Instagram's Mental Health Emergency

But as I understand primates, they are raised in close knit communities so there’s less reason for the mothers to have threat anxiety which humans no longer have access to as much. I also suspect threat anxiety or fight or flight response is only triggered when they pick up signals of a credible threat rather than always being all worked up about the unlikely possibility of a pedophile/drug dealer/serial killer/bad boy boyfriend or woke contagion hiding behind every bush…

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For most parents there’s anxiety when their little ones are out in the world without them, that anxiety is natural, we use our higher brain functions to put the threat into the actual context of the relative safety of today’s world and suppress our fears.

For most of our evolutionary history it’s snakes, leopards, bears,. Hyenas and members of competing tribes.

Great point. Did you know that when Haidt began to push back against the subversion of the telos of the university, his initial analysis of the phenomenon was that it was mainly limited to a few elite East and West Coast four year colleges. His supposition at the time was that those studying closer to home had a natural resistance inbuilt to counteract the nonsense, because they could discuss pathological idea with their parents- or at least, that their was sufficient parental influence within the peer group to act as a more general resistance.

Of course, resistance is not immunity, as we now know all too well.

On a related note, I think the social contagion process seems to bypass our natural ability to filter out misperception or terrible ideas- because we are receiving these bad ideas from friends, which circumvents our normal scepticism. Perhaps there is an inherent assumption that in order to share, our friend must have read the article fully, rather than simply just read the headline.

The initial formation of BLM came from such a social contagion. When the problems began there were YouTube accounts which made hundred of thousands of dollars for simply copying every instance of police brutality they could find under one header. It’s also why I loathe American media so much- some form of collective (and justified) guilt for their role in the super predator fiasco which caused so much societal damage, has meant that in the modern era they refuse to cover Black Shooters or white victims of police.

It’s led to a deeply flawed availability heuristic, which informs national policy making and which cynical politicians refuse to correct. This is not to say that African Americans aren’t owed anything, but it would be more correctly formulated if it led to the complete overhaul, repair and reform of K-12, and enacted less punitive sentencing focused on public safety and specifically targeted youth reform.

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This is not to say that African Americans aren’t owed anything, but it would be more correctly formulated if it led to the complete overhaul, repair and reform of K-12, and enacted less punitive sentencing focused on public safety and specifically targeted youth reform.

Yes. The education aspect alone, if any one thing is crucial, is the most important. As for sentencing reform, that has been going on for over a decade. Every president since Bush Jr. has had sentencing commission, including Trump. The US incarceration rate peaked around 2000, and the prison population peaked around 2007. As Coleman Hughes has emphasized, among the younger generation of black men, born since the 1980s, the rates of violent crime and other pathologies are sharply lower.

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