published Friday, January 25th, 2013

Cook: No one is from Mars

Race is an illusion, men really don't mind asking for directions and your wife is not from Venus. Or Mars.

Black folks? White folks? Differences are only skin deep.

And the whole idea that human nature is violent, beastly and red in tooth and claw?

"Humans spend much more time in peace and cooperation than anything else,'' Dr. Agustin Fuentes told about 200 college students Thursday afternoon.

Fuentes, a professor of anthropology at Notre Dame University, gave a powerful 45-minute talk at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

His lecture -- billed as "It's not all sex and violence: Complexity and cooperation in human evolution and why it matters'' -- continued his national work as a cultural myth-buster.

"There is a myth about what it is to be human that we're going to bust today,'' Fuentes said.

On a national level, Fuentes claims our culture has swallowed whole three false myths about race, sex and violence.

First, we believe that race is an actual biological and scientific fact, like gravity. (It's not.)

Second, we believe men and women are fundamentally very different. (Nope).

Third, we believe that humans are naturally and innately predisposed to violence and aggression. (Not true either).

"The human experience is not all about sex and violence,'' he said.

These myths are well-ingrained in our society. Man caves, Bruckheimer films, shopping malls, rap music and water-cooler jokes -- (Men are like mascara. They usually run at the first sign of emotion.) -- all represent a continuation of these myths: race as a divider, men as natural born killers, the battling sexes trying to understand one another.

"What we see in the movies and media is what we think reality is,'' he said.

It's all a social construction. Something we've created -- and believed in. Kind of like summer break. The Thanksgiving story. Or college football rankings.

Such social constructs are dangerous because their widespread acceptance only pushes further down the road any chance we're going to figure out the answer to that all-important question. You know the one ...

(Why won't he just ask for directions? Why does she want to talk so much? Why can't white men jump?)

"What it means to be human,'' Fuentes writes in his book "Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths About Human Nature.''

Oh. That question. What does it mean to be human?

At UTC, Fuentes focused on sex and violence, using studies and stories to claim in graceful and intellectual ways that our human story is quite complex, and while we have great potential for aggression, our experience is one rooted more in cooperation than conflict.

"There is not a single system in the body that is specifically designed for aggression,'' he said.

I call it the "Lord of the Flies" lie.

Remember the high-school novel about British schoolboys marooned on an island? With no authority in place, they regress into a beastly existence.

Thus, the need for law. Rule. Order. Homeland security.

Not so fast, says Fuentes.

Cain may have killed Abel, but the long view of human history is one of cooperation and community building. Had it been otherwise, we wouldn't have lasted all these years.

Likewise, men and women -- despite obvious physiological differences -- exist on a wide spectrum, sharing many of the same rich dynamics of being human.

Yet our American construction of gender is narrow, producing a Mars-Venus, sugar-spice-and-everything nice, male-female dichotomy that isn't true.

"We are all the same species,'' he said. "There isn't one way to be human.''

about David Cook...

David Cook is the award-winning city columnist for the Times Free Press, working in the same building where he began his post-college career as a sportswriter for the Chattanooga Free Press. Cook, who graduated from Red Bank High, holds a master's degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Prescott College and an English degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. For 12 years, he was a teacher at the middle, high school and university ...

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Easy123 said...

Mr. Cook,

What do you mean by saying race isn't a biological or scientific fact?

There are debates about what "race" actually is (vs. ethnicity) and how it evolved but there is no debate on the biological fact that there are separate, differentiable races.

January 25, 2013 at 8:39 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Races do exist, they can be shown biologically, but the difference between them is so small. People are so closely related, with small differences that result in a variety of skin tones, facial features, and body sizes. Culture and language differences are far more important.

January 25, 2013 at 8:51 a.m.
Easy123 said...

People get dumber from reading your mindless drivel. Unbelievable!

January 25, 2013 at 9:57 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Let's talk about that male-female dichotomy. Here is a mutually exclusive and contradictory fact about females. They do not want to be considered 'objects', yet they are among the first of the 'dichotomy' to publicly display themselves as objects. As someone else who is famous has asked, "What say You?" Just take a look below (and i do mean below):

And Women! Listen Up! Lesbians-Be advised that in the state of Tennessee Women make up approximately 24% of AIDS Diagnosis. (23.7 actual percentage). Birth Control pills, Morning After pills, Slaughter House Abortions so You can party at Da' Club ain't no powerful liberal statement you're making. It's no great surprise or wonder. There are an estimated (low) 60,000 Women [U.S.A.] who act? in hard-core pornography videos. These numbers sky rocket when we only talk about lewd still photographs. Now, prostitution, tricky escort services, etc. Don't even try to estimate this astronomical number of Women who agree to be objects.

