Pungent analysis from SockThief

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In his article: More pushing of barrows, SockThief points out (yet again) the anti-science stance of Left/Liberal political elites. They tend to deny the fundamentals of human nature in order to further their utopian visions.

A voice in the wilderness, Steven Pinker‘s The Blank Slate offers a sound, scientific approach for liberal politicians to address the human condition. Their response is to dismiss his arguments with a prophylactic separation between their political ideas and the scientific enterprise. I think there is a distinct gap between their idealizations and reality.
For interest, here is a copy of Brown’s list of Human Universals:

Barger’s ‘evolutionary’ sort order:

environment, adjustments to
binary cognitive distinctions
pain
likes and dislikes
food preferences
making comparisons

time
time, cyclicity of
memory
anticipation
habituation
choice making (choosing alternatives)
intention
ambivalence
emotions
self-control
fears
fear of death
fears, ability to overcome some
risk-taking

daily routines
rituals

sexual attraction
sexual attractiveness
sex differences in spatial cognition and behavior

mental maps
territoriality
conflict

self distinguished from other

sweets preferred
tabooed foods

childbirth customs
childcare
females do more direct childcare
preference for own children and close kin (nepotism)
weaning
childhood fears
childhood fear of loud noises
childhood fear of strangers
pretend play
play
toys, playthings
play to perfect skills
practice to improve skills
husband older than wife on average

sexual regulation includes incest prevention
incest between mother and son unthinkable or tabooed
incest, prevention or avoidance

hygienic care

family (or household)
biological mother and social mother normally the same person
attachment
mourning
affection expressed and felt
gestures
empathy
food sharing
turn-taking
group living

sexual jealousy

kin, close distinguished from distant
kin groups
kinship statuses

anthropomorphization
interest in bioforms (living things or things that resemble them)
critical learning periods

murder proscribed

males dominate public/political realm
males engage in more coalitional violence
males more aggressive
males more prone to lethal violence
males more prone to theft
males, on average, travel greater distances over lifetime

dreams
symbolism

social structure
dominance/submission
leaders
cooperation
coalitions
collective identities
conflict, means of dealing with
conflict, mediation of
decision making, collective
good and bad distinguished
distinguishing right and wrong
judging others
fairness (equity), concept of
economic inequalities
economic inequalities, consciousness of
envy
envy, symbolic means of coping with
etiquette
insulting
interpreting behavior reciprocity, negative (revenge, retaliation)
redress of wrongs
resistance to abuse of power, to dominance
rape
rape proscribed

pride

taboos

rites of passage

cultural variability

dispersed groups
visiting

sickness and death seen as related
healing the sick (or attempting to)
medicine
sucking wounds

snakes, wariness around

sexual modesty
copulation normally conducted in privacy

diurnality

thumb sucking

tickling

property
materialism
prestige inequalities
trade

tools
tool dependency
tool making
tools patterned culturally
tools, permament
tools for pounding

weapons

lever

directions, giving of

aesthetics

customary greetings

generosity admired
gift giving
stinginess, disapproval of

self-image, awareness of (concern for what others think)
self-image, manipulation of
manipulate social relations
self-image, wanted to be positive
self is responsible
shame
psychological defense mechanisms

shelter
nonbodily decorative art

right-handedness as population norm

onomatopoeia

fire

spear
tools for cutting

death rituals

body adornment
hairstyles

containers
tying material (ie, something like string)
intertwining (eg, weaving)

measuring

cooking

tools to make tools

music
music related in part to dance
music related in part to religious activity
music seen as art (a creation)
music, vocal
musical redundancy
musical repetition
musical variation
melody
rhythm

dance

not yet sorted:

actions under self-control distinguished from those not under control

conjectural reasoning

continua (ordering as cognitive pattern)

corporate (perpetual) statuses

coyness display

crying

culture

decision making

differential valuations

entification (treating patterns and relations as things)

ethnocentrism

feasting

government

groups that are not based on family

hope

hospitality

identity, collective

imagery

in-group distinguished from out-group(s)

in-group biases in favor of

institutions (organized co-activities)

