Dear LBC members,
I am sorry I am late. I have put myself in the corner. There were matters that required my attention, however. Really.
The Old Fossil
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Oh, wait, I’m not late. I was just early. I had paid no attention to the topic until last night and I had other pressing matters by then. But, I had already written on the topic earlier in the week via the infamous synchronicity of Ramana. It was contained in the post on epigenetics that immediately preceded this one:
lab rats raised by “licking” mothers, mothers who lick the babies and give them attention, lab rats that grow up to be cuddly and sociable. Non-licking moms raise anti-social rats. It can be shown that these tendencies are created by the experience by swapping litters at birth. The non-licking moms raising offspring of licking moms raise unsociable little characters. The licking moms getting the offspring of the non-lickers, raise sociable pups.
This probably has very real implications for humans. What I haven’t read or seen is whether these antisocial pups grow up to not lick their offspring. In other words, do they pass this down through the generations. Just as frightening is that it is possible that they would pass along the genetic tendencies toward antisociality to their own offspring. Has a chain of difficulty been started at the early raising of these pups that may set a negative trend.
All because their momma didn’t touch and caress them when they were little. Is this what happens to whole neighborhoods, to whole socioeconomic groups, to groups of people who eventually become social biters – which equates to gang bangers in our urban environments – simply because they needed caring touch?
It may well be more complex for people. But … then again … it may not.