Archive for January 2019

FOR A SELLER OF BOOKS AND MUSIC PRODUCTS, IT SEEMED LIKE THE MOTHER LODE, AND STILL DOES. BUT IT ALSO TURNED OUT TO BE A REMARKABLE WINDOW ON A GIFTED AND DISTURBED MIND

It started as purely a business transaction—a business coup, it seemed then and still does. Seventy-two moving boxes (12×13×16 inches in size), each packed like a sardine tin with books, CDs, audio tapes or photograph records. We bid $1,000 and got the lot. It took a rental trailer and a pick-up truck (and my brother-in-law’s [...]

YOU CAN CALL ME A CONSERVATIVE-LIBERAL-SOCIALIST, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, AND ALL AT THE SAME TIME, IF YOU WISH … AND HERE’S WHY

Thanks to invaluable assistance from the late Polish philosopher, Leszek Kołakowski, who taught at All Souls College, Oxford, after being exiled from Poland in 1968, I think I’ve figured out what my real political orientation is. I am a Conservative-Liberal-Socialist with the following views (all borrowed, most liberally and described most conservatively, in a very [...]

TWO DIFFERENT “TRIUNE” BRAIN THEORIES BUT THE SAME CRUCIAL CONCLUSION: WE ARE MAKESHIFT ENTITIES STILL UNDER DEVELOPMENT, AND THAT CAN CREATES SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR US

I do not remember exactly the first time that I heard about pioneering neuroscientist Paul MacLean’s concept of the triune brain. The idea of a neocortex sitting atop a primordial cortex sitting atop the brain stem. The brain of a human sitting atop the brain of a horse sitting atop the brain of a reptile, [...]