Raed the whole thing. It’s the most fascinating piece of writing out in a while. I found two excerpts particularly worthy of commenting on.
There is in fact good evidence that in general intelligence is linked to mastering the natural environment (see here), and this is particularly the case among Northern peoples.
Mastering the natural environment! This is why I say to become a hobby vegetable gardener, trying to get the highest and best yields in a small space. It’s the most accessible form of mastering the natural environment available to us, and it is needed.
One of the best things about hobby food production is talking to other farmers, because they are having an identical experience that you are having. You get a Guild-based Hive Mind going. I think Guilds were always a form for the Hive Mind to develop. When millions of us are farming again, that Hive Mind will get very strong. The government knows Hive Minds can develop, and the whole industrial and mass media complex is designed to prevent a Hive Mind from developing. It’s like Roundup on our minds, man, you dig it?
They trick us into crippling our own minds by the habit of putting babies and small children in front of televisions and video games. The opposite of mastering the natural environment. Getting free stimulus without any tactile, kinetic, ergonomic, three dimensional actions at all. It cultivates passivity. TV and other entertainment related “screen time” is amazingly diabolical. It’s like Chinese foot wrapping for the brain. So many young women don’t know better or don’t care, and put their kids in front of the TV claiming, “So I can get something done.” But the kid will not constantly demand her attention if she leaves him to play. It’s a horrible excuse. She’s not even trying to give the kid a chance to entertain himself and not demand her attention.
Children need to be given the chance to start mastering the natural environment from day one, and always. The supernormal stimulus of television is absolutely state sanctioned child abuse. It is the crippling of our minds, and we do the job for them. We buy the televisions and pay for cable to destroy our early developing minds, and those of our descendants. It’s utter madness!
Little kids love gardening if it’s done right. Have them do most of the work when it’s spring and cool, and in the summer, get them up very early so it’s cool, and let them go back to bed after work is done. 3 hours at a time is about the longest to do it.
People want to be useful to others, and children know this best. We aren’t selfish beings. Even someone driving a Ferrari around for status is trying to say, “I’m a provider.” But there’s no feeling like hauling in wheelbarrows of harvests to the womenfolk to process. This is how to live. This is how it’s worth spending our time.
Raising kids to master their natural environment.
Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863, on a farm in Greenfield Township, Michigan. His father, William Ford (1826–1905), was born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family that was originally from Somerset, England, His mother, Mary Ford (née Litogot) (1839–1876), was born in Michigan as the youngest child of Belgian immigrants; her parents died when she was a child and she was adopted by neighbors, the O’Herns. Henry Ford’s siblings were Margaret Ford (1867–1938); Jane Ford (c. 1868–1945); William Ford (1871–1917) and Robert Ford (1873–1934).
His father gave him a pocket watch in his early teens. At 15, Ford dismantled and reassembled the timepieces of friends and neighbors dozens of times, gaining the reputation of a watch repairman. At twenty, Ford walked four miles to their Episcopal church every Sunday.
Ford was devastated when his mother died in 1876. His father expected him to eventually take over the family farm, but he despised farm work. He later wrote, “I never had any particular love for the farm—it was the mother on the farm I loved.”
In 1879, Ford left home to work as an apprentice machinist in Detroit, first with James F. Flower & Bros., and later with the Detroit Dry Dock Co. In 1882, he returned to Dearborn to work on the family farm, where he became adept at operating the Westinghouse portable steam engine. He was later hired by Westinghouse to service their steam engines. During this period Ford also studied bookkeeping at Goldsmith, Bryant & Stratton Business College in Detroit.
Philo discovered a cache of science magazines like Popular Science in the attic of the old farmhouse where the Farnsworth family took up residence.
It was in these magazines that Philo read about a then favorite topic of science writers such as Hugo Gernsback: television.
Sending pictures through the air was no more fantastic than broadcasting speech and music using radio waves, but no one had figured out how to send or receive images.
Radio itself, in 1922, was in its infancy. There were only 30 licensed broadcasting stations in the United States. There were no stations yet in Idaho, and only one in Utah. But due to lack of interference, radio transmissions could be received from great distances.
Sending pictures through the air started out as a fascinating diversion for this young boy, and grew into an intense preoccupation as he grew older.
But plowing or disc-harrowing potato and hay fields all day gives one an abundance of time to think. After a while, a good plow horse knows when it is time to turn the plow and start the next row: a time for boredom or inspiration.
When Philo looked over the newly plowed field as he was finishing, he saw evenly parallel lines, row after row. It occurred to him that an image could be sliced into such rows, back and forth, and then each row transmitted in a continuous sequence. Thus the “raster” image was born.
It was at Rigby High School that Philo met Mr. Justin Tolman, who was his chemistry teacher. Philo persuaded Mr. Tolman to give him special instruction and allow him to audit a senior course.
Throughout his life, Farnsworth gave credit to Tolman for providing inspiration and vital knowledge to him at this critical time in his life.
Years later, Mr. Tolman was able to testify at a patent interference case, producing a small paper diagram that he had saved years earlier, decisively proving that Farnsworth was the original inventor of television.
The man who mastered the natural environment, created a device to destroy the minds of future generations! What an irony! And Ford with his cars — they also turned out to be a problem in that the car industry warped the transportation system of the country to favor cars and destroy mass transportation.
But there you go — that’s how you produce geniuses. A farm doesn’t just grow food, it also helps existing genius to flower. Can you imagine if Philo T. Farnsworth had been given cartoons and World of Warcraft at a young age, instead of ploughing fields and fixing stuff?
I picked another interesting quote out of the Macdonald piece:
Lenz argued that over the course of their recent evolution, Europeans were less subjected to between-group natural selection than Jews and other Middle Eastern populations. Because of the harsh environment of the Ice Age, the Nordic peoples evolved in small groups and have a tendency toward social isolation rather than cohesive groups. This perspective does not imply that Northern Europeans lack collectivist mechanisms for group competition, but only that these mechanisms are relatively less elaborated and/or require a higher level of group conflict to trigger their expression.
Our genetic tendencies toward social cohesion are weaker than other races and require a higher level of group conflict to trigger their expression. Our Hive Mind is weaker, but can be stimulated by group conflict.
In other words, the comments sections on news sites everywhere! That’s our Hive Mind developing!
Be sure to read the whole Macdonald review. It’s very fascinating but I’m not going to copy paste it here.