Self-esteem World History & Terror Management Theory Evidence…


Date: July 19, 2017

01) Self-esteem World History & Terror Management Theory Evidence


“Starts out with an explanation of the theory and a presentation of some evidence using excerpts from various talks, documentaries, and a few graphs. Followed by a perspective on world history derived from Ernest Becker’s Escape From Evil and the University of Amsterdam study on Terror Management Theory (TMT) called Things Will Get Better: The Anxiety-BufferingQualities of Progressive Hope http://www.academia.edu/534931/Things_will_get_better_The_anxiety-buffering_qualities_of_progressive_hope_2009_

The video is also informed by historical evidence about ecological degradation and the unpredictability of technological developments.

From the perspective of Ernest Becker & TMT, self-esteem is primarily a reflex of an unconscious fear of death; and human culture an elaborate, symbolic defense mechanism against the knowledge of our mortality – which in turn acts as the emotional and intellectual response to our basic survival mechanism.

For more info go here https://www.researchgate.net/publication/289309102_Thirty_Years_of_Terror_Management_Theory

Interestingly, the other competing (or complementary) major theory of self-esteem comes from CP – coalitional psychology (also known as “Sociometer Theory”) basically saying that what others think of us has survival & reproductive benefits, so that a sense of self-esteem would help us improve or maintain this fitness by self-monitoring – gauging others’ opinion and modifying our behavior accordingly. This would largely entail a view of history as an evolutionary adaptive set of behaviors.

The problem with this CP explanation as a sole explanation is that

1) Every major culture we know of features religious or supernatural beliefs which have less to do with what others think of us than with what gods or spirits think of us.

2) Our status or “what others think of us” is mediated by invented, largely arbitrary cultural activities and beliefs (abstract meaning systems) that have virtually nothing to do with the specific adaptive threats we encountered (or that could even be logically postulated) in the course of evolution. Work on primates shows that coalitions and alliances in primate groups serve very specific adaptive goals.

3) CP cannot account for the fact that reminders of death increase allegiance to these abstract meaning systems, and that, conversely, challenges to these meaning systems increase death-thought accessibility. These abstract meaning systems may or may not facilitate the formation and maintenance of coalitions, but TMT evidence shows that this is largely on the basis of a suppression of unconscious death-anxiety (an unfortunate byproduct of our adaptive intelligence), not as a specific adaptation for survival.”

The Old Problem of YouTube Censorship and the Fanatics Behind It…


Date: July 20, 2017

01) DavidsFarm Convicted Child Predator just had all his ads pulled by YouTube


“Question, why is YouTube making money from a convicted pedophile who makes videos targeted to children?

Update thanks to the news story featured in this description YouTube has pulled the ads for all of his videos. Now he is no longer able to profit from this. However he still has […] where he still has ads.

Keep the pressure on. YouTube will NOT suspend this guy, however if we contact every single advertiser that has an ad on DavidsFarmVlog then we can get those ads taken down as well.

We can’t stop him from making videos and being around kids, but we can stop YouTube from paying him to do it.”

I have no comment on the target in question…This video is from 2010…Most of the links are dead.

A little bit of researching on “FatAussieBarstard”, gave little else to go on…

These kinds of witch hunts have been going on at YouTube, since way back…

…I had a thriving YouTube channel in 2008, long before this controversy…but it still got unjustly censored, by the fascists and sociopaths on YouTube…And I’m not even “a convicted pedophile”…

…I’ve seen the exact same censorship happen to numerous MAPs…for no other reason, than they are MAPs with the conviction to speak truth.

In this case, we see them going after an alleged “pedophile’s” revenue stream.

The fact that YouTube will quickly cave to these sorts of people [despite their common claims, otherwise], is one of the reasons why we need to finally have a real free speech media platform online…for people who actually need that type of protection

…Are we ever going to see one?

As a MAP…my best years are over, where it comes to producing content…And those years were hounded by the kind of behavior you see in this video…I’ve probably still got five YouTube channels [mostly dormant]…where I can barely do anything with any of them, that I would have naturally chosen to do with them…The lion’s share of my media, has been wiped from the platform…

…I just imagine the body of work that would have existed today, had EQVideo been treated right, like any other YouTube channel…No…maybe my content wasn’t entirely fabulous…but it was better in dialogue and information than 90% of the stuff that gets uploaded to YouTube…and probably deserves a higher standing than that.

…This is an area of EQF [and personal] endeavor, which I was clearly robbed of…It should have gotten much bigger, than it did get…

That’s how the mindless masses manipulate you…they cut you off at the knees, so you cannot stand or move…They make sure you cannot use the exact same advantages they freely have [which they often use against you]…

Yes…I know “Happy Cabbie” has been dead for some time now…I have no intention to pick on him…I just ran across this video, I saved for blogging about…Thought I’d actually use it for something.

I don’t know what this guy being targeted is accused [allegedly convicted] of…I do remember the controversy surrounding his farming channel, vaguely…and thinking what a load of garbage it was, that people were trying to destroy his channel, where he was objectively trying to do something productive…and he wasn’t promoting anything controversial on that channel, that I could find.

…They were just forcing down everyone else’s throat, that “because this guy had a history, he had no right to build something on YouTube”…

MAPs face this type of garbage all the time, on YouTube…And it is dead wrong.

Is “Talking Dirty” to a Child “Grooming” them?…


Date: July 20, 2017

01) dirty old guy talks dirty to kids


Of course, this video is a spoof…clearly a skit for public entertainment purposes…So, to equate it with “grooming” seems rather outlandish.

I’m not suggesting this video has especially good entertainment value…it’s not especially funny…and comes off like an unfunny guy, trying to make his “inappropriate” belligerence come off like comedy.

All the same…how many of us had that “crazy uncle” [or aunt, grandmother, etc.], who generally talked with us kids like that?…jokes about genitalia…calling people sexual slurs…expressing a desire to have sex with someone…

…I had at least one…

Admittedly…probably most people aren’t going to go out of their way, to do this with children so young as those in the video…

…But sexual joshing, is a pretty common familial thing.

I think people were making something of this, that it really wasn’t.

People were calling for this guy to be investigated by child protection services.

Breaking the Spell of Religion With Daniel Dennett…


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Date: July 19, 2017

01) Breaking the Spell of Religion With Daniel Dennett


“Daniel Dennett gives a lecture about religion through the lens of evolutionary biology.

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Daniel Clement Dennett III (born March 28, 1942) is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science.

He is currently the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Dennett is an atheist and secularist, a member of the Secular Coalition for America advisory board, and a member of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, as well as an outspoken supporter of the Brights movement. Dennett is referred to as one of the “Four Horsemen of New Atheism”, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens.”

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