25 Best Habits / American Social Hierarchy Advice

Neurotypical nuttiness at it’s saddest and finest! – Americans are like poor lost souls perpetually searching for a “magic” cure to a hopelessly irrational life they have created for themselves.  American Life is a supernatural epic of shallow self-deceit – and of steep consequences for the rest of mankind.

By R.L. Adam, entrepreneur
If you are committed to happiness and success, work these into your daily routine.

We are creatures of habit. Everything we think, say and do is a result of deep-seated habits etched into our minds through years and years of repitious behavior. Those very same habits either help to propel us forward or to hinder our progress in life. In fact, the state and quality of our lives right now is a direct reflection of our daily habits.

Habits are an undeniably powerful part of life. They’re an integral part of the underlying behavioral psychology that shapes the direction of our lives. They’re so integral that a study determined that approximately 45 percent of everything we do on a daily basis is driven by our habits.

Parting ways with our bad habits and replacing them with good habits is by no means a simple task. It takes commitment, willpower and an unwavering desire to overcome our seemingly natural tendencies to think, feel, speak and act in a certain way.

Related: 10 Bad Habits You Must Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

Clearly, for those absolutely committed to things like happiness and success, habits offer the pathway to enrichment in life. They’re also the tools we use to help automate our progress towards one end or another, assisting us with the achievement of our goals and the fulfilment of our dreams.

Still, for the most part, we’re often left in the dark. We’re unsure of ourselves or where to start on the road to developing good habits. What are the best habits to have in your life when you want to succeed or be happy? Are there some that usurp others, providing some secret magical recipe for achieving life’s loftiest goals?

What are the best habits to have in life?

While any list of habits concoted might seem subjective, there are, in fact, 25 particular habits that will not only help you to succeed, financially speaking, but will also keep you healthy, happy and fulfilled in life. Focus on these 25 habits, consistently making efforts to instill them into your daily routine, and in time, your progress and momentum towards your goals will skyrocket.

1. Wake up early.

The early morning hours are a time for peaceful reflection and ample productivity, where the world is still and asleep, allowing you to focus wholeheartedly on your long-term goals. Anyone who is serious about success in any measure knows that it’s important to wake up early.

Even if you’re not a morning person, use incremental changes in your daily routine to start waking up earlier and earlier. Begin by setting your alarm clock back by 15 minutes the first week, 15 minutes the next week and so on. Do this until you can wake up at least two hours earlier than you’re waking up now.

So that’s why I’m a “failure”. I’ve done everything possible to arrange my life so that I can wake up at a time that is natural for me.

2. Gratitude.

We spend a great deal of time immersed in our problems. But problems are also a sign of life. The only time we’ll lack problems is when we’re six feet under. And if you want to shift your focus away from your problems, you have to be grateful for what you have. Yes, even for your problems.

Gratitude is the surest pathway to health, happiness and success. It shifts our attention towards what we have rather than what we don’t have. It’s the natural abundance of simple pleasures and opportunities that we’ve been afforded with and blessed with that we often take for granted.

I agree totally about gratitude: but it’s difficult to be grateful for people who tell you that because you’re “different” you will never enjoy the blissfully “normal” life that neurotypicals “get” by default. I’m grateful for the life I have chosen that goes way beyond the boundaries set for me as an Asperger female!

3. Smile.

Studies have confirmed that people who smile a genuine smile (also referred to as a Duchenne smile) are happier in life. This is one of the best habits for allowing you to find emotional, mental and spiritual peace-of-mind over time — simply by placing a smile on your face.

The physiology of our bodies dictates the psychology of our minds. When we frown or slouch or do any number of other things that convey a sense of depression and unhappiness, our mind takes those cues and runs with them. However, once we shift our outward appearance by consciously adjusting ourselves, our inward feelings follow.

Thank-you for so clearly describing neoteny, American style. Human beings are mere surfaces, like Mr. and Mrs. Potato head; stick a smile on the potato and the potato will be happy. 

4. Eat a healthy breakfast.

Breakfast is an important part of life. Yet, 31 million Americans skip breakfast every single day. And that saying you’ve heard your entire life about breakfast being the most important meal of the day? It’s 100 percent true. If you’re serious about success, eat a healthy breakfast every single morning.

This single habit doesn’t take much effort. Some planning is certainly required, and if you’re rushing out the door every morning with barely any time to spare, you might want to consider waking up earlier to ensure that you wield this habit in your own life.

I do eat a healthy breakfast. Why? Because I have the TIME to cook a healthy breakfast.

5. Exercise.

One of the absolute best habits to have in life is to exercise every single day without fail. This isn’t about heavy weightlifting or running a marathon. This is about doing lightly strenuous activity to oxygenate your blood and boost the endorphins in your body.

