made up of vast numbers of arbitrary combinations of vocal sounds, which the invention of writing and numeracy transformed into visual symbols for communicating across time and space. It seems … Continue reading Symbols:when a picture is worth a thousand words…
Nov 7, 2018 11: 50 pm The capacity for a learned and shared system of transmitting information between individuals, and across generations, is culture, a secondary adaptive system that many social animals have. Humans developed culture into a major adaptive system. In humans this is a learned and shared collective "cognitive niche", the "specialist" behavioural and cognitive … Continue reading Gardening in Eden
Jul 7, 2018 8: 44 pm Want to understand the brutality at Standing Rock? This banal evil has deep roots in extractive industries.. The problems with the kind of work and other conditions in the “oil patch” that many Albertans (and other regions in both Canada and the USA - indeed all over the world) … Continue reading Man-camps for oil, timber, mining… are “wretched hives of scum and villianry”? Reflections on resource extraction.
Why don’t people don’t understand that teaching a child that the killing of an innocent creature is fun.. is entertainment.. or making these acts into signs of manly virtue is destructive of the compassionate spirit of the child? what does it do to that child's innocent fascination with living creatures, when they are taught to consider … Continue reading When the Sacred Circle is Broken