One Year

April 1, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Category: Auto-Biography

It’s been one year today that I’ve been posting these daily essays. These blogs get written about three months before they post, allowing time for an editor to tidy them. (Thank you, Roger Olson.) I’ve also found the time lag extremely helpful in providing me perspective on this project. By the time a piece posts, I feel comfortable with its appearing public.

I’ve written about 340 pieces in the last year, posting one each day. I’m astonished I’ve kept up this pace. Still, there is redundancy.

Some of my favorites appeared almost a year ago when traffic was far smaller. I’ll link back to some of those.

Geography Activism
In this piece, a biological principle is applied to activism, specifically, online activism. This is the first of many such essays.

Society Neotenizing
This is the first essay on the transformation of societies through heterochronic processes. I am not aware of this principle appearing in any venue before this piece.

Big Picture/Present Moment
A piece that, for me, connects the macro with the micro.

Blessed Dissociation
This piece describes existential dissociation in a way that felt satisfying once put to words.

Liberating Chains
A short piece describing some of the satisfactions of blogging.

Five-Step Evolution
This is the first in a series exploring evolution by using a unique five-step model.

Rebirth of the Commons
A satisfying piece on our social transformation.

Female Infanticide and Sexual Selection
This is the second most-visited piece in the website.

Minnesota Somali Autism: Geography and Light
Also a highly trafficked piece. A prediction I made 10 years ago that’s come true.

Evolutionary Theory, Neuropsychology and Autism
This is perhaps my favorite piece.

Neoteny, Affection and Dependency
An example of what feels like the connection between psychological insight and theory insight.

Psychotherapeutic Intervention and Evolutionary Theory
Another satisfying connection between two evolution scales.

Neoteny Not Teleology
I think this was the first piece on the relationship between teleology, society and heterochronic theory.

Political Process
This piece, about the connection between process and politics, was picked up by In These Times.

Doing a quick fifteen-minute survey, I realize most of the early ones I can’t remember from just the titles without rereading all of them. I’m wondering what’s there that I’m not remembering.

There have been fewer pieces about activism than I would have expected and more on evolutionary theory. It has been a big surprise that there has been a tentative resolving of the estrogen and Asian neoteny paradoxes with a single solution that opened up the theory in a whole new, perhaps more powerful, direction. Still, the hypothesis is so far removed from conventional, contemporary theory that it is feeling more like a work of art than an act of science. The beauty of the hypothesis, not easily available information, drives the theorizing. It is difficult to imagine that the academic community will notice it.

Of the almost 100 professors that have recently responded to my directing them to Introduction to the Theory of Waves, there are perhaps three or four that show enthusiasm for the theory. Mostly, they say they’ll read it when they have time or that they don’t have time to read a thirteen page piece. A couple have expressed dismay at the unorthodox positions that I take. Many share their frustration with my seeking to say so much in so little space making it difficult for them to absorb.

Several suggested I go to grad school, specialize, and submit to peer reviewed journals.

Conducting PJEP email blasts, my response rate is about 20% of organizations interested in a statewide peace, justice and environment network. Emailing friends a notification of a new essay, about 20% respond, 50% read it. So, a 10% response rate from academics that don’t know my work is reasonable. That 50% proceeded to the site is pretty amazing (though the great majority only read the introduction).

On two occasions, a visitor managing an existing site has asked for permission to mash up two or more of the essays to create a longer piece that reflects the orientation of the visitor’s particular audience. This seems like a good direction for these memes to travel. Open source ideas can recombine in ways that allow their adjustment to the particular people they come in contact with.

Traffic continues to creep up. I receive frequent fascinating emails from interested visitors. It’s been a good year.


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