Not only will you feel physically better when you start this habit, but you’ll also feel more motivated, have more mental clairty and be more emotionally sound. Exercise releases dopaminine, oxytocin and serotonin into the system, giving an almost euphoric effect without the usage of any drugs whatsoever.

I agree totally. Get off your ass and do something that is both physically stimulating AND pleasant, like walking in a natural environment away from people.

Related: Richard Branson: To Be Successful, Take the Stairs

6. Drink water with lemon.

One habit that has monumental health benefits is to drink a large glass of water with lemon every single day. Lemons are a natural source of Vitamin C, but also possess other health benefits — such as helping with your digestion, boosting your immune system, along with cleansing and rehydrating your body.

The water itself is also an important way to flush any toxins from your system early on in the morning when you first arise. Ultimately, over time, this will also aid with things like weight loss, a reduction in any inflammations and an overall boost in energy.

Thank-you for so clearly describing the American obsession with “magic bullets” – unfortunately this belief in cure-alls has a tendency to lead to drug addictions, which are habits that Americans are really good at developing.

7. Walk 10,000 steps.

Most people have heard about the benefits of walking at least 10,000 steps in a day. Yet, as a society, we tend to fall far short of that goal. One study, which provided shocking results of just how many steps we do take, compared that number to countries from around the world by studying participants from the U.S., Switzerland, Australia and Japan.

Americans, on average, take 5,117 steps a day. Compared to Australians, who take 9,695 steps per day, and residents of Switzerland, who take 9,650 steps per day, and those of Japan, who take 7,168 steps per day — we fall way short. Event still, this single habit is a great way to resolve our sedentary ways. Park further (farther) from the office or take the stairs when you can to help boost your daily steps.

Thank-you for describing the American obsession with “average” – unfortunately, “average” is a point on a curve on a graph: it’s a mathematical construct. Only specific organisms exist (that’s us). 

8. Vitamins and minerals.

As a culture, we lack the necessary vitamins and minerals through our food intake. Processed and refined sugars, carbohydrates and other foods that are a staple of the American diet help to exacerbate this problem. We simply don’t get the proper nutrients our bodies need on a daily basis.

Find a good set of vitamins and minerals that you can take every day. It’s easy to ignore this healthy habit, but the feeling after weeks and months of doing this on a regular basis, is tremendous. That impact can help us to improve other areas of our lives by providing mental, emotional and physical clarity.

Again: eat all the “crap food” you can stuff into your gullet; a magic vitamin pill will provide mental, emotional and physical “clarity” – whatever the Hell that is!

9. Effective time management.

An essential habit for succeeding at anything in life is effective time management. How well you manage the precious little time you have says a lot about what you can achieve. And considering that we all have the same amount of time in this world, how you leverage this resource will dictate your potential for success.

Find a good system for managing your time and implement it. This isn’t complex to do, but does require conscious and consistent effort. However, once this habit has been solidified into your daily routine, virtually anything is possible, and no goal will be too big to attain.

Actually, if a person has “precious little time” (for family, relaxation, exercise and good food, as well as art, music and other entertainments (TV and video games don’t count) then that person is not managing his or her LIFE – other people are “running” that person’s life. (The social hierarchy) Americans are obsessed with “being too busy too live” as the object of life itself: social status.

10. Daily goal setting.

Most people have goals. Whether it’s something to achieve in business or in life, we’re all moving in one intended direction or another. However, while long-term goals do give us direction, it’s the daily goals that we set that allow us to create short-term milestones that are integral to our success.

Long-term goals can seem overwhelming even in the best of times. But by implementing a daily goal-setting strategy, you can overcome some of the enormity associated with achieving big things in life by focusing on the one-day-at-time, short-term scenarios.

 “moving in one intended direction” “achieving big things in life” American gobbled-gook. If one follows these 25 habits, then one will be successful, yes? Why the stress on how hard it is to be a success?

11. Inspire yourself.

It’s often difficult to stay motivated for any considerable amount of time. We get discouraged and dissuaded from our goals when things arise in life that send us on tangents and veer us off track. But one of the absolute best ways you can stay motivated in life is to inspire yourself on a daily basis.

Read, watch inspirational videos and get inspired by stories of others who have achieved their dreams. Anthony Robbins calls this your “hour of power,” but you can spend as much or as little time on this as you need. Inspiration is the pathway to achievement because what the mind can conceive, it can achieve.

