How are we to hope that, one day, the ‘man’ that we all carry within us might free himself from the animal that we also carry within us, if he is never informed about how this admirable mechanism called his nervous system works? How are we to hope that we shall see the disappearance of destructive aggression, hate, violence and war? Is it not essential to show him how science views as petty and ridiculous those feelings he has often been taught to regard as the most noble, without telling him that it is only because they are the ones most useful for preserving social groups and classes, whereas the creative imagination, a fundamental characteristic of his brain, is, to say the least, usually absolutely not required to make an honest man and a good citizen?

- Henri Laborit (1914-1995), L'agressivité détournée, p. 8

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Site developed, researched, and written by: Bruno Dubuc
Programming: Patrick Robert
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English translation: Al Daigen,


Past funding

January 2002 to September 2002

Affiliation: Centre de recherche de l'Hôpital Douglas, through Dr. Maurice Dongier
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