Re: Social Engineering (was: Different patriarchy Model)

whittet (
21 Jan 1995 02:35:36 GMT

In article <>, (Richard Spear) says:
>In article <3fgta2$> (whittet) writes:
>>From: (whittet)
>>Subject: Re: Social Engineering (was: Different patriarchy Model)
>>Date: 17 Jan 1995 17:04:02 GMT
>>This is an interesting point. Recent studies have shown that behavior
>>is linked to the relative levels of two nerve hormones, nor-epinepherine
>>and serotonin. Low levels of both result in people who are barely
>>functional on a societal level.
>>Higher levels of nor-epinepherine result in people who are tentative
>>and indesicive, who look for security in adherence to laws. They follow
>>the norms, mores, conventions, rules, etc; generally looking
>>to build consensus for their actions before they act.
>>Higher levels of Serotonin result in people who are looking for Freedom
>>as a state of Being without limits; they are decisive people who tend to
>>"go for it", and could care less about the general consensus.
>>High levels of both result in what we think of as Sociopaths who tend to
>>make their own rules up as they go along.
>>The result is that the high nor-ephinepherine people tend to become
>>law makers whose laws, norms, mores, conventions, rules and values in
>>general, discriminate against the behavior of the other groups.
>>An example of a society with high norepinepherine qualities
>>might be Athens, and the high-serotonin attitudes and values
>>would then be exemplified by Sparta.
>>Most of the people incarcerated in institutions, other than those of
>>higher education, beaurocracy or marriage, would not be people from the
>>high nor-epinepherin group.
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>Errrr, ummmm, cites please, whittet. This is *much* too deterministic and
>reductionist to let go without a request for sources.

How we Become what we are by Winifred Gallager in September 1994
Atlantic Monthly, pages 38-55... Pg.47, parag. 5,

"Again, another name for the anxious or inhibited temperment is "reactive."
Among various good things associated with such a guiet, reflective nature,
the foremost is intellectual achievement. Inhibited seven year olds excel
at what Nathan Fox calls "executive functioning"; when they're asked how
kids with only one toy should share it, they offer a strategy such as
"Alphabetize their last names, and let the person closest to A go first."....