The identification of the hereditary basis of mental development
||The study of the biological basis of aesthetics response.
||A term coined by Professor Wilson to describe humankind’s
innate affiliation with nature.
||The mapping of brain activity, defining mental development and process.
|| Consilience is the key to unification. The word “consilience”
was first used by the philosopher and historian of science William
Whewell in 1840. It refers to a "jumping together" of knowledge
by the linking of facts and fact-based theory across disciplines to
create a common groundwork of explanation.
||The description of the environment to which humanity has adapted.
||Epigenetic rules are the inherited regularities of mental development.
These rules are the genetic and hereditary biases; the way our senses
perceive the world, the symbolic coding by which we represent the
world, the options we open to ourselves, and the responses we find
easiest and most rewarding to make. The epigenetic rules alter the
way we see and linguistically classify color. They cause us to evaluate
the aesthetics of artistic design according to elementary abstract
shapes and the degrees of complexity. They lead us to differentially
acquire fears and phobias, to communicate with certain facial expressions,
forms, and body language. Most of the epigenetic rules are evidently
ancient, dating back millions of years.
||The theory or science of the method or grounds of knowledge.
||The database of anthropology.
||The study of animal behavior under natural conditions.
||The reconstruction of the evolutionary history of life and its determinants.
||The study of genes, chemistry, transmission, and effects.
||Human nature is not the genes, which prescribe it, or culture, its
ultimate product. Rather, human nature is the epigenetic rules, the
hereditary regularities of mental development that bias cultural evolution
in one direction as opposed to another, and thus connect the genes
||The study of human activity, thought, and behavior.
||A character or figure symbolizing the idea of a thing, as the Chinese
characters and most Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleyev, (1834-1907), was a Russian chemist who developed the periodic law of the properties
of the chemical elements. This law states that elements desplay regular patterns of properties when they are arranged according
to thier atomic weight.
|Munsell Color Array
|A set of 320 color chips of forty equally spaced hues and eight
degrees of brightness, all at maximum saturation, and nine chips of
neutral hue (white, black and grays).
||The study of the natural world, comprising physics, chemistry and
||The study of nerve cells, and of the brain, in both development
and evolution, and their relation to behavior.
||Evolutionary history of species.
||The explanation of complex systems by reduction of the systems to
their component parts and processes, as cells by reduction to molecules.
||The Westermarck Effect, named after Finnish anthropologist Edward
Westermarck, was discovered almost a century ago. It is the basis for
incest avoidance in humans. When 2 people live in close domestic proximity
during the first 30 months of the life of either one, both are desensitized
to later close sexual attraction and bonding. The Westermarck Effect
has been well documented in anthropological studies. Non-human primates
whose sexual behavior has been closely studied, with reference to
behavioral development, all display the Westermarck Effect.