Monday, June 29, 2015

DEVOTION: As natural as "Believing in God"

Life is sacred, and for a good reason. That reason is servitude, servitude to the chosen ones.

Species are the physical and psychological blueprint of its organisms. That blueprint molded by Natural Selection defines the best fitted Species, meanwhile, species chose their best organisms in accordance to that blueprint. The same way the physical hardware of an organisms has its own purpose, feelings also play its equally decisive rule.

As saw before about Sampling, there is a great deal of waste in terms of living organisms. However, Species throughout Natural Selection, adjusted their feelings in an way to avoid complete waste, and more important, to take advantage of it.

Devotion has a very specific function, devoid the Organism of self interest in favor of the Species interest. Doing so, it produces two results, first increases will pressure to sexual reproduction, allowing a more restricted filter that increases the effect of Sampling (in war and love everything is fair), and second maintains a share of organisms willing to serve the chosen ones in exchange of the pleasure of being accepted by them.

Religions, where devotion is mandatory, the concept of "created at the image of God" is a classic. When it happens, it's important that God itself represents how a male or female should be at the eyes of the Species!

So for Jesus Crist we have the following male model:

Despite the reality being slightly different:

But who says that Religion is about reality? Religions are Synthesis of Devotion, extensions of the Species Will.
Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” (Genesis 1:26)

So, in all religions the figure of God is a important matter. Some religions, like Islam, avoid the problem by simple not showing any face, nevertheless, there is a devoid of individualism towards collectivism. Humans have the instinct to veneration and subjugation.

If it's truth that some religions are restricted in human body veneration, others have an history of promoting it. Renaissance and its art is a good example of that body veneration.

Of course that Shame on Sex plays its rule here, and the modern veneration of it is more discrete:

Devotion is an instrument of Species to impose servitude trough standardized feelings. The classic example is on Superstars Devotion, where common people is willing to offer them selves to the Superstar without compromises. The brains of common people are cooked to the point of extreme hysteria, including fainting and self mutilation.

This happens in the best interest of Human Species, because it promotes the greater success of biological superior organisms, where the inferior people is the happy red carpet. This would be impossible if there wasn't a standardized Species Will guiding the entire humanity.
Justin Bieber reduces size 14 fan to tears after allegedly calling her a "beached whale"
So, Love is not only about affections is also about exploitation, in this way there is Affective Love and Exploitive Love.
"Despite reports that the majority of pimps used violence to keep the women in the trade, violence was rarely reported as being used to first get the women into the trade. Instead, most pimps use one or a combination of the following five techniques: (a) love, (b) debt, (c) drugs, (d) the “gorilla” technique, and (e) position of authority. 
Love. Sixteen percent of the prostituted women interviewed described being turned out by a boyfriend or a pimp to which they had an emotional attachment. The seduction process was also described by informants from the Prostitution Offender Program. It appears that pimps were able to convince underage girls to prostitute themselves by pretending to love them. Playing on their vulnerabilities, stereotypes, and insecurities, pimps could distort a young woman’s sense of right and wrong with alarming speed. Several ways that this seduction process could occur were reported but, in most cases, a pimp would scout out a vulnerable, insecure teenager and woo her with attention and gifts. Not only would he wine and dine her, but he would make sure that she was aware of how much money he had been spending on her. Then, after the girl had fallen madly in love with her new ‘boyfriend,’ the pimp told her that they were out of money. Knowing how much money her ‘boyfriend’ had spent on her, the girl felt responsible for the situation and was willing to do anything to help. And so, with the help of her ‘boyfriend,’ the girl found herself prostituting on the corner to bring home some money." - Research Article: Routes of Recruitment into Prostitution
The inverse is also true when it comes to servitude of the superior organism, it doesn't matter if women or man, in the end superior biology it's all it matters, with many extremely wealthy man giving their dimes for a pretty woman.

To know how devotion works out in favor of superior organisms you may read Daniel Hamermesh and its "Beauty Pays". There is no need to give examples here, you just need the facts Daniel Hamermesh gives, they are so many that they become boring!