So, just take a read on some 'ancient modern day' application wisdom, and, absolute TRUTH:

7"Be not deceived; GOD IS NOT MOCKED: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of THE FLESH REAP CORRUPTION; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Galatians 6:7-8

The Holy Word of Jesus Christ<<<

January 26, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr continues to spout his lies along with an unhealthy dose of holy water.

Does anybody trust Orr as to his ability as a sex therapist? Makes you wonder what windows Orr's been peeping in — rather, what windows he's been fantasizing about peeping in.

Orr's stuck in his own mental Dark Ages of misogyny, theocracy, and hopes and dreams of another Inquisition for his God.

Keep your daughters, kids, and pets away from Orr, just as you would Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggert, and Scott DesJarlais.

January 26, 2013 at 11:39 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Ken, you still haven't revealed how Adam and Eve's two sons found women to marry. Time to get cracking, son.

January 26, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr drooled: "Don't even try to estimate this astronomical number of Women who agree to be objects."

As opposed to women who agreed to be chattel in your Bible? Who agreed to be raped, killed, ripped open, sold as slaves to satisfy your perverted god?

January 26, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
AndrewLohr said...

dayton, get out your Bible, read Judges 4, and evaluate Deborah and Jael as voluntary chattel. Ike, use your head: the wives available to Adam's sons were his daughters. (Use your eyes, too: the Bible mentions 3 sons of Adam. FWIW, some old Jewish tradition credits Adam and Eve with 23 children total.)

Race and sex differences, and aggression, can be exaggerated, but can also be understated; stick with the truth. My wife and I both speak English, but I'm not holding my breath waiting to become pregnant. And trying to force differences to disappear or be ignored creates or requires differences of power, the statistical slavery of "affirmative action." Stick with the truth.

January 26, 2013 at 12:23 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Ignorance abounds!

January 26, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

The Bible is not truth. It's a collection on myths that you have turned into fairy-tales by insisting the the Bible is a history book of inerrant truth. That's laughable you would believe in such fairy-tales until one realizes that you're a anti-science looney like Orr.

The Bible has holes big enough to drive camels through, contradictions, phoney 'miracles' and idiocy as moral standards. Thankfully, most Christians don't follow the Bible as a literal book of laws. Only the Westboro Baptist Church follows the Bible. Great bunch of Christians there.

Most Christian fundamentalist preachers don't teach the real Bible. They teach what makes them money.

And Lohr, you lost all credibility with me when I found your Youtube videos where you croon the Bible to the tune of "The Entertainer." I did, however, receive great laughter at your antics. Keep your day job.

Lohr, still waiting for those 'miracles' you received and the evidence you have. You made that claim of miracles many times before, but have never provided any deatils.

I thought your God wanted his great works shouted, so do your duty and tells us.

The stretch of lies that Christians tell are without peer. If you believe Jesus was a libertarian, you know nothing about Jesus or libertarian ideas.

January 26, 2013 at 1:09 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Here's Lohr at his best. Please, no laughing, no mocking, no .... what the hell. Go ahead. See what a 'Christian Nation' would be like with Lohr and Orr at the helm.

http://voices.yahoo.com/video/osama-bin-laden-meets-king-david-3455908.html?cat=9

From the writings of Lohr.

How to Look 30% Prettier: Why Christian Ladies Are Prettier Than Non-Christians

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-look-30-prettier-why-christian-2716451.html?cat=9

And for soothing music for the kiddies,here's just one of 150+ inspirational tunes your children will be singing tomorrow.

http://voices.yahoo.com/video/psalm-3-sung-live-accordion-5141301.html?cat=33

Yes, it's never too late to believe in talking serpents, burning bushes, and water into wine parlor tricks. Join us for the next episode of "Jehovah's Idol."

January 26, 2013 at 3:12 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Also, Jesus Christ could have created others from the dust of the ground besides Adam. Adam was indeed one, but there may have been others. It is not incumbent upon our Saviour to reveal if He created/made others from the dust of the ground.

Many still want that earthworm to fully explain humans. But, alas, the poor earthworm can no more give a full understanding of humans than we humans can fully explain YHWH. kwo

January 27, 2013 at 12:41 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Hey! What about that Chattanooga Times Free Press article by Joan Garrett, 'Chilling HIV undercurrent: Some want virus'.