To achieve your dreams in the U.S. is too “get money”. One of the easiest ways is to contrive “How to” belief systems (easy – just resurrect the old social cult of positivity – it worked for American Christianity!) Apply magic symbols, supernatural spells, and flashy media technology to books, T-shirts, screen savers, cupcakes, sticky-notes and bottles of “vitamins” Make “inspirational” videos and appear on TV talk shows; flog the social media venues. 

12. Save and invest.

No good habit list is complete without one that calls for saving and investing. We often overlook the necessity to save for the future because we’re so busy living in the present moment. The truth is that most Americans have less than $1,000 saved up at any given moment.

But it’s not just about saving. You have to invest the money that you save, and do so wisely. The more attention you pay to this now, the more your life will be replete with financial success in the future. You should also be sure to have at least six months worth of savings in your account to stave off any potential financial calamity in the future.

Yes, investing is a sure thing: it’s a total mystery why millions of Americans lost their pension funds and portfolios in the last “raid” on the economy by Wall Street crooks, who were rewarded for their predatory crimes by “our government”. 

Related: Why Entrepreneurs Need to Save and Invest Money

13. Budget and track expenses.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Beware of little expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship.” It’s easy to lose sight of little expenses, but they add up, especially when we fail to budget. Be sure to manage all of your expenses, and sweat the small stuff, so to speak.

This is good advice, but why does the U.S. government not do this? Congress isn’t the least concerned with budgets, other than borrowing incomprehensible sums from an imaginary future and impoverishing the so-called Middle Class? Well, they are the ELITEs after all; they get to do whatever they desire.

When it comes to sound financial habits, this is an important one to have, and one that will lend itself to your future financial success. The money saved on frivolous or extraneous expenses can be saved and invested for your future. Don’t ignore the future for sake of revelling in the present moment.

Another American favorite: Present contradictions wherever possible. Sacrifice today for a secure future – stop buying so much useless crap – but hey, we’re just kidding! Here’s another credit card. The economy absolutely depends YOU buying, buying and buying useless crap.  

14. Learn something new.

Educate yourself, and learn something new every single day. Committ to learning and improving your life, whether it’s by acquiring new skills or enhancing the existing skills you already have. From foreign languages to software programs and apps, you should carve out a small amount of time every single day to dedicate to this habit.

Whether you decide to learn something new through an online course, an audiobook, a blog post, a video tutorial on YouTube, or even through TED Talks or other means, the importance of implementing this habit is paramount. Find something that’s worthwhile learning and do just a little bit of it every single day.

Buy, buy, buy.

15. Organize.

Physical clutter results in a loss of focus. When our lives are disorganized and in a state of disarray, it’s hard to stay focused on our goals. Take the time to organize your home and office, and do just a little each day to enforce this habit. Take a single drawer and organize it, or organize a solitary corner of your home or even a cabinet in your office.

The importance of this habit is highlighted by a study in the Journal of Neuroscience titled, “Interactions of top-down and bottom-up mechanisms in human visual cortex,” which says “Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex.” In plain English — clutter lends itself to a major loss of focus.

Do we really have to resort to quoting “neuroscience” to explain a simple phenomenon? STOP BUYING useless crap and your living – work environment will be “not cluttered!” On the other hand; buy a house the size of a palace and buy more stuff to “fill it up. Once you’ve accomplished this “goal” make it a habit. Rent a dozen storage lockers for your 4,000 Christmas wreaths. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

16. Contribute to others.

In our quest to achieve and succeed, we often forget about others. We fail to contribute something of value to our fellow man, woman or child. This isn’t about donating money; this is about contributing your time, which is far more valuable than money. It also helps to shift your focus from a state of lack to a state of abundance.

We tend to spend too much of our time steeped in worry and anxiety. But, when you enlist the habit of contributing to others, you can easily alleviate your personal concerns, and even your problems, by realizing the necessity of helping others. In fact, it’s the people in this world that contribute the most value to others that end up achieving the greatest success.

Donate to rip-off charities and you’ll be “rewarded” by Jesus (or whomever is your controlling ELITE) , who wants you to be rich. Bake cupcakes, print T-shirts, have a “fun-run” – go to Heaven when you die. It’s just like “saving” for the future, by having fun now!

17. Network.

Clearly, it’s not just about what you know in this world. In order to succeed, we need to reach out to others — who you know is extremely important. But networking isn’t just about dropping names; it’s about finding ways that you can help and add value to the lives of others.

The best networkers in the world are also some of the most successful individuals. But they didn’t focus entirely on themselves at the outset. They always looked for ways that they could help others without thinking about receiving something in return. That’s how the world’s best networkers are born.

I’m getting ill just reading this hypocritical social garbage.

18. Break through fears.

We spend a lot of time immersed in fear. Those doomsday what-if scenarios play out in our minds throughout the course of any given day. We’re so worried and nervous about the future that we forget to enjoy the present moment. It’s so ingrained in our minds to fear things that it stifles our progress.

