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  1. Shocked to see so many Trump Supporters at such a bastion of the progressive movement! https://mystudentvoices.com/the-hidden-trump-supporters-at-americas-most-liberal-college-f0b6892a6fe7
  2. As a neuroscientist and psychologist, with a very deep interest in world issues, I am astonished and overwhelmed by what I see happening right now in our world. Last year, when I discovered that Donald Trump was running for president, I knew right away what kind of people he would appeal to: people who watched his show, The Apprentice. Most rational people, of course, didn't think much of Trump, but when he began picking up steam, and I paid attention to what I myself was feeling when I watched him, I knew right away that letting a celebrity run for president was dangerous. My field of interest is traumatology - an interdisciplinary field that includes interpersonal and relational psychoanalysis, affective neuroscience, and developmental psychobiology. Also, in the last 5 years, I have been deeply involved in writing a book that seeks to show how consciousness emerges as a function of interpersonal experiences of enlivenment - enlivenment being the "selective factor" upon the organization of the biodynamism of the Human organism, and thus, the very property that generates large brains. With this idea in mind - enlivenment - I saw Donald Trump as tremendously and hugely dangerous. Again, I simply consulted my own feelings after Trump spoke: a sort of primitive and primal "excitement" emerged in me that had everything to do with the way I experienced Donald Trump in my past: my brain didn't forget Trump, and replied with a "knowledge" that implied a personal relationship to him. Granted, this was of feeling was limited to those times when he wasn't saying evil, crazy or mendacious things - but what is this filtering process but my own education, embodied within my actual neural structure, "inhibiting" the flow of perception when I hear something that doesn't make sense i.e. is related to actions, behaviors, and attitudes, that I know lead to suffering. I then thought to myself: thus, my education has structured my brain - generated more synapses, more myelination, and thus, greater 'frontal' control of subcortical, basal-ganglia dynamics, allowing me to maintain a "coherent picture" that doesn't put myself at odds with the other Humans I live around. A quick aside on the basal ganglia: this structure evolved in primitive fish as a way to propel movement to a desired object. These pathways are "dopaminergic" i.e. excitatory, and designed to get the organism moving to or away. Overtime, the basal ganglia split into a ventral (bottom) and dorsal (top) aspect, with the ventral portion dealing with 'raw desire' i.e. propelling movement, and the higher portion (caudate nucleus, and putamen) prompting the lower portion into certain rhythmic and controlled patterns - which basically correspond to a learned habit. If Humans do not regulate the flow of their affects - or feelings in their body - the frontal region of their brain, the orbitofrontal cortex, literally begins to recede in volume: in neuroscience language "if you do not use it, you lose it". Now, we must be honest: the brains of most average people - manual laborers - is not sufficiently developed to understand or even appreciate the concepts and principles that make democracy possible: indeed, as John Oliver said "a serial liar has won", and the media, ever complacent in their phony role of being the "neutral moderator", has allowed a situation to emerge that poses much greater problems and "cons" than the pros of getting more viewers. It may even be naive to think that a media channel could be this unaware about the effects they were creating. In any case, without reading, mediating, or any sort of mental activity that entails the generation and complexification of mental contents, it is simply impossible for a person to understand a complex discussion on CNN or MSNBC when in their actual living, they never encounter conversations with this sort of complexity, and thus, because of this, do not possess the neural or mental structural requirements to "frame" the semantics of a political discussion in an intelligent and coherent way. This is the reality: education has been used by capitalists to undermine democracy. That's it. By industrializing and being "pragmatic" - as if pragmatic wasn't a term that conceals a substrate set of feelings and values i.e. an ideology, education has mass-produced unregulated minds that find their meaning and enlivenment through the following: football, spike TV, internet pornography, nihilistic tv shows: think of their brains as "containers" for these feelings and images, and it becomes emintently understandable how Donald Trump won. My point about enlivenment earlier needs to be taken very seriously: we are LITERALLY constructed by the forms of feelings we experience in our interpersonal relations; enlivening interpersonal experiences generate real physical effects in the brain which would be recorded by EEGs as a spike in electromagnetic and chemical energy. To put this into perspective, an "authoritarian" father type (as Lakoff describes) becomes not just a salience to a person who has grown in such a context, but a structural need in their meaning-making: if you tell them otherwise, you prompt their physical amydala to signal "error", because the narrative or concepts you describe "contradict" and so imperil, what for them is an existential necessity: a left-brain defensive process, beginning in the left amygdala, a frame enters into their consciousness, which "re-establishes" their coherent narrative. We live in a monstrously dissociative society - and this is the crux of the problem. Person A makes a point, and then person B ignores it, and says something that makes sense to him. No actual diologue happens here: talking to republicans is oftentimes an effort of a dialogically serious mind (progressive) with a dissociative, inveterately monologuing conservative. I am not trying to mock the conservative, but only stating the reality: the social is a scaffolding upon the flow of energy within the individual, and so it is the social world the republican lives within that "nourishes" the feelings they feel and the narratives