hopefully my last post, really...

Deus Ex Machina (X8H1@MUSIC.STLAWU.EDU)
Wed, 8 May 1996 01:55:42 EDT

Ok I admit it I am addicted to this list serve and I am gonna go through
withdrawal this summer. Anyway, I have to apologize to all offended t
parties with regards to my last two posts. I was only trying to incite
some interesting responses. I think that the best thinking and ideas
are often evoked from a challenge or something. I tend to do this
sort of thing a lot especially when I don't know what the heck I think.
I am sure that more than a few people think I am young naive undergrad
who goes off half cocked half the time. In truth I probably am a lot of
the time. But hey! you have to start somewhere, right? I sincerely enjoy
thoughts and ideas that get posted to this list by everyone 'cause it
challenges me to think. I do contrary to what I suspect is popular
belief respect everyone on this list and I often come away with
an idea or thought provoked from the topic du jour and many times I even
secretly agree with many things, although I will never admit what those
things I agree with are ;). Anyway since I don't have to unsub from the
list for 5 days may I ask for thoughts onb the subject of ADD?
I gleefully enjoy my life as a person with ADD and I recently read a
book that has become known as the "hunter in a farmers world" book.
The author whose name I cannot recall ( and I can't find the book since
it is buried under the effluvia generated from my most recent paper)
proposes that ADD is a gentic adaption similar to sickle-cell anemia
that counters or adapts an individual to a the needs of a " hunting "
type lifestyle. In which an individual is able to hyper-focus on things
throw themsleves into work or "the hunt" at a moments notice, constantly
scanning the landscape for things that are out of place (also known as
distractability ) so on and so for. Anyway I found myself simultaneously
finding it "right" and "wrong" Given the current standing and views of
"hunting" and its importance in human development. I throw this out
for consideration despite the usual assciation with psychology primarily
because of the interesting stance this book has taken. Well anyway I
gotta get going to do laundry (at 2:00 AM ) now that I just finished
my final paper on "The origins of the hominoid ability to brachiate,
orthograde posture, and the implication for human evolution," but that
is a topic for another time. Over and out

Matthew D. Joanis '98
St. Lawrence University
Anthropology (IS a science!)