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by Sofia

Concordia’s Multi-faith Chaplaincy does Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, a cheap vegan meal every Thursday afternoon, and coming up will be presenting on Noah’s pudding (“a sweet dessert that is at once a tasty treat and symbol of diversity. An ancient Turkish tradition, the making and serving of the pudding is meant to bring people of different faiths together”). I very much like the idea of highlighting food in a religious context and space. It speaks to the immediacy, and basic need and nourishing qualities of both.

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Indigenous peoples live in cyclical timeframe; Westerns in a linear one. The former are sustainable while the latter are not. How can we live our lives more in tune with the cyclical? How can we conceive of time and the world more cyclically?

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In an empire, all points are held together by the hub. In order for an empire to remain strong, these points must not make contact with each other except through the hub first. Decentralization would lead to more autonomy for the individual points, more resistence, more independence. Aha!

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“Like humans, chimpanzees laugh, make up after a quarrel, support each other in times of trouble, medicate themselves with chemical and physical remedies, stop each other from eating poisonous foods, collaborate in the hunt, help each other over physical obstacles, raid neighboring groups, lose their tempers, get excited by dramatic weather, invent ways to show off, have family traditions and group traditions, make tools, devise plans, deceive, play tricks, grieve, and are cruel and are kind.” Richard Wrangham, primatologist // What does this mean for us as humans? What does this mean about all the things we’ve come to associate with these behaviours? The idea of what’s our biology and what is our culture faces new challenge. Given this, are morality and deviance  just  weird names for cultural explanations for what we naturally already do? How ought this to affect how we as individuals decide to pass on culture to our own children? What do we teach them? How do we explain human behaviour? Perhaps we stop worrying less and quit being so paranoically self-reflexive and… and what? What do we do? How do we make a living? What is a good life? Arg! So many questions.

In order to ensure their genes get passed on,
gorillas: beat other males up
chimps: have sex with everyone and compete through testicular size (“cojones!” says Prof. Hess)
humans: subject females to patriarchy?

Harry Harlow’s monkey experiments: no mothering leads to an inability to mate later in life. Freud would have had a field day if he had known, the sick bastard.

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