Fear, rage & reproductive drive

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The amygdala or lizard brain is a physical part of your brain, the pre-historic lump near the brain stem that is responsible for fear, rage and reproductive drive. On that note, take a deep look at this front page of the Trinidad Newsday (January 2013) and ask yourself, "What messages are being communicated and what emotions are being triggered?" Or no need to amyg-dala 'bout it, yeh? On another spectrum of the matter Jonathan Harris, co-creator of We Feel Fine and founder of Cowbird, remarks on the impact of technology and a call for ethics. He points out:

 


We're living in a very interesting point right now where there is a very small number of people right now, who are mainly guys; who are mainly between the ages of 22 and 35 or so; who are mainly living in New York and San Francisco, and maybe a little in London and Berlin. And these people are having a really big effect on the behaviour of hundreds of millions of humans alive right now, through the software they design and introduce into the world. And this is relatively new phenomenon where so few have had an impact on the daily behaviour patterns of so many. And these software engineers as they call themselves are more like social engineers...

 

Living in Trinidad, I'm struck by the opposing forces present in daily living. An unsettling inclination towards primitive and the importance of it. Maybe its as Derek Walcott says — when he references the relationship between Caliban and Prospero in The Tempest — where Caliban's language and art surpass that of Prospero, the master. Something to do with the inbreeding of basic survival techniques, instinct, through our ancestors and colonial lineage, for a small island nation to create world-class art or athletes for that matter, regardless — that consequently, and funny enough, government can sit back and no matter what, ride on the achievements of local genius (see Walcott's Light). But at what costs?