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Rob Paterson
Looking beneath the surface
Interests: my dogs, history and science, blogging, my children, science fiction and fantasy
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Are boys and girls the same? The evidence tells us not. This post is all about the consequences of this question. In part I of this series, we examined how sensitive men are to external culture and so to external... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Today I got a video of Alfie and Sophia - who are in Turkey - playing with bows and arrows. here is a snip. Nearly 60 years before this another brother and sister were doing the same. Diana and I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
I am with you all the way Josh. I have not read Sax but will now. "Equality" has damaged us all and I will pursue this idea in the next post - we are Different and understanding this is the key to all that is best for men and for women
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I am in the midst of writing a series on how boys become men. I am doing this in response to how badly men and doing right now and the risk that badly derailed men pose to us all. My... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Are men naturally violent, anti social, anti women and dangerous? Or have they been derailed from a better nature by how they fit into the modern culture? In Part I of this series, I made the case that men are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
I am right with you in every way Megan - ritual and rites of passage - are how humans have moved though each step of development before modern times. I go further. In traditional society the "meaning of life" was to reach as far as we could along this path. So every step was ritualized and so given meaning. I love the image of the father or mother holding the infant up in the air before their people - "welcome Megan to our tribe" - I love the idea of being with my mother for an entire week as she died before me and holding her hand and brushing her hair after death. I go to our tribal home with my sister next month to bury her with her parents. We have lost so much but it does not take much more than being thoughtful to bring this back. Thank you for the HT - I will seek out Eisenstein - working on part II right now
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I will be exploring precisely that Tess - how character was developed. My sense is that boys have always been made into men by social forces. Girls transform almost over night into women via their body. Traditionally boys were shaped into men by initiation and by joining the world of men. Once they had become a man, they returned to the broader society and women added to the process. This was our normal for millions of years. But has been utterly lost in post agricultural society. Another area I intend to look into is what are the principles of our society before agriculture and so before property and so before the very idea of patriarchy emerged. For men and women lived with each other using very different social rules for millions of years. How we live today is very recent and is also a social construct based on a food system that was centred in property and so control and so on force and dominance. Can we circle back to our deeper selves and relearn the principles of most of our past when control was not the core of our lives?
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Hi Mark There is a lot of evidence about social copying - why most teen suicides were kept out of the press. That is another dimension. What is intriguing me that includes men behaving badly is the mystery of what it means to be a man today. For I struggle to answer that for myself. 40 years ago we all might have said, men were around to provide, protect and to do the hard work that suited a man's body. None of this is true now. Maybe also these roles were also more connected to agricultural people than to how we were for most of our history. Is there a set of principles from our pre agricultural past that we can use to refine our place? I think there must be. Then if more and more of us start to abide by them, then the social forces you bring up also apply. For the new meme will be copied too. That is my hope anyway
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We are on the same page here - we cannot go back to "the good old" days - that were not so good any way - but I intend to look at the pre agricultural past before patriarchy where we lived for millions of years for guidance in principles - they surely remain immutable?
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It's seems that men killing others for show is now part of our "normal. As of today, this is true even in Canada! Many men are behaving very badly. Many of my women friends are in despair. Men who don't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
People ask me if I miss PEI. Of course I do. This is not to say I an unhappy here in Quebec, but like a person you love who is gone, how can you not miss a place that you... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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THE sign of spring in Knowlton is when the Marina reopens - with luck this weekend! But how does the Marina reappear each spring? I asked Gerry Moar if I could help and so I found out. It appears as... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Good questions Jeremy. I have had a theory for why - My mum was a beauty as a younger woman. But when her youthful beauty began to fade, I think she realized that she has used this as he core social advantage. Especially with my dad. So she took to being ill to keep him. Literature is full of this kind of response. And yes for a while I was angry but for most of the time just sad
Toggle Commented May 14, 2014 on A sad Mother's Day at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Here is the last picture I took of my mother who died on Valentines day this year. She was 85. I am having feelings that I never expected after her death. For since my father died in 1981, I have... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Most people would agree that many organizations today are too stiff, too slow and too disconnected to do well in the complex world we live in now. Many large organizations have placed their bet on a new technology platform that... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Testing TP after their attack Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
And for me Alex - going back to your farm with you Jane your parents and granny
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A typical class room - we had wooden pens with steel nibs and inkwells - very Dickensian. A typical dormitory - this looks like the one that the new boys had next to Matron's bedroom on the first floor. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Touche Andrew - hard to know how best to talk about this - I also write stories - what do you suggest?
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Chicken or Egg? - Is the change confronting how we organize to work driven by tech or by culture? The answer to this question is important. For the large organizations have decided on Tech. Are they right? Or are they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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In this short, 3 part series I have been musing about how large organizations will make the shift from Hierarchies to "Wirearchies" (Jon Husband's great insight). Much of "Big Consulting" and "Big Tech" are selling their services in the hope... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Is information enough to transform our lives and our organizations? Can transformation take place as a result of a rational process and data? Is transformation an incremental process or a total process? This is part 2 of a short series... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The great hope for the big consulting firms and ESN Tech firms today is that they will find the technical path to help their big clients - the ones that can pay the $25 million fees - make the shift... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Key risk Charles. What we did when we had this take place at an Investment Bank was that we did a deal with the next layer of executives below the top - then we fired ALL of the top people in one Day of the Long Knives. The young new leaders took us to the new place. Brutal but I know of no other way
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