Comments on Peter Turchin’s review of Joseph Henrich’s “Cultural Evolution: The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter”

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11 Comments to "Comments on Peter Turchin’s review of Joseph Henrich’s “Cultural Evolution: The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter”"

  1. August 27, 2017 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    The _primary_ and _original_ (neolithic) point of “culture”, as both a verb and noun, is to _deliberately_ impose a positive evolutionary direction on a population be it plants, animals or human. The word “eugenics” is really a neolism necessitated by the likes of Boas castrating the original meaning of “culture” and then elevating that castrati to become monarch of the travesty of “science” called “sociology”.

    The entire history of the evolution of Jewish virulence which is caused by “persecution of Jews” which kills off the least virulent Jews and lets the most virulent escape, is an accident of history akin to the Spanish Flu epidemic’s evolved virulence under what evolutionary medicine calls “horizontal transmission” — in this case between bodies politic or “nations”. This evolved virulence is a _very_ bad but _unintended_ consequence of “antisemitism” or even “anti-Judaism. It results directly from failing to take responsibility for the breeding consequences of culture as artificial selection.

    You want to the evolution of symbiosis rather than of virulence. That requires vertical transmission — lying in the bed you make. In this regard, Hitler did more for the positive evolution of Jews than any other diaspora ruler in history in the form of The Transfer Agreement and the establishment of Israel. His failure to kill the Frankfurt School pathogens, and permit them to escape, is nothing new. That’s how Jews evolved their unique character as a diaspora population including, unfortunately, Jewish virulence.

    • Trenchant's Gravatar Trenchant
      August 30, 2017 - 5:51 am | Permalink

      Thanks. I’ll definitely listen.

  2. RoyAlbrecht's Gravatar RoyAlbrecht
    August 27, 2017 - 10:44 am | Permalink

    IMO, the norms are set by the cosmic pulse of the universe…, their temporary obfuscation is being conducted by the Race of [Expletive Redacted] Jews that is possessed by the Spirit of “…Satan Insanicus…”.

  3. Robert Tate's Gravatar Robert Tate
    August 27, 2017 - 10:44 am | Permalink

    Maybe there needs to be more studying of the Jewish genius for creating a vulgar and mediocre mass culture. This is what makes the Jews supreme. They know how to appeal to the lowest common denominator trough mediums like pop music, the gutter press and sub cultural films. The gentile ruling classes seem to be incapable of providing a viable culture for the masses.

    • John Walton's Gravatar John Walton
      September 2, 2017 - 5:20 pm | Permalink

      Mass culture is a 20th century arrival and they jumped on it. Perhaps what we see is capitalism driving culture to serve the capitalists (broadly speaking) as Marxism predicts!

  4. RoyAlbrecht's Gravatar RoyAlbrecht
    August 27, 2017 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Cultural Evolution is a new [my emphasis] interdisciplinary field whose intellectual roots go back only to the 1970s (unless, of course, you count Charles Darwin; but in a sense any new development in evolutionary science can be traced to Darwin). In this new field, “culture” is defined as information, which can affect human behavior, that is (((socially transmitted)))—through books and manuals, by teaching, or simply by observing and imitation. Cultural variants are information packages that cause people to behave in alternative ways. Cultural Evolution, then, studies how and why frequencies of cultural variants change with time, just as biological evolution focuses on the changing frequencies of genetic variants.”

    In the transcendentally exponentially attainable levels of awareness that are possible
    when continuing along the line of the quelling of the metabolic human condition,
    one is afforded the opportunity to view life from a perspective free from learning and more attuned toward manifest evidentiaries that preexisted learning.

    ______________________

    “…However, the Secret of Our Success is much more than a popular book. It addresses the most fundamental questions about our societies. Why are humans so smart and cooperative, compared to other animals? How do we solve ubiquitous “cooperation dilemmas”?…”

    Does the author mean smart or does he mean (((smart))), – which IMO is another term for stupid.

    By going back in time to an era when Spiritual Realities were widely recognized as predominant,
    and striving in the present to replicate these “…conditions…”,
    life on the planet will,
    as a biological organism that is inter-connected on a most profound level,
    more clearly be able to recognize what is beneficial and what is detrimental from a “…time-term…” whose limit tends toward infinity.

    Incidentally, my favourite meals consist of any foods with copious amounts of allyl isothiocyanate, the active ingredient in mustards, horseradish and I suspect onions and garlic…,
    as well as capsaicin and
    the photosynthetic compounds in green plants that contain the pigment chlorophyll and generate oxygen as a by-product.
    I also yearn after the fruits and other plants that were widely available before genetic modification removed the seeds and
    I stay away from foods that are black (coffee, coke, pepper, tea…, etc…),
    contain artificial sweeteners or flavour enhancers and are otherwise disruptive to metabolic stasis (alcohol, drugs of any sort illegal or (non-)/prescription substances/medication and always remember the pain and struggle inherent in reaching the state of metabolic stasis in my everyday struggle to remain youthful through aerobic work.

