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Happy Families

When moralists and social conservatives claim that the family is the foundation of society, they are obviously correct, in the sense that the alliance of a man and a woman – or some similar combination – to engender and bring up a child is clearly what human beings are programmed to do. Whatever different family […]

Posted on March 25, 2009 at 20:54 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, Introduction

The Vicar At Lunch With Napoleon

Some human cultures have a more realistic and honest view of families than others. The nadir is reached with the Hallmarks Cards-type sentimentalisation of what is essentially a contingent alliance strategy subject to the law of buying cheap and selling dear; that is to say, the depths of dishonesty are plumbed with the saccharine assumption […]

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 09:51 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, Introduction

The Ambiguities of “Child”

It surprises most people to discover that the word “child” originally meant, not a rugrat like their own progeny, but a young nobleman, and could function as his title. Meditating on this, I find myself wondering whether all languages share the ambiguity of English whereby “child” refers both to the temporary state of being an […]

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 20:23 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Make Way! Make Way!

If we are now seeing a revival of Confucian thought, encouraged by the Chinese Communist Party to fill the gap left by the abandonment of communism for corrupt self-enrichment, this is bad news for the rhinos and tigers that would prefer to keep their horns and penises. For the Chinese obsession with longevity, leading to […]

Posted on March 28, 2009 at 10:19 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Spirit-Of-Christmas Racket

A special case of the “peace and harmony of the family” racket is Christmas. The rule of the game is that, when the victims least expect it, the dominant player launches a personal attack. When the victims defend themselves, they are accused of violation of the “Spirit of Christmas”. I have not actually watched any […]

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 10:52 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Mammal That Pair-Bonds Like A Bird

Since our ancestors lived in the trees, we have undergone two adaptations, both of which were an understandable response to evolutionary pressures but whose combination is really quite a bad idea. These two adaptations are the upright posture and the big brain. The pelvic changes of the first adaptation have made it very difficult to […]

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 10:37 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, The Avian Mammal

An Economic Institution?

Anthropologists aver that human marriage is more economic than reproductive, but a textbook of evolutionary biology points out that we could say the same for the other animals as well, as many engage in shared housekeeping tasks. Economics is in any case the handmaiden of, and perhaps a subset of reproduction; that is, any behaviour […]

Posted on April 4, 2009 at 10:51 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, The Avian Mammal

Nostalgia For The Longhouse

The evolutionary biologists and anthropologists reckon that we spent a million years or so as small groups of hunter-gatherers. Not isolated, for there was exchange of ideas, goods and sexual partners with other groups, but always in a community several score strong. Our brain seems to be wired to keep track of 120 known individuals […]

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 10:33 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 4 Comments
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, The Avian Mammal

Keeping Parents Away From Children

It is a basic assumption of our sentimentalised nuclear-family society that children should be brought up by their parents; which is not to say that this is inevitable, natural or sensible. Throughout the history of the world, vast numbers of children have been brought up by someone other than their parents. In some communities, children […]

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 09:04 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, The Avian Mammal

It Takes A Village…

There is a well-known saying that it takes a village to raise a child. The reason is apparently that other villagers are supposed to help both discipline and advise and assist the child. After all, if it is to become a part of the community, the community needs to help with that integration. If that […]

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 09:26 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: PARENTAL STATUS TECHNOLOGY, The Avian Mammal