As shown in SAMPLING: As natural as "the Death of my Little Brother", as more perfection you demand, more samples you need. This means that there is an hierarchy of samples, where less and less samples are at the top, in a logarithmic way. This way biology works like a system of casts, where morals exist to preserve that cast system and serve the biological superior ones. So this cast system may be compared with the Indian cast System, with religion supporting and justifying this hierarchy this Sociobiological Hierarchy.

Sociobiological Hierarchy (analogy)

As an analogy, the untouchable are all those that Species doesn't want to be reproduced, and so sexually untouchable, where the condition to satisfy their instinct of survival is to serve the upper class. They live in a box of perception, where shame on sex works to maintain that restrained perception. The upper cast, priests, are the ones who make their own rules, deciding how, what and who should be respected.

The real "Superman" by its superiority is easily capable to become a source of devotion, normally in the universe of arts and culture, like theater, cinema, music and others alike. The common plot is the nonconformity with the social norms, a kind of liberation. However what is really going on, is the exclusive liberation of the Superman by supporting "secondary" rules that specify who is cool, who is a Priest of these new rules, that in reality have nothing new in the way that are just an extension of the old rules. This extension is many times saw as the Evil side of Humans, like a constant slip from Good to Evil. But what it really is, is the allowance of the chosen ones to be over the mainstream moral, and this is why they are associated to a kind of dark side, sometimes as Sweet Evil Figures. All this supported by, and in accordance with, the Species Will!

Contrary to a clumsy social moral, the Species Moral is much more perverse and subtle. If it is easily to complain about an unjust social system, saying that doesn't give you access to food, shelter, it's a very different deal to complain about beauty, sexuality or vanity. The morality is there to allow just an elite to come out as while as complies with the Species Will.

The devotion trough the Superman makes him out of critic, any one making a critic is immediately confronted with its terrain cast. "Who are you to say that?" In a world of devotion there is no way to wake up some one whose devotion means devotion of criticism. But the most important of all, is the aggregated will that roller over any critic that makes you realize the Species Will protecting the chosen ones.

For instance, The Species Will is used in marketing to sell products, where a pretty face is unavoidable. What many see as Capitalism creating a Will, is in reality Capitalism taking advantage of that Will.

Scarlett Johansson signed on as the first-ever “global ambassador” for SodaStream, which sells snazzy home-carbonating technology. - in The Politics of Celebrity Ambassadors

As far as diversity is allowed to go, is to dress superior organisms with even more mysticism, and so, diversity doesn't go further than a sexy vampire. This system of casts is not compatible with diversity, that is why diversity is the greatest lie that exists to feed the "Perception Box" that imprisons the lower casts, believing that there is value in their difference, while everyone is devoting the same God.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Species Will: The real root of Sexism

I already show how Shame on Sex and Racism have nothing to do with Religion or Ideologies, but instead with the ubiquitous Species Will. In the following issue, some one is guessing that there is something more ancient concerning Sexism! Something that we already know what it is...

From: The Real Roots of Sexism in the Middle East (It's Not Islam, Race, or 'Hate')

Arab societies suffer from deep misogyny, but the problem is not as particularly Arab or Islamic as you might think.

Picture a woman in the Middle East, and probably the first thing that comes into your mind will be the hijab. You might not even envision a face, just the black shroud of the burqa or the niqab. Women's rights in the mostly Arab countries of the region are among the worst in the world, but it's more than that. As Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy writes in a provocative cover story for Foreign Policy, misogyny has become so endemic to Arab societies that it's not just a war on women, it's a destructive force tearing apart Arab economies and societies. But why? How did misogyny become so deeply ingrained in the Arab world?

As Maya Mikdashi once wrote, "Gender is not the study of what is evident, it is an analysis of how what is evident came to be." That's a much tougher task than cataloging the awful and often socially accepted abuses of women in the Arab world. But they both matter, and Eltahawy's lengthy article on the former might reveal more of the latter than she meant.

There are two general ways to think about the problem of misogyny in the Arab world. The first is to think of it as an Arab problem, an issue of what Arab societies and people are doing wrong. "We have no freedoms because they hate us," Eltahawy writes, the first of many times she uses "they" in a sweeping indictment of the cultures spanning from Morocco to the Arabian Peninsula. "Yes: They hate us. It must be said."