Breaking through your fears is quite possibly one of the most important habits that you could develop. Get used to doing one thing that makes you feel uncomfortable each and every single day. Talk to a stranger, give someone a compliment, or tell someone the truth about something that makes you feel uncomfortable.

As a lifelong Asperger, I can say unequivocally, DO NOT EVER tell a neurotypical person the truth, about ANYTHING, especially not those high in the social hierarchy.  LOL

19. Take action.

Take action. It’s a cliche that we’ve all heard repeatedly, yet it’s something that many of us fail to do. In fact, we do just the opposite — we procrastinate. We fail to take action for whatever number of reasons, hindering our progress and ability to achieve any of the monumental goals we set for ourselves.

The best way to overcome procrastination is to use the 15-minute rule. Take whatever it is that you’ve been putting off for the longest, set a timer on your phone for 15 minutes, and only commit to doing it for that long. Why only 15 minutes? First, it breaks the cycle of inaction. Second, after 15 minutes, you’ve built some momentum, so you might just keep on going.

Yes, Americans are so neotenic that this “magic rule” sounds like a winner! And, just maybe you need to buy a “new” phone that has a “cuter” timer interface.

20. Follow a plan.

Having a plan is integral to every successful entrepreneur — and person — throughout history. Whatever it is that you want out of life, not only do you need long-term goals and daily goals to help conceive, but you need to follow an intricate and detailed plan that you create along the way.

Without a plan, we often fail to realize our goals. Without understanding how we’ll get from point A to point B, it’s hard to see the cliched forest through the trees. But when you stick to a plan and track your progress, making changes along the way, you can eventually reach your goals as long as you don’t give up.

At last; something Americans really do well, as evidenced by our whopping big success in destroying the Middle East. (This diligent effort also fills our commitment to #16 “Contribute to others”)

Related: How to Improve Your Focus to Increase Your Effectiveness and Results

21. Enjoy “me” time.

One of the habits that most of us fail to implement in our lives is to enjoy some down time — or “me” time. Do one small thing that you love doing every single day. It’s not always about achievement and success. By doing one small thing that you love, you’re actually instilling peace of mind and re-focusing your center.

“Steal” a few minutes for “you” like a slave being allowed to stare at the sky and wonder, “What if I were free?”

Whether you listen to your favorite music pumping through headphones, take a walk through the park, go for a drive along your favorite road, watch a movie, or anything else for that matter, be sure that you always carve out some time for yourself in the day.

To an Asperger, this is one “bizarre” social idea, and it is fundamental to oppression: 


22. Implement positive thinking.

Like attracts like. When we think negatively, harboring negative thoughts, we attract negative things into our lives. When we think positive, we attract positive things. It’s hard to stay positive all the time, and it’s often our natural tendency to think negatively about things.

However, positive thinking is one of the surest pathways to the achievement of your goals. Ignore the naysayers and the people who doubt your abilities, and pursue the things that you love, staying positive all the while. It’s purely a matter of momentum. Think positively for long enough, and good things begin happening.

GO MAGIC! Magic words, magic thoughts, magic “magnets” – it’s all so fascinating  – to children.

23. Read.

Whether you read the newspaper, financial news, a novel, a non-fiction book, or anything else, find time to read something. Reading is an important habit to develop in life, and you shouldn’t rely on audiobooks or movies all the time. Good old-fashioned reading, the traditional non-screen way, does the trick.

Reading can help you uncover new worlds, ideas or ways of doing things that you might not have known about before. It’s also a great way to educate yourself or entertain yourself at any given moment.

24. Get ample rest.

Although it’s important to wake up early every day, it’s also imperative to get ample rest. Finding that delicate balance might be difficult, especially if you have kids, two jobs and other obligations. However, if you care enough about your physical well-being, along with your future success, you’ll focus on a minimum of six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

If you have trouble falling asleep, be wary not to drink coffee or alcohol too close to your bedtime. Also, if you smoke, eat too much sugar, or ingest any other type of toxins throughout the day, you’ll find it difficult getting to bed at a decent hour. Cut those out of your routine so you can get some ample rest at night.

I think by now, all these “make time” instructions add up to a 72 hour day!

25. Journal your thoughts.

Journaling your thoughts is a great way to reflect on who you are and what you’ve been doing in life. Time can go by so quickly that we often forget the details of what we did even a few short months ago. Those details are often novel to recall as it adds clarity and purpose to our lives, reminding us of life’s lessons and joys.

