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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Poetry Within the Psychopath

      PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   The architecture of mental deviations is sometimes best conveyed by the blush of emotion and the rush of dopamine. Rationality has little to do with it. Consider the delicate nature of … 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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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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Fingering the Criminal: A Handful of Evil

Common behaviors harbor common genes         PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   Psychopaths share clusters of interrelated traits. For example, among individuals lack of empathy, extreme narcissism, compulsive lying, and impulsive behaviors hang together like five fingers … 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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Bad News Travels Fast and Far; Good News is No News

  Published by Agave Publishers LLC      Rui Fan and his colleagues at Beihang University in China have found that tweets expressing anger spread through social networks faster and more widely than those that express more positive emotions, such … Continue reading

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Genghis Khan Lost in a Maze of Capitalism

          PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   Life after Genghis Khan has taken a twist of fate, letting us know again that nothing is permanent and images change in rude ways. Yes, but The Great Khan … Continue reading

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Gengis Khan Looking For Love In All The Right Places

    PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC     With great success comes mating opportunities. Social dominance, be it in Mallard ducks or British dons, translates into higher than average numbers of offspring, especially for males. Evolutionary psychologists believe that … 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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“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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Even Machiