[Paleopsych] inner judges on the rampage

Christian Rauh christian.rauh at uconn.edu
Thu Dec 16 05:43:22 UTC 2004

Does phenylalanine really have an effect or is this just a joke? I mean, 
diet coke?


Steve Hovland wrote:
> The amino acids l-phenylalanine and l-tyrosine
> are precursors to catecholamines.  
> At this time of year I am supplementing with both 
> of those to overcome winter blahs.  I'm doing very well.
> I take 500m of tyrosine at breakfast and 500mg
> of phenylalanine at lunch and finish the day
> with high energy.  
> Tyrosine is also supposed to boost dopamine.
> Phenylalanine combined with too much coffee
> shatters my ability to concentrate.
> Tryptophan is a precursor to seratonin, but at this time 
> of year that is not good for me.
> I tend to be high at midyear and take tryptophan
> then to smooth me out.
> Steve Hovland
> www.stevehovland.net
> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Geraldine  Reinhardt [SMTP:waluk at earthlink.net]
> Sent:	Wednesday, December 15, 2004 7:50 PM
> To:	The new improved paleopsych list
> Subject:	Re: [Paleopsych] inner judges on the rampage
> I certainly hope so because my research is coincident 
> to that of Ross.  Low catecholamines  is worth 
> investigation as in low serotonin yet my bottom line is 
> how to increase both chemicals.  Is this done 
> physically or psychologically?
> Gerry Reinhart-Waller
> Independent Scholar
> http://www.home.earthlink.net/~waluk
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Steve Hovland" <shovland at mindspring.com>
> To: "'The new improved paleopsych list'" 
> <paleopsych at paleopsych.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 6:18 PM
> Subject: RE: [Paleopsych] inner judges on the rampage
>>Ross- do you think you will be able to find
>>some hard science to confirm your theories
>>about 2 forms of depression?
>>Steve Hovland
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Ross Buck [SMTP:ross.buck at uconn.edu]
>>Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 8:36 AM
>>To: 'The new improved paleopsych list'; 
>>HowlBloom at aol.com
>>Subject: RE: [Paleopsych] inner judges on the rampage
>>I agree with that control (competence) is a key 
>>determinant of whether one
>>is of value or not, but it is only half the picture. 
>>The other is being
>>loved.  Effectance/competence motivation and 
>>attachment-love are the two
>>great biomotivators of higher-level emotions/motives 
>>in human beings (and
>>other creatures), and I think they are fully 
>>dissociable.  I have
>>hypothesized that a lack of control is associated 
>>with Type A major
>>depression (associated with low catecholamines) and a 
>>lack of love is
>>associated with Type B major depression (associated 
>>with low serotonin).
>>These are ancient mechanisms: serotonin will turn on 
>>threat displays in
>>lobsters, and SSRIs are effective for many (not all) 
>>depressions.  All else
>>equal, men may be more susceptible to Type A 
>>depression and women to Type B,
>>and there is recent evidence that depression is 
>>associated with
>>right-hemisphere mechanisms in men and 
>>left-hemisphere mechanisms in women.
>>I think the LH is particularly associated with 
>>prosocial emotions (including
>>the emotions/motives underlying the learning, 
>>teaching, and use of language)
>>and the RH with individualist emotions/motives.
>>Cheers, Ross
>>     Buck, R. (1999). The biological affects: A 
>>typology.  Psychological
>>Review. 106(2), 301-336.
>>     Buck, R. (2002).  The genetics and biology of 
>>true love: Prosocial
>>biological affects and the left hemisphere. 
>>Psychological Review.  109(4).
>>Ross Buck, Ph. D.
>>Professor of Communication Sciences
>>     and Psychology
>>Communication Sciences U-1085
>>University of Connecticut
>>Storrs, CT 06269-1085
>>fax  860-486-5422
>>buck at uconnvm.uconn.edu
>>"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as 
>>when they do it from
>>religious conviction."
>>-- Blaise Pascal
>> _____
>>From: paleopsych-bounces at paleopsych.org
>>[mailto:paleopsych-bounces at paleopsych.org] On Behalf 
>>Of HowlBloom at aol.com
>>Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 12:21 AM
>>To: paleopsych at paleopsych.org
>>Subject: [Paleopsych] inner judges on the rampage
>>If the theory put forth in my first book, The Lucifer 
>>Principle: A
>>Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History, is 
>>at all correct,
>>evolution has riddled us with self-destruct 
>>mechanisms, mechanisms that do
>>away with us when we are not a part of the solution, 
>>we are part of the
>>problem.  By shutting us down, our self-destruct 
>>mechanisms shunt resources
>>to those who have a handle on the crisis at hand and 
>>snatches the goods away
>>from those who can't get a grip on things.   She 
>>turns on those who
>>contribute to the neural net, to the complex adaptive 
>>system, to the
>>collective learning machine-just as she hands out 
>>bio-prizes to useful
>>citizens of the immune system, lymphocytes and 
>>bio-punishments to citizens
>>whose specialization is momentarily irrelevant. 
>>Evolution, biology,
>>physiology, or whatever you choose to call our stress 
>>mechanism and her grim
>>reapers do this to maximize the intelligence of the 
>>collective enterprise.
>>In the case of the immune system, some are made 
>>wealthy and vigorous, and
>>some are made weak and imporvished so that the 
>>overall system can defeat
>>The key determiner of whether you are of value or not 
>>seems to be the extent
>>to which you feel you have control.
>>Is the fact that,
>>"The pressure of meeting a work deadline can produce 
>>a sixfold increase in
>>the risk of suffering a heart attack over the course 
>>of the following day.
>>And competition at work could double the ongoing 
>>an example of a self-destruct mechanism at work?  Has 
>>evolution done what my
>>second book, Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind 
>>From The Big Bang to
