The Topology of the Evolution of Human Emotion

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Sexual Selection, The Deep Evolution of Emotion

It was with great excitement that I arrived at the University of Michigan in 1988 to attend a meeting to organize and initiate the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. The meeting was put together by psychiatrist, Randolph Nesse, whose goal was and remains to bring the Darwinian revolution not only to psychiatry but to medicine …

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The Deep Evolution of Social Emotion: 1- The Arrival of Desire

Filed under: Myth, Sexual Selection, The Deep Evolution of Emotion

In an earlier version of Apes, Ants, and Ancestors, I wrote the following mystical account of the evolution of emotion prior to the appearance of hominids. I had just finished a chapter on the glaring prominence of dominance and submission in  prison life. “Let us fly out from the nested bondage within that prison through …

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Wylie’s Law

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Sexual Selection | 2 Comments

In the current (September 21:1443) Science, it is reported that the previously accepted assumption that the Neandertals buried their dead has itself been disinterred and brought back into question. “A core issue in the debate is the criteria that should be used to define a deliberate burial, and how well they are fulfilled at the …

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The Brief History of an Idea

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Self domestication, Sexual Selection

In my psychiatric training, I felt the Freudian analysis that emotions are divided into id, comprised of ancient primate drives to dominate and the superego, representing the prohibitions of society was self-evident. Starting my career in a prison observing dominant-submissive relationships approaching the model of master and slave, I observed the extraordinary aptitude of a …

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Richard Dawkins, Group Selection, and “Relational Genes” – excerpt from the book.

Filed under: Evolutionary psychology, Group Selection, Sexual Selection

  Without realizing it, 30 years ago, I was beginning to conceive of a novel form of group selection.  It was only much later that I learned that the idea of group selection was essentially serving time in the academic penitentiary mostly because of its association with Nazism. This drama went completely over my head …

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God FAQ: Why Do Religions – Particularly Those with One God – Fight So Much? #2 the role of SEX in war

Filed under: FAQ's about God, History, Language, Sexual Selection

The larger question in this series of posts is why monotheistic religions fight so much. The short answer to that question is very simple. The monotheistic, Abrahamic religions have discovered the reality that all human power derives from a single, living Will usually called God. This force brought prosperity to the ancient peoples that walked …

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God FAQ: How God Created Man #2 – The Founding Mothers Domesticate the Males

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, FAQ's about God, Self domestication, Sexual Selection | 2 Comments

  So, prior to 6 million years ago, things were looking bad for us Apes.  If the last common ancestor between us and chimpanzees, had anything like the chimpanzee social pattern, males were spending most of their time and energy competing in their hierarchies for females, and the females were left to fend for themselves …

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God FAQ’s – I – Where Does He Live?

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, FAQ's about God, God, Sexual Selection | 3 Comments

In the last post, Alain de Botton in his book Religion for Atheists says “He finds it impossible to take faith in God seriously. He assumes that none of his educated readers could possibly believe in spooky ghosts in the sky.” I am sure that de Botton would find this cartoon amusing.  It poses the question …

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The Ascendance of Dominance

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, God, Group Selection, Language, Self domestication, Sexual Selection

Recall that Tim White’s team of Ardipithecus ramidus experts chose Owen Lovejoy to interpret that the mating system of this founding species of our hominid Family was monogamous.  Recall also that this is reinforced by the finding that the mating systems of the founding species of all the other super-cooperative species besides us (insects) were …

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Emotional Fossils IV – Mania and the Genius of Vanity

Filed under: Emotional Fossils, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Language, Sexual Selection | 6 Comments

Mania is not usually thought of by itself because it is almost always followed by depression, hence the names Manic Depression or the current Bipolar Disorder.  However, while the shutdown response is simultaneous with the underlying emotional hyperactivity in major depression, it is manifested serially in Bipolar Disorder.  So, the manic part of this condition …

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Filed under: God, Group Selection, Language, Sexual Selection | 6 Comments

Let’s accept the premise, without understanding it exactly, that, by a mechanism similar to sexual selection, the dominance mentalities of 20-30 monogamously mated hominids began to be selected at the level of their group to select obedience to the essence of the  Ten Commandments in all of their submissive mentalities.  In addition to obedience to  …

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Two Dimorphisms and an Ascension via “Selection Inclusion.”

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Evolution of Emotion, Group Selection, Sexual Selection | 2 Comments

To me, Charles Darwin’s discovery of sexual selection rivals that of natural selection. In natural selection, the selecting is done totally by nature and change is rendered through chance mutation of genes.  In sexual selection, a portion of the power to select is seized by one of nature’s creations, usually the female of a species, …

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Monogamy: Ardi and the Ants

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Monogamy, Sexual Selection | 3 Comments

Ardipithecus ramidus, nicknamed Ardi, is arguably the most significant fossil find in the history of paleoanthropology due to its completeness and antiquity – 4.4 M. years, just 1.6 M. years after the last common ancestor with Chimpanzees.  The theoretician of the group, Owen Lovejoy hypothesized that the reduction in the size of the male canine …

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