[extropy-chat] Side note (was Are vaccinations useless?)
hkhenson at rogers.com
Mon Mar 20 14:37:52 UTC 2006
At 09:41 PM 3/19/2006 -0500, Jeff wrote:
>* Side note: Given that Robin is consistently sharp and rational in
>areas in which I am fit to make a judgment, and considered so by so
>many other seemingly intelligent folks, in areas in which I am not
>expert and he is, such as health economics, I have no rational choice
>but to give his claims about health economics more weight than my own.
>Frankly, I'm amazed so many people with no claim to even moderate
>competence in any health economics, public health, or related areas,
>have been so dismissive of Robin here.
Almost ten years now, I developed an interest in psychological traits our
ancestors acquired during their long evolution as hunter gatherers. My
paper on the subject has been linked a lot if not read: Results 1 - 10 of
about 481,000 for sex drugs cults "Keith Henson"
That paper described "capture-bonding" and made the case that while this
psychological trait was only turned on full in cases such as Patty Hearst,
Elizabeth Smart and the original Stockholm bank robbery (from which
Stockholm syndrome gets it name), the mechanism accounts for a lot more,
basic training, hazing, battered wife syndrome, and hard to explain sex
practices such as B&D and SM (to name a few).
I wrote a follow up paper (so far unpublished) where I made the case that
humans have a psychological trait to go non-rational that is switched on by
either needing to go to war because of a resource crunch or when their
tribe is attacked.
In a report early this year Dr. Drew Westen using fMRI identified the brain
structures and circuits involved in "partisan mode" which I feel is along
the continuum to full blown warrior-insane. (After all, politics is just
war by other means.)
So: When you see people going Mau Mau on Robin's ass, you are seeing the
partial activation of brain circuits for war mode right out of our bloody
hunter gatherer past.
At least that's the way I see it.
PS. It also leads to an odd function for religions. In this view,
religions are seen as "seed war memes."
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