Understanding Us: From Values to Color Perception [videos]

Feral childFeral child

Jacque Fresco talks a lot about human behaviour and explains it in various, easy to understand ways. I want to offer further explanations and provide an article with new examples and facts about what generates everyone’s personality, including yours and mine. We will look into values, gender, biology, and psychology.

VALUES

First of all, who are you?

Genie

Genie

You might say your name, job, or whatever else you like. You will likely try to find yourself within a bunch of words whose meanings you have learned from parents, school, friends, the Internet and so on. You learned what a job is, what morality is, what is good or bad, beautiful or ugly, acceptable or not, violent or relaxing. One interesting, but disturbing, example of how important environment is in developing your personality and values is feral children: kids raised in extreme environments. Genie was devoid of social contact from birth. When she was discovered ten years later, she was so different from a normal human being that she was considered “mentally ill,” although she had no brain damage whatsoever. She couldn’t talk or walk properly. She showed no feelings of empathy, morality, objectivity, sociability, and so on – behaviours thought to be normal and inborn to all humans.

Young girl raised among dogs

Young girl raised among dogs

There are other cases, such as a girl raised more among dogs than humans so that she behaved more like the dogs than humans. 

These examples are not cases in which the children have brain damage. The examples show not only that human values come from the environment, but that even one’s walk, facial expressions, or body language are influenced by one’s experiences. 

You can watch these two documentaries: “Wild Child The Story of Feral Children” and “Feral Children” and read more about this topic. 

Even tiny differences in the environment can cause huge changes in behavior. One example is of two identical twins, one of whom is stung by a bee at age 4. That one small event over his extended life may make him fearful of all insects for the rest of his life, causing “insectophobia”. This kind of event is one reason people have very different personalities. Their life experiences are always unique. 

This is why people looking at the Moon have so many different reactions to it: some will photograph it as art, some will not care, and others may cry with amazement. So, even when we see the same thing, we have different interpretations of it because of personal experiences–which shape our values.

Watch “Secret of the Wild Child”, a documentary about Genie

GENDER

You may think there are only two genders, male and female, but you would be mistaken from both a cultural and biological perspective. There are people whose biology doesn’t permit a distinct identification as male or female. It is called intersex

Cultural gender is a different thing though, and depending on the culture, there may be more than simply female or male genders. We know that even those two differ: there are many “masculine” people who are very different from each other. In India (Hirja), Nepal, Pakistan, and Samoa people accept a third gender as being legal. Fa’afafine, for example, are boys raised as girls in random fashion who behave like women because of that. So the environment even changes what we call “gender”. 

Watch “Me My Sex and I” (see below), “Sex Swap” and “The Codes of Gender” to learn more about gender.

TASTE AND COLOR PERCEPTION

Within the scientific community, there is no longer any doubt that taste is mostly created by what is around the “thing” you taste: the color, the restaurant, the name of the food, the shape of it, or whether it is soft or crispy. 

Even for those with a different biology, such as more taste buds, taste preferences are shaped by their experiences. There are people who wouldn’t eat mushrooms, but because of different circumstances, end up loving them. Watch “The Truth About Taste” documentary for more about taste. Color perception is another great example of how the language you speak makes you see colors in different ways.

Color perception is another great example of how language you speak makes you see colors in different ways. See this 7 minute video showing a great experiment on that. And if it influences sight in this powerful way, what else may language influence?

Watch “The Truth About Taste” Documentary

This article was originally released in TVP Magazine Issue 3 and can be accessed by this link.

A special thanks to that team for sharing their amazing work. They have currently released 9 issues and are looking for support to keep the program active. You can learn more here.

[google-translator]
Discussion and Feedback