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Shaping Social Destiny: The First 1000 Days

BY NICK | 2 min read

Have you read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley?

This dystopian novel describes a world where human embryos are raised in “hatcheries and conditioning centers." By modifying the developmental conditions of these fetal humans, The World State engineers people predestined to fit in one of five social castes as determined by the physical, mental, and emotional traits with which they are programmed.

“The fetuses undergo different treatments depending on their castes. Oxygen deprivation and alcohol treatment ensure the lower intelligence and smaller size of members of the three lower castes. Fetuses destined for work in the tropical climate are heat conditioned as embryos; during childhood, they undergo further conditioning to produce adults that are emotionally and physically suited to hot climates."

The process aims to make individuals accept and even like 'their inescapable social destiny.'

Shaping Social Destiny

Creating a caste system based on the manipulation of embryos and infants might sound like an injustice that only exists in alarmist cautionary tales… we could hope.

But, the book The First 1,000 Days by Robert Thurow makes the case that our world is witnessing the formation of castes around the world. Castes shaped by the disparate nutrition and living conditions experienced by women and infants from conception to age two.

In the first 1,000 days of a person’s life, their body and their mind develop the biological foundations for growth and cognition. Malnutrition, parasites, and illnesses experienced early in life can erode the foundations which would ideally enable a person to grow, learn, and perform fully throughout their lifetime.  

Stunting, obesity, impaired cognition, chronic inflammation, anemia, and other maladies can develop when a pregnant woman is stressed, worked, or malnourished during labor. These complications can also result when a mother lacks the time or nutrition to breastfeed her child. Cultural practices, gender inequality, poor infrastructure, agricultural methods, and imbalanced economic policies all combine to create unnecessary suffering for women and lifelong hardships for their children, who are, in this present system, assigned nearly “inescapable social destinies."

Not only is this unjust -- it is completely unnecessary.

The solutions to malnutrition and marginalization are simple. We all have the ability to affect the changes, if not (perhaps) the incentive to do so. 

Our world is not that of the imagined unified government of a “World State." A caste does not ensure us community, identity, or stability. In fact, the social instability and economic costs wrought by infant malnutrition are thoroughly detailed by Thurow, and the conclusion is rough: injustice impacts us all.

So, whether we’re designing the infrastructure of the future, M.apps for humanity, entrepreneur insurance, tools for global learning, or matter compilers keep in mind the bigger picture. These breakthrough aren't just something to marvel at, or keep us amused by our own cleverness. With every stride toward better efficiency in the basics for healthy, safe, and prosperous living, we get that much closer to universal access to these necessities -- we get closer to eliminating so much unnecessary suffering. 

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  • Meena Chintapalli Sept. 15, 2018, 9:31 a.m. PDT
    I wrote in my book published in 2017 July, " Early Brain Sprouts from States to Traits". about the latest information on Dysregulation of GABA ergic neurons that can prune unnecessary pathways in Autism Spectrum disorders. First 1000 days of nurture in a calm , secure environment can create good hard wiring and overcome the possibilities of any genetic expression of any NDD. Ofcourse 1/59 can not have bad genes all together to account for escalating ASD.When infants are visually exposed to media or screen from 6 months - 36 months of age , they do not have any meaning or understanding of what they are watching , although the networks are overproduced through sensory signals; but axonal connections need an experience with social interaction from a well bonded adult who can give emotional input. By watching lips, listening to a smooth flowing voice, infants learn to communicate. Opportunity exists for this dynamic social , emotional and communication acquisition in the first 6-7 months. Every 2-3 month old looks passionately into the primary caretakers' eyes for reciprocity. We need to focus on the role of averse home and environmental experiences that are causing the imbalance in primary net works of excitation and inhibition regulation . The over stimulated brain has bizarre connections as they are not guided with experience that is interpersonal. Why can't we blame the IPhones, I-pads and TV to have caused overstimulation. Caretakers may love the infant, but busy and turn on electronics to interact and teach them. Amygdala is big in ASD, Axons are plenty, more mini columns, but brain does not connect the way it is supposed to in a hierarchical fashion. Multi Sensory Integration, Bayesian principles talk about temporal rule, Spatial rule, Amodal integration, Ventriloquist effect, Cross Modal Integration, so that we know infant learn better and stronger from birth through Multisensory Integration with pairing and location consistency. Brin volume goes down among adults as unused pathways of SEL and cognitive intelligence was not used . The results of any therapy is slow and poor. Instead , why can't we focus on early detection through scoring infant behaviors early on from birth through first 18 months.
    I have igven a Universal Multi sensory Integration based THE SAI EDUCARE CURRICULUM for NURTURE 0-5 years and broke down teh behavioral guide every 2 months from birth. GAve curriculum for parents and also for 3-5 year development towards all accomplishments. "Early Brain Sprouts from States to Traits", published in 2017 -July.
    My previous book with the same patented material was "Brain, MInd, SAI Educare" -2004
  • Denis Bill Aug. 27, 2018, 1:38 a.m. PDT
    Our world is not that of the imagined unified government of a “World State." A caste does not ensure us community, identity, or stability.
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