Ape Mind, Old Mind, New Mind

Final Book Version on Amazon

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

Since my retirement 10 years ago, Ape Mind, Old Mind, New Mind has been a work in progress. The basic ideas arose from my knowledge of the internal experience of the major mental illnesses directly imparted to me by thousands of my patients in 35 years of practicing psychiatry. The “data” of these composite descriptions …

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Richard Dawkins, EOWilson, Nepotism and Human Bonds

Richard Dawkins, E.O. Wilson, Nepotism and the Nature of Human Bonds

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Group Selection, Human Nature, The Ascension of the Human Spirit | 7 Comments

I have been re-editing my book, and thought that this key juncture might hold together on its own. As mentioned, [Richard] Dawkins popularized the concept that natural selection can proceed at the level of genes. For example, some insects will sacrifice themselves for several of their genetic relatives. This is because it is actually the …

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What’s Missing in Matt Ridley’s “The Evolution of Everything?”

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Enlightenment Narrative, Evolutionary psychology, Group Selection, History, Mental illness | 2 Comments

You can quibble around the edges about his analysis (and painfully trite take on religion), but I think he is generally right just as I have been claiming in this blog: over the long haul, human history has been in the direction of greater justice accompanied by prosperity—resulting from the progressive coordination of our increasingly divided labor.

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Group Selection: A brief history

Filed under: Group Selection | 1 Comment

There is very little argument that the reason that Homo sapiens has become the most dominant species on earth is our extraordinary ability to cooperate—I would say coordinate—in their behavior towards mutual goals. The issue addressed in this blog is how this came about. The demonstration by William Hamilton of “kin selection” in which the …

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Philosophical Journey – Discovering the Mystery of Creation in the Mind – a memoir; #8: Another Dimension

Filed under: Group Selection, Summary of Philosophy | 2 Comments

I had had glimmers of spiritual yearnings with a dreamy schoolboy’s love of Wordsworth and which returned when reading Kierkegaard and Jung that year in the World Trade Center when this all began; but all that had been dormant for years. However, concurrent with my purely intellectual ferment, there were several events that began to …

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Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, God, Group Selection, Myth

In The Social Conquest of Earth, E. O. Wilson soft-pedals and sugarcoats the darkness of his vision of human nature so transparently expressed in his novel, Anthill, as similar to chronically warring colonies of ants – all our virtue derives from the cooperation necessary for groups to successfully wage war. In his ant myth of …

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God FAQ: Why Do Religions – Particularly Those with One God – Fight So Much? (first of series)

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, FAQ's about God, God, Group Selection

  This is a complex FAQ, but a very important  one because deep misunderstanding on this issue is a large reason for the hostility against religion.  I am going to use E.O.Wilson as my philosophical foil to begin with because there are two important points on which we agree.  First is that all human power …

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Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, God, Group Selection | 3 Comments

  I wish to be clear about the differences between Dr. Wilson’s vision of who we are based on his knowledge of ants and various other insects and my knowledge based on my direct observation of human emotions. First, as far as the “kin selection” debate, he dismisses the importance of William Hughes’ landmark finding …

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Filed under: Evolutionary psychology, Group Selection | 2 Comments

Richard Dawkins in his brilliant book on evolution, The Geatest Show on Earth (2009,) he relegates the entire subject of group selection to one footnote, which follows: “The popular cunard about Hitler being inspired by Darwin comes partly from the fact that both Hitler and Darwin were impressed by something that everybody has known for …

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Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth (he knows ants – I know people)-1st of series

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Group Selection, Myth | 2 Comments

       I feel compelled to write on the momentous occasion E.O. Wilson’s newly released The Social Conquest of Earth.  Those few who know my thinking know that I have high regard for E.O.Wilson and that he has inspired me for many years.  I would point out a couple things though. Dr. Wilson knows ants.  …

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Two New Books and One About to Hit the Market

Filed under: God, Group Selection | 2 Comments

This morning I read David Brooks’ review of a book by Alain de Botton entitled Religion for Atheists in which “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.”  Brooks goes on to say that, “Instead, he …

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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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