    Maybe I will live to regret it but let’s hope I am right so I can live to help lead our future warriors toward the renewed Aryan Civilization we were meant to inherit.

  5. Armor's Gravatar Armor
    August 28, 2017 - 6:57 pm | Permalink

    “feeling good about their replacement”

    How many White people really think it’s noble and virtuous to destroy the White race? Not many. Most people who feel good about facilitating the invasion do not really feel good about being invaded. They may get a rush of self-righteous emotion when they support the invasion, especially if they get paid for doing it, but they still don’t want to live among third-world savages. Ideally, they would like the non-White invaders to self-destruct after six weeks. That would make it easier to keep importing more of them and feel even more virtuous.

    Similarly, antifa rioters like to destroy street lights, street dustbins, police cars and so on. It doesn’t mean they want to live in a city without street lights. They would like street lights to regrow during the night so they can keep destroying them.

    When you sincerely sacrifice your personal interests for the good of your children or of your country, you may not even feel self-righteous about it. You don’t want to be seen helping your children, you really want them to succeed and do well.

    “This in turn leads to a conflict theory of culture: social norms are set by elites hostile to Whites & their culture”

    I think the way they set the social norms is through the political dictatorship, not the hijacked culture. In North Korea, many people probably feel good about supporting the government. Especially since it is a nationalist government and you can identify with it. It’s not that they have been brainwashed by the cultural propaganda, but it is dangerous not to support the government. People tend to internalize that kind of thing. Conveniently, what feels moral and good is what allows you to stay alive. And in the West, many corrupt people feel what is moral is what allows them to have a quiet well-paid career.

    I think it is very impressive how Jewish professors with absurd and appalling theories have been able to colonize Western universities and come to exert great influence on the government, the media, and everything. But the way they rose to power and cling to it is with money, networking, fraud, deception, defamation, strong-arm tactics, and so on. Their cultural and especially antiracist theories are a load of rubbish.

    Their theories were meant to show that White civilization and the White race are no good. But they are so absurd that they can only be used as pseudo-intellectual padding to fill the void left by the censorship of White intellectuals. On the other hand, what works well for the Jews is intimidation, censorship, ritual defamation. That’s how they are really able to set social norms. There is also some cultural brainwashing, but I think it is only an inch deep. Most people don’t feel good about being replaced, they just feel good about staying out of trouble.

    It’s like the French elections: through Pavlovian tactics, the anti-White media made it so that many French voters cannot put a ballot paper in the box if it has the name Le Pen on it. They would feel they are transgressing a TV taboo. But other politicians with different names (and from other political parties) still grow in popularity when they criticize the race replacement policies. So, the brainwashing is only superficial.

    • pterodactyl's Gravatar pterodactyl
      September 1, 2017 - 10:00 am | Permalink

      “made it so that many French voters cannot put a ballot paper in the box if it has the name Le Pen on it”
      People use the same part of the brain to vote as they use when watching TV adverts. In other words there is, for most people, zero input from reason and logic in the decision-making. It is all image and association. If it were not so, adverts would be completely different. Eg they might even describe the product, the guarantee, the expected life. There is NONE of this in adverts. So if people apply zero logic when choosing a car or a washing machine, then why should they become logical when the voting decision is to be made? They buy the washing machine based on seeing a happy and successful person shown using it.

      And, as you say, the voters, presumably, avoid the name ‘Penn’ as the TV have marketed the name into a bad brand.

      So, we will just have to accept the great triumph of the left who control the TV media – they have successfully persuaded the people to vote for politicians with the OPPOSITE views to their own, and to shun those with the EXACT SAME views as their own.

  6. Nandarani's Gravatar Nandarani
    September 2, 2017 - 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Have found evidence that in spite of the culture there are people who know there are differences and do not have a problem with them nor is awareness of race ‘faults’ understood by only a few of either the black or the white race. In my view, a kind of bottom line is that this is theoretical and especially attractive to whites because they, we, tend to like theorizing and are very individualistic. Instead in living day to day here in Honolulu which certainly is a multicultural place, no one race has a strong lack of faith in survival over the long term.

    This doesn’t have to be impossible on the physical ‘mainland.’ As an attitude I mean and it’s one I will be carrying when I move in order to cope with the much higher level of sheer stress there than here. Not just in the area of survival but across the board. The aloha spirit really does exist, and it is here. But it can be there too. There are several blacks with black followings on youtube whose understanding of racial realities vis a vis their community is VERY high and they use it to help their community have more success.

    As regards survival pains we all carry some kind of cross; struggle as we may, it is a fact and whites are not immune. It behooves them to be more aware that certain thing are self-evident to other races and there is no need to be defensive?

    As others have said ‘we’ may not survive in the current context but then death ends everything anyway. God is most definitely in control but we may not like the game plan we won’t live to see but speculate upon. By which I do not mean whites will not survive intact. Geographical separation will/may come at an enormous cost down the line. Individual integrity counts for a lot in the meantime. Not all Orientals marry Whites here, but a fairly significant number do; this is an example of not being in touch with integrity in a racial sense.

