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SEVEN FORCES OF CHANGE

The Whirling Dance of Art and Science The visual arts can be the path toward truth, just as the study of DNA processes opens our understanding of human variations. The question is how strongly you hold to one path or … Continue reading

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THE FAMOUS AND THE DAMNED

THE UNREPORTED ASSOCIATION The greatest Western painters growing out of the Renaissance traditions could not today buy their own paintings at auction. They are rare birds who produced truly unique and valuable work. Some of the greatest artists died in … Continue reading

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Deviant Minds: The Greatest Artists

The great visual artists that changed how we “read art are relatively few in number and unique in accomplishments. They were often self-taught, obsessed with their work and fought for their beliefs. Without them we would have no “art history” … Continue reading

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BECOMING ART: PAYING THE PRICE FOR DEVIATIONS

If you are an unknown artist — possibly newly attracted to the creative arts — I have unsettling news. The statistics are against your becoming recognized for your work. According to a recent report by the National Endowment for the … Continue reading

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Finding Yourself Through Art

The evolution of human brain capacity brought with it a greater capacity to understand ourselves, both the good and the bad. Hints of what was to come is found in the dusts and ruins of French caves, where colored representations … Continue reading

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Finding One’s Center

  AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Creator, Captor, Destroyer Prometheus stole fire and gave it to men. But when Zeus learned of it, he ordered Hephaestus to nail his body to Mount Caucasus. On it Prometheus was … Continue reading

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Death and Longevity

How People Cope with Death Friday’s Tail    AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC THE GOOD SIDE The inspiration for this concept art is “Samurai Image,” Dia por Dia me, diapordramesupero.com. The longevity calligraphy shown is Chinese in form. Research on aging is a … Continue reading

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Study of Simplicity and Beauty

Cactus Flower, Night Blossom We move in wonder and contemplation, often far from the concept of usefulness. When we see natural beauty there may be truth and greater understanding. Art is the timeless effort to understand ourselves and the world … Continue reading

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Beauty is Deep Inside Us

AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC FRIDAY’S TAIL   Our minds wander, nearly without control, preventing us from achieving a more calm and contemplative existence. Sometimes we are lucky, particularly at an older age when sensorial demands diminish, and we do acquire a … Continue reading

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The Desert God

  T.E. Lawrence, a low-level officer in the British 1914 offensive of World War 1 against the Germans and Turks in Arabia, acted as a contact officer with the Arab leader Emir Feisal. Lawrence’s job included persuading the Arabs to … Continue reading

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Narcissism in the World of Art and Literature

AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC  Friday’s Tail            Narcissism is self-love, a trait that all people possess as a survival device given to us by evolution’s variations, and one that is often exaggerated among charismatic Machiavellian (psychopathic) individuals. Narcissism is a … Continue reading

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Prometheus Bound: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

  Prometheus stole fire and gave it to men. But when Zeus learned of it, he ordered Hephaestus to nail his body to Mount Caucasus. On it Prometheus was nailed and kept bound for many years. Every day an eagle … Continue reading

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Art, Persistence, Failure, and Success

Sisyphus PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC  Friday’s Tail    Deep in our evolutionary functions are the traits of tenacity and the call to personal duty. We see these traits among our heroes, and importantly, in all of our activities, where … Continue reading

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Looking for an Honest Man: Integrity and Art

Philosopher Diogenes Looking for an Honest Man Where Might that Be?   PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS  Friday’s Tail   WHAT THE GREEKS KNEW Simple but true concepts are found in ancient Greek history, and probably earlier if the record were … Continue reading

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Art Argues for the Importance of History

    History is not bunk, Henry Ford PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS FRIDAY’S TAIL The study of history bears witness to the trends of human behavior. It is not always accurate in its detail, but the overall picture gives us … Continue reading

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Starry Starry Night

Art Canvas by Del Wolf Thiessen PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC  Friday’s Tail Every canvas tells a story, one of accomplishment, love of life, history, tragedy, or anticipation. This canvas attempts to illustrate the archetypal nature of religious experience that … Continue reading

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Concept Art: Art that Describes Evolved Traits

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS The painted canvasses referred to in this blog will appear in subsequent issues. Please let me know what you think about the evolutionary approach to the visual arts.   CONCEPT ART Presented by Del Wolf Thiessen … Continue reading

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A New Look at Visual Arts: Concept Art

