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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shuddering Before the Deviant Mind

SHUDDERING  BEFORE THE DEVIANT MIND PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHING Author’s Interpretation                                           FRIDAY’S TAIL  There is stunning beauty in individual creation and discovery of nature’s depth and laws. It appears as a new birth. Beauty shines especially when the unexpected … Continue reading

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Fate, Beauty, and Untimely Death

Fate, Beauty, and Untimely Death                                                                       FRIDAY’S TAIL Author’s interpretation PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC                          The hormonal and behavioral bases of sensation seekers and non-sensation seekers seem uniquely structured, as are their philosophies. About 50 to 60 percent of the … Continue reading

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Beauty: Increases in Craving

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC         FRIDAY’S SCREAM  PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC The Comment: No, imbeciles!  Not fools and cretins that you are, a book will not make a plate of soup; a novel is not a pair of boots; … Continue reading

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The Unbalanced View Gives Us the Greater Pleasure

Published by Agave Publishers LLC The prize-winning Bach pianist Simone Dinnerstein was interviewed by Barrymore Lawrence Scherer for The Wall Street Journal (March 16, 2011). She spoke of her attraction to art and music, saying:   Simone Dinnerstein Strangeness in … Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall: I’m the Fairest of them All

Machiavellian personalities drive our society in their direction, but also drive our society bonkers. Painting reproduced from Wickipedia. PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC The driving force of a Machiavellian personality is a self-delusional grandiose image of oneself. Israeli Psychologist Dr. … Continue reading

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Patton Claimed his Success in Battle was Divinely Willed

  Picture from Wikipedia, 2014 PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC With courage and faith unmeasurable, General George S. Patton asked his Chaplin to pray for good weather so that his troops could fight the enemy without slogging in the mud. … Continue reading

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The Mystique of General George S. Patton: Kill the Bastards

    March 24, 1945: I crossed the Rhine, deliberately stubbing my toe, and fell, picking up a handful of dirt, in emulation of Sciplo Africanus and William the Conqueror. I saw in my hands the soil of Germany. General … Continue reading

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General George C. Patton, Machiavellian Warrior 1

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC George S. Patton was an American patriot hell-bent on breaking the backs of the German grip on Europe: which he did twice, once in World War I and again in World War II. Machiavellian in … Continue reading

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A Warrior Then and a Forgotten Seer Now: Last in a Series on MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC I’m ending the series of blogs on Douglas MacArthur with this post by reflecting on his autobiography, Reminiscences, a remarkable book that he published in 1964, the year he died. The book … Continue reading

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Read an Epic Book that will Change your Mind about Good & Evil

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC In the next blog I will finish the series of analyses on General Douglas MacArthur. I interrupt the series for a little self-promotion about a newly published book. I’ll give you more details in a … Continue reading

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Destroying Enemies by Mutilation

    PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC There are a number of reasons that acts of mutilation are often part of the ritual of murder. Deep hatred, psychopathology, revenge, souvenir hunting, and warnings to enemies of what might happen to … Continue reading

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Mutilation, Murder and Mayhem in The Little Town of Bethlehem

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Portrait is from Wikipedia Christmas is upon us and our thoughts may turn toward Bethlehem and the hope that the good in man will prevail. But reality suggests that our hopes are eclipsed in favor … Continue reading

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Looking for Mr. Good Under Mental Rubbish

Looking for Mr. Good Under Mental Rubbish              PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC       We ordinarily consider narcissism as a quaint and mild form of egocentricity, but when strong and lasting it can have disastrous consequences. … Continue reading

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Psychopathy is Part of a Larger Developmental Matrix

            Published by Agave Publishers LLC   We often think of psychopathy as a distinct behavioral deviation that can be clearly measured and categorized. There are lists of known characteristics for psychopaths and specific tests … Continue reading

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Does Violence Spread and Die Like a Disease?

Gary Slutkin, M.D., Epidemiologist PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC My usual pessimism was punctured when I watched Gary Slutkin M.D. on TED (www.ted.com/speakers) discuss new strategies for stopping gun attacks on the streets of America.  Slutkin believes that we have … Continue reading

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Why Evolution Treats Peace Unkindly

EDITED FOR AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Yukio Mishima: By day, writer on peace; By night, Samuari for war     War is hell, but it is also power in action. War is the base on which empires are built and how … Continue reading

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Violence May be Necessary

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHER LLC           Twenty-four years ago 20 prominent scholars came together in Seville, Spain, with UNESCO support to condemn notions that human violence and aggression are biologically driven behaviors, acknowledging, instead, that the major aspects of violence … Continue reading

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Keeping the Lid on Violence

By Agave Publishers LLC OPINION We seem to have little time to deal with multiple crises that envelope us. Some of the motivation that drives us is tied to a recent explosive and sudden growth of the most disruptive force … Continue reading

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Sun Tzu and the Success of Mao Tse-Tung (Zedong)

AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC     Sun Tzu, sometimes known as Sun Wu, was an ancient military theorist; it is believed that he wrote the little book, The Art of War. Sometimes flowery and contemplative, and always practical, it was violent … Continue reading

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Amber Male Alert: Your Penis May be Disappearing

According to a letter by PETA to Drew Cerza of the National Buffalo Wing Festival, babies born of females who consume chicken while pregnant give birth to males who have smaller penises because of the chemical phthalate in chicken (http://philadelphia.chslocal.com/2013). … Continue reading

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Violence is Linked to Testosterone and High Male Sex Rato

    Testosterone molecule Published by Agave Publishers LLC Published by Agave Publishers LLC Marshall Burke at the University of Berkeley and his colleagues recently surveyed 60 studies of international male violence and report that the most common trait associated … Continue reading

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Future Posts www.darksideofthebrain.com

The next two blogs focus on Genghis Khan, the most psychopathic killer since Attila the Hun. He set the stage for strategies to develop centralized governments. I will continue looking at commanding leaders who ether extended tyranny to the Western … Continue reading

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Testosterone, Emasculation and Vanishing Sperm

AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC    If you are male what can go wrong and how can we change that? Dopamine production may be lowered by long term marijuana use, thus decreasing male motivation and transforming males into Austin Slackers. The evidence is … Continue reading

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Marijuana Swirls and Austin Slackers

Wikipedia Responds to Slacker Movie (1991) AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Slacker Movie Cast Directed by Richard Linklater Produced by Richard Linklater Written by Richard Linklater Starring Richard Linklater Slacker Quote from Old Man           “When young, we mourn for one woman… … Continue reading

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What it Means to be a Warrior or a Domestic

Warrior or Domestic AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   O the joy of the strong-brawn’d fighter, towering the arena in perfect condition, conscious of power, thirsting to meet his opponent. Walt Whitman, America’s poet           My strongest hope is that we may someday … Continue reading

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“I could have been somebody.” Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront

AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Anniversary: One hundred weekly blogs. Happy Independence Day, Del             On June 11, 2007, a story in the Austin American Statesman about 46-year old Randall “Randy” Zandatra caught my eye. Zandatra was finally jailed in December, … Continue reading

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Who Lost the Continent of Atlantis?

Course of Empires: Thomas Cole paints After the Fall, Desolation (1833-1836) Trireme Warship of ancient maritime cvilizations of the Mediterranean Sea powered by sails and three banks of oarsmen THE RULING CLASS           The ancient Mediterranean bloc of countries was … Continue reading

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The Lost Continent of Atlantis, Rediscovered Fiction or Substantiation?

    AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Excavation of Akrotiri on the Isle of Crete: Part of the remains of the Lost Continent of Atlantis. From Wikipedia, 2013           The continent of Atlantis, at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, was ruled … Continue reading

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