they tell one another. Indeed, it is quite ironic to see a white guy scream "white power!" with so much hatred in his voice, and then say "I love Trump". Awareness of love, and awareness of the necessity of it, is being acknowledged in "I love Trump", but disavowed in the anger and aggression. A complete lack of mental representation - of knowing and recognizing hypocrisy, and assuming responsibility for actions - is absent here. Sustaining a sane, rational, fair and happy society is fundamentally tenuous when too many people like this exist - not because they are intrinsically bad - but because there are dark and evil minds out there - machiavelli type creatures - who know just how to manipulate naive, poorly educated christian conservatives to respond and see the world in the way advantageous to the interests of the few. As a serious note: understand your enemy. The real bad guys are bohemiam grove type gnostic nihilists with a deep, deep hatred for progressives and liberals. It's very simple: they're sociopaths who have structurally dissociated themselves from the nature of their actions. Look at that clip of Ted Cruz saying "Donald Trump is a pathological liar. He does not know the difference between good and evil", and then in another clip, Teds on the phone trying to convince citizens to vote for Trump. This is very important - perhaps the most important thing: people who do this are not psychologically normal - yet all of Trumps high-level supporters are just like this. We see this most clearly in the consistent speech style of these Republicans: low reactive or hyper reactive. Now, of course, there are actually many good republicans who believe in real christian values - these are not the people I'm writing about. This is not about anyone but the aristocrats - those who think they are "the best", and are willing to put the world through hell because of their own existential issues which they resolve through "giving into the chaos". This, is not conspiracy - but a simple, well known fact that too many people under-emphasize; no, it was there from the beginning - motivating undemocratic policies and systematically constructing a system that benefited a small group of people at the expense of others. There is no truth or coherency to anything they believe - yet here they are, at the helm of the worlds largest economic and military power. So, in the future, my advice would be: we need to improve our educational system so that sociopathic nihilists do not manipulate one portion of the population against another group. Humans are vulnerable creatures: egotism is how we defend ourselves in competitive and aggressive contexts - the very contexts that BG (Bohemian grove) republicans seek to propagate in societies, that way the 'structure' and 'functionality' of the human is in their claws to control and manipulate. This must stop! This evil, cynical way of being towards other Humans needs to stop - and can only stop when political science is properly connected to ACTUAL science i.e. informed by contemporary fields like interpersonal neurobiology, so that the vulnerabilities i.e. interpretational proclivities of humans in terms of a developmental 'canalization' that biases the construction of needs and strengths, are acknowledged and factored in. Further, certain ideas are just plain wrong: claiming we "need to get tough", is WRONG. Developmental psychology, affective neuroscience and traumatology exposes how interpersonal experiences "scaffold" the construction of the nervous system: it is not random, but a "structural determinism", in Humberto Maturana's language. Political correctness, in theory, is fine: it just needs to be EXPLAINED why its important to speak in certain ways: language is NOT neutral - it creates effects, as every evil magician (on Trumps team) knows. Add to this climate change. I'm not sure what will happen over the next 4 years, but I am skeptical that the Republicans will blow a perfectly good opportunity to 're-create' the conditions within American society that make them such an unappealing group to sane and rational minds. I'm sure opposition will continue and will increase, as Trump is simply too opposed to reality, to goodness and rightness, not to create conflict domestically and globally. Just consider the global issues - all of which could lead to world war. Consider the non-neutral reality of Trumps election. Do you think Muslims will feel good or bad about it? What about Americas 5 million Muslims. Wont Trumps rhetoric generate fear? And doesn't fear induce a "coherency" process that lands somewhere - wherever the social world offers as a solution to the problem of fear? This also relates to the asinine republican conviction that you "need to name the enemy" to defeat it. In reality, there are subtleties: most people do not support extremism: they'd prefer to live than kill themselves or die before their time. However, if you begin speaking with accusatory and baleful rhetoric, you PROVOKE a self-organization, because your critical disapproval of them as a group triggers a SEARCH FOR A NEW IDENTITY: and they may find it, indeed - some may find it - in radical Islam. Our society has been made autistic: how else could such an obvious and intuitively true explanation - based in the realities of feedback processes - be so unknown? Our brains are changing - culture is growing ever more perverse, even as there exists a liberal and progressive interest in equal rights for woman in the work-place, in politics, government and business; early childhood education, support for disadvantaged groups, etc. Then, you have NATO. Only a gull would think that Trump is unaware of the condition he would be creating by this isolationist action: Russia invades Ukraine. Indeed, just today, Russia has left the international criminal court - they are officially no longer subscribing to an international global system of moral governance. And most pertinently: the south China sea. Duterte - the brazen new president of Philipines, couldn't get along with Obama - so its probable that he will hate Trump. So how is Trump going to deal with the Philippines decision to ally itself with China - thus depriving America of an important and critical relationship essential to their control of major shipping lanes. How is Trump going to deal with that?!