Dear Reader: Beginning Friday, January 10, I will be blogging about Concept Art, an attempt to highlight the most basic evolved human concepts (traits) in simple painted visual form, sort of visual metaphors, ranging from psychopathic behaviors to spiritual quests. … Continue reading

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The Good, the Better, the Beautiful: Corporate Benefits

  Evil and Good PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC       Friday’s Tail  Dispite the Enrons, MF Globals, Madoffs, and corruption embedded in layers of government, the psychopaths do not always win; they are, indeed, in the minority. THE … Continue reading

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The End for Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme

    Good ‘ol Uncle Bernie Madoff Friday’s Tail  PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Beware of good tidings. THE PONZI SCHEME OF BERNIE MADOFF             There was not enough money to go around, so the power investor Bernie Madoff took … Continue reading

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Howard Hughes Goes Rocket

The Great Manipulator PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC FRIDAY’S TAIL Ya’ got a be sympathetic. I am impressed with Howard Hughes who understood how to balance personal interests with community service. His philanthropic interests benefited thousands. In 1953 Hughes launched … Continue reading

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Detecting Psychopaths in the Corporate World

  PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS Friday’s Tail     THE BS PSYCHOPATHIC TEST AND OTHER DELIGHTS           According to comments by Clive R. Boddy (The Corporate Psychopath, Journal of Business Ethics, 2012), psychopaths that are elevated to power in financial corporations influence … Continue reading

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Manipulating Human Behavior by the Ebola Virus

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   What we don’t know about the Ebola disease would fill a large library. On November 2 I posted my first discussion on the Ebola virus, suggesting that many infected individuals may carry copies of … Continue reading

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New Age Psychopathy

  Fallon is a noted neural biologist, who admits being psychopathic, but is also clearly successful and bright. He is the type of individual who probably much like those noted to be successful in business. PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC … Continue reading

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Ebola Virus May Modify Host Behavior to Maxamize Transmission to Other Hosts

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC SPECIAL ISSUE    The following is a hypothesis, not verified experimentally, but as a possibility for the transmission of the ebola virus to host species. It assumes that the virus can alter the brain processes … Continue reading

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Blacker than Black

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC FRIDAY’S TAIL BLACKER THAN BLACK   We are not naïve enough to ask for pure man; we ask merely for men whose impurity does not conflict with the obligations of their job. Jean Rostand French … Continue reading

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The Capitalistic Marvel and the Psychopathology

Hands of Fate: Our Fate   PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Friday’s Tail THE CAPITALISTIC MARVEL AND THE PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF FINANCIAL LEADERS             When the rewards are greater – the grass is greener – the more likely male and female … Continue reading

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The Generality of Greatness

Friday’s Tail DESTRUCTION: End of Cultural Progress,  Thomas Cole PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC THE GENERALITY OF GREATNESS Creation sometimes has its dark price. The rise to greatness is not limited to political or military motivations but extends to our … Continue reading

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Never Waste a Perfectly Good Crises

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC FRIDAY’S TAIL As we witness in this blog, history supports the notion that the Machiavellian personality is found disproportionately in the swirling circumstances of events, either to lead with wit and sword or collapse with … Continue reading

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Are Our Best Leaders Close to Madness?

FRIDAY’S TAIL PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD and Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University, writing in his recent book A First Rate Madness (Penguin, 2011), takes the unusual position that the best leaders in troubled times … Continue reading

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The Western Canon as a Template for Measuring Psychopathy

Psychopathic Probability (1=highest) PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Friday’s Tail   The ecclesiastical and secular prognosticators of moral and immoral behaviors give us another view of the psychopathic strategy, again as part of the structure of the human evolutionary tree, … Continue reading

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The Forever Search For Virtuous Behavior

  Friday’s Tail PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHER LLC             Ecclesiastical interests always move toward the control of unruly behavior. One of the early spectacular attempts to instill a sense of morality in the restless brain was also perhaps the most … Continue reading

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Psychopaths Have Little Sense of History

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC  FRIDAY’S TAIL Indeed, there is a lot of variability in the expression of psychopathic traits, but there is a small percentage of the population whose behaviors are relatively stable under a variety of circumstances and … Continue reading

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Sociological Psychopathy: Caught in the Social Whirl of the Unexpected

The Force of the Collective Unconscious: Carl Jung PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Friday’s Tail Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect, can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political … Continue reading

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The Death of Sensation Seekers

