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Well clearly we're genetically inferior.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Mon Jul 23rd, 2007 at 07:56:50 AM EST
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I was thinking that the model required some modification in terms of effect from the living environment on the levels of the circuits.  
by zoe on Mon Jul 23rd, 2007 at 08:02:14 AM EST
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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.

(emphases in the original)



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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I don't know about genetics but Americans sure have been dumbed down since the Eisenhower days, and they've accepted it; it probably has to do with the advent of television and its deterioration. But America within a period of thirty years has lived two major political mistakes and then repeated them. I refer to Vietnam-Iraq  and Nixon-Bush. Maybe we're short in that part of the brain having to do with memory.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Mon Jul 23rd, 2007 at 10:20:24 AM EST
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amnesia or Alzheimer's?
by zoe on Mon Jul 23rd, 2007 at 10:46:48 AM EST
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Indoctrination AND education are both up. By an enormous margin in both cases. Similar pressures causing both apply to the whole industrialized world.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Mon Jul 23rd, 2007 at 12:54:04 PM EST
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Someone said, the first time the history appears as tragedy, the second time it appears as farce.

The history implanted a Nixon-Nam circuit in the US collective psychology, it seems.

by das monde on Tue Jul 24th, 2007 at 09:27:28 AM EST
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