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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology November 12th, 2006, 06:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 9,908
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Genetic Determinism Refuted

As usual I find this last post very difficult to fathom. At least it is absent the more overt insults and I appreciate that.


My honest response to that is astonishment. My impression is that I...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology November 10th, 2006, 01:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 9,908
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Genetic Determinism Refuted

It seems like some here weren't too happy with the outcome of the mid-term elections. ;)
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 29th, 2006, 03:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 16,310
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Evolutionary Psychology and Mental Dysfunction

After reading that last post back I see the need for an additonal level of explanation:

While what I said above is accurate IMO - an additonal part of that explanation is the human phenomena of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 29th, 2006, 02:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 16,310
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Evolutionary Psychology and Mental Dysfunction

Alex, please don't bother to respond to my posts as I know you are busy with important things. In that light, here are some additonal thoughts on this topic for your amusement when you have a few...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 28th, 2006, 05:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 16,310
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Evolutionary Psychology and Mental Dysfunction

Be careful. It can be habit forming. Enough so that some are considered to have a mental disorder of being unable to leave their computer / online world for very long. :rolleyes:

Cheers, Margaret
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 24th, 2006, 11:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 16,310
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Evolutionary Psychology and Mental Dysfunction

I saw this and thought it might be relevant to your topic.

http://scienceblogs.com/corpuscallosum/2006/10/is_it_disease_or_delusion_us_t.php#more

Margaret
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 23rd, 2006, 11:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 51,753
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Race Differences and Intelligence

Daniel, Your book looks very interesting. I'll put it on my list. If you've been following some of these discussions you know that I see the mind as a mechanism that resolves emotional forces to...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology October 16th, 2006, 07:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,654
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Relationship with mother leaves its mark on the brain

Hi Tom, Good to hear from you.

Margaret
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 29th, 2006, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,654
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Relationship with mother leaves its mark on the brain

Fred, Your post wasn't quite as absurd as most lately so I will offer a reply. Also, there still seems to be a few persons "viewing" these threads so at least someone might find this of interest.
...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 28th, 2006, 11:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,654
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Relationship with mother leaves its mark on the brain

Here's a recent 10 minute interview of Richard Dawkins where he discusses religious belief as the desire to believe what feels good - and he also discusses the ability for humans to compartmentalize...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 26th, 2006, 10:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,654
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Relationship with mother leaves its mark on the brain

Todd,

Added to above post: It seems to me that a possible source for misunderstanding of my premise lies with the insistence of many to view emotions as feelings - changes in our mental and body...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 26th, 2006, 07:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 16,654
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Relationship with mother leaves its mark on the brain

Todd, Rather than use this as evidence for my premise - I'd just ask a question that these types of findings always suggest to me.

The CNS of mammals was designed to allow greater flexibility in...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 21st, 2006, 10:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,821
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Andrew Brown on Dawkins and Atheism

I'm not sure what's going on in this thread. My post had nothing to do with "Fred's charge of moral relativism ... " at all. I don't pay much attention to Fred's posts since he just keeps repeating...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 20th, 2006, 02:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 38,479
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Ann Coulter & Wm. Provine: Evolution's Odd Couple

Todd, I think you are confusing rationality with emotions again.

You are probably no more rational than your clients - although you do seem like a very smart person. You are just motivated by...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 20th, 2006, 01:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,821
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Andrew Brown on Dawkins and Atheism

Todd, Regarding the ideas I have expressed in my theory . . you say "from my perspective the only criticism I have of it is that I take much of it for granted" . . yet, when you write some of these...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 15th, 2006, 10:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,453
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: New Yorker: Neuroeconomics (Mind Games)

Thanks much for the book suggestions. I'm afraid I've been falling behind my usual consumption. Right now I'm reading "The Executive Brain" by Elkhonon Goldberg and I've also dropped back to pick up...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 13th, 2006, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,453
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: New Yorker: Neuroeconomics (Mind Games)

Todd, very cool stuff. I have a study in front of me right now:

"Frames, Biases. and Rational Decision-Making in the Human Brain" - Benedetto de Martino, et al. University College, London.

I...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 13th, 2006, 11:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 38,479
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Addendem re: the part about "parochial" science.

