Things were screwing up today (months ago when I wrote this). My computer got a virus, it came in when I was applying for a job on line through Monster Jobs. It was a nasty one, it pretended that my hard drive had crashed and my ram was out of memory and that it was a Microsoft patch. Then it tried to get my money, at that point I realized this was a scam. I turned on the malware detector, it cleaned it up but in the meantime the nasty virus had hidden all my files. Luckily my local computer service guy knew their tricks and retrieved my data. Whew.
Some of my channels dropped out of my cable. Service has been here twice, nobody wants to deal with it. The guy yesterday flat out lied and said I didn’t have access to those channels. Today the guy didn’t have the right box. (Again months ago, problem solved). This is irritating, mostly because of the time they are taking up. Fortunately I am not working and have time flexibility. My roommate, who works for the cable disconnect service, yep, he is one of those guys who comes when you can’t afford your cable bill, anyway he told me that the cable guys are probably telling one another that I am a hard ass, because I didn’t buy that guy’s story yesterday and complained. I really don’t like the fact that the cable company uses out of state services to tell you about appointments and then doesn’t even use an 800 number. Every call to update me about when the next cable guy is coming costs me minutes on my cell. They are trying to get me to buy one of their land line connections through the cable, another $30 or $40 a month that I can’t afford.
They came, and failed again to figure out what was wrong. They are going to try again tomorrow. Cable guys strike out but at least they didn’t lie about it.
Add to the scams, I used up my message allotment for the month on my cell phone and had to pay an extra $10 for unlimited messaging. This service already charges more than they should for the privilege of using a phone company that is supposedly politically correct. As soon as this damn contract ends I am going for one of those month to month cheap networks, or am going to get an old fashioned land line and forget about using cell phones, they cause brain tumors and are dangerous according to health experts.
Article on Health effects.
A bunch of stuff from the Post Carbon Institute
Today (months ago) I was on a yahoo site where one of the participants was advocating that evolutionary psychology supported the view that agricultural societies from before about 10,000 years ago were cooperative and non-hierarchical. I mentioned that in the 1990’s there was much discussion of these matters in some of the more theoretical Anarchist literature. I decided to take a look at what some articles had to say. I found both left wing and right wing views, using evolutionary psychology to justify them. I personally don’t think you can use psychology of current humans the determine how ancients thought, at least not to until we are able to dig up and examine the brains of the long dead. Perhaps we will soon enough be able to revive frozen neanderthals or cro magnon men and get some brain activity going, or mimic patterns in ancient brains and reproduce their thought patterns. Then we might be able to make conclusions. The closest we come to recreation is to find current humans who have been untouched by agriculture and modern technology. That is impossible as far as I can tell, even the most isolated amazonian or bushmen have been in contact over the centuries. It might be possible to isolate some humans and watch how they develop after a few generations in a reproduced pre-agricultural state. Sort of a biodome for primitives. There was a movie about that called “Iceman” (new comments this point on) or was that “Encino Man,” just kidding. I have become more skeptical of co-opting science, especially when the science is speculative at best, for ideological reasons, such as advocates of a return to a tribal agricultural or hunter-gathering society would claim. We might all end up there again anyway, no reason to be greasing the wheels of collapse.
Pre 10,000 years ago, to the best of archeological research ability, there was no agriculture as such, just hunter-gatherers. They could have lived without hierarchy, there was little to be hierarchical about, unless its like with wolves, feeding order, who gets the best piece of the most recent kill, and I am sure nobody fought over the nuts and berries gathered by the women and children. Sex roles probably had been differentiated for the most part, but these are theories, perhaps there was no sex role difference except for pregnant women and the frail and infants when it came to gathering and hunting. But based on observations of current primitive societies, and all of these have been affected by modern capitalist relations at one point or another, even if only in running deeper into the jungle, there are sex role distinctions.
This is an interesting article, although it is from a depressing perspective on what socialism can be.
Interview with Peter Singer and his Darwinian Left.
Evolutionary Psychology and social inequity.
Pro-capitalist evolutionary psychology
Wikipedia on evolutionary psychology.