Looking at behaviourism of living beings

Researcher, Writer, Artist, Musician, Composer, Web Publisher, Web Designer, Content Manager and Social Media Manager, SoundEagle is not afraid to step in the footprints of the speculative realms of philosophy and the analytic spheres of science, making us to think about different matters.

His latest post entitled “😱 We have Paleolithic Emotions; Medieval Institutions; and God-like Technology 🏰🚀” is a special tribute to the American biologist recognised as the world’s leading authority on ants, E.O. Wilson, in full Edward Osborne Wilson, (born June 10, 1929, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. — died December 26, 2021, Burlington, Massachusetts), who was also the foremost proponent of sociobiology, the study of the genetic basis of the social behaviour of all animals, including humans.

SoundEagle writes

How sad it is to learn that the eminent scientist and writer Edward O Wilson has passed away on Boxing Day! Needless to say, we shall continue to remember the enormous contributions and miss the presence of a truly great human being. Had he lived for another ten years, perhaps another two or three books could have materialized. Of all the scientists and writers who have passed away in my lifetime, his departure is of the most profound loss for me. {We have Paleolithic Emotions; Medieval Institutions; and God-like Technology}

Damage to his depth perception as a result of a childhood eye injury, and the onset of partial deafness during his adolescence, precluded Wilson from pursuing his interest in ornithological fieldwork, but did not stop him to go in-depth into the behaviourism of living beings

Several conservative Christians did not want to hear that the essentially biological principles on which animal societies are based also apply to humans. [Find more about that in Wilson’s second major work, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975)]. Wilson maintained that as little as 10 percent of human behaviour is genetically induced, the rest being attributable to the environment.

When we want to “Look at this World” it is important to take all different views and matters into account.

Since ancient times, man has tried to be master of himself, but also of his surroundings, the plant and animal world and other people around him.

When dealing with others, various factors play a role, such as feelings and perceptions of immediate events, together with previous experiences. As the years of experience go by, a person will deal with certain situations differently.

The more experience you have, the more easily you can distance yourself from your emotions in order to analyse events. It is this experience and education that man knows how to convert into the formation of new images that can evoke further reactions.

The tricky part of human development is that he has to learn to channel everything and learn to form the right reactions to the images he perceives. And this is not always possible, which can cause conflicts. This is exacerbated when the person in question is driven more by emotions than by common sense, but also by influencing factors, because no matter how you look at it, man has still not succeeded in working himself free from the others around him.

For many it may sound harsh, but for most people it is primarily about “themselves” and around themselves. For most, the self (the “me” and “I”) is first and foremost about placing oneself in the environment and determining how that “self” will react to the environment around it.

One of the problems of the human race today is that the majority of people have drifted very far from the primal man connected to nature. Many have severed their ties with Mother Nature and therefore lack the natural provisions of behaviour and relationships. Because of their disconnection from nature, mankind has become unbalanced.

Throughout history, which is constantly repeating itself, because many people do not know this history sufficiently well and therefore do not learn from the mistakes of others, many people fall into the same trap and allow themselves to be carried away by their emotional reactions, dramatic reactions or reactive attitudes provoked by environmental factors and the inability to keep themselves under emotional control.

We can see that over the years the same errors of thought have regularly been made, or insufficient attempts have been made to investigate matters further and deeper in all serenity. We also see that many have been misled by others or have relied on erroneous reports, claims and/or arguments, as a result of which erroneous actions have been committed.

Sound Eagle writes:

Emotive rather than analytic delivery of a message is an age-old phenomenon. As highly interactive and social animals, human beings have long learnt to engineer or exploit many of their quotations and statements to efficaciously press the emotional buttons of their peers, readers and audiences for the purpose of eliciting emotive reactions, dramatic responses or reactive stances in order to deliver an idea, to drive home some issue, or to incite certain action via the emotional rapport or resonance in positive cases, or via the emotional disgust or agitation in negative cases, all the more so with respect to sensitive, controversial or provocative matters.