Get in the habit of writing out your thoughts and journaling your experiences on a daily basis. Intertwine it with your goals, hopes and dreams for the future, writing out what you envision your life will look like down the road, then come back to read it later on to get a window into your mind at any point in your life. This is a powerful method for self-reflection, and also a great way to motivate and inspire yourself going forward into the future.


Getting started.

How many of the habits above have you already worked into your life? Are there bad habits that seem to continue holding you back from achieving any semblance of success and happiness? Bad habits can get in the way of our progress and quitting them is not easy by any means. However, it’s all a matter of momentum. It all boils down to small incremental steps that you can take day in and day out to help you build up the right repertoire of habits to help you achieve whatever your heart desires. The habits above are some of the best habits to have in life. How many of them will you agree and commit to taking on today?


KRAUTROCK / Full Doc – Post WWII

Thanks to http://www.pirancafe.com for recommending this video…

Film: Aguirre the Wrath of God with Klaus Kinski. Check it out, but not if you’re already feeling depressed! LOL

“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to loose.”

How does one define “strange behavior” in terms of German culture?

Lovely film. 

I’m Albrecht Durer, and I approve this music.

Evo Psych Oversimplification / The Spin Doctors

Harvard Business Review / Organizational Culture (Consider the PURITAN ORIGINS of Harvard University.)


How Hardwired Is Human Behavior?

by Nigel Nicholson


For comparison: See Previous Post / William James on Instinct

This article on “evolutionary psychology” may be truthfully labeled a “marketing tool” for promoting the myriad “services” that Evo Psychs offer to business, corporations and institutions for improving the control over their “stone age” employees.

Message? You can take the employee out of the Stone Age, not the Stone Age out of the employee.

Note the “sales pitch” Format of this Article: From info for writers on why to use “weasel Words”: Use ‘weasel words’ to modify statements, weakening any real meaning or force. This allows you to say anything without offending anyone or putting yourself into danger of being contradicted. Use weasel words assertively and their weakness will often all but disappear; Weasel words give you a way out, should anyone criticize you or make any counter-claim.

Article: Weasel words and deceptive claims

New fields of science don’t emerge in a flash, and evolutionary psychology—sometimes called modern Darwinism—is no exception. But over the past several years, evolutionary psychology as a discipline has gathered both momentum and respect. A convergence of research and discoveries in genetics, neuropsychology, and paleobiology, among other sciences, evolutionary psychology holds that although human beings today inhabit a thoroughly modern world of space exploration and virtual realities, they do so with the ingrained mentality of Stone Age hunter-gatherers. Homo sapiens emerged on the Savannah Plain some 200,000 years ago, yet according to evolutionary psychology, people today still seek those traits that made survival possible then: an instinct to fight furiously when threatened, for instance, and a drive to trade information and share secrets.

Human beings are, in other words, hardwired. (‘pop-sci” claim that compares the human brain to a computer is not legitimate)

That said, evolutionary psychologists do not argue that all people are alike underneath (but, they proceed with this assumption, as do “other” psychologists!) The discipline recognizes the individual differences caused by a person’s unique genetic inheritance, as well as by personal experiences and culture. Further, like other scientific theoriesthe Big Bang and global warming, to name two—evolutionary psychology is the subject of fierce debate. (See the insert “Evolutionary Psychology: A Convergence of Research and Controversy.”) NICE TRICK! Elevate your piss-poor opinions to the “level” of PHYSICAL SCIENCE – and bingo – Evo Psych is not only legitimate, but places itself in the scientific “big leagues” with physics, chemistry and all that “big important stuff”. Indeed, proponents and opponents of the field are becoming increasingly numerous and vocal.

Evolutionary Psychology : A Convergence of Research and Controversy

The central proposition of evolutionary psychology—that human beings retain the mentality of their Stone Age forebearsgathers its strength from six convergent sources of scientific research. (The tactic? Elevate your field, not only as “legitimate science” but position it as SUPERIOR TO the disciplines listed, because Evo Psych “subsumes” these disciplines, AND THEIR CONTENT under it’s Big New Magic Umbrella!)

Anthropology. By studying societies past and present, Darwinian anthropologists are identifying cultural universals with regard to gender relations, art and ritual, language and thought, and trading and competition. Patterns that recur across all societies, regardless of time and place, are thought to have a strong biogenetic origin. (Selectively construct a universal pattern and then say, “Oh look; a universal pattern!”)

Behavioral Genetics. Scientists in this field, drawing on research in genetics and on a growing number of studies on twins and adopted children, focus their research on the hereditary components of the mind. They have identified, for instance, several genes thought to control human dispositions, including aspects of temperament and cognitive skills. (WOW! How many weasel words can be crammed into two short sentences?  This outlandish “appropriation” and extreme generalization of genetic research is intended to “prop up” Evo Psych nonsense. I’m sure the Bio-Gen people are happy to have the Evo Psych people save them the “trouble” of explaining their own research.

