My Beautiful Mind, Part #1

AST is a beautiful idea.             I’ve been keeping that part a secret, I’m not sure why. Really, AST is beautiful, full of hope, a ray of light for the future where none was perhaps deemed possible, a truly unexpected miracle of light and hope...

"You're an Asocial, Aren't You?"

“You’re an asocial, aren’t you?” It’s a line from “Fatherland,” the novel by Robert Harris, set in the postulated world where Germany won WWII. It’s the hero’s son’s accusation against him, hurled from the boy’s Nazi education.             I have a...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part Seven – the ‘Abuse Truth.’

            Here’s the way I’ve been expressing what I consider to be the dominant social construct/metaphor/meme around our parenting:              . . . that story, about what must happen and how consequences make it happen and about how what...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part Six - Abuse

            What I offer as the child-rearing paradigm for groups in conflict is rather bare-bones, I wanted to go after the core of it; I really think to change anything we kind of have to change it all, all the way up from the bottom, because...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part Three

            I think perhaps a creative recap first, a summary with some adjustments.             I plagiarized Dawkins’ idea of the meme, the social construct or metaphor (but there, I’ve cited him now, sort of. Honestly, I thought I’d simply...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part Five

            OK, the blog I decided was part four for logical order, I wrote that a month or two ago, but I wrote part three over the last few days. Things took a sudden turn for the dark there, I’m afraid, so if you saw the one about what we think we...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part Two

            If we consider what I’ve labelled as the ‘consequences meme’ that captures the most common parenting methods and attitudes and try to glean what goals it may serve, the first and most basic thing offered by it appears to be control. Here’s...

Human Nature – or Let Me Tell You What We Think of Us.

            It’s a problem when nouns are provided as explanations, generally, or at least it’s a problem for me.             When we search for an answer, it’s a cause for something that we seek - and we might think a ‘cause’ would be something...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part One

I can’t commit to one thing or another.             Art or science, I mean. It’s a self image thing, I know I don’t have the education for science, but I also can’t compete artistically, so . . . so I’m afraid I abuse them both, using one as a...

AST and Child Sexual Abuse

            I hate paedophilia, and that is the name for the human practice of adults having sex with children. I know a bunch of victims, some very close to me. When I say something like “sex is nicer than violence,” I don’t mean for human children,...

The New Naturists

The New Naturists   The Old Naturists   I’m not as sure of this as I’d like to be, but the ‘Nurture’ side of the argument is the newer idea, right? It’s modernity, some analogue of science. It’s an increase in complexity in our...

Punishment and Respect

Punishment and Respect   I’m gonna change my approach a little here, start making these things short and sweet.             So this third one of those will be on this idea here: if you punish, it instills respect. Otherwise why would they...

Rare Research Opportunity

Parenting styles don’t matter, that is what all the analyses of all the twin and adoption studies came up with. They postulated three sorts of parenting - permissive, authoritative, and authoritarian, and with that in mind and all the twin and...

Negative Proofs

It’s a hard row to hoe, convincing people that all punishment is harmful, Sisyphean, in fact, but the opposite, that was pretty easy: a complete lack of punishment, no dispensing of negative consequences whatsoever – has no ill effects. Punishment is...

Other Than Every Other Kind Ever Tried . . .

           . . . social science is the worst.             You know what? I’m tired of being four steps behind what’s going on in the worlds of social and brain science, really, really tired of still finding myself beating that nature versus...

Policing at a Crossroads

           . . . same crossroads all things eventually reach when they start down the road toward humanism, or just plain exist, moving like the rest of us into the future. At some point in the train robbery, you have to commit to letting go of your...

All Right you Mothers - Part #2

          So, the high school that our older daughter attended and the younger one still attends, last year, grade 12, is on my way to work and I’ve been dropping one or the other one off on my way in for . . . wow, eight years now, and the process in...

All Right you Mothers - Part #1

          First of all, women are oppressed second-class citizens, no argument. I’m all about the equality. Having said that . . .               Ladies, get your shit together, and just like Pink Floyd told the teachers – Hey! Leave those...

The Easy Route

          Here’s an interesting article:   https://hbr.org/2015/05/influence-people-by-leveraging-the-brains-laziness?utm_source=Socialflow&utm_medium=Tweet&utm_campaign=Socialflow   - And here's the text:   INFLUENCE ...

Domestic Violence among the Agents of Authority

Here’s a popular recent article from Addictinginfo:   http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/09/11/you-think-football-players-have-a-domestic-violence-problem-cops-are-three-times-worse/   -        And here’s the text:   You Think...