Love this! Thank you! The MindMatters conversations are great, especially when you discuss ponerology.

(I have a long drive coming up and I will enjoy listening to all of them...) Your

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I hope some people will watch these and that it will get them thinking.

However, as seductive as it seems, I don't think any form of biology-based psychology will get us where we want to go. Biology isn't where the action is when it comes to mental phenomena. I would think that Stevenson's work would have nudged more people in this direction. Of course, Stevenson and his successors seem thoroughly hesitant to pontificate (theorize?) on what is going on that allows a child to remember his or her life in a previous body.

What academic will go ahead and make a proposition in this regard, and figure out a way to test it?

(Sorry I forgot I already commented on this post! I watched some more from these podcasts today.)

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Just to recap: My teacher (Hubbard) introduced me to this whole concept of social moral decay through the influence of the psychologically unwell. He never did any serious historical research into this area, though he gave various examples in his writings and lectures.

I was introduced to Political Ponerology through Laura Knight-Jadczyk.'s websites. I am always intrigued when I find persons operating independently who come to similar conclusions to Hubbard's.

However, Hubbard discovered past life recall in the early 1950s, and so his thinking is heavily influenced by that discovery and his subsequent research into our longer past history. Thus, there are at least two major influences in cultures, one being dramatizations with deep past origins and the other being dramatizations from very recent past lives, triggered partly by the fact that some of those cultural elements remain over several generations. Thus, we see an interest in "race music" from the early 1900s among young musicians in the 1950s and 60s. And more recently we saw an increase in interest in 1930s and 40s swing music among young people in the 1990s.

So the observation of historical patterns is probably quite valid, but underlying mechanisms might be more deep-seated than many expect. Further, the march on Earth towards technologies that bring disparate persons together while at the same time monitoring everybody is driving changes in exactly what these big social events look like. 9/11 did not look the same as the Reichstag fire but perhaps both events served similar purposes.

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