Thinking about this later - I think that parochial simply means part of a closed system - in this case a closed system of enforced rationality - in which all members of the system have ostensibly...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 13th, 2006, 12:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 38,479
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Ann Coulter & Wm. Provine: Evolution's Odd Couple

Neither was I. I might have misunderstood you. When you said, " . . our widespread convention linking meaningfulness and good human judgment to ethereal abstracts outside of nature are probably...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology September 11th, 2006, 11:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 38,479
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Ann Coulter & Wm. Provine: Evolution's Odd Couple

As usual your posts are full of interesting ideas. One that jumped out and compells me to comment is this:
More in terms of seeing that from another angle - rather than disagreeing - it seems to me...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology August 22nd, 2006, 04:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 34,383
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Battle Against Scientific Illiteracy

Just to let Fred and Carey know that at least one other person is watching their (rather slow) discussion I thought I'd mention that one reason why Fred finds physical theories like gravitation so...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology August 17th, 2006, 06:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 34,383
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Battle Against Scientific Illiteracy

I don't know why Fred has failed to cite one of the most prominent proponents of his views, Ann Coulter. As a favor for Fred I'll post some of her recent words and perhaps the blinders will drop from...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology August 7th, 2006, 04:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 8,977
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Cat parasite may be responsible for cultural traits

Thanks for posting this. I ran across a mention somewhere else but never read it thoroughly.


That causes me to think again about my previously stated guess that psychological liberal /...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology August 2nd, 2006, 07:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 38,023
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Selling Evolution

Carey, Thanks for the clarification. As I was writing that I thought it seemed a bit squishy. I said,

I think what I was trying to say was that . .

I should maybe add that by saying that the...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology August 2nd, 2006, 05:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 38,023
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Selling Evolution

Fred - You keep referring to "top down" natural selection. I can't imagine what that means - unless maybe you're trying to slip some ID in under the door.

Then you say,

That's like saying that...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology August 2nd, 2006, 04:57 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,294
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Studies That Support Margi's Model of Behavior Choice

I have been trying to come up with something worthwhile in this direction since Carey challenged me to do this. One problem I have is that I don't have access to a University Library. This should...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology August 2nd, 2006, 02:57 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 38,023
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Selling Evolution

Watching this one form the sidelines I see that Fred states that selection proceeds:

It seems to me that the disconnect here is in defining mutation as random - which is effectively true (true at...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology August 1st, 2006, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 7,717
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Is Psychological Conservatism or Liberalism Inherited?

My own experience is that nature dishes out our problems somewhat randomly - in that nature does not favor problems that are best solved using either a psychologically liberal or conservative view of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 31st, 2006, 12:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 7,717
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Is Psychological Conservatism or Liberalism Inherited?

Todd asked this question several weeks ago at which time I made a guess that it was possible but not likely. The question was spurred in part by my reference to the infamous Jost, et al study:...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 30th, 2006, 10:09 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,073
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Darn Fred, I was staring to think you had turned a corner and had decided to actually engage in a purposeful discussion on a topic. I can see now that you only go along as long as your beliefs are...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 29th, 2006, 08:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,294
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

Emotions

I'm offering a clarification here because I have felt for a while that my use of the term emotion is being misunderstood (no doubt due to my failure to clearly describe my use of the...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 29th, 2006, 04:40 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,073
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

OK - we might be getting somewhere with this.



Machines with emotional predilections? :confused:

You say: "But the rest of us sane adults . . . will often take other factors into account; ....
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 29th, 2006, 01:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,073
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Replying to my own post, in that post I said,

I would add that I suspect that what you describe as free-will (as best I can understand it) is some kind of intelligence or awareness that is...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 29th, 2006, 11:24 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,073
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

OK - and your point is . . . ?

Margaret :confused:

On edit: I don't mean this post to be sarcastic. I really would like to know what it is about my premise - that we make behavior decisions...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 28th, 2006, 06:03 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,073
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

It must seem brilliant to you that you've come up with the clever tactic of using my description of how we make behavior decisions - to ridicle basically anything I say.

You seem to have missed...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 28th, 2006, 02:15 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,073
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

That whole paragraph is ambiguous, full of pseudo-scientific terms (primitive algorithmic subconscious neural mechanisms - conscious cognitive illusion?) and circular. It's as far from a useful...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 28th, 2006, 11:37 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 5,201
Posted By Margaret McGhee
New Twin Studies: Social Learning Takes Another Leap Forward

The title of this thread is a bit of a spoof. I would not encourage others to think of this debate as some kind of contest, as often occurs when ideology is the motive.

Here's a link to NYT...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 25th, 2006, 06:22 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,073
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

A few day's perspective can do wonders. I'm not really into this free-will debate myself. That's because I can't completely wrap my brain around some of the constructs that Tom and Alex seem to think...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 19th, 2006, 10:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 40,294
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: Emotions versus Reason?

I'll be offline for a few days and just wanted to thank everyone who has been participating positively in this discussion over the last week or so. It's been very rewarding for me as it always is...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 18th, 2006, 08:56 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 48,073
Posted By Margaret McGhee
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

I invite the reader to observe the high emotion expressed in Fred's post. IMO - whenever this happens it is almost given that someone's strongest identity beliefs have been challenged and probably...
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