7 June, 2009
Today is officially the day after my older daughter’s 29th birthday! Happy B-day Momma, we love you. Here’s a card, recently made, which reminds me that last year on this day, we spent our first full day with her and her son, my grandson Rowan, in the mountains, and only a few months later lived the saying on the card, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans,” by John Lennon.
An NPR morning edition report intrigued me. In; Larger Populations Triggered Stone Age Learning by Christopher Joyce, the following was reported.
“Anything that we teach is going to be susceptible to loss, or to decay,” says Mark Thomas, an evolutionary geneticist at UCL, unless there are plenty of people to adopt and carry on a new invention. “So if there are more people in the population, then more complex skills can be maintained in that population without that decay.” Essentially, a group needs to reach a certain threshold population before there are enough good learners and teachers to guarantee that a new skill will be retained. (go to NPR.org to read/listen to whole report of June 5, 2009)
I would venture to say any community today is large enough and yet I interact with people and am amazed at the childish behaviors that abound, in adults often in positions of responsibility to themselves and others.
Childish behaviors? Yup. Yelling, pushing, taunting, threatening, scolding, falsely promising and carrying out retribution. Oh wait, these are adult behaviors too. Is that because people carry them along through their lives or what? The father of my children soon after our divorce began; yelling, taunting, threatening, scolding, promising retribution. The worst offense to me, his ongoing refusal to want our middle son, the one with Down Syndrome, to visit him at home, where Nathan’s near-twin happens to live too.