  3. Hello. I am attempting to test our social limits and push our species further... I am Utensil. Founder of The Social Revolution Project. I have created a new sanctuary for freedom of information and global help. However I can't start a revolution alone. Please join the forum if you are interested in my views. www.srp.lefora.com For your pleasure; our opening statement: Statement 18/08/13; …and they realized they were naked, like genuinely butt naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves, and it all went down hill from there. Apparently. Looking around our planet can be a little bit bizarre at times. Our behaviour to an on looking intelligent species could even be considered irrational at times. If we take a long look at ourselves, it can be fair to say we need to change. At some point in our evolutionary history it appears we started expanding in brain power at a tremendous rate. Many evolutionary scientists believe that this rapid growth of our intelligence probably came from an enhanced or “cooked” diet. Regardless of the cause over the past couple of millennia we have become rapidly smarter and at the same time lost so much “physical ability.” As humanity changed, it began to change it’s environment, unwittingly changing the characteristics of its ancestors to come through the process of evolution. Our brains, and the brains of every animal are designed for survival of the environment. What it means to survive in 2013 is very much different to what it meant to survive in a time before the invention of the calendar. Our survival mechanisms, our organisation of our social groups have changed drastically. Allow us to provide a couple of examples: A male chimpanzee is displaying to a female chimp within the group. This is seen by the alpha male of the group as a threat to his position of authority. The alpha male displays an act of dominance towards the competing male and the hieratical order of the group is maintained as the competing male learns it is not a good idea to challenge the authority of a stronger male. A male human is displaying towards a female human in a bar. This is seen by the alpha male (or partner) of the female as a threat to his position of authority. The alpha male attempts to reason with the competing male using his intelligence. The competing male who is in a state of intoxication through use of alcohol fails to respond in an intelligent or fair way. A fight for dominance ensues and the alpha male wins a brawl. As a result of the conflict the alpha male is charged by a government authority for violence and taken away from his community and partner. An earlier ancestor of the 2013 human who is living in an environment with a large group decides that the most efficient and fairest way to arrange and keep order is to form a “democracy.” When a problem faces the group or a decision involving how the community is ordered needs to made, all members of the group meet and a vote is cast to decide what the majority of the community wishes to happen. A 2013 human who is living in an environment with a group of millions participates in voting for a “representative” to go to a centralised government. This representative ideally will represent the views of the people in a localised region for a set amount of years. A “representative” is not bound by any agreement to actually do this. -------------------- So why is it that as a species we cannot use our intelligence to avoid conflict? Why is it that we cannot organise our large communities to have a democracy that takes the opinion of all within it into account? Can it really be said that it would be too difficult for us to have a referendum on every policy made using the technology we have? We have Oyster Cards for travel, we have banking protection / transaction cards, yet we don’t have “voter cards” that can be tapped against one of the two electronic card readers that could say “for” and “against.” Would it genuinely not be better to allow a cheap second hand Pentium 2 process our law and governance as opposed to handing over our trust to “representatives.” After all, an object can’t really take a bribe or claim a second home on expenses. Rational solutions to real life problems. Lets start suggesting them, developing them and implementing them in the aid of the preservation of nature, our bodies, our minds and so that our generations to come can survive the environment they are born in without needless pain and suffering. The Social Revolution Project believes that rational solutions to the problems facing humanity can be achieved. This can be achieved through education, communication and non-violent co-operative means; provided that freedom of information is available to all. We aim to provide a place to enable people to question their own rationality and the rationality of their community in a supportive factually based way. You may feel like you’re top of the food chain but a lion would probably disagree. They may tell you that “there’s someone special out there for everyone” but statistically there are 3% more women than men in the world, so in reality there probably isn’t. Governments in low and middle-income countries are indebted to the tune of over $4tn dollars, and spend more than $1.4bn every day repaying these debts. Welcome to the Social Revolution Project. Let’s begin to Revolutionise Society using our factual knowledge and intelligence. Who knows? Perhaps we might just start a genuine global community that isn’t online. - Social Revolution Project Member
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