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I really do recommend reading the whole book, but here's a quote related to your query:

The second circuit, the emotional-territorial networks of the
brain, is concerned entirely with power politics. This "patriotic"
circuit is built into all vertebrates and is perhaps 500 million to
1000 million years old. In the modern human it seems to be
centralized in the thalamus--the "back brain" or "old brain" and
is linked with the voluntary nervous system and the muscles.
This circuit appears in each newborn when the DNA master
tape sends out RNA messenger molecules to trigger the mutation
from neonate to "toddler," which involves first of all standing
erect. Walking, mastering gravity, overcoming physical obstacles
and learning to manipulate others politically are the vulnerable
points at which imprinting and heavy conditioning occur. The
muscles that perform these power functions are quickly programmed
with what become chronic, life-long reflexes.
Depending as always [on] the accidents of the environment--what
happens at points of neurological vulnerability--this circuit will
organize itself into a strong, dominating role in the pack (or
family) or a weak, submissive role. Without going into the
jungles with the ethologists, one can observe this mammalian
imprinting process in any litter of puppies. It is very quickly
determined who is TOP DOG and who is BOTTOM DOG.

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Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.
by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Mon Jul 23rd, 2007 at 08:22:42 AM EST
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