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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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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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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Evil, Music, Guitar Strings, Tunes, Pythagorean Buggeration

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I will not be grappling with this issue from a particularly religious perspective. Evil applies to everyone regardless of their belief system, or even their lack of belief. Evil is secular in its influence. The first and most important thing … Continue reading

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Mysticism, God, States of Grace, Silence

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“…the Imagination (or love, or sympathy, or any other sentiment) induces knowledge, and knowledge of an ‘object’ which is proper to it…” Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a scholar, philosopher and theologian. He was a champion of the transformative power of … Continue reading

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Theory of Mind, Polygonal Masonry, Ancient Sea Kings, Metal Coupling Keys

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There is a tension between the conception of cognition as a central nervous system (CNS) process and a view of cognition as extending towards the body or the contiguous environment. The centralised conception requires large or complex nervous systems to … Continue reading

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Thinking like a Mountain, Rock n Roll, Carningli, Rocks and Stones

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Alan Moore: We live in a world that is mostly predicated on a rational and scientific worldview, which effectively means that any phenomenon beyond the physically measureable is automatically deemed non-existent, including souls, gods, ghosts and human consciousness. While I … Continue reading

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