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  •  The fear of strangers is inculcated early (6+ / 0-)

    for the purpose of keeping the young close to home. Mobile creatures wander. When they are self-sustaining, like the horse, soon after birth, there's not much of a maternal/parental investment that needs to be repaid. Humans require much care in the first two years of life. If that nurture is to "bear fruit," then the young need to be discouraged from wandering off. Since direct restraint tends to be resisted, an ulterior rationale to persuade children to stay close to home is desirable. Indeed, concern for what the boogie man might do even looks like care/love.
    That expliotation is the real objective doesn't seem obvious.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:55:34 AM PST

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    •  Would you like to provide some links validating (0+ / 0-)

      that? There are plenty of nomadic cultures out there. I'm not convinced unless you can provide more information.

      •  The joys of 'evolutionary psychology' (1+ / 0-)
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        Don't even ask.

        Evo-psych, which is what that is, is basically a bunch of guys (they're almost all men) thinking about human behavior, then comparing it to animal behavior, and trying to figure out how one might lead to another. It rarely makes testable predictions (because it's all based on observations and inferences), and when it does they are often proven wrong. After which the evo-psych people simply ignore the proof, or suddenly have the opposite opinion, equally well supported by evolutionary psychology.

        Nobody in the scientific community really takes it seriously, but it sells very well to people with some scientific training, because it sounds so plausible and reasonable... sounds like human behavior is simple and explicable if you just think about it right. As such, it's one of those hoaxes that is more dangerous to the educated and intelligent than it is to the less-educated.

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