Knowledge is Power ‘The Boy Scientist’ 1926 edition – ‘without knowledge no man can be free’ – ‘without knowledge you are subservient to the whims and wishes of other people’. The most powerful (off the top of my head) social theories: ‘Lamarckadian Thought’ Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (viruses) ‘Stream of Consciousness’ Naguib Mahfouz – ‘The Proper Structuralised View of the World’ Erich Fromm (and) ‘The Infantile Situation’ Geza Roheim (and) ‘Important Civilizations’ and ‘orientation is impossible without a map’ Bertrand Russell. On Cultural Transference: ‘The Domestic Influence’. Peter J Wilson ‘The Domestication Of The Human Species’. "Privacy is inextricably bound with giving and receiving attention". ‘The Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew and the 5 sequential stages of human development, "a very persuasive one". The first three stages are ‘uni-lineal’ (where the idea of memes or memetics of Prof R.Dawkins is found to be a bit loose in its terminology) as in the evolution to Homo sapiens from Homo erectus. Based on ‘Origins of the Modern Mind’ Merlin Donald 1991 and refined by Colin Renfrew and later – accepted by Donald. Of course, ‘The Long Childhood’ J.Bronowski and his definition of the (inherent) ‘closed system of thought’ or ‘the clever imbeciles’ of A.Koestler.
*Parents duty to know – History, Evolution and Cosmology. Without (HEC) we are prisoners of the times (in ‘the closed system of thought’ of Koestler’s ‘Clever Imbeciles’) and are at the mercy of every crackpot idea and political nonsense. No solid base and therefore no freedom, producing no ideas. But, duty is a dirty word today! The uneducated are not conscious of History. The rise of the West and why? The connection between – freedom and capitalism; the psychological fallacy; natural selection and selection of groups in history; or the ‘freedom of ideas’. No ‘freedom of ideas’, such as in religious or secular; dogma or ideology. See, ‘Ascent of Man’ of Bronowski’s, at the end of his DVD ‘The Long Childhood’ and the DVD’s of Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ series and film ‘Contact’ – Carl Sagan’s worldview, as demonstrated in Contact, is critiqued from a … Ellie’s data instruments recorded a full 18 hours–not a few seconds–of static. http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/contact.html The must have book, ‘The Demon-Haunted World’ C.Sagan. The ‘closed system of thought’ and the ‘clever imbeciles’ of A.Koestler and his ‘Jerusalem Sadness’ – ‘Bricks To Babel’.
"Jenni Murray presents a special Programme on Raising Teenagers."
Listening to the news bulletins would lead you to believe that our teenagers are out of control. The picture is terrifying – a generation involved in violent crime, drug abuse, binge drinking and having underage and unprotected sex. But how true a picture is this? What is it really like to be a teenager at this time, and what challenges do we face, as parents and carers to the new generation?
Jenni will be finding out about the physical and mental changes which take place as children mature into adults – and hearing how these developments create some of the stereotypical teenage behaviour. Ref, DVD ‘The Long Childhood’ Bronowski – obviously, science has come a long way, but Bronowski has the art and the emotion, to show the way, or to bring some light, on those particularly perilous years. http://www.bbcshop.com/History/Ascent-Of-Man-DVD/invt/bbcdvd1608
She discusses how to manage problematic parenting situations. And, in the light of all the headlines about gun and knife crime, she asks what can be done to help disaffected young people in society?
Including drama: Restless. BBC – BBC Radio 4 Programmes – Woman’s Hour, 15/04/2009
Some Notes, from Notes:
13) Immaturity of Youth (see, Farb p30-31)
Today’s high school and college students are sexually and socially mature, while technologically still juveniles. Denied the economic and social benefits to which maturity entitles them, simply because they have not yet acquired all of the technologies skills needed in the modern world; young people may become restless and antisocial in their behaviour. (menstruation females 1900-14 – 14-15 years – now? 1980’s 12.6 years. An evolutionary trend?
Do not engage in any causes or political movements (*exception, Climate Change. War – Ignorance – Poverty http://libcom.org/history/march-2003-schoolkids-against-iraqi-war). Timescale is too short. Just – learn, teach, and explore, and add a little knowledge to the world – remain free in every sense and very mobile.
53) Becoming human is a process – not an event. ‘Ape or Angel’ – Mans place in nature?
54) This is the age of the anti-hero, where all heroes are exposed as cowards, liars or maniacs. An age in which individuals are told that anything unpleasant which happens to them is the fault of somebody else. What are these amoral, spiritually empty, lumps of humanity; supposed to study? Some sugary pap, which goes under the ‘generic’ name of "relationships". Having grasped that they are helpless tools of their appetites and social conditioning, men, and women, are expected to seek out their fellows waifs and establish some bond with them. I pity any institution forced to tell such people to leave undone that which they would rather do. See, Brian Walden, Sunday Times – 21st Feb 1988.
55) The uneducated are not conscious of History. The rise of the West and why? The connection between – freedom and capitalism, the psychological fallacy, natural selection and selection of groups in history, or the freedom of ideas. Read again ‘The Triumph of The West’ and put in plain succinct language. Will the trend continue? Yes, because of, freedom of ideas?
Despite dreadful setbacks: vis:- ignorant youth moulded by a rapacious media. The damp squib of Socialism and Communism, the deep ignorance of the young and not so young, elitism is correct (prove this by historical example). "The masses must be whipped towards a future that only the leaders can see. Every beast is driven to the pasture with blows". The thin crust of civilization is maintained by the very few. Capacity for contempt – Lawrence, re – youth? How do ideas come by: not having to think of the next thing and a freedom from necessity (example, Greece), except: for the exceptionally experienced and intelligent who can separate themselves from ‘The sleep of everyday living’ and everyone’s ‘awful personal disasters’. This, personally and for everyone is a difficult problem and may revolve around the correct use of time. The busy may have their brains so stimulated that a switch to ‘deeper things’ comes very much easier.
Mind Maps For Children "What Shall We Tell The Children?" http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398 Social science – Matrix: mind map. Simple proper (scientific – without superstition) matrices for parents and parenting.
"We keep children safe to let them run wild" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/3563581/We-keep-children-safe-to-let-them-run-wild.html