Iaian Vernier's Memoir
Chapter 13. Ethnicity
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We have been integrating certain basic understandings of human behavior and the underlying neurological causal structures for a long time now. There is, of course, this vast cortical accretion which produces the buzzing, blooming search for meanings in this complex interplay of physical and biological experiences. Include our self-created sociality and the buzzing and blooming becomes a cacophony of sensory inputs and symbolic outputs. There is no guarantee that the two will result in an adaptive outcome.
Below the cortex in our brain structure lies a multitude of mammalian- derived elements involving basic physical and sensory integrations of behavior as well as a flood of what might be called limbic system energies. This emotional overflow surges upward into our cortical grey matter to be organized and turned into useful social symbolic forms of meaning. These two systems can be recognized in lower mammalian forms and in our hominid ancestors. In the morphological revolution which is Hs and Hss, the derivative can be civilization or barbarism.
The emotional juices of the limbic system can certainly give tonality to our most mundane intellectual/cerebral tasks. Scientists and inventors have ← 81 | 82 →testified to the emotional qualities that their seemingly hard-nosed work requires. But the symbolics of the limbic system even as shaped cortically into tangible expression involve the softer forms of culture, the arts, religion, sports. Sadly these emotions show themselves harshly in such cultural institutions as patriotism, the flag, uniforms, weapons and the surge to kill.
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