by Van Gross, MD
Primal Neuroanthropology© is the study of archetypical postures and movements that connect us to our evolutionary and infantile past. Indeed we have inherited elements of animals and children functioning within us. And it must be remembered that these creatures and immature humans have working genetic elements within their chromosomes as well. We may show bestial aggresivity on the athletic field in the same way primitive man showed that in the jungle. At the same time, when an ape plays, he acts in part like a human.
Consciousness often connotes self-awareness, or metacognition, monitoring and determining purposeful movements and behaviors.
In sports and in endeavors such as dance, such consciousness is often not operative. The unconscious leads the way.
That unconscious may indeed be imprinted in our DNA. It directs our motion, stances and gestures on athletic fields and in other human “walks of life”.
Primal Neuroanthropology is a new hypothesis involving evolutionary neurology, psychology and psychiatry. It speaks of the unconsciousness of sports. We are aware of the athlete’s individual motives and the larger structure of games and leagues. However, we have missed the Total Outline of the neurological, psychosocial and evolutionary construction described above in the numerous unconscious actions of those participating in athletics.
With sports, in adopting the exaggerated movements of certain genetic and neurodegenerative diseases, the “devil may care” self injurious actions of the star shooting guard, the freezing in Parkinson’s to steady the tourney winning golfer before a winning putt, or the involuntary dance like movement of Huntington’s simulated by the jittery running back eluding a tackler, we are doing a replay of many of these basal ganglia mediated gestures, postures, habits, and behavioral actions, as unconsciously as have been the very evolutionary, ontological and involutional processes such movements reflect.
The neurodegenerative processes at play in such conditions specifically target the most phylogenetically ancient components of the brain, including the substantia nigra and the striatum, and the marked involution of these brain structures is accompanied by severe motor and cognitive deficits. Studies of neural mechanisms involved in these akinetic and hyperkinetic disorders have led to a complete reevaluation of the current model of the functional organization of the basal ganglia in both health and disease.
So we evolve, we grow, we involute, we exhibit these phenomena that link all these processes. The basal ganglion contains this primordial motor circuitry that reveals an ancient phylogeny and link to automatic behavior hovering below our consciousness.
The drive to fall..the drive to experience balance altering movement (B.A.M)…where are these “instincts come from”? These men, who jump off mountains wearing winged suits, are in some way addicted to the rush of flight. They were recently featured on 60 Minutes. They not called “birdmen” for nothing…..and the implications are quite related to Primal Neuroanthropology.
Arrange a lecture by Van Gross, MD to discuss Primal Neuroanthropology to include a PowerPoint presentation, documentary and video commentary involving sports, games and play, their evolution, neurology, psychology, psychiatry and sociology.
Van Gross, MD will cover the following subjects, all part of his lecture and monograph: Primal Neuroanthroplogy – A NeuroSports Hypothesis
- INTRODUCTORY REMARKS AND “FACING” SOME EMOTIONAL ISSUES
- LOCOMOTION AND PRIMITIVE LIP/TONGUE MOVEMENTS
- CEREBELLUM AND THE VESTIBULAR SYSTEM
- THE HUMAN HAND AND ITS ORIGINS
- BIG GAME HUNTING, BIG GAME PLAYING, THROWING
- WEAPONS AND STROKES
- THE LEFT-RIGHT STORY
- BASKETBALL AND OTHER EVOLUTIONARY CALLINGS
- NEUROANTHROPOLOGY AND NEUROLOGY
- STEREOTYPIES IN NEUROLOGY- PHYLOGENY AND NEURODEGENERATION
- MEMORY- EXPLICIT, IMPLICIT; COMPLEX MOTOR PROGRAMS
- PSYCHOANALYSIS AND THE NEUROSOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF SPORTS
- PSYCHOPATHY, PSYCHOSIS, DREAMS AND MORE NEURODEGENERATION- THE SPORTS CONNECTION
- SPORTS COMPARED ONE BY ONE; SOME GENERAL CONCLUSIONS
- LATE BREAKING -MORE ON THE SELF AND CONSCIOUSNESS IN SPORTS
God was discovered this way……baseball players’ shock and awe
Baseball players also believe God is “looking out for them” when they hit a four bagger