Magazines of Our Times
1. Fortune Magazine January 1973.
A pioneering essay on the "New Clues to The Causes of Violence" by Gene Bylinsky
2. The Futurist. April 1975. A journal of forecasts trends and ideas about the future.
Two essays that brought human relevance to decades of research on infrahuman primates that documented brain-behavioral disorders due to maternal-infant separation: "What Monkeys Can Tell us About Human Violence" and "Body Pleasure and the Origins of Violence".
3. The Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists November 1975.
Reprinted the article "Body Pleasure and the Origins of Violence" from The Futurist and a letter exchange with Rabbi Barack and Dr. Prescott in the March 1976 edition of The Bulletin.
4. Hustler: Child Abuse
James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (1977). Child Abuse In America: Slaughter of the Innocents. Hustler. October. Columbus, OH
This article was written as a public service and as a private person, as part of the Christian conversion experience that Larry Flynt was going through under the guidance of Ruth Carter Stapleton, Christian Evangelist and sister of sitting President Jimmy Carter. Larry Flynt was shot in the Spring of 1978 which ended his conversion experience and attempt at enlightenment. Click HERE for additional commentary.
5. Science Magazine May 19, 1978.
Coss, R.G. and Globus, A. (1978). Spine Stems on Tectal Interneurons in Jewel Fish Are Shortened by Social Stimulation. Science May 19, 1978.
Documented that community-reared Jewel Fish have more dendritic branches and spines in the deep tectal layers than those is isolates reared without visual-tactile contact with conspecifics: Coss, R.G. and Globus, A. Spine Stems on Tectal Interneurons in Jewel fish Are Shortened by Social Stimulation. "The findings suggest that social stimulation induces localized formation of spines, which swell with synaptic activation. (Sensory stimulation/deprivation affects all vertebrates, not just mammals-jwp).
6. Saturday Review May 12, 1979.
Published an essay: The Origins of Violence" (pp16-19) by Richard Restak based upon NICHD research findings of altered brain development consequent to maternal-infant separation.
"When an infant is rocked or cuddled, impulses are directed to the cerebellum that stimulate its development, a process that goes on until at least age two. In fact, the cerebellum is unique, since it is the only part of the brain where brain-cell multiplication continues long after birth… Without physical closeness, the infant's pleasure system is stunted. His difficulty in feeling pleasure may later tip him toward violence" (P.18).
7. The Truth Seeker. March/April 1989. GAIA: A New look At Life On Earth.
Presents seminal essays on GAIA--a Greek concept that gave living entity to Mother Earth-- by leading ecologists, which emphasized James Lovelock's pioneering contributions to GAIA: James Lovelock (1979) "Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth. Oxford. Click HERE for additional commentary. Click HERE for additional commentary.
8. The Truth Seeker May/June 1989. The Liberty of Man, Woman, and Child.
An essay on Robert Green Ingersoll--the greatest champion and spokesman for the liberty of man, woman and child in the 19th century--by Roger e. Greely; and on The Female Sex by Thomas Paine highlights this edition. Barbara Honegger proposes "A Proposed "Bodily Sovereignty" Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Click HERE for proposed amendment.
9. The Truth Seeker July/august 1989. Crimes of Genital Mutilation
Selected Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Circumcision, March 1-3, 1989, Anaheim, CA. James W. Prescott, Ph.D. and Marilyn Fayre Milos, R.N.( Co-Editors).
10. The Truth Seeker Sept/Oct 1989. The Four Trojan Horses of the Apocalypse
A series of essays by leading authorities on drug abuse and addiction and its consequences. Solutions for prevention are provided. The provocative and insightful essay "Why We Animals Can't say No: Getting High Is An Unstoppable Natural Drive--So What We Need are Safe Drugs" by Ronald K. Siegel is the lead article. Additional essays by Andrew Weil, Arnold S. Trebach, Ethan N Nadelmann, JW Prescott and Lionel Van Deerlin plus others illuminate why we have lost the drug war.