>>the 21st Century, claims?  Has it seated inner judges 
>>within us to determine
>>who wins and loses the competition and who is and is 
>>not up to the
>>challenge-of-the-day?  Howard
>>Retrieved December 15, 2004, from the World Wide Web
>> Stressful deadlines boost heart attack risk 00:01 14 
>>December 04
>>NewScientist.com news service The pressure of meeting 
>>a work deadline can
>>produce a sixfold increase in the risk of suffering a 
>>heart attack over the
>>course of the following day. And competition at work 
>>could double the
>>ongoing risk, according to a new study.  Previous 
>>research has shown that
>>intense anger, sexual activity and emotional stress 
>>can all lead to heart
>>attacks. But this is the first time having an intense 
>>work deadline has been
>>singled out as a trigger for heart attack over such a 
>>short timescale.
>>"This is potentially important for patients and for 
>>Swedish work law," says
>>lead author Jette Moller of the Karolinska Institutet 
>>in Stockholm, Sweden.
>>"Changes in the labour market organisation have 
>>created more stress and
>>people should be aware of the impact on health." She 
>>cites workload, lower
>>job security and increased competition in the 
>>workplace as factors.  The
>>study questioned nearly 1400 heart attack survivors 
>>from the Stockholm area,
>>aged 45 to 70, about the period leading up to their 
>>first heart attack. They
>>were compared with a control group of about 1700 
>>people who had not had a
>>heart attack.  The volunteers were asked questions 
>>about their work over the
>>last year and over the days immediately before their 
>>heart attack. The
>>questions included whether they had been criticised 
>>for their performance or
>>lateness, been promoted or laid off, faced a 
>>high-pressure deadline at work,
>>changed their workplace and whether their financial 
>>situation had changed.
>>Money worries  The results show that intense pressure 
>>over a short period
>>increased the risk of a heart attack more than a 
>>build up of stress over an
>>entire year, and that the heart attack can follow 
>>very soon after this spell
>>of increased pressure. Amongst the heart attack 
>>group, 8% had faced a
>>significant event at work less than 24 hours before 
>>their attack.  However,
>>long-term changes also play a part. Taking on extra 
>>responsibility at work
>>over the last year - if viewed negatively by the 
>>participant - increased the
>>chance of a heart attack by almost four times in 
>>women and over six times in
>>men. And a deterioration in financial situation 
>>tripled the risk of a heart
>>attack amongst women.  Subscribe to New Scientist for 
>>more news and features
>>Related Stories Downsizing raises risk of death in 
>>workers  23 February 2004
>>Science graduates live long and prosper  01 August 
>>2003  Unfair bosses make
>>blood pressure soar  24 June 2003 For more related 
>>stories  search the print
>>edition Archive Weblinks Social Epidemiology 
>>Research, Karolinska
>>Institutet, Stockholm  George Fieldman, 
>>Buckinghamshire Chilterns University
>>College  Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 
>>George Fieldman, an
>>expert in cognitive therapy and health psychology at 
>>Chilterns University College in the UK, says the 
>>sixfold increase in risk
>>caused by meeting a deadline is massive, but not 
>>surprising.  He points out
>>that previous research has shown that a person's 
>>chance of suffering a heart
>>attack is higher on a Monday morning. He adds these 
>>studies can help to
>>pinpoint the stress risk factors for heart attacks. 
>>"It is difficult to
>>unpick the details of what constitutes stress for 
>>different people in
>>different situations," he says.  The study shows that 
>>stress at work can
>>pose a very real and immediate threat to health, 
>>Fieldman says, and adds: "I
>>must remember to take it easy." Journal reference: 
>>Journal of Epidemiology
>>and Community Health (DOI: 10.1136/jech.2003.019349) 
>>Katharine Davis
>>Howard Bloom
>>Author of The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific 
>>Expedition Into the Forces of
>>History and Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind 
>>From The Big Bang to
>>the 21st Century
>>Visiting Scholar-Graduate Psychology Department, New 
>>York University; Core
>>Faculty Member, The Graduate Institute
>>Founder: International Paleopsychology Project; 
>>founding board member: Epic
>>of Evolution Society; founding board member, The 
>>Darwin Project; founder:
>>The Big Bang Tango Media Lab; member: New York 
>>Academy of Sciences, American
>>Association for the Advancement of Science, American 
>>Psychological Society,
>>Academy of Political Science, Human Behavior and 
>>Evolution Society,
>>International Society for Human Ethology; advisory 
>>board member:
>>Youthactivism.org; executive editor -- New Paradigm 
>>book series.
>>For information on The International Paleopsychology 
>>Project, see:
>>for two chapters from
>>The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into 
>>the Forces of History,
>>see www.howardbloom.net/lucifer
>>For information on Global Brain: The Evolution of 
>>Mass Mind from the Big
>>Bang to the 21st Century, see www.howardbloom.net
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A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over,
their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight,
restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in
the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the
horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt......
If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience
till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning
back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where
principles are at stake.

         - Thomas Jefferson, from a letter he sent in 1798 after
                             the passage of the Sedition Act


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