Emotional reaction or emotive impulse can indeed get the better of those who either fail to recognize appeal to emotion as a formal fallacy (also called logical fallacy, deductive fallacy or non sequitur), or neglect to moderate their feelings, emotional states or reactions as a result of being persuaded or stimulated by some emotion-based claim or argument carried by a quotation or statement, especially if the claim or argument is fallacious (based on a mistaken belief), biased (unfairly prejudiced for or against someone or something), misleading (giving the wrong idea or impression), or misguided (having faulty judgement or reasoning). {We have Paleolithic Emotions; Medieval Institutions; and God-like Technology}

We know that inductive reasoning is common in science, where data are collected and tentative models are developed to describe and predict future behaviour — until the appearance of anomalous data forces the model to be revised. Deductive reasoning is common in mathematics and logic, where elaborate structures of irrefutable theorems are built up from a small set of basic axioms and rules.

Emotions fuelling biases and flaring opinions can be seen as a major, volatile contributor to innumerable social flashpoints, cultural minefields and ideological infernos, where truths become victims and martyrs. The quality of news, information, journalism, public discourse and social life as well as politics and governance have been adversely impacted by Hype, Bias and Affect, thus negatively affecting democracy, civil society, civic activism, legitimate journalism and the world at large. In particular, the ease and frequency with which countless people from all walks of life readily or unreservedly slip into the cacophony of opinions and partialities in flagrant disregard for factuality and fairness have indubitably pointed to a deep-seated aspect of Homo sapiens. The perennial predilection for drama and the persistent preoccupation with emotion are part and parcel of (the (eu)social world inhabited by) the human species, simultaneously constituting the defining strength and the Achilles’ heel of the naked ape, insofar as large swathes of the human population have been held captive by biologically-based psychological states — the neurophysiological edifices that have been holding sway over much of humanity and showing no sign of abatement through the ages, whilst being magnified by institutional and technological advancements. {We have Paleolithic Emotions; Medieval Institutions; and God-like Technology}

So much has come over mankind and is still happening in this world today, that man as a way of protection selects what he wants to hear and how he wants to hear it, also to decide himself how to react to those things that pass his eyes and ears. Often, man does not mind letting his mind wander around.

Humanity today is like a waking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world. The mind seeks but cannot find the precise place and hour. We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology. We thrash about. We are terribly confused by the mere fact of our existence, and a danger to ourselves and to the rest of life.
The annoying thing is that when confronted with ourselves, we get very bored or annoyed and start reacting negatively to others. Sometimes we notice too late that we have reacted wrongly and then make an attempt to repair the damage. But sadly enough, we frequently have to conclude that this will not work.
Undoubtedly, the emotional realm and journey of humanity have been fraught with recurring problems, many of which are being exacerbated by escalating issues confronting present-day societies and the contemporary world. {We have Paleolithic Emotions; Medieval Institutions; and God-like Technology}
It are those people who are the ones who can simultaneously detach and wallow in emotional feelings and thoughts, who by playing with them, gain the ability to master those emotional feelings and to be creative with them and manage thereby to create works of art in one form or another.
Yet, regardless of how great and prodigious such human achievements have been, that “we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology” is a succinct, sombre and down-to-earth reminder that genetic evolution endowing humans with their emotional faculty …. cannot be consistently counted on to recognize and rein in the excesses and repercussions of Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic causing Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity, and in turn stressing or degrading the integrity, resilience and social responsibility of individuals, institutions and technology. {We have Paleolithic Emotions; Medieval Institutions; and God-like Technology}
writes SoundEagle.
replies on his article:

it makes perfect sense that our Paleolithic emotions are only able to foster medieval institutions, and yet hard science permits our situation to become increasingly unbalanced by providing us with god like technology.

Why do soft sciences (centered upon psychology) fail?
I think because the social tool of morality counters the ability of scientists to formally acknowledge our hedonistic nature. Our evolved moral notions instead encourage us to function altruistically — hedonists are characterized as the enemy! Thus without a solid founding premise from which to build we remain unable to develop effective models of how to lead our lives and structure our societies. But don’t count science out! This business should get figured out in coming decades. As our mental and behavioral sciences harden up we should gain theory from which to harness the extreme power that our technology brings.

Even though man is trying to create and control machines with artificial intelligence, it is striking that these robots can only be fed with the ideas of these people and with their ability to react, whereby the computer will be able to make certain choices much more quickly and will thus be able to surpass man at times.
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Additional reading

  1. Inner feeling, morality and Inter-connection with creation
  2. Shared inheritance plus integral and integrating vision
  3. An A-Z for a world which has to change.
  4. The self and the other in times of insecurity
  5. Broken daily routines
  6. Blossoming and healing the planet

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Update 2022 January 21

Find also to read: Looking at the world

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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