The homosexuals are now 'bug chasing'. This makes me very sad. This is shocking! What is going on in the homosexual community? Suicide is usually caused by the highest emotional pain. I am sorry. Now I know why homosexual individuals are near the top of the list for suicides and attempted suicides. I am really learning how painful their lives must be. I am sorry.

Even with this, the article reports the following fact. Can i

'not' appear cruel/uncaring if I also write a question about this

fact? The question is, 'Does the following fact substantiate the

notion that HIV/AIDS is the homosexual disease? Is this not a

reason to not choose such a devastating lifestyle? i am serious. I

want answers and i do not mean this in a hurtful way. kwo

Following is the report:

'HIV Impact on Gay and Bisexual Men'

Estimates show that gay and bisexual men comprise 2 percent of the population but account for 61 percent of new infections.

January 27, 2013 at 12:53 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Orr,

"It is not incumbent upon our Saviour to reveal if He created/made others from the dust of the ground."

Why not exactly? Did you discuss this with your god? Or maybe you're just trying to justify not being able to reconcile enormous logical gaps in your holy book.

"Many still want that earthworm to fully explain humans."

No one wants an earthworm to explain anything.

"than we humans can fully explain YHWH."

Then how can you claim your god is good or just? You only claim your god is mysterious when it does things you don't understand. You use human understanding to characterize the apparent "good" works of your god like miracles, answering prayers but, in the next breath, you claim humans aren't capable of explaining the same god you just attempted to explain. Which is it? He can't be good AND mysterious to human understanding.

January 27, 2013 at 4:37 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Idiot Orr,

"Does the following fact substantiate the notion that HIV/AIDS is the homosexual disease?"

No, it doesn't. HIV and AIDS is not exclusive to homosexuals. Lesbians are at the least risk of any sexual category.

"Is this not a reason to not choose such a devastating lifestyle?"

It's a good reason to use protection but, as I've stated numerous times before, no one chooses homosexuality. It's been proven by psychologists worldwide.

"i am serious."

No, you are ignorant.

"I want answers and i do not mean this in a hurtful way."

YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE ANSWERS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. You don't want the answers. You want to be a sanctimonious, disingenuous moron.

"Estimates show that gay and bisexual men comprise 2 percent of the population but account for 61 percent of new infections."

For your claim that HIV/AIDS is a homosexual disease, wouldn't that number need to be a lot closer to 100% and wouldn't lesbians need to be mentioned? Women can be homosexual as well. I guess AIDS/HIV just discriminates against gay females, right?

You are absolutely and utterly ignorant, Ken Orr. If there was a Heaven, you would certainly not belong there based on the sheer amount of lies you tell and the ignorance you cling to. You are truly a waste of human consciousness. It pains me to think that children die of cancer, yet you have lived nearly a full life. You are living proof that some human minds have not evolved very far. I am ashamed to belong to the same species as you.

January 27, 2013 at 4:52 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Ken Orr, please use your bible to explain who married the sons of Adam and Eve. Chapter and verse, please.

January 27, 2013 at 7:40 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Orr again drives religious people into the arms of science and reason. They'll be less people in pews this morning thanks to Orr and his public delusions.

I saw a message on one of the church signs in Hixson last week.

"Come visit our church. All are welcome! Ken Orr doesn't attend here!"

January 27, 2013 at 8:42 a.m.
timbo said...

It is simply amazing to me that the Times Free Press let this guy in the newspaper. This article was idiotic. It is so absolutely wrong in so many ways it's almost overwhelming. Does anyone at the paper read this stuff before goes out? If they did they need to be fired.

There's getting to be two reasons that I might cancel the Times Free Press. I stuck with you through those times of you being the head cheerleader for the power structure. I stuck with you through your biased liberal "Oh pinons" Masquerading as new stories.

David Cook is so absolutely childish and stupid I don't think I'll make it past him. You all must be really hard up to fill space.

January 27, 2013 at 9:32 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

And you have evidence for this, JonRoss, or is it just wishful thinking or a hallucination?

Or perhaps you are just MSU.

January 28, 2013 at 10:31 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

JohnRoss said two days ago there was an uprising against Obama, a coup in the making by the GOP.

His tin-foil hat must be picking up signals from Ganymede again.

January 28, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

JonRoss said...

Never forget Benghazi !"

Not worth going to war over. But you're welcome to go over and show them your Red Ryder BB Gun and Big Wheel and do your best "wrasling" moves.

January 28, 2013 at 3:51 p.m.
Easy123 said...

I'll never forget those WMD's that never turned up or the thousands that died because of that proven lie.

You and your party are a joke, JonRoss. Your hypocrisy is laughable.

January 28, 2013 at 6:12 p.m.
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