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[Xmca-l] Re: Genetics, internalization, biology, and Vygotsky



Carol,

I found his argument problematic as well.  He said it in an interview as he commented on the political crisis in haiti.  Sounds like eugenics all over again.  But I did my best to try to make it sound intelligent.  I respect the brother, and yes he used a general brush to paint all of africa.  I do not know how well versed you are in french I will send you the video.


Dr. Paul C. Mocombe
President
The Mocombeian Foundation, Inc.
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<div>-------- Original message --------</div><div>From: Carol Macdonald <carolmacdon@gmail.com> </div><div>Date:12/16/2014  8:47 AM  (GMT-05:00) </div><div>To: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu> </div><div>Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Genetics, internalization, biology, and Vygotsky </div><div>
</div>Hello

I am truli horrified.  I know Haitian people were not subject to the force
of Christian evangelism in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and therefore
their relationship to their traditional of culture and worship are more
visible than in other situations.

But I really feel that you can't tar the whole of Africa with the same
brush.  I am an African, and know a great deal about the peoples of
Southern Africa, and really what you are suggesting makes no sense at all.

The closest I might come is to talk about the ZCC, the Zionist Church,
which combines elements of traditional beliefs and practices with Christian
elements.  What counts as occult here is the belief that ancestors can help
or hinder as while we live; we have to pay homage to them.

Humanity is profoundly important - acceptance and inclusion of people - an
acceptance of differences as well as wanting not to stand our.

I am sorry but I just get get my head around what Paul is saying. I have to
say this sounds suspicious. I cannot see how I could contribute in any
other way to this discussion.

I really don't think I need melatonin to be African.

Carol

On 16 December 2014 at 12:37, Dr. Paul C. Mocombe <pmocombe@mocombeian.com>
wrote:
>
> I have an important question for vygotsky scholars...According to the
> haitian sociologist, Daniel Supplice, as people of African descent, whose
> societies and governments have been based on theocracy prior to their
> contacts with Europeans, democracy is not for haitians.  He argues that as
> haitians and people of african descent, we have to reconsider how we
> constitute our societies, and stop adopting the ideologies and practices of
> whites, which are aligned with their biology and experiences of the world.
>
> This debate is not new.  There is an argument in afrocentric circles,
> which highlight the impact that melanin has in making people of color
> religious and determining their worldview.  So that in the internalization
> of social processes by blacks melanin is a determing factor in constituting
> their worldview.  Is this the sought of biological/genetic factor that
> Vygotsky scholars are taking into account when they speak of the
> internalization process?
>
> I am aware of the fact that alcohol and certain high blood pressure
> medications adversely affect people of african descent because of melanin.
> Should we look at the internalization of social processes along the same
> lines as the ingestion of medicine and alcohol?  Is this Vygotskyian or
> more in line with Kantian form of understanding and sensibilities as it
> applies to people of african descent?
>
> Dr. Paul C. Mocombe
> President
> The Mocombeian Foundation, Inc.
> www.mocombeian.com
> www.readingroomcurriculum.com
> www.paulcmocombe.info



-- 
Carol A  Macdonald Ph D (Edin)
Developmental psycholinguist
Academic, Researcher,  and Editor
Honorary Research Fellow: Department of Linguistics, Unisa