Looking for the Final Answer Friday’s Tail PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC LOOKING FOR THE FINAL ANSWER             Why do so many racers and many others take major risks where sudden death is a high statistical probability? During the early … Continue reading

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Mixing Fear of Dying with Commitment to Death

Classic Nissan Turbocharged V6 300 ZX, owned by Brandon Mayfield PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC  Friday’s Tail  THE GRAND PRIX: DEATH IN THE MIX             The undecipherable irony of sensation seeking is that the worshiper of risk-taking sometimes makes a … Continue reading

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Drugs and Environments That Trigger Dopamine Change Dreams Into Reality

FRIDAY’S TAIL PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Enzo Ferrari, racer Enzo Ferrari’s Legacy SENSATION SEEKERS OFFER NO APOLOGIES  Tucked away on the Fox News website is a story that shouts there is nothing more incredible than the truth. A group … Continue reading

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The Grand Prix Circuit and Visions of Death

Sensation seeking is this world’s import and export commodity. If it weren’t so weird why do sensation seekers wear masks, tell lies, hide behind stories, and joust with other daredevils? PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC  FRIDAY’S TAIL Let us have … Continue reading

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How to Live Forever

        Friday Tail PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Almost nothing is pure fiction anymore. That’s certainly true for our search for eternal life, and my story The Devil’s Song. So, while I am writing fiction, fiction and truth walk hand … Continue reading

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Evolution Toward Juvenile Attributes Another Look at Neoteny

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHER LLC Friday’s Tail If a reproducing adult individual of a species appears juvenile it is referred to as neotenized. Primates in general and humans in particular are neotenized, as if they have retained youthful traits even … Continue reading

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Paintings, Psychopaths, and Propaganda

PAINTINGS, PSYCHOPATHS, AND PROPAGANDA   FRIDAY’S TAIL PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING John Wayne once played Genghis Khan in the 1956 movie, Conqueror, but no one knows what Genghis Khan (~1162-1227) actually looked like. No one painted … Continue reading

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Art and the Expression of Empathy

Friday’s Cat Tail PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   The visual arts have changed radically over the past 500 years as artists reach for intuitive understanding of human qualities. Expressionism is one of these movements that promise a better understanding … Continue reading

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The Universal Message of Psychopathy

The Listening Wall PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC     FRIDAY’S TAIL THE UNIVERSAL MESSAGE Again, I stress that we are an evolved species with traits that permitted life and reproduction among the string of ancestors leading us to coffee … Continue reading

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Thr Right Stuff at the Wrong Time

Image is from Science Daily 2013 PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC  FRIDAY’S TAIL Eiluned Pearce and his colleagues at the London Natural History Museum offer a new view of behavioral differences between Neanderthals and modern Europeans. Above is a photo … Continue reading

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Creating New Neanderthal Right Around the Corner

  The DNA Code of Conduct  Friday’s Tail PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC  The problem with natural selection is that it not only favors traits of tribal altruism, love, and empathy – traits that can facilitate bonding, mating and reproduction … Continue reading

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Robert Oppenheimer Was Told by Government to Quit Barking and go Sit on the Porch

  Fate is nature in disguise, and we are in its hands. PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC              FRIDAY’S TAIL     Left: Atomic bomb dropped at Hiroshima, August 6, 1945, Colonel Paul Tibbets, Commander. Detonated at 19,00 feet, killing 80,000 … Continue reading

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Prometheus, Fire, and Psychopathy

Interpreted by author Prometheus, a Greek Titan, inspired by The Fall of Paeton, an engraving by Hendrik Goltzius (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) Prometheus stole fire and gave it to men. But when Zeus learned of it, he ordered … Continue reading

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Looking for Love in All the Strange Places

We are molded in form and substance by microorganisms. PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC                   Saturday’s tail LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE STRANGE PLACES Any reproductive benefit for the parasite or the host may be exaggerated over generations of natural … Continue reading

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Can Parasites Living in the Human Body Induce Psychopathic Behaviors?

Author’s interpretation FRIDAY’S TAIL PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC       E coli bacteria: common in humans. Photo from Wikipedia THE THIRD PRINCIPLE OF PSYCHOPATHY: PARASITISM Genes and the environment, the first two factors of reproduction, clearly impact psychopathic … Continue reading

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Psychopathy and Holes in the Brain

      Pagan Wishes from the Amygdala PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC                                                       … Continue reading

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