Portrait of a Killer

Posted: 1. September 2013 in Uncategorized
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Remember some time ago where I told you about an article I wrote for a magazine, subject: stress?

My research openend my eyes as to how the social structures of our societies can influence our life situations and cause stress.

Yesterday, I saw this National Geographic feature on television, and it actually adds evidence to these theories.

Watch it, if you want to know more. It has monkeys in it!

More about Robert Sapolsky and his research here.

  1. I_ArtMan says:

    i mostly listened to this while i was cutting vegetables up.i have long been a believer in avoiding stress when possible. for example, my motto, i stole from a picture signed by anthony hopkins at a catholic school for wayward women. he signed his picture to mother ada… "no pressure" :happy:

  2. Pineas2 says:

    Nasty little punks. Killed all my salad. Btw is the weather ok for tomatoes in Denmark? If so you should have some green tomatoes. That's how the ripe fruit is looking:

  3. Aqualion says:

    @PineasI take it your comment was supposed to be on another post. The one about the slugs perhaps?I abandonned my tomatoes this year. Planted them too late, and didn't get my Poly solution finished on time. But next year I'll start as early as possible and grow them in the Poly Compartment.

  4. Spaggyj says:

    I will try this when I am at my computer.

  5. Furie says:

    Added to watch later, though it may take a while to get around to it.Stress is an interesting one because there are things that some people simply thrive on that others just can't handle, and they likely have things they thrive on that the previous people can't deal with. There's no real definitive stress-giver (although cars with sound systems designed simply to blast bass out as they pass must be pretty high on the definitive list) so there's no real way to destress the world.I do think that a lot could be achieved if people would *opens party manifesto* "stop being complete dicks to each other, and actually treated others like they would want to be treated". If people would stop putting themselves first then a lot could be done to put stress to bed. On that subject, that also helps destress the world. So, in short, we need to release a compound gas across the world (this is a joke NSA so stand that team down) that is a mixture of both viagra and laughing gas. That should solve most of the problems that cause stress as well as giving a lot more opportunity to get rid of stress. :up:

  6. qlue says:

    :lol:I don't think the NSA heard you Mik! :p

  7. Aqualion says:

    The most interesting part of this documentary is when Sapolsky tells about this tribe of baboons where all the alpha males died from food poisoning, and the tribe continued with only females and 'good guys'. With all the bullying, violence, abuse and raping gone, the hierarcichal structure of their society crumbled over night, and this tribe has been living in friendly harmony and even with success compared to the other tribes ever since. And with a measurable decreasion of stress hormones in the individuals.Makes you wonder.

  8. qlue says:

    Originally posted by Aqualion:

    where all the alpha males died from food poisoning

    Wasn't that story in the Bible? :sherlock::jester::p

  9. Aqualion says:

    Originally posted by qlue:

    Wasn't that story in the Bible?

    Or was it in the sequel?;)

  10. Furie says:

    My autobiography? Haven't finished it yet.

  11. qlue says:

    Originally posted by Aqualion:

    Or was it in the sequel?

    "On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn — both men and animals —and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD"—Exodus 12:12


  12. garlingmatthews says:

    They tend not to publish the bible chapters starring baboons. People have a prejudice against apes.

  13. qlue says:

    Originally posted by garlingmatthews:

    People have a prejudice against apes.

    That may explain why we keep killing each other and blaming it on God! :sherlock:

  14. Furie says:

    Originally posted by garlingmatthews:

    People have a prejudice against apes.

    That's because they finally really did it, those maniacs! They blew it up! Damn them! God damn them all to hell! :monkey:

  15. Aqualion says:

    There's a mild difference between striking down every firstborn and striking down the alpha males. The former might destroy the race, the latter actually improves it. I'm not making this up. Watch the film and learn…

  16. Furie says:

    I count myself an alpha and omega male. It's like being a regular alpha male except we're not dicks about it like most others feel they have to be. I'm alpha enough to get what I want without having to snap at others and push my way to the front of the pack, fighting and proving my worth to those I (by definition) apparently view as lesser to me.

  17. Aqualion says:

    I just consider myself me. The one and only. The best and the worst. The only person I can always count on as company – well, at least I've always been around until now, as far as I can remember. Since I was a toddler, actually. I was there when I came into this world, and I'm sure I'll be there when I skip the thing and leave. Most probably, I'll also be there in the next place. As a matter of fact it is hard to imagine existence without me around. Or non-existence. Yeah, I was in a coma for three days once, went to a different place entirely. I was there too, keeping myself company for the many months I spent there, though it was only three days in our world. I'm always around. Somewhere. Even when I sleep.Alpha, Betha, Gamma, Ypsilon… I don't care. I'll always be Number One in my world.

  18. Furie says:

    Originally posted by Aqualion:

    I'll always be Number One in my world.

  19. Aqualion says:


  20. garlingmatthews says:

    Man his facial hair got out of control later.

  21. Furie says:

    Number one, what have I told you about blacking up. The Uhura law prohibits it.

  22. Aqualion says:

    We might consider to replace you entirely with a new first officer, a well experienced co-pilot…

  23. Furie says:

    I've dated worse. 😀

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