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  •  Well, didn't Marx himself conclude (3+ / 0-)
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    melo, Barton Funk, JosephK74

    that effective communism would require a fundamental change in human nature.

    I guess the question is whether or not this change is possible -- such as changing attitudes affecting discrimination -- or not.

    It seems, Anne, that you're suggesting it is not when it comes to social organization, because of physiology.

    I'm not certain. I think the brain may well have the plasticity required to bridge that gap.

    For example, I believe there are people among us who are very well-adapted for communal living, just as there are those who are not. Just as there are physiologically discernible differences between conservatives and liberals, there are likely to be similar differences on the "cooperation" spectrum.

    At the very least, we can certainly move people to ever greater levels of cooperation if we choose to. Whether or not dominance/submission can ever be completely eradicated may take millenia to answer, assuming we survive.

    And then of course there's the influence of synthetics having god-knows what impact on brain development and evolution.

    The incidence of autism increasing from 1 in 150 to 1 in 88 and twice as likely in males and twice as much as ten years (even discounting the likelihood of diagnostic influence) demonstrates we are affecting our brains...

    Also, our activity and behavior can influence our physiology as well. In many case incredibly quickly.

    Fascinating topic... :)

    Frankly, I'd rather take down Exxon or Goldman Sachs, the way we're taking down RushBeckistan, than elect another "better" Democrat who's going to wind up singing for the bankster choir.

    by Words In Action on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 07:32:24 PM PDT

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