BBC – BBC Radio 4 Programmes – Woman’s Hour, 15/04/2009

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 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.

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?

16) Advice to young.
Do not engage in any causes or political movements (*exception, Climate Change. War – Ignorance – Poverty 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.
17) Respect for authority is always wrong and violence is sometimes right. Karl Popper.
18) It will require a supreme and concerted effort of the best scientific brains, to pull man out of his mess and to diagnose and to recognise his complaint.
20) Becoming Human is a process which still continues. Always bear in mind the short time scale of civilization.
21) The dream worlds of "Capitalism and Socialism" – see, Koestler’s essay,  as outdated as the, "Wars of The Roses".
22) It is science and philosophy which rule the world, and it has always been so, but there is a long time lag. Construct a chart showing this.
23) Conditions for survival of the human race.
1) Nature is objective – not projective.
2) Man is part of nature and a single ‘super species’ (freak of the universe).
3) History is a race between education and catastrophe.
4) Only use of the best scientific brains, can succeed in making world of humans work.
24) We have the facts of human behaviour in our history books. All we require is a best-able theory to explain those facts.
25) What is the psychological reason for most men’s indifference to nature; whereas physics and biology are difficult – sociology and government should be easily agreed functions and not worth much serious attention (The Infantile Situation): like drains or water services. Stacks of jobs to do, if you want a job, or more education, just needs: a focus of basic attention and finance by (lazy – inept) National or Local Authorities: a good reason for our young to rebel and to claim their world from their massively overtly greedy peers (example, bankers, ‘overpaid officials’, and some advisors).
28) "High technology has made the world a global village. This village will only prosper if people realize that fact and grow from it". Sir Peter Parker, New Scientist Magazine.
29) Democracy = the role of the ignorant masses. Whole mental attitude, is geared to supplying them with their trivial wants, satisfying their desires and disconnect urges.
30) Like an animal, it cannot think about itself.
32) Freedom must be taught, because conformism, not freedom is natural. Most education is directed to producing conditioned and behaving animals. Forster, page 123 – look it up. 
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?"  Social science – Matrix:  mind map. Simple proper (scientific – without superstition) matrices for parents and parenting.

"We keep children safe to let them run wild"

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond
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