VII. Our Earthuman Ascent: A Major Evolutionary Transition in Individuality
5. Half the UniVerse: A Woman's 2020 Wisdome
Manrique, Pedro et al. Women’s Connectivity in Extreme Networks. Science Advances. 2/6, 2016. In a companion paper to New Online Ecology of Adversarial Aggregates: ISIS and Beyond, search Neil Johnson, the same team with colleagues finds that social media dynamics reveal a salient contribution by feminine proclivities. This contribution is phrased as a “betweenness centrality” over and against dominant male manias for separatist destruction.
A popular stereotype is that women will play more minor roles than men as environments become more dangerous and aggressive. Our analysis of new longitudinal data sets from offline and online operational networks [for example, ISIS (Islamic State)] shows that although men dominate numerically, women emerge with superior network connectivity that can benefit the underlying system’s robustness and survival. Our observations suggest new female-centric approaches that could be used to affect such networks. They also raise questions about how individual contributions in high-pressure systems are evaluated. (Abstract)
Masters, Robert. Gender and Political Cognition: Integrating Evolutionary Biology and Political Science. Politics and the Life Sciences. 8/1, 1989. The Dartmouth University political scientist describes research studies on how men and women appear to think and vote in dichotomous ways.
Males are more likely to process a cue independently of the field in which it is found; females are preferentially skilled in tasks that require the interpretation of field-dependent cues.
Montero, Maritza and Christopher Sonn, eds. Psychology of Liberation. New York: Springer, 2009. The editors are respectively from Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, and Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. Essays about the ways of praxis and empowerment across the spectrum of oppression and exploitation from Latin America and South Africa to Middle East cultures, with an attention to gender issues.
Moschella, Mary Clark. A Radical Revolution in the Making? Reflections. Fall, 2018. In a Sex, Gender, Power: A Reckoning edition of this Yale Divinity School publication, an YDS professor of pastoral care and counseling cites how a concept of gender complementarity has long been endorsed by Christian theology, but since Eve is derivative from Adam (or so the story goes, see Maulana Karenga herein for an African take) women are secondary and subservient to men. As everything about bigender has just now come under full review, Professor Mary advises that a egalitarian feminine and masculine complementarity can yield a true witness. She then identifies a strong scriptural basis, if one so chooses to allow and read.
Murphy, Patrica and Frederick Abraham. Feminist Psychology: Prototype of the Dynamical Revolution in Psychology. Abraham, Frederick and A. Gilgen, eds. Chaos Theory in Psychology. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1995. An early integration of feminine wisdom with the sciences of complexity.
Feminist psychology is generating a revolution in the field of psychology, not just in its demand for an egalitarian, gender-complete program for its subject matter but in the demand for an improved methodology and conceptual framework. With an emphasis on a holistic, process-oriented psychology that considers the contextual social system as well as individuals, it should find a powerful ally in the dynamical systems approach, which provides a theoretical modeling strategy and an experimental design and analysis strategy appropriate to the feminist program. (295)
Naranjo, Claudio Benjamin. The Patriarchal Mind as the Ignored Root of Interpersonal and Social Pathologies. World Futures. Online November, 2017. We cite because it is amazing that this octogenarian sage and author (see bio below) calls out this male, left brain, fast action, baseless, aberrant mental incapacity as the root cause of a pathological, terminal world. One wrong half of the universe is seen to rule and rampage over women, children and this fraught, precious Earth. The Abstract ought to be an Op Ed in the New York Times for its desperate accuracy.
The article begins with an integrative theory of neurosis and with the notion of the “patriarchal mind,” which I conceive as the psycho-social foundation of what we call “civilization” and proceed to characterize as a despotic and repressive activity of the father on the mother and on the child in the family. Next, I propose that patriarchy entails four interrelated problems: (1) violent authority; (2) the eclipse of caring; (3) the repression of instinct; and (4) the invalidation of intuition; and point out that since these are evident in our well-recognized social problems, these may be traced down to the “patriarchal complex” that in turn defines patriarchal society. Finally, I develop the idea that not only is the patriarchal mind is embodied in each of the known interpersonal or character pathologies, but that each of these pathologies contributes to the systemic and cultural presence of the patriarchal mind. (Abstract)
Newman, Barbara. God and Goddesses. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003. In this study of the historical sway of masculine and feminine deities, the author notes that the image of the Trinity began as the familial archetype of father, mother and child.
Nicholson, Shirley, ed. The Goddess Reawaking: The Feminine Principle Today. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 1989. These essays chide the long partiarchical phase while looking toward traditional feminine empathy as a way to a more peaceful, nurturing “planetary consciousness,” by virtue of mutually shared contributions.
Nussbaum, Martha and Jonathan Glover, eds. Women, Culture and Development. Oxford, UK: Clarendon, 1995. An international effort to document the brutal treatment of women and to offer some paths toward its cessation. Seyla Benhabib calls for a “global dialogical community” to address these issues. Xiaorong Li cites the long history of Confucian gender inequality and the option of a Taoist sense of complementary feminine values.
Orrell, David. Truth or Beauty: Science and the Quest for Order. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. Dr. Orrell is an “applied mathematician and author” whose Oxford University thesis was on “Modeling Nonlinear Dynamic Phenomena.” Reviewed more in Current Vistas and Spiral of Science, its Chapter 5 “The Masculine Philosophy” seriously indicts the past and present of physical cosmology as reductive and mechanist to a fault, not even wrong, for the prime, almost sole, reason that since Greece, science has been prohibitively and exclusively male in kind and practice.
The relationship between gender and aesthetics is frequently discussed in areas such as art and literature, but what does it tell us about science? Ever since Plato described women as originating from morally defective souls and Aristotle excluded them from his Lyceum, science has been a game dominated by men. This has affected both the kind of questions scientists ask and the way they interpret the answers. Nuclear weapons, atom smashers, and even the concept of reductionist science all reflect a gendered response to the world. This chapter traces the history of gender bias in science, explores the role played by the militarization of science following the Second World War, and shows how these related factors have shaped the scientific aesthetic. (116)
Pang-White, Ann, ed. Chinese Philosophy and Gender. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. Within four sections about Confucian sources, namely Ancient and Medieval, and Modern and Contemporary, Daoist Approaches, and Buddhist Approaches, premier scholars such as Robin Wang, Tak-Ling Terry Woo, and Sandra Wawrytko review the past and present of this most archetypal aspect of human lives. As a capsule, while the feminine yin and masculine yang complements of oriental wisdom offer a pristine model if properly appreciated in their intrinsic essence, throughout a long patriarchal history they have been misdefined and distorted to man’s benefit and woman’s deficit. From our 21st century vantage, we would do well to recognize that these gender principles are the ultimate exemplar and revelation of a dynamic universe and human genesis, but only if their salutary, procreative reciprocity is fully manifest.
To move beyond postmodern critiques and various waves of feminism, a case is made for the need to clearly state and appreciate the real differences between men and women by which to help overcome their dissention and polarity.
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