But is it really that simple? If that misogyny is so innately Arab, why is there such wide variance between Arab societies? Why did Egypt's hateful "they" elect only 2 percent women to its post-revolutionary legislature, while Tunisia's hateful "they" elected 27 percent, far short of half but still significantly more than America's 17 percent? Why are so many misogynist Arab practices as or more common in the non-Arab societies of sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia? After all, nearly every society in history has struggled with sexism, and maybe still is. Just in the U.S., for example, women could not vote until 1920; even today, their access to basic reproductive health care is backsliding. We don't think about this as an issue of American men, white men, or Christian men innately and irreducibly hating women. Why, then, should we be so ready to believe it about Arab Muslims?

A number of Arab Muslim feminists have criticized the article as reinforcing reductive, Western perceptions of Arabs as particularly and innately barbaric. Nahed Eltantawy accused the piece of representing Arab women "as the Oriental Other, weak, helpless and submissive, oppressed by Islam and the Muslim male, this ugly, barbaric monster." Samia Errazzouki fumed at "the monolithic representation of women in the region." Roqayah Chamseddine wrote, "Not only has Eltahawy demonized the men of the Middle East and confined them into one role, that of eternal tormentors, as her Western audience claps and cheers, she has not provided a way forward for these men." Dima Khatib sighed, "Arab society is not as barbaric as you present it in the article." She lamented the article as enhancing "a stereotype full of overwhelming generalizations [that] contributes to the widening cultural rift between our society and other societies, and the increase of racism towards us."

Dozens, maybe hundreds, of reports and papers compare women's rights and treatment across countries, and they all rank Arab states low on the list. But maybe not as close to the bottom as you'd think. A 2011 World Economic Forum report on national gender gaps put four Arab states in the bottom 10; the bottom 25 includes 10 Arab states, more than half of them. But sub-Saharan African countries tend to rank even more poorly. And so do South Asian societies -- where a population of nearly five times as many women as live in the Middle East endure some of the most horrific abuses in the world today. Also in 2011, Newsweek synthesized several reports and statistics on women's rights and quality of life. Their final ranking included only one Arab country in the bottom 10 (Yemen) and one more in the bottom 25 (Saudi Arabia, although we might also count Sudan). That's not to downplay the harm and severity of the problem in Arab societies, but a reminder that "misogyny" and "Arab" are not as synonymous as we sometimes treat them to be.

The other way to think about misogyny in the Arab world is as a problem of misogyny. As the above rankings show, culturally engrained sexism is not particular to Arab societies. In other words, it's a problem that Arab societies have, but it's not a distinctly Arab problem. The actual, root causes are disputed, complicated, and often controversial. But you can't cure a symptom without at least acknowledging the disease, and that disease is not race, religion, or ethnicity.

Some of the most important architects of institutionalized Arab misogyny weren't actually Arab. They were Turkish -- or, as they called themselves at the time, Ottoman -- British, and French. These foreigners ruled Arabs for centuries, twisting the cultures to accommodate their dominance. One of their favorite tricks was to buy the submission of men by offering them absolute power over women. The foreign overlords ruled the public sphere, local men ruled the private sphere, and women got nothing; academic Deniz Kandiyoti called this the "patriarchal bargain." Colonial powers employed it in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and in South Asia, promoting misogynist ideas and misogynist men who might have otherwise stayed on the margins, slowly but surely ingraining these ideas into the societies.

Of course, those first seeds of misogyny had to come from somewhere. The evolutionary explanations are controversial. Some say that it's simply because men are bigger and could fight their way to dominance; some that men seek to control women, and particularly female sexuality, out of a subconscious fear being of cuckolded and raising another man's child; others that the rise of the nation-state promoted the role of warfare in society, which meant the physically stronger gender took on more power. You don't hear these, or any of the other evolutionary theories, cited much. What you do hear cited is religion.

Like Christianity, Islam is an expansive and living religion. It has moved with the currents of history, and its billion-plus practitioners bring a wide spectrum of interpretations and beliefs. The colonial rulers who conquered Muslim societies were skilled at pulling out the slightest justification for their "patriarchal bargain." They promoted the religious leaders who were willing to take this bargain and suppressed those who objected. This is a big part of how misogynistic practices became especially common in the Muslim world (another reason is that, when the West later promoted secular rulers, anti-colonialists adopted extreme religious interpretations as a way to oppose them). "They enshrined their gentleman's agreement in the realm of the sacred by elevating their religious family laws to state laws," anthropologist Suad Joseph wrote in her 2000 book, Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East. "Women and children were the inevitable chips with which the political and religious leaders bargained." Some misogynist practices predated colonialism. But many of those, for example female genital mutilation, also predated Islam.

