Balancing Oxytocin and Testosterone – the Key to Ending War

A Future Without War

                                     By Judith Hand


Humans want “to know.” Curiosity starts with us at a young age, when as children we start pestering our parents asking, “Why?” “Why?” “Why?” As adults, we especially want to know why other adults do what they do and feel the way they feel?

For my project, A Future Without, I want to know why we make war and how, or if, we could end it.

Neuroeconomist Paul Zak’s delightful new book The Moral Molecule answers many of our most vexing, intriguing, and important questions.

The Moral Molecule – Dr. Paul Zak

How do we, for example, account for:

• The powerful attachment of mothers (and fathers) to their children.
• The warm emotional glow we feel from a big hug of genuine friendship.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Macro Cultural Psychology: A Political Philosophy of Mind” / Carl Ratner

Always Question Authority

Fight Evil. Read Books.Society—especially capitalist societies, but also some earlier types such as feudalism—is divided by class, with a minority constituting a ruling class that lives by exploiting the direct producers. Thus, the majority is exploited and hence oppressed.


. . . [O]ne of capitalists’ favorite ideological ploys: individualism. We are the masters of our own fate, not society and its culture. If we fail, it is our own fault. We simply did not try hard enough or follow the right path. Individualism favors self-blame and a refusal even to look for social causes.


Enforced subordination calls forth coping reactions and leads to identities grounded in how well we manage to cope.

Examples of this kind of coping include what can be called “the good soldier” and “the sexy woman.” In the former, a person prides him or herself on the ability to demonstrate undying loyalty to a superior. In the…

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Punch Marks on Ancient Indian Coins

Indian Numismatics, History etc

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Symbols on Pre-Mauryan Punch Marked Coins

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Symbols on Mauryan Punch Marked Coins

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Symbols on Parallel-Mauryan Period Punch Marked Coins

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Bindusara, Asoka, Dasratha and Samprati Punch Marks

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Salisuka, Devadharman and Satadharman

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Ajatsatru, Susunaga, Saisunaga, Kalasoka

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Nandivardhana, Nandin, Mahapadma, and Candragupta Maurya

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Sisunaga II, Saisunaga, Nandin and Mahapadma Punch Marks

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Punch Marks from Chandragupta Maurya and other Mauryan era.

Note: Images from “Indian Numismatics” By D. D. Kosambi

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Various Symbols on Punch Marked Coins – From Delhi National Museum

symbols by region

Symbols on Coins by Region

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Suicide: the one truly serious philosophical problem — Camus

The Floating Library

O my soul, do not aspire to
immortal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible.

— Pindar, Pythian iii

An Absurd Reasoning

Absurdity and Suicide

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest — whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories — comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer. And if it is true, as Nietzsche claims, that a philosopher, to deserve our respect, must preach by example, you can appreciate the importance of that reply, for it will precede the definitive act. These are facts the heart can feel; yet they call for careful study before they become clear to the intellect.

If I ask myself how to judge that this question is…

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