Comparative Ethology. Comparing the mating, status-seeking, and social behaviors of monkeys, chimpanzees and other primates, scientists in this field have observed systematic patterns of behavior and analyzed where they reveal parallels in human behavior. In particular, they shed light on our basic programming for sexual politics and cooperative behavior and analyzed where they reveal parallels in human behavior.  (Monkey see, monkey do: if you claim that prior research has already proven your agenda, well –you can just proceed as if you have actually proven whatever it is that you are claiming to be ‘true” about human behavior”)

Neuropsychology. Using a variety of methods, including electrical stimulation, brain surgery, imaging techniques that film the brain in action, scientists in this field try to understand which parts of the brain control emotions and how chemicals in the brain affect thoughts and sensations. (And??)

Paleontology. Based on their analysis of fossils and ancient human remains, paleontologists believe they have discovered evidence of how human beings lived and how their characteristics adapted to the environment they inhabited. (Mumbo? Jumbo! This is pathetic – not how evolution works.)

Social Psychology. Studying social behavior in experiments and field studies, scientists have tested theories in evolutionary psychology (Total B.S.) about the conditions under which human beings cooperate, compete, and behave aggressively. Their findings about universal patterns suggest which impulses and reactions (that is; instinct and emotions) are hardwired into the human psyche. (WOW! Just how does one “wire” an abstract notion like the psyche? A positively supernatural activity! LOL Also, there is no “proof” that a computer is remotely close to modeling the brain; in fact, the brain is incredibly more complex than any artificial machine – this is “popular jargon” of the tech analogy brain = computer)

Even with the convergence of findings in these disciplines, (even with the pile of BS we just presented) the field of evolutionary psychology is controversial. Some scientists for instance, believe that evolutionary psychology overstates the biogenetic origin of cultural mores and norms and understates the capacity of learning and language to shape human nature. (which it does) (Tactic? Appear to be “evenhanded or objective about your gross flaws) Further, evolutionary psychology clearly challenges what some religions, including Christianity, believe about the creation and free will. (Setting Evo Psych against “religion” does not lend credence to Evo Psych: this is an illegitimate argument) 

And finally, the tenets of evolutionary psychology also directly dispute a great deal of popular management theory, which contends that people can change their personalities if correctly trained or motivated. Thus, evolutionary psychology may not be the only lens through which managers choose to view their work and their world, but it is a challenging perspective that calls for a closer look. (Here we finally have the intent of this article, and it’s the classic claim of all Puritanical despots: We are the elite experts: We know your “business” better than you do, and evolution (formerly; “god”) is on OUR SIDE: our “magic secrets” will save you tons of money. Instead of trying to educate and train your idiot employees, which is useless, because “evolution” (God) has decreed that they will forever be Stone Age idiots, we will share with you how to manipulate them; for a price, of course.)

But evolutionary psychology is by now well established enough to merit examination. Understanding evolutionary psychology is useful to managers because it provides a new and provocative way to think about human nature; (not “new” – this is standard archaic social hierarchy crap) it also offers a framework for understanding why people tend to act as they do in organizational settings. Put another way, evolutionary psychology, in identifying the aspects of human behavior that are inborn and universal, (original sin) can explain some familiar patterns. It sheds light on why people behave in ways that don’t appear to be beneficial to themselves or to their businesses.

Evolutionary psychology goes so far as to raise the questions: How might organizations be designed to work in harmony with our biogenetic identity? and Are modern-day executives managing against the grain of human nature?

This article is an extremely cynical use of language, which poses as “modern science” but is the same old Puritan dogma: a human-hating belief system that insists on control over the behavior of the “sinful” bone-headed peasants by THE ELITES!  

Whatever happened to Homo erectus? / He’s your Daddy!

Informal presentation of several problems in paleoanthropology that drive me batty.

Whole lot of guessin’ and fudgin’ going on!

This is Dr. Henry Gilbert. At last; an honest presentation of the current “mess” in paleoanthropology!

H. erectus did not go extinct in Africa…



2003-2005 University of California, Berkeley; Postdoctoral Scholar, Human Evolution Research Center

2003    University of California, Berkeley                 PhD, Integrative Biology

1994    University of California, Santa Barbara          BA, Biological Anthropology


Vivid Dream about “Being Social” / Tragic!

I’ve been dreaming now most mornings just before waking up: very vivid, like being there – a player in a “another universe” which I suppose the act of dreaming is much like. The contents of the brain, given a chance to build a reality of its own each night, will “talk to itself” in a way that can’t be done consciously (in verbal language).

