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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we Hide the Word Psychopath to Protect the Sensitive?

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LL This blog gives some detail about investigators who have submerged the definition of psychopathic behaviors in a broader category. In my opinion the approach is to disguise the specific characteristics of psychopaths; it is less … 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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A Warrior Then and a Forgotten Seer Now: Third in a Series

 PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   I love talking about Douglas MacArthur. He was a great inspiration who brought our troops to victory in World War II and clearly envisaged our current social and economic problems. Too often he is … Continue reading

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A Warrior Then and a Forgotten Seer Now: It’s Time for the Apocalypse. Second in a Series

  “I have returned.” PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS     Bernard K. Duffy and Ronald H. Carpenter in their perceptive book, Douglas MacArthur: Warrior as Wordsmith, reflect on the classical tones and rhythms of MacArthur’s speeches, describing the same vibes … Continue reading

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Che Guevara in Three Easy Lessons: Lessor Three

        PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   Che’s career was happenstantial; he careened from one volatile catastrophe to another.  In the end he was martyred by a chance photograph of him during a political rally in Cuba, … 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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Death is the Glue that Holds Adaptations Together

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Natural selection tends to group individual traits into large adaptive systems of behavior. Two major systems include mating strategies that often appear in psychopaths (opportunistic short-term mating) or nonpsychopaths (selective long-term mating).   The short-term … Continue reading

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