11. The Truth Seeker Nov/Dec 1989. The Universe of Human Love.
"Love must be spontaneous to be a spiritual bond in the beginning, and it must remain spontaneous if it is to remain spiritual…and those of us who do not believe in the possibility of free love ought to declare frankly that we do not, at bottom, believe in the possibility of freedom."-George Santayana. Winds of Doctrine (1913)."The Meaning of Sex" by Ayn Rand highlights this issue. Click HERE for her commentary.
12. The Truth Seeker. Summer 1990. Church-State: Dead End.
The crises of Church-State relationships are highlighted in this issue. "Biological Determinism and The Orthodox Religions: The Theology of Bigotry and Gender" by Barbara Bernace-Baker & Jeffrey J.W. Baker is the lead article. "Did Bishop Leo T. Maher Commit A Felony" by JW Prescott focuses on the violation of California Constitutional Law by Bishop Maher who threatened Assemblywoman with "spiritual death" by withholding Communion for supporting abortion rights legislation.
13. The Truth Seeker Fall 1990. Ibogaine & the Drugs of Religion.
Biology and culture are the two sides of the coin of addiction and they cannot be separated from one another. Drugs are sought to bring relief from the emotional pain of this early affectional deprivation (loss of love). The religion of culture has a major role in the drug(s) chosen for use and addiction: Christianity supports alcohol, as a sacrament but condemns marijuana, peyote and sacred mushrooms. The Brahmins denounce the use of alcohol but accepts marijuana as supportive of their spiritual journey. Ibogaine is the spiritual drug of the BWITI in Gabon, Africa. Click HERE for additional commentary.
14. The Truth Seeker Winter 1990. Plight of World's Children.
U.N Convention on the Rights of the Child; "Who Loves The Children? A Response to William J. Bennett"; Children, Religion and Sexual Abuse; and the Scientific Evidence Against Wilhelm Reich are the issues presented in this edition of The Truth Seeker. "I do believe (with qualifications) that statecraft is soulcraft" (Wm. J. Bennett). "But what brand of morality will Bennett's government advocate to implement his new doctrine that "statecraft is soulcraft"? (JW Prescott)
15. byronchild. March/May 2004. The Origins of Love Byron Bay, Australia
The premier global magazine for progressive families. The theme of this edition is "How Attachment Parenting Can Heal the World". An essay "How Culture Shapes the Developing Brain and the Future of Humanity" by this writer (jwp)--is featured along articles by Meryn Callander "Bonding and the Origins of Love"; and John W. Travis, M.D., MPH: "Why men LEAVE a hidden epidemic". This magazine has a new name "Kindred. One family, One World" http://www.byronchild.com/current.htm; http://www.byronchild.com/arts23.htm
16. Conscience. The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion. Winter 2004/2005.
A controversial essay by Francis Kissling; "Fetal Attraction: Unsettled questions in the abortion debate" which states: "The most emotionally charged legislation was the Unborn Victims of Violence Act,,, It gave separate legal status to a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus... As difficult as it may be, this may have been one piece of legislation we could have tolerated. In the war of ideas, not every hill is worth climbing." A profound error of judgment in this writer's opinion. See http://www.violence.de/politics.shtml - Petition to Pope Benedict XVI.
17. Conscience. The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion Spring 2005.
Letters: Is There Life after Row? A strong dissent is registered by Dr. James W. Prescott to Francis Kissling's thesis that the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act 2004" is "In the war of ideas, not every hill is worth climbing". Letter of dissent HERE .
18. David Herlihy. The Natural History of Medieval Women. Natural History, March 1978
Cover: A miniature depicts a garden of delights in which young men and women bathe in a fountain of love. During the Middle Ages, rich urban girls often married at age twelve, earlier than their bourgeois or peasant contemporaries. Illustration from a medieval manuscript in the Biblioteca Estense, Modena. Photograph courtesy of Scala/EPA. Additional commentary.