13 Jun 2012
Tickling is one of the few stand-downs for human stressors . It can be mimicked .
Tickling evolved from the baby clutching the mother . The mother’s body hair lightly tickled (knismesis – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tickling ) . But clutching the mother tightly , the baby sensed the interplay of the mother’s muscles (gargalesis - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tickling)
If the baby loses its grip and falls , the Moro reflex kicks in ( See Appendix II) . also why some humans have a fear of falling .
A light tickling can be done by the individual (ie surprise is not necessary ). Hence the success of the Comb (See Appendix I) . Self-grooming is possible .
Heavy tickling (gargalesis) :
This is important enough that separate threat-evaluations at the astrocytes and amygdala evolved to deal with it . A short period stimulation is stress->flight->mother->stand-down , but prolonged periods without a stand-down just increases the stress levels. Torture , in other words . And it has been used as such by humans (see Tickle torture)
The heavy-tickling reputedly needs randomness , but from the argument above randomness mimicking the musculature of the back of a fast-moving mother will be a super-image .
In other words , make like Tarzan swinging through the treetops with baby cling to your back .
Both light tickling and heavy tickling are needed to convince the baby it is safe and the various reflexes can stand down . Safe back at mommy’s back .
Baby smiling is signalling approval , but also part of the stand-down process .
The gurgling I draw the line at .
Clutching : another necessary .
Baby clutches mother , hard .
Fingerpads and biceps must also signal that docking has occurred .
The Combing Reflex:
Licking , grabbing and holding is interpreted by the baby that Mother really cares . Combing must then be classified as as a light-tickling .
Virtual Tickling can now be envisaged .
1.Heavy tickling is the ticklish question .
For a single person : (like a comb)
1.1 Clutch the edge of a desk with the left hand , where all the fingertips are gripping (including the thumb) . Tense the biceps as if you are clutching hard . Use the right hand to pressure-stimulate parts of the left torso and upper thighs . Target armpit regions . But any left-side torso region will do . Smile without baring the teeth .
1.2 Repeat with right hand .
No more than five minutes (potentiating threshold)
Try it . There is a marked reduction of basal stress . And subsequent increase in immune system efficiency (order of 4) .
Two persons are about four times better . Hence the prevalence of marriage .
This did not happen all at once . So , there must be a memory component .It is very old ,
See you at the Tickleodeon .
24 April 2008
The oldest profession .
Hair Dressing and Grooming .
The time-traveller with hairdressing and grooming skills can get a job anytime back to hominid days . Beats plumbing any day .
This partially explains the queer gene : Faux-queer . A cunning stratagem to get close to females without the usual male chest-beating .
Grooming is built-in to the hair of mammals .
Hairs get tangled and knotted ( see Theory of Knots) . Your personal experience is that after day’s activity and a night’s sleep , your hair gets tangled and knotted . The theory shows that it is nearly certain that this will occur in any system with three degrees of freedom .
Tangled hair is a bit of no-no to our homonin . It shows that it cannot get a grooming partner . Parasites also have access to unprotected skin .
Chaos first did the weaving with knots and tangles .
Un-weaving was then invented .
Initially fingernails , then a sharp , hard pointed stick ( a one-toothed comb) to tease the knots apart ..
When a favourite stick was kept , it became a tool .
A one-toothed comb .
Found all over in old sites , but usually called something else .
Plaiting of hair followed . Then some unsung woman genius inverted it and plaited grasses and other fibrous growths . Ropes and nets were invented .
Physical strength became unnecessary .
Mk I humans followed .
MkII humans followed after Toba , when weaving was invented as insulation (clothes) . So was fashion , and the world was never the same .
From the evidence , fashion seems to be a more powerful driver than anything . I would like to put an “except” here , but from the Greenland evidence where people starved to death because eating abundant fish around them was “out of fashion” with some old bishop I cannot .
What is of interest is that un-weaving was invented first , then weaving .
Note the correlation of Peace being invented before War .
Multiple-tooth combs .
An invention so ubiquitous that every human on the planet today has one and uses it at least once a day .
It enables an individual to self-groom . You can comb out the tangles in your hair or pelt by your own , without help .
This had an enormous effect on the development of civilization . The very concept of individualism is predicated on the existence of combs .
It frees the individual from the tyranny of the group .
An unkempt individual is excluded . No ifs or buts . Look around you at the homeless people . Once grooming is lost , so is social acceptance and survival . Hence the large number of spaza-hairdressers . It is not an affectation , but sheer survival .
See http://andreswhy.blogspot.com “Super Refugee”
Note the insistence of disciplined groups like the military or police to hair grooming . Or the inverse , the trust civilians have for anybody with a taut haircut .
See http://andreswhy.blogspot.com “Old Age Markers”
Note the hairstyles of the Mandarin class in China : shaven in front , denoting wisdom from survival , and extravagant hair (plaits) at the back , denoting humanity .
Hence , a monk will shave his head denoting a divorce from human concerns .
If someone obviously not in a religious order shaves his head (like bouncers , etc) they signal an indifference to the grooming order . They are essentially doomed . An extremely interesting feedback cycle is initiated that ends in the marginalization of such individual . They tend not to have children .
It must be noted that these are universal hominin markers , operating at well below conscious perception .
Fear of falling , or more exactly , fear of losing contact with mummy’s hairy , ticklish back . (Knismesis) .This can be mimicked by the infant .
But the motion of muscles in mummy’s back is more reassuring . (Gargalesis) . Heavy tickling . Associated with clutching hard . Semi-random .
This reflex is a response to a sudden loss of support, when the infant feels as if it is falling. It is believed to be the only unlearned fear in human newborns. The primary significance of this reflex is in evaluating integration of the central nervous system (CNS), and it involves 3 distinct components:
1. spreading out the arms (abduction)
2. unspreading the arms (adduction)
3. crying (usually)