interpolation

jokes

logical notions
logical notion of ‘and’
logical notion of ‘equivalent’
logical notion of ‘general/particular’
logical notion of ‘not’
logical notion of ‘opposite’
logical notion of ‘part/whole’
logical notion of ‘same’

magic
magic to increase life
magic to sustain life
magic to win love
weather control (attempts to)

marriage

meal times

mentalese

mood- or consciousness-altering techniques and/or substances

moral sentiments

moral sentiments, limited effective range of

normal distinguished from abnormal states

Oedipus complex

past/present/future

planning

planning for future

possessive, intimate

possessive, loose

role and personality seen in dynamic interrelationship (ie, departures from role can be explained in terms of individual personality)

sanctions

sanctions for crimes against the collectivity

sanctions include removal from the social unit

self as neither wholly passive nor wholly autonomous

self as subject and object

senses unified

socialization

socialization expected from senior kin

socialization includes toilet training

statuses and roles

statuses, ascribed and achieved

statuses distinguished from individuals

succession

triangular awareness (assessing relationships among the self and two other people)

violence, some forms of proscribed

clusters:

semantic components, sex
sex (gender) terminology is fundamentally binary
sex statuses
sexual regulation
sexuality as focus of interest
statuses on other than sex, age, or kinship bases

numerals (counting)
one (numeral)
phonemes, range from 10 to 70 in number
pronouns, minimum two numbers
two (numeral)

black (color term)
white (color term)

cooperative labor
division of labor
division of labor by age
reciprocal exchanges (of labor, goods, or services)
division of labor by sex

age grades
age statuses
age terms

male and female and adult and child seen as having different natures
mother normally has consort during child-rearing years
music, children’s
baby talk

belief in supernatural/religion
beliefs, false
beliefs about death
beliefs about disease
beliefs about fortune and misfortune

classification
classification of age
classification of behavioral propensities
classification of body parts
classification of fauna
classification of flora
classification of inner states
classification of kin
classification of space
classification of tools
classification of weather conditions
nomenclature (perhaps the same as classification)
classification of sex
classification of colors

face (word for)
facial communication
facial expression of anger
facial expression of contempt
facial expression of disgust
facial expression of fear
facial expression of happiness
facial expression of surprise
facial expressions, masking/modifying of
oligarchy (de facto)
recognition of individuals by face

abstraction in speech & thought
discrepancies between speech, thought, and action
figurative speech
music, vocal, includes speech forms
special speech for special occasions
stop/nonstop contrasts (in speech sounds)
symbolic speech

antonyms
conflict, consultation to deal with
contrasting marked and nonmarked sememes (meaningful elements in language)
culture/nature distinction
divination
dream interpretation
explanation
father and mother, separate kin terms for
folklore
future, attempts to predict
gossip
grammar
hand (word for)
inheritance rules
insulting
jokes
kin terms translatable by basic relations of procreation
language
language employed to manipulate others
language employed to misinform or mislead
language is translatable
language not a simple reflection of reality
language, prestige from proficient use of
law (rights and obligations)
law (rules of membership)
linguistic redundancy
marking at phonemic, syntactic, and lexical levels
meaning, most units of are non-universal
metaphor
metonym
morphemes
myths
narrative
nouns
overestimating objectivity of thought
person, concept of
personal names
phonemes
phonemes defined by set of minimally constrasting features
phonemes, merging of
phonemic change, inevitability of
phonemic change, rules of
phonemic system
poetry/rhetoric
poetic line, uniform length range
poetic lines characterized by repetition and variation
poetic lines demarcated by pauses
polysemy (one word has several meanings)
precedence, concept of (that’s how the leopard got its spots)
private inner life
promise
pronouns
pronouns, minimum three persons
proper names
proverbs, sayings
proverbs, sayings – in mutually contradictory forms
semantics
semantic category of affecting things and people
semantic category of dimension
semantic category of giving
semantic category of location
semantic category of motion
semantic category of other physical properties
semantic components
semantic components, generation
sememes, commonly used ones are short, infrequently used ones are longer
synesthetic metaphors
synonyms
tabooed utterances
taxonomy
true and false distinguished
units of time
verbs
vocalic/nonvocalic contrasts in phonemes
vowel contrasts
world view

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