    Aloha from Honolulu
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  7. John Walton's Gravatar John Walton
    September 2, 2017 - 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Okay there are now a bunch of taboos in placed enforced by both law and custom. To remove a taboo you have to break it. How do you incent people to break it? Offer cash and valuable prizes?

  8. pterodactyl's Gravatar pterodactyl
    September 3, 2017 - 2:56 am | Permalink

    Well, it took me such a long time to compose my reply that it was over-long and it is almost ‘time-out’ on the article, so I will cut it down and post the rest under the next article by Kevin Macdonald instead, but basically here are some points based on Kevin MacDonald’s theories:

    (1) Those Jews who seek to harm the West are not doing it from self-interest (Jews will not thrive in a third world economy where no-one is interested in their H word), they are doing it because their gene of tribal loyalty has another aspect to it – it also confers upon such Jews a hostility to other tribes, which still prevails even towards those tribes that (a) offer the hand of friendship (b) provide Jews with vast wealth and security. We observe that (a) and (b) do not diminish the hostility. This is because THE GENES control the individual behaviour patterns, not logic or reason.

    (2) When examining human behaviour such as self-hatred in the West from whites and hostility of some Jews towards the West, we should NOT ask:

    ‘Why would natural selection today select such behaviour? How does it help them to pass on their genes? How does what they are doing actually help them?

    Instead we should ask the following:

    ‘Why did natural selection IN PREHISTORIC TIMES select such behaviour? How did it help them THEN, not now?’

    This means we should not work out how destroying the West gives an elite power and wealth – because it does not! It does not help bankers or globalists, or anyone, and is only negative for all, including Soros types. Power and money are not the motive – rather, feelings of hostility at the basic level of human behaviour towards certain groups – this is the only motive that can explain Western suicide.

    In the same way, we can explain what our domestic cats do today (for example, a pampered cat fighting its pampered neighbour) in terms of what happened in the PAST (ie the wild). Today the domestic cat still retains the behaviour from its past/the wild, even though two pampered cats next-door fighting with each other causes them only stress and possible injury. So they retain a behaviour pattern from the past that USED to be useful, but now is harmful to them. It is the same with Jews. They are ‘stuck with’ this hostility that might have been beneficial to the race in ancient desert tribes, but in modern society it can in the end lead to their expulsion from host countries.

    Races today are stuck with gene sets that control their behaviour, even though in a modern setting the behaviour might well be against their interests. Another example is the way the Africans are determined to eject white man from Africa – the same white man who provides them with everything they like to have, including electricity and food.

    (3) Ant colonies contain workers and soldiers ie differently wired individuals. All ants are therefore not the same. It is the same in humans – natural selection in the past did not ‘try and select’ an ideal type (such as a peaceful and co-operative and honest person), rather, natural selection in prehistoric times would have preserved a balance between those with lefty genes (let us say about 15%) and the rest. It is a type of parasitic arrangement. Between the ‘makers’ and the ‘takers’. Between the host and the parasite. Between the higher and the lower. This explains why Western societies today all have a 15% (or whatever it is) enemy within with lefty genes that manifest themselves as a hatred of the better and a favouring of the lower. Such types now have the upper hand and have constructed the current culture of self-hate in the West. They have successfully made the word ‘superior’ into a derogatory term. They have successfully promoted the rights of the criminal so that in many cases they are higher than the rights of the law-abiding.

    So there is a dichotomy of human types, and now the 15% subset wired to be lefty have the upper hand, as the factors of modern society have favoured them. These factors include (1) the removal of the ability to control land from being important or being a factor in deciding who gets power. (Zuckerburg does not have to lead an army of men to retain his power and wealth, he simply has to be ruthless and use lawyers, and besides, his wealth is not in land, it is 0000s in computers), and (2) ability to pursue career of choice. Lefties gravitate to certain professions and take them over (3) break up of family and village structures, ones that made the formation of opinion a ‘spread out’ process, ie lots of people contributed rather than today in which a very tiny subset can, via the TV and schools, have disproportionate influence. 100 years ago your grandma and uncle and cousin and the people in the pub contributed to your views, today the university lecturers and TV give our young people their views, ie the views come from a fanatical 5%, not from the majority.

    (4) It is these genetically-left types who now form the elite that Kevin MacDonald describes above as: “social norms are set by elites hostile to Whites & their culture”

    But the current culture that the individualistic people are wired to follow AND NOT TO CHALLENGE OR EVALUATE, this current culture is one of self-hate, and although they follow it for now, it is like a balloon contorted out of shape, and when the people of the West are no longer so safe and pampered, perhaps they will SWIFTLY CHANGE to another culture from a DIFFERENT elite – one that promotes self-interest. The new culture will be more in tune with the rest of their animal behaviour instincts. The current one that they accept is not in harmony with their other inner urges. The new one will be. And as the people awaken politically (as they are doing) this will swell the ranks of the right-wing. As for the ranks of the left-wing, they cannot swell as they are already at their maximum level, and always have been, as the lefty gene confers an interest in politics, whilst the right wing types tend to be less interested in politics and more interested in their jobs, families, and hobbies.

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