Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow’s course Evolutionize Your Life! Both are UUs who have given up their home and are traveling constantly delivering the new mythology Joseph Campbell recognized modern culture was missing – our creation myth is evolution.
From their online course, I got turned on to TED Talks from Helen Fischer on The Nature of Romantic Love and David Christian’s talk on Big History; Deirdre Barrett (Harvard Psychologist) who discusses supernormal stimuli in the context of human addictive behavior in the modern world; Sex at Dawn by authors Chris Ryan PhD and his wife Cacilda Jetha, and The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine M.D. (still need to download The Male Brain from www.audible.com).
All these resources are rich in learning about who I am as a human animal, what behaviors are directly connected to areas in my brain, and have very little to do with ‘will power’ or discipline. Just how different we are from the standard model of anthropology which was designed to support monogamy, against 95% of human evolutionary history and conditioning, and just how totally different the female brain is due to our constant hormonal shifts – month to month and life cycle to life cycle. These understandings give me compassion for myself and others struggling with supernormal stimuli (internet porn, highly processed foods, alcohol, sedentary lifestyles, TV, etc.).
Please share your sources with me and the congregation – I’ll include in a new segment if you are willing to share.
Katherine from Portland!! AWESOME