I’ve been guiding Rosanna, my research assistant, on the gathering of information on matrifocal societies across the planet.  We are seeking patterns that support or contest my hypothesis that social structure is directly related to maturation rate, specific disease and condition proclivity, hormonal thresholds, handedness and cerebral lateralization.

A problem is that there is little information about these societies in connection to the variables that we’re tracking.  Few studies have been conducted.

So I expand the list of possibly related features.

Recently added to the list are frequency of twinning, language structures with a heavy emphasis on the present tense and the structure and content of their mythologies.

I am deeply hesitant to get into mythological structures or content.  Even though that is how I originally disappeared into the rabbit hole of this twelve-year project, I don’t see much chance of academics accepting correlations between a culture’s stories and its disease proclivities as being a useful set of connections.

We’re playing a little bit with age of pubertal onset as a relevant variable, but this is often influenced by environmental factors such as diet.  Pubertal onset has vast implications regarding particular diseases and conditions, aesthetic capabilities and social structure affinities.  This connects to the timing of maturation or progenesis in heterochronic theory, which is extremely important in evolutionary processes.  Still, it’s an area I’ve mostly avoided, there being so much else to explore.

If I were an academic, I’d be out there conducting handedness assays in cultures across the world.  I’d love tons of brain scans to accompany those tests.  Evaluating hormone levels over time would be extremely useful, as would changes over time in handedness.

I need more variables from information we could uncover in the existing literature.


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