Synopsis 2

Most human behavior reduces to primate behavior. Most behavior is developmentally-oriented. For your viewing pleasure, a chart I made recently to illustrate the “breakdown.”
The final column (Gamification) is just one example of a hierarchical/structured codification of behavior. It is the making of a tool out of behavior in order to influence behavior.

Primate Reflex to Model

In human development a key concern is “control” – what do I have control over, to what extent?
For young children the answer is frequently only “my body.” Control conflicts involve where you want my body or my body parts.
As they get older, they learn control over “things.” Can I throw, eat, step on, break, etc. this thing?
The child is a “scientist” – they are constantly forming hypotheses about themselves and the world (and the interaction) and testing/retesting those hypotheses.

Development/maturation is a somewhat predictable process, with somewhat predictable outcomes from various approaches. Two main approaches could be: Punish vs. Discipline.

But here, again, is my “lifeline” chart, featuring several developmental theories along with physiological developmental sequences.


The simplest approach is the approach of Nature. What does that mean? Several people have discussed it in various ways over the years. The most succinct explanation is in the Tao Te Ching. But I’ve created a working-spreadsheet that shows some of the models:

Natural Methods

What are the steps? If human intervention exists, removing that first; then observation; experimentation with brief/small elements; observation; repeat. The guiding principle is to FOLLOW, FACILITATE and ALLOW, as opposed to a guiding principle of “impose” or “control” or “replace/substitute.”

Those are gross summaries of the vast amount of stuff I’ve read/discussed/learned/studied/shared over the past six or 40 years. The rest is summed up in the following workbooks:


This is the way the physical exercise systems work in the body. A model to approach physical training from the perspective of physiology, rather than from “goals” or historical prejudice.

An understanding of and appreciation for rhythms and cycles is critical to application of any of the above. Some useful work has been done on rhythms and cycles, that you can read…here’s one really good book:

A better way is to learn to observe rhythms, and supplement that observation with study.

Another understanding is that form and function are the same thing, viewed from different perspectives or angles. This is the same understanding we have now of matter and energy. Matter is a type of or perspective of energy. Light is a wave and a particle, depending on the way you look at it. Both views have pluses and minuses. We have to be careful.

Underlying all of that is – NATURE. The biosphere is an outgrowth of the mineral substance of the earth.

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Human populations have evolved over time from “lower” life forms. All life has co-evolved with all other life (and weather systems, and everything else) on the planet and in specific habitats. Animals form bands/tribes for safety, fun, and more-efficient living. In human symbolics (language, for instance) “economics” is the “management of the household” in the individual family or in the society. It’s originally the way local natural resources are managed (gathered, distributed, stored, traded).

It’s important to remember that all behavior goes back to physiology. We are expressions of our unique physiologies, and this is true of any animal or plant. Physiology determines how we interact within our habitat, what we can perceive and how we can perceive it, how we will interpret that perception, and what will seem like an ideal outcome based on those interactions and perceptions (so, what actions we will take). All of our tools (technology) reflect these physiological parameters as well (“structural” (e.g., the shape of the human hand determines how we will shape the tools we make) and “functional” (e.g., the way we process information will shape the tools we make)).

Over time we developed social-reflex behaviors based on our physiologically-determined perception and response habits within certain habitats.

A tendency in animal evolution is to progressively enclose/encapsulate “external” resource-dynamics – to bring the sourcing and management of resources bodily-within the organism. Human beings have done this exceedingly well. We carry our environment with us internally. That’s another way of looking at our adaptiveness.

Reflecting that physiological state, our functional behaviors tend toward enclosing/encapsulating [nature-human] dynamics. That is, our technologies drift toward us becoming more and more separated from (if only in perception) direct contact with/reliance on nature.

As human society and technology have progressed we’ve removed ourselves and our constructs (society, economy, art, etc.) from the natural world. Mostly this is just a matter of inertia (behavioral- and thought-/perception-inertia).

Some of it has to do with aberrant constructs that have run amok over time like religion (which is a technology – and so also became more and more abstracted from nature), leading to concepts of an “external” God; and with science, leading to concepts of man’s separation from and dominance over nature. In economics, we have removed subsistence from the natural world and into a meta-world of “commerce” (which interestingly has reached the point where the entire world must be seen as the natural resource, and all people as the “global village”).

All of this removal from nature has only been an illusion. And so we’ve behaved with neglect to nature. We are finding that we are, in fact, inseparable from nature, and so that habitual behavior (petroleum-machine thinking, dietary choices divorced from habitat, movement habits formed by box-habitats, etc.) is starting to bite us in the ass.

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