" I believe, on the surface, we are at the mercy of our surroundings and we have an
enlarged brain to cope with the stresses."
This line of thinking would contain a permanent fallacy unless you believe in Intelligent design.
Mechanical function evolves, according to natural selection, not for purpose...instead by what becomes a hindsight of causality. 'Naturally', our traits do not serve our needs...they simply exist and are bombarded by those stresses you mention. How then? I believe intelligence begets intelligence, so that when a little intelligence is appreciated in another life form, in our far past by some bird or furry creature perhaps, this may improve their _interest in survival. It's reaching, but would have statistical import.
This scheme could proceed intelligent design at the beginning, since a billion years in our time may be psychologically comparable to the geologically immense duration experienced by the molecules involved in formation of a crystal (if you've ever been a molecule, you'd know how boring it can be). Or the Intelligent Design might have begun more recently in a convoluted metaphysical progression.
"It is part of evolutionary psychology, ever heard of it? It is still fringe, but I think it will
make progress in the future."
I guess so...do you think I have heard of it now?
I found some of the folks on those lists to be rude and dogmatic but I guess it's because they are all too human, not because of psychology. Better to be part angel sometimes.
"I am glad you think so highly of me to research all that I have said."
Actually, I asked you to explain that statement when you first made it...and of course I remembered.
" With a work ethic like that I am suprised that you have been overlooked by the "network". Maybe I could write you a letter. I have a few "in" contacts at various places. I could cash in a few favors."
I'm not sure I'm overlooked, but not paid much if at all.
Actually, they could become further in your debt as a result...or how about "Show me the money !"
I crave legitimcacy of purpose so much I couldn't work for someone without knowing what the organization's really doing.
Fell for it, didn't I?