does lack of pleasure cause violence?

Incredible, fascinating paper that’s as old as I am, originally published in 1975 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.  (In other words, this person didn’t just pull these theories out of nowhere.) It discusses culture, pleasure, violence, and even a little theology.  Utterly riveting.  Well worth the 45 minutes, especially if you have or will soon have children.  Take a look, then let me know what you think.  I’m not saying they’re completely right–but especially the correlations of cultural behaviors is worth attention.

Note: I’m not sure why the folks who made the video chose the images they did for the background.  They don’t seem to have any bearing on the text.

Note #2: I’m not convinced the writer’s interpretation of the Sodom and Gomorrrah story follows current scholarly interpretations.

*thanks to Reid Mihalko for the link (

pleasure, violence, and culture (link)