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James Brody James Brody is offline
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Cool Intelligent Design & Secular Education

I am agnostic, for reasons in half of my genes. I also have a strong sense of justice and fairness and that a war is going on:

1) There are reasons to treat ID advocates as genetically different from NeoDs, differences that can be presumed outcomes of genomic imprinting during fetal development (Burt & Trivers, 2006). Thus, the long separations between Apollonians and Dionysiacs that live today in the war between progressives and conservatives (Hayek, 1994; Pinker 2002; Sowell, 2002), between Neodarwinians and Intelligent Design, between field-dependent and field independent thinkers such as westerners and Orientals (Nisbett, 2003), between liberals and conservatives (Alford, Funk, & Hibbing, 2005) and even between the average female and the average male (Goldberg, 2001).

2) The right to a free public education includes the modifier, "appropriate" which means matching the methods and content of education to the nature of each child. Many parents now pay school taxes but educate their children at home for reasons of safety and moral development. Such students also do better than average in standard tests and show no social impairments for having missed lunchrooms and school yards. AND their mothers do not need masters degrees, continuing education credits, or annual pay increases!

3) Denial of a religious component to that education - because of the mismatch between educational content and the nature of the child - is a violation of due process and the Right to Education Act, PL94-142.

4) Requiring parents of religiously-awake students to pay extra tuition to meet their children's biological needs is a violation of the equal protection clause of the U. S. Constitution. (No damned wonder they're pissed! Their sense of ultimate causes is just as valid to them as the sense of ultimates endorsed by secularists. This is a less a matter of absolute truths and more one of brown eyes being forced to act as if they are blue.)

5) Failing to provide religious instruction raises the probability of the child's alienation from his secular instructors and peers and heightens the chances that he/she will discover less mature forms of religious practice. Expect Wiccanism to do well with some of these kids! (See Sloan Wilson, 2007.)

6) The separation between the state and religion was intended to prevent state-sponsorship of any particular religion. (Again, a reflection of genetic biases: the US Supreme Court has issued 25 opinions on the separation of church and state since 1878. ( Also note that Islam successfully gains schedule adjustments and physical resources that would be denied to Christians and Jews.)

Bottom Lines:

1) Practice the ancient Jewish art of self-defense as endorsed by NYC liberal attorney, Ron Kuby: Eisoo!

2) The Scopes Trial was a contest between genes and religion had a terrible set: Willam Jennings Bryan was dead two weeks after that debate. (It was also a lynching just as if religion were a black man. See Marion Rodgers, 2005) That contest continues and the self-selection that leads to academic careers also leads to choices in the popular media. The high-verbals, for reasons of genomic imprinting in context with stable environments, practice routines, talk more, argue better, are more context-oriented, and more apt to experience anxiety and depression. They make a culture that will collapse because it tries to suppress its most devoted and creative individuals.

Like most suicidal people, they are also boring...


Alford J, Funk C, & Hibbing JR (2005) Are political orientations genetically transmitted? American Political Science Review. 99(2): 153-167.

Brody J (2008) rebellion physics to personal will. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.

Burt, Austin, & Trivers, Robert (2006) Genes in Conflict: The Biology of Selfish Genetic Elements. Cambridge, MA: Belknap-Harvard. (Esp. Chapter 4: Genomic imprinting is most frequent in species in which females have offspring by several different males. Humans are one of them. Imprinting allows females to limit the costs imposed on her by one male while she conserves her assets for the offspring of her next partner. Males, on the other hand, try to get the most they can for their offspring from every mating. That is, silencing dad's gene leads to smaller offspring, silencing mother's leads to larger. Mothers, thus, resist fetal demands on their blood sugar and blood pressure and limit placental growth; fathers take advantage of those same resources.. At the same time, maternal imprinted genes possibly encourage her offspring's ability to find and maintain social connections when she contributes to its left forebrain and striatum, retina, nose, and parts of its vomeronasal organ!)

Goldberg, E. (2001) The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind. NY: Oxford University Press. Elkohonon Goldberg (2001), a gifted refusnik, neuroscientist, and host for a competing Behavior OnLine forum, points out "Yakolevian torque" that is most pronounced in adult male brains and less evident in the brains of children and females of any age (and schizophrenics). That is, the left temporal area is swollen in adults of either sex but male adults have a larger right frontal area that actually overlaps its partner on the left side. (Such differences have been seen in other primates in in endocasts of the fossilized skulls of human ancestors.) Goldberg cites data from brain scans of normal individuals solving problems as well as the common effects of head injury. The right frontal area is particularly active in novel situations but, with practice, dampens itself while the left side increases its activity. Further, new words and phrases, math challenges, and musical compositions arouse the right side; familiar items, regardless of their nature, appear to activate the left. As for head injury: children are thought to be more affected by damage to their right side, adults by damage to their left. Goldberg's suggestion is that children, depending on the right, are at the stage of acquiring new sequences of behavior. Adults have mastered most basic skills but injury to their left side disrupts them. In other words, your right side can be considered as a pattern-maker and your left side as your administrative assistant, your patter-maker (Brody, 2008). It can be argued that Western society, indeed most human societies, order and reward compliance with verbal and nonverbal traditions. The left hemisphere would be expected to have selective advantages under these conditions. The contributions of the right hemisphere may have been most honored when active in lovers, rulers, generals, and priests and when it discovered ways to have its fun while seeming to comply with progressive, hierarchic cultures.

Nisbett R (2003) The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently and Why. NY: Free Press.

Pinker, S. (2002) The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. NY: Viking. (See chapter on Politics.)

Rodgers, Marion Elizabeth (2005) Mencken: The American Iconoclast. NY: Oxford University Press. (Gripping! Mencken gave us an American language, vigorously argued against Prohibition and may have been served the first beer in Baltimore after it was repealed. Risked lynching by rednecks on Maryland's easter shore when he protested their lynching of blacks. FDR helped end prohibition against beer but - despite Mencken's best efforts to provoke federal assistance - this orator had no opinions about the lynching of blacks in Maryland. Legislation to make lynching a federal crime died in the US senate. HLM left us a remarkable heritage of honesty and skepticism and new writers. Boston couldn't ban him. Long book, short chapters, sturdy scholarship dressed in a lively style.)

Wilson DS (2007) Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About our Lives. NY: Dell.

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