Sometimes dreams solve problems!  I’ll set this up briefly:

I was at a beach area; thousands of happy people, in motion, in bathing suits and summer wear. So many children, laughing and energetic. Everyone a beautiful shade of brown; original or tanned – healthy looking. I was there with other people; a business trip? Some great event had occurred in the “real world” that everyone was talking about. A man I didn’t know started “hanging around” – we chatted and sat down at a large table with other people; talking, talking, talking. He became engaged in a conversation with the man next to him.

The table was very crowded – more people than there was room for, so I was crammed in next to a college student (Maybe this was spring break). I turned toward him and was practically in his lap, so I slid into his lap and hung onto his shoulders. He smiled and laughed and we talked very naturally.

Suddenly “it” happened: social censure! The area became quiet; people were staring at me. The man I had sat down with originally, got up and stomped away…

“You hurt poor So-and So’s feelings,” someone said.

There it was! I had just met old So-and-So, but he had already, in the eyes of the group, placed a tag on me, as if I were a moose he had shot; he now owned me. I was supposed to just sit there while he did whatever he felt like! This is how it always had been in “real life” – my dream was telling me how much I hate that feeling of ownership,  not only for myself, but as a foundation of the human social order. It’s crazy: “partnering up” means abandoning all but a few other human beings: and even those relationships are bound by strict conventions of behavior which become another “pyramid of power” that must be constantly re-negotiated, through bickering, obedience and subterfuge. One LOSES the world of “other people” and I find that wrong and tragic.

Ownership: It kills relationships. (Yes, this is a male moose)

Wow! The info one can find on the Internet:

To run or stay : anti-hunter behaviour of female moose

Johnsen, Steffen Masters Thesis


In Norway, hunting is the main mortality factor of moose (Alces alces), with hunters killing approximately ¼ of the fall population each year. During 2009 and 2010, I studied escape behaviour of GPS/VHF-marked female moose when disturbed by humans, using 2 different methods: 1) Observing the hourly movements of individual moose in June when calving status was checked and during the hunting season while stalked by my hunting team; 2) Comparing the daily movements of GPS–moose during the hunting season in hunting units with and without hunters. During calf checking, no female moose defended her calf by aggressive behavior (ma moose with calf are very aggressive in the U.S.!); instead, the cows moved off, covering a mean distance of 1364 m (min: 117 m, max: 7326 m) before settling down after 2 hours. This indicated that human activity in the forest during the calving season involved little risk for either calves or humans. When flushed during the hunting season, the cows moved a significantly longer distance (mean 2338 m, min: 111 m, max: 6879 m). There were large differences within and between individuals in how far they moved when flushed. Again, no individuals showed aggressive behaviour. Some consistently fled a short distance, some always a long distance, and some were inconsistent, but flight distance was unrelated to survival during the hunting season. The distances cows moved decreased during the hunting season, regardless of disturbance. When hunters were present in a hunting unit, the daily movements of moose cows within the unit increased by an average factor of 1.16 and the percentage of moose moving more than the expected upper daily travel distance increased from 10 to 16.5 %. Although most moose will be shot sooner or later, the probability of a moose being killed when observing a human was low. Some moose were able to sneak around the observer, but most fled a distance sufficient to move out of a hunting unit of mean size 13 km2. I suggest that selection by human hunters against standing still and being aggressive may be a reason for the apparent naivety of moose towards recolonizing wolves (Canis lupus) in Scandinavia.



Master in applied ecology. Evenstad 2013




CARTA Lectures / Genus Homo Who What When Where

Very interesting! Several lectures – arguments as to which species ought to belong to “Homo”.

Reassessing earlier notions of the “Human mess” Busting assumptions is good!

Modern human growth curve? Extended “childhood” – think neoteny. The age of “Turkana boy” is estimated here as 7-8 years old; the previous consensus is about 12 years old. This greatly influences the “growth curve” hypothesis.

We can’t seem to shake this notion that 2 million years of ‘homo” evolution was aimed at producing modern humans; ie all the “others” were failures. Each organism has its place to fulfill in the “web” of life forms – WE ARE NOT THE MEASURE OF SUCCESS – That is a MYTHIC NARRATIVE WHICH HUMANS HAVE CREATED. Evolution is not about “ultimate success” of one species with the “rest of nature” just hanging around for us to exploit! That idea has led us on the path of to destroy life on earth. We may prove to be the Biggest Evolutionary failure possible!


