Laws: government coercion, domination, and control

Contrary to President Trump’s declaration, we have an inescapable need to have laws that coerce, dominate, and control our lives.   There may be some people who think they can live without those laws, but I suspect that will only work when they are on an island isolated from any dissenting peers.   There is something deep within us that recognizes that the rule of law is essential to our being humans. 

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Cross Sex Psychology: Compassion and Mercy

An example is coming to the rescue of someone who is in a perilous condition such the case of a drowning person.   If suitably capable, both men and women will come to the rescue.   However, I believe they are drawing upon fundamentally different instincts: the woman will be drawing on the compassion to relieve the person, while the man will be drawing upon the recognition that the drowning person needs to be mercifully extracted from a lost battle against nature.   Once the person is saved, he would receive reassurance type comfort from a woman, but probably will receive from the man a word or two of advice about how to avoid that situation in the future. 

Being set up to forget our past

In context of the overall story of humanity, what will be the result of our current modernity?   I suspect our descendants will not know most about what we currently know about past civilizations.   The reason is that we would have exhausted all of the archaeology to provide independent confirmation of the literature.   Even if they…

Persuasion scoring of populations

In this increasingly globalized world, we confront the question of how well groups may govern themselves optimally not only to survive within their local context but also keep up with the standards of the global norms.   The goal is for self government but that government should thrive at a comparable level to the global norm.  What is that measurement that will determine a group’s success at self-governing?

What men bring: planting of seeds

The motivation of this post was the revelation that I recently experienced where I saw the sprouting of something I planted earlier.  I don’t know where it will lead, but the exhilaration of seeing the first signs of independent of life is something that I also am left alone to experience.

Of the things that men bring to society, some of us plant seeds.

Isolation is consequence of being relevant

I suspect this idea has always been at the back of my mind as I contemplated the opportunity of starting a relationship.   Even at a young age, I recognized that the project could not last the duration, and the concept of marriage sold to me is defined by going the duration.   I was sold on something that I realized is something no longer available to purchase. 

Evolutionary Psychology: Imagined Ancestors

Evolutionary psychology permits us a justification to at least propose a condition where such behaviors would be rewarded and thus passed down through future generations.   The problem is that the historic record doesn’t provide clear evidence of this transitional period between hunter-gatherer tribes and settlement tribes.   Instead we see evidence of the nomadic tribes tracking and following the food sources through the seasons, and we see evidence of the first settlements.   Missing is a condition in between, a period where humans would acquire the behavioral traits to live in a more complex arrangement of even the simplest settlements.