Arabs have endured centuries of brutal, authoritarian rule, and this could also play a role. A Western female journalist who spent years in the region, where she endured some of the region's infamous street harassment, told me that she sensed her harassers may have been acting in part out of misery, anger, and their own emasculation. Enduring the daily torments and humiliations of life under the Egyptian or Syrian or Algerian secret police, she suggested, might make an Arab man more likely to reassert his lost manhood by taking it out on women.

The intersection of race and gender is tough to discuss candidly. If we want to understand why an Egyptian man beats his wife, it's right and good to condemn him for doing it, but it's not enough. We also have to discuss the bigger forces that are guiding him, even if that makes us uncomfortable because it feels like we're excusing him. For decades, that conversation has gotten tripped up by issues of race and post-colonial relations that are always present but often too sensitive to address directly.

Spend some time in the Middle East or North Africa talking about gender and you might hear the expression, "My Arab brother before my Western sister," a warning to be quiet about injustice so as not to give the West any more excuses to condescend and dictate. The fact that feminism is broadly (and wrongly) considered a Western idea has made it tougher for proponents. After centuries of Western colonialism, bombings, invasions, and occupation, Arab men can dismiss the calls for gender equality as just another form of imposition, insisting that Arab culture does it differently. The louder our calls for gender equality get, the easier they are to wave away.

Eltahawy's personal background, unfortunately, might play a role in how some of her critics are responding. She lives mostly in the West, writes mostly for Western publications, and speaks American-accented English, all of which complicates her position and risks making her ideas seem as Westernized as she is. That's neither fair nor a reflection of the merit of her ideas, but it might inform the backlash, and it might tell us something about why the conversation she's trying to start has been stalled for so long.

The Arab Muslim women who criticized Eltahawy have been outspoken proponents of Arab feminism for years. So their backlash isn't about "Arab brother before Western sister," but it does show the extreme sensitivity about anything that could portray Arab misogyny as somehow particular to Arab society or Islam. It's not Eltahawy's job to tiptoe around Arab cultural anxieties about Western-imposed values, but the fact that her piece seems to have raised those anxieties more than it has awakened Arab male self-awareness is an important reminder that the exploitation of Arab women is about more than just gender. As some of Eltahawy's defenders have put it to me, the patriarchal societies of the Arab world need to be jolted into awareness of the harm they're doing themselves. They're right, but this article doesn't seem to have done it.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

SAMPLING: As natural as "the Death of my Little Brother"

There are those things that no Evolution will ever change. Those things, are part of Nature as physical laws. One of those things is Sampling, that means producing more data than the one is really used. So, there is a Static Logic for a Dynamic Reality, or put it simple, an Abstraction! This is also done in human activities, as abstracting things like taking many pictures to select the right ones, producing standardized items able to cope with different models, like the network cables (8P8C) in our homes with 8 wires instead of 4, twice the cooper we really need it, or in Mail routes leveled by Regional, National and International like FedEx, UPS, etc..., with those levels resulting in extended routes than the optimum ones, and also other standards in industry that make tasks simpler but wasteful.

Some people don't get this Static Logic, and make complains like:
"Why was the package routed thousand and thousands of miles instead of a few hundred? Why would the USPS, an entity with some serious financial troubles (death rattles?) go so, so far out of its way?" - in The Postal Service Shipped This Guy's Package Across the Country Twice for No Reason
Obvious answer from someone that worked in USPS:
"The system isn't designed so that your package is shipped in the most efficient manner, it's designed so the whole system is efficient. That sometimes means packages take odd routes do to space on trucks, planes, and trains. I used to work at a shipper and had a few friends in logistics, they constantly joked about some of the crazy routes packages would take because it saved the company money."
So, waste is an unavoidable thing in standardization, and so, in nature.