Noise Effects Handbook / Health and Welfare Effects EPA, 1979


A Desk Reference to Health and Welfare Effects of Noise

By Office of the Scientific Assistant, Office of Noise Abatement and Control
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, October 1979, Revised July 1981

  • Published by the National Association of Noise Control Officials
    P. O. Box 2618, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32549
  • EPA 500-9-82-106

TOPICAL OVERVIEW (Links are active)

  1. The National Noise Problem
  2. Hearing Loss: normal auditory function, hearing loss criteria, presbycusis, hearing conservation, hearing impairment formulas
  3. Nonauditory Physiological Response: stress, arousal response, cardiovascular effects, effects on the fetus
  4. Communication Interference: factors that affect speech interference, masking, measurement of masking and speech interference, levels and criteria, special populations, overcoming speech interference
  5. Performance Interference: detriments of interference; qualities of noise and their relationship to performance interference; noise-sensitive tasks; effects on children; positive effects; and injury rates
  6. Sleep Disturbance: falling asleep, awakening, arousal and sub-awakening effects; criteria; noise and non-noise factors; other considerations
  7. Subjective Response: (individual, psychological responses) : special populations, coping behavior, antisocial behavior, decrease of helping behavior
  8. Community Response: criteria, activity interference, predictors of community annoyance, relation to population density, urban survey findings
  9. Health and Welfare Analysis: how it is carried out in regulatory development; fractional impact; level-weighted population
  10. Summary of Human Effects of Noise from Various Outdoor Noise Levels
  11. References
  12. Index

Isn’t it amazing? This handbook was published 38 years ago by the EPA and yet the “mystery” of noise-caused negative reactions in ASD-Asperger diagnosed people not only continues, but is attributed to “defective development” of our brains.

The handbook is crammed with excellent info: Example, under Subjective Response:

What kind of mental or psychological effects can occur with excessive noise exposure?

Excessive noise exposure can bring about a wide variety of psychological responses or symptoms in the individual. A person may respond with anger, or experience symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, and/or general emotional stress. Noise may negatively affect work performance because of reduced worker morale and motivation. Distraction and poor judgment may result from mental fatigue. (14)*


What physiological changes occur in response to noise?

Loud sounds can cause an arousal response in which a series of reactions occur in the body. Adrenalin is released into the bloodstream; heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration tend to increase; gastrointestinal motility is inhibited; peripheral blood vessels constrict; and muscles tense. On the conscious level we are alerted and prepared to take action. Even though noise may have no relationship to danger, the body will respond automatically to noise as a warning signal. (14)



ASD Sensory Sensitivity / A Real Physical Phenomenon

Once again, we discover that sensory sensitivity, which is a well-documented aspect of ASD and Asperger experience, has had little “scientific” attention paid to the real physical phenomenon. This paper reveals evidence for the “experience” having a detectable origin in the brain-sensory system of ASD / Asperger individuals. We’re not “crazy” and / or “making up” this effect of environmental sensory “assault”.

Published in final edited form as: J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2013 Nov; 52(11): 10.1016/j.jaac.2013.08.004.

Over-Reactive Brain Responses to Sensory Stimuli in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders RH: fMRI Response to Sensory Stimuli in ASD

Ms. Shulamite A. Green, M.A., University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA). (Complete author list – see original paper)



Sensory over-responsivity (SOR), defined as a negative response to or avoidance of sensory stimuli, is both highly prevalent and extremely impairing in youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), yet little is known about the neurological bases of SOR. This study aimed to examine the functional neural correlates of SOR by comparing brain responses to sensory stimuli in youth with and without ASD.


Twenty-five high-functioning youth with ASD, and 25 age- and IQ-equivalent typically developing (TD) youth were presented with mildly aversive auditory and visual stimuli during a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan. Parents provided ratings of children’s SOR and anxiety symptom severity.


Compared to TD participants, ASD participants displayed greater activation in primary sensory cortical areas as well as amygdala, hippocampus, and orbital-frontal cortex. In both groups, the level of activity in these areas was positively correlated with level of SOR severity as rated by parents, over and above behavioral ratings of anxiety.


This study demonstrates that youth with ASD show neural hyper-responsivity to sensory stimuli, and that behavioral symptoms of SOR may be related to both heightened responsivity in primary sensory regions as well as areas related to emotion processing, and regulation.

The paper is long and detailed: I need to carefully read for content that is especially relevant to “unraveling” the prejudice surrounding ASD / Asperger sensitivities, and the effects of exposure to modern artificial environments (chemicals, noise levels, air quality) on ALL humans, especially children. Will post…


Prey Animal Defense Mechanisms / Tips for Asperger’s

Tired of neurotypicals “not getting” that they are being obnoxious? Spraying poisonous smelly substances at social predators would seem to be a good choice for Aspergers; it’s surely a popular defense for a wide range of prey animals. LOL