Tolkien, Ch’an, The Nine Unknown Men, MKULTRA, Ravens

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          It has been the assumption by many of those in the world of letters that Professor Tolkien’s discovery of The Red Book of Westmarch (and other writings) in the early 20th century was not so … Continue reading

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Zen Bones, Zen Flesh, Zen Stones, Zen Tears, Zen Winks, Zen Smiles, Zen Life, Zen Death

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        At the end of the last glaciation, about 10,000 years ago, the area’s ecosystem was characterised by a largely treeless tundra. Pollen studies have shown that this was replaced by a taiga of birch, and then … Continue reading

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Winnie the Pooh, Carlos Castenada, Psychedelic Drugs, Cartesian Paradigm, etc.

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  A. Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. The rest of Christopher Robin Milne’s toys, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger, … Continue reading

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SitRep as the summer gently slips away…

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  Today mankind is locked into stealing ravenously from the future [by way of] diachronic competition, a relationship whereby contemporary well-being is achieved at the expense of our descendants. By our sheer numbers, by the state of our technological development, … Continue reading

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Lumpers and Splitters, The Sharp Edge of Existence, Biology and Political Nihilism

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    For some people who follow human evolution news, recognizing “species” is really just about whether you’re a lumper or a splitter. Many people assume that the names of species are about ego, not evidence. But nature presents us … Continue reading

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Struck and Stricken by Stroke, Welsh Trad Music, Miscellaneous Rambling

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        Abstract Jigs, reels and hornpipes are a musical genre associated with Britain and Ireland generally described as a type of “folk” or “traditional” music. Scholarly interest in them followed their “discovery” in the late nineteenth century … Continue reading

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New Blog Post

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear readership, friends, enemies, frenemies, etc. You know who you are. I am freshly returned to my dwelling upon this mountain, after a stay in hospital caused by a stroke. People stroke cats, dogs, soft fabrics, pillows, etc. That … Continue reading

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Illness, Music, Queen of Jerusalem, Love and Romance

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        If a great and powerful ruler is riding his horse, and he comes upon a woman crossing the road, should he continue riding, or should he stop? If he continues riding, his horse may knock her … Continue reading

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Words, Hyde Park Corner, Music, Life, Technology, Guitar Playing

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  We are all aware of similarities in words between different languages, and also how much some words vary between cultures separated both in time and location. Often it is the most common words in a language that retain a … Continue reading

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Graecopithecus, Paths Toward God, Meditation, Banjo Rhythm

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        In these days of Out of Africa genomic hegemony, it is easy to forget that until recently, and despite Darwin and Huxley’s early intuition, the African origins of our lineage were controversial, and for a long … Continue reading

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