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PURCHASE TWO BREAKTHROUGH NEUROLOGY OF SPORTS BOOKS BY KENNETH BRUCE VAN GROSS, M.D.

Primal Neuroanthropology - A NeuroSports Hypothesis is a new work by Dr. Kenneth Bruce Van Gross 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 Primal Sports ll, Kenneth Bruce Van Gross, MD goes deep into the gaps… into the psyches of athletes and their fans and extends into our Behavioral Neurology while developing themes opened in Primal Neuroanthropology relating to Sports Sociology and Philosophy. Creative leaps involving Games and Sports are explored that include Sports Mythology, New Games along with Humor and Satire of this enigmatic institution of Play.

PURCHASE TWO BREAKTHROUGH NEUROLOGY OF SPORTS BOOKS BY KENNETH BRUCE VAN GROSS, M.D.

Primal Neuroanthropology - A NeuroSports Hypothesis is a new work by Dr. Kenneth Bruce Van Gross 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 Primal Sports ll, Kenneth Bruce Van Gross, MD goes deep into the gaps… into the psyches of athletes and their fans and extends into our Behavioral Neurology while developing themes opened in Primal Neuroanthropology relating to Sports Sociology and Philosophy. Creative leaps involving Games and Sports are explored that include Sports Mythology, New Games along with Humor and Satire of this enigmatic institution of Play.

PRIMAL NEUROANTHROPOLOGY – A NEURO-SPORTS HYPOTHESIS AND THE NEWLY DISCOVERED INDONESIAN CAVE PAINTINGS

By Kenneth Bruce Van Gross, M.D.
April 20, 2020

In late 2019, in Primal Neuroanthropology – A Neuro-Sports Hypothesis, Kenneth Bruce Van Gross, M.D. proposes that Sports profoundly reflects who we are and where we came from historically.

Primal Neuroanthropology is a new hypothesis involving evolutionary neurology, psychology and psychiatry. It speaks to 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 just noted in the numerous unconscious actions of those participating in athletics, games and the general “playing field” called Sports.
It is contended that Sports gestures, postures, movements and expressions are critical components of the primitive consciousness if not unconsciousness of the Sports performer.
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 ganglia contain this primordial motor circuitry that reveals an ancient phylogeny and link to automatic behavior hovering below our consciousness.
The drive to fall contained perhaps in our brain stem, cerebellum and limbic system…...the drive to experience balance altering movement (B.A.M)…where do these “instincts come from”? These men, who jump off mountains wearing winged suits, women who strive beyond human effort in Olympic level gymnastics are in some way addicted to the rush of flight. They were all featured on 60 Minutes. They are not called “birdmen” or air borne competitive ballerinas for nothing…................and the ramifications are quite related to the Primal Neuroanthropologyof Sports.

Now, in December of 2019, archaeologist Maxime Aubert and his team utilizing U-series dating report that the rock art scene at LeangBulu’ Sipong 4 in Sulawesi, Indonesia that they uncovered is the oldest known parietal art created by modern humans. The portrayal of multiple hunters confronting at least two separate prey species possibly suggests a game drive, a communal hunt in which animals are indiscriminately flushed from cover and directed towards waiting hunters—if this is the case, this scene would be the oldest known visual record of a hunting strategy.

Sample Paintings from the Aubert team 2:

sample-paintings

Implications are extraordinary in relation to the anthropological origin of Sports:

  • 1 The cave paintings were dated to approximately 40-50,000 years ago, the advent of modern or Cro-Magnon man who also began to construct a spoken language and to begin over handed throwing (as noted in Primal Neuroanthropology, related to both distance killing with stones and the origin of throwing in Sports).
  • 2 Therianthropes were depicted who appeared to be hybrid animal-man figures. They were drawn with two heads, one animal and one human. This again shows a Sports connection as the animal in Sports, anthropomorphizing in Sports, is central to Sports symbolism.
  • 3 Symbolism itself would appear to be emanating from what would appear to be narratives or stories shown in the cave paintings. Sagas could be extracted which involved the hunt, the battle, the kill and the winning and losing against several different animal enemies from horses, to boars to deer. Again, these story lines are easily transferred into Sports narratives revolving around defeating if not consuming the enemy and showing off the spoils of war. And of course, 25% of professional Sports teams are named after animals.
  • 4 So, the human-animal bond, predator-prey ties are these first cave painting stories (continued in now famous caves in Spain and France later in pre-history). But are there larger lessons here about the human condition?
  • 5 As Sports involves “a story”, so does the hunt. Indeed, after paintings, the development of language (as noted in the works at this time) would blossom.
  • 6 If the hunt and animal symbolism, these forerunners of Sports are intertwined, what might be interrelated in other overarching domains? The supernatural by way of the conceptualizing of non-real entities such as the therianthrope might be one answer. And beyond that, we might invoke the basis for religious belief, i.e. imagined powers who might combine both human and animal traits.
  • 7 If indeed the therianthrope is an abstraction, as is “power” or “Power” with a capital “P”, do we also have a primitive link to gods if not Gods, ultimately evolving into the formulation of a singular God. If we study the extended mourning if not worship of the tragically killed athlete, Kobe Bryant, are we far a field by designating him to be a Sports God? Multiply that tendency by the thousands in many lands over many years involving numerous professional Sports and there is indeed a religious universality implicated.
  • 8 Summarizing, the just discovered Cave Paintings of Indonesia coincide beautifully with the Primal Neuroanthropology of Sports as described in the recently released book by Kenneth Bruce Van Gross, M.D. entitled Primal Neuroanthropology- A Neuro-Sports Hypothesis.

References

  • 1 Gross, K.B.V.- Primal Neuroanthropology- A Neuro-Sports Hypothesis, IPBooks, New York, 2019
  • 2 Aubert, M. et. al., Earliest hunting scene in prehistoric art Naturevolume 576, pages442–445(2019)