"Good pictures are rarely accidents. We photographers take a lot of pictures so as to get a really good one, or the best we can get from a given situation. The photos above were from a job I shot for Syracuse Media Group this past Friday." - Why Do Photographers Take So Many Pictures? 
Species, a standardization, is no exception, and has to follow this same Natural Rule. In organisms this is easily saw in the first days of life. The next stats in Yellow show exactly that, the needed waste to produce a living human organism:

But this is just a glimpse of the Species' needed waste. The romanticism of diversity, that argues that there is always a way against the odds, with arguments normally like "If ... and all of us ...", faces crude realities that no one can ignore. Like the example given before of vision problems, where there is no more or less, but only exactly what is needed (myopia), we have organs like hearts, that is to say, hearts that have to beat all the time (at least human hearts), when they fail is no diversity, is death.

Not surprisingly, death by Heart Disease is the main cause of death in Total, followed by cancer, probably because 1 in 100 born with Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). This means that to sustain a natality of 500 000 newborns without CHD you need an extra population to be wasted of 5 051, this means, 505 051! And the same goes to all the other congenital diseases combined, that accordingly to CDC represents 3%, three times more. However, if you add other diseases that aren't associated to Congenital Defects, due to undefinitions of various kinds, like the Genetics of Obesity, or due to no given diagnose like the XYY trisomy, where 88% of the males with the syndrome are never diagnosed because there are few or no problematic symptoms, or pathologies that for political reasons aren't seen as such, like homosexuality, you start to get a even bigger percentage. Then, when talking about Sexual Selection and the inherited traits that damage the sex appeal, we get a percentage of waste out of proportions.

Nevertheless, if we guess a minimum final percentage of 25% of waste probably we wont be over the real value. It can't be, says the Natural Selection fanatic! Evolution is perfect, it produces magnificent organisms...

"Just one in 20 people worldwide (4·3%) had no health problems in 2013, with a third of the world's population (2·3 billion individuals) experiencing more than five ailments, according to a major new analysis." - Over 95% of the world’s population has health problems, with over a third having more than five ailments, The Lancet.
Do you understand what it means out of proportions? Do you see how Evolution has nothing to do with it? Do you get it why there is Sexual Selection? Do you grasp the Entropy and the need of Sampling?

And there is more, the actual childfree reality in USA proves exactly that. With relationships more centered in Love (Species Will) and less in resources or religious practices like before, 20% of women between 40 and 44 are childfree. But contrary to the freedom of choice lunacy, the great majority of those woman really want to have children, but they argue:
"As much as I want to be a mom, I couldn't marry a man I'm not in love with." - in The Truth About the Childless Life

This means that Species has a different view on what is an abnormality compared with medical opinion. Only the really standardized organism is a subject of Love, because Love comes from the Species Will, while organism can't escape this will, they don't love what they can't, even if they want!

But why all this waste, what is wrong with Natural Selection? Are not mutations something extremely rare, in a scale of millions of years?

If you take in consideration that the organisms that most reproduce are the ones with the best genes, and even so, the offspring those superior organisms produce is an extremely contaminated one, is difficult not to see the nature of intended waste in the Species best interest.

In order to be able to do Sampling, a Species has to have a broader population, from which is able to select the healthier snapshots, doing so in a endless fashion for each generation, maintains its share of good reproductive organisms (better genes).

Without Sampling a Species is in danger of a Genetic Bottleneck, meaning that you aren't able to select a smaller population from a population already small. So in a cyclic process, the species becomes extinct not due to lack of Diversity, but simple due to a lack of Population to do Sampling. Genetic Bottleneck normally results in fixation of deleterious genes, proving that diversity is not what species are missing.

From here, we can explain why the so called Selfish Gene didn't result in a each one by itself scenario, why people are not happy or indifferent at least with the death of distant others. And why people is so fanatic when it comes to the value of life. By other words, why religions are so fundamentalists in defending the preservation of life.

For a Selfish Gene approach based only in Natural Selection, Religion has no logic, and hardly is explained by Natural Selection, because is somehow supporting something that they don't wish to support. However if you consider that the God's Will is in reality the Species Will, you understand why the preservation of life, no matter how inferior, is needed at the eyes of any religion, and how keen it is to sell the idea of equality before God. One of the reasons is Sampling, like People on Film, where the glamorous photos are only saw after revelation. The other, I will speak in a dedicated post about DEVOTION...