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I'm scheduled to interview John Michael Greer in a couple of hours. There's stil time to submit your questions (per my rap at the end of episode 276: The Lure of the Apocalypse Meme).

I was just reading through his latest blog post, and I found this gem:

The same factors apply in most other aspects of human life. When two people fall in love, for example, their rational minds have little to do with the matter; the same nonrational, nonverbal patterns of mutual communication that handled pair bonding for our prehuman ancestors do the same thing for us, and as often as not our rational minds simply get hauled along for the ride, squawking and complaining all the way. Social status is determined the same way; read up on social hierarchies among baboons and then visit, say, an activist group trying to find consensus, and if you pay attention to body language and other nonverbal cues, you’ll quickly spot identical patterns at work. In my experience, at least, the more egalitarian a group claims to be, the more completely it depends on baboon politics to maintain group cohesion and direction—though if you mention that in such circles, you’ll get an irritated look followed by canned polemics.

Emphasis mine.


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l33tminion
Sep. 26th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
That's a very interesting post. Link, for fellow commenters.

A bit late to provide suggestions, but I hope you discussed that post in your interview.
kmo
Sep. 28th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
We did discuss that blog post, but we didn't touch on the baboon troop element.
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kmo
Sep. 28th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
Lotta miles between there and here
In the mid 90's, I was hot to trot for the techno rapture.
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