When Richard Godwin asked me to answer some questions, I was expecting the usual sort of thing. This is what he came up with. Forgive me if I sound pompous or ill-informed. And thanks to Richard for hosting me at his most interesting blog.
And because I rarely shut my mouth, here is a review of Another Year on Crimespree Cinema.
I have always wondered why people I know, people that seem cordial and helpful and splendid in so many ways, spew venom when various people (and by this I mean ethnic groups) come up. You know what what I mean without me saying it and it really doesn't matter who they dislike, just that they dislike various groups for what they claim are legitimate reasons. Certain people are outside their concern and indeed, inspire hatred.
Now a study has come out explaining it. Oxytocin, the kindness hormone, only applies to people within your group. In other words, Lutherans like Lutherans but not non-Lutherans. So this hormone is a causation agent of ethnocentrism, in effect. You may be very nice to me, but hate the Baptist down the street.
The question is: how can we extend the good effects of this hormone? How can we make people see the entire world as part of their "group?" Any ideas? And does this theory seem to make sense to you. It sure explains one couple I know.