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- n. the state resulting when juvenile characteristics are retained by the adults of a species
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However, it will extend neotony, something we have enough already.
Some psychological aspect of ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny, or, rather, a sexual manifestation of neotony?
They are very different: dogs go into heat twice a year, wolves once; dogs exhibit “neotony” — traits that make them more docile — wolves obviously do not.
ACQUIRED through a neotony of prolonged maturation – there is no ontology without ontogeny – not necessarily a capriciously God given one for the circumcised but rather one acquired by nature-nurture interactions developing into intelligence.
For too long this and other demands we have made on men have served only to keep them in a state of neotony.
Following up @TonyNZ’s comment: I am familiar with the neotony theory, but human babies are naked.