That estrogen is love
and testosterone is power.
That yin and yang exist
in a socially constructed, naturally and sexually
selected, epigenetic cosmos.
if I were
If I were a man with about 20 times more T (testosterone) than I have and a smaller
Maybe this would be formatted differently
and I’d write it differently
and it would go in the discourse section
I’d put it there
This is not a poem.
This is not a blog.
It’s close to a story.
This is a theory
A theory that can’t be taken seriously
Not that I’m Rosalind Franklin here
Oh most certainly not
It is serious
But the medium is the message
And the medium is the signal
And you are just not able
To decode it as serious
as left-brain stuffs
In the book
you will take this seriously
The book’s An Evolutionary Mind.
On Amazon CA it has the original cover that the publisher’s designer made.
And here’s the one I designed
and which they’ve remarkably approved.
Go ahead and judge them. Can one judge a book by its covers?
But first look at my dichotomies.
They will prime you.
Can you see the two worlds a bit?
Apollinian / Dionysian
Individualist / Collectivist
Western / Eastern
Rosalind Franklin was the British scientist who made important contributions to the structure of DNA, yet do you know her?
Separate from/ Apart of
Left brain / Right brain
Autonomous / Dependent
Goal-directed (self) / Relational (other)
Self over other / Other over self
Real love and power cannot exist simultaneously.
To love is to give over. It is to feel the other. To feel for. Where does power or ‘will to power’ exist here?
Positivist / Relativist
Compartmental / Synthetic
Objective / Subjective
I propose (What would a man say? Not “propose.”)
The more E (estrogen) one has, the more honest with self
and able to detect
truth and lies in others,
better ToM (theory of mind),
better memory, more empathy, mirror neurons,
better at reading faces, also more depressed (because ‘truth is ugly’ and often sad).
One reality / Many realities
Dominant / Submissive
Rigid / Flexible
Aggressive / Docile, Peace-making
The more T one has, the more rosy-tinted and self-deceptive one is.
Hence ability to be risk-taker and bold,
inferior memory, inferior ToM,
less empathy, more self-deceptive
and less able to detect lies and truth in others,
not as good at reading faces. Happier.
Selfish / Selfless
Fission / Fusion
Assertive / Responsive
Explicit / Intuitive
Reason / Emotion
Boundaries / No boundaries
Yang / Yin
Logos / Eros
Ego / Empathy
Competitive / Cooperative, Supportive
Testosterone / Oxytocin
Dopamine / Serotonin
Agonic / Hedonic
Reptilian / Limbic
Hierarchical / Affiliative
Self-deceptive/ Honest w/self
Diachronic / Episodic
When women are in high reproductive years,
with high E (a marker for fertility and fecundity)
their need to suss out
signals of real investment and commitment is critical.
Their need for truth is high.
For men, being self-deceptive about women's desires, intentions
is adaptive—related to issues of error management theory
and notions of 'courtesy smile'.
Self-deceptive, positive outlooking men
leave more genes.
As women get older, E wanes
and according to some, unmasks T.
Some believe T may even rise.
As a bioprogram or life-history event,
this would cause females to change strategies.
The barroom closing effect:
less reproductive years left,
therefore more self-deceptive about self and others,
less able to suss out honest signals of investment from potential mates.
This would be adaptive, reproductive-success wise,
as would be
being less self-deceptive
during the earlier high E phase.
This "theory" also corresponds well with Simon Baron-Cohen's understanding
of T and autism—the extreme-male brain theory.<
lice Andrews(with philosophy and psychology degrees from Columbia University) teaches psychology with an evolutionary lens at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she is helping to implement an Evolutionary Studies program modeled on David Sloan Wilson's EvoS program at SUNY Binghamton . She is an editor and writer (books and magazines), and was the associate editor of Chronogram from 2000-2002.She is also the author of Trine Erotic , a novel that's been used in various college courses nationwide because of its loration of evolutionary psychology. Alice is currently working on a book (based on her essay with the same title, published at Metanexus) called An Evolutionary Mind (to be published as part of Imprint Academic's series: "Societas: Essays in Political and Cultural Criticism"), and plans to begin writing another novel soon. exp
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