Archive for Anthony Stevens

Understanding the Growing Resentment Directed Toward Biology and Nature—The Philosophy of John Searle

In an earlier blog post I mentioned a book by Robin Dunbar and his colleagues entitled Evolutionary Psychology. Dunbar et al. draw heavily from the work of philosopher John Searle. Using Searle’s work as a background, Dunbar et al. make an observation that stunned me. Consider the following quote: Searle argues that language and ToM […]

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What’s So Social About Machine Media? (2 of 2)

Welcome to part II of my two-part series designed to investigate the following overarching question: Out of all the media that have existed for thousands of years why do we frame digital machine media as being “social?” Here are two follow-up questions: Where has this “social” frame come from? Why has the social frame been […]

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UPDATE: Is Stevens’s Archetypal System of Sexuality a Form of GBAE?

In earlier posts (see posts from December 21st, 2010, and January 4th, 6th, 12th, and 20th, 2011), I have talked about what I call the Grand Bowlbian Attachment Environment (or GBAE for short). In my earlier posts I have argued that the GBAE holds the behavioral systems of caregiving, attachment, and sex. Bowlby’s ethological studies (e.g., […]

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Mama … How Do You Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Conservatives? (part 2)

Welcome to part 2. Lets get started with a second example of conservative blowback in response to liberal framings of psychological norms. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you may wish to start with part 1. If you enjoy a state of confusion, then, by all means, forge ahead. If you’re […]

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Mama … How Do You Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Conservatives? (part 1)

Hopefully it will come as no surprise that I tend to lean left of center. In all likelihood I use George Lakoff‘s Nurturant Parent Cultural Cognitive Model (“Nurturant model” for short) to guide me through life. As Lakoff points out in his work (see his book Moral Politics for an example) empathy is part and parcel […]

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