I have been told by others, particularly by author David Brin with some annoyance, that my bias toward the matrifocal frame weighs down what I am trying to communicate.  At those moments you feel most perturbed by how I’ve said something, do tell me so my turns of phrase don’t turn stomachs.  I’d rather communicate than indoctrinate.

I write about 90 days before posts appear.  In a couple weeks [a couple months ago], posts start to emerge that begin with the observation of a possible erroneous connection, that both Hopi and Trobriand Islanders have languages with not much more than the present tense and both are matrifocal.  Two cases a pattern does not make.  That the Hopi are mostly present tense is contested.  The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (that language informs culture with language structure guiding culture values) is considered disproved by many, but I’m thinking there might be a connection between language, ancient matrifocal society, primary process and autism.

A premise in that long piece, “Introduction to the Theory of Waves,” is that matrifocal societies will evidence diseases and conditions associated with autism in modern society.  I’m starting to think that premise may be wrong.  The particular way that children are being raised in matrifocal aboriginal society may be guiding those with predilections toward autism toward a more societal-connected version of themselves.

The connecting paradigm is primary process, a concept developed by Freud and embraced by Gregory Bateson.  It outlines thinking in one tense (the present), one time (now) with no negatives.  Dreams take place in primary process, as does early childhood, as do, hypothetically, animals, for instance, chimps.

What struck me while reading Whorf discussing the Hopi and Malinowsky discussing the Trobriand Islanders was that both peoples had a language that suggested intimacy with primary process with little attention to detail outside the here and now.  This fit my paradigm of matrifocal society preceding contemporary consciousness, matrifocal society being present when we bridged from gesture to speech.  What this suggests for me is that the particular way that children in these matrifocal societies are being raised may harbor specific techniques that modern families could use to bridge the autistic child into social reality.

I would focus on diet (the classic “paleolithic diet” with no gluten or casein), constant rhythm, almost constant dance, maybe more UV light and perhaps more touch.  What might be the common child-rearing practices among matrifocal cultures with primary process-like language structures heavily emphasizing the here and now?  For those women with high-testosterone uterine environments, maybe these techniques could be an opportunity to raise their children in an environment natural to their neurologies.

I’ve been playing with these concepts in the columns for a couple months.  They are leading to other interesting conjectures regarding females and estrogen in estrogen’s biological, prehuman manifestations.  Animal endocrine systems are way beyond me.  Still, it feels to me like autism is the bridge concept to understanding who we are as humans, and finally understanding ourselves and our place in the biological universe.

Thank you for the nice things you said, and the criticism.  The criticism I deeply value when detailed enough that I can adjust.  Don’t feel afraid to blast me.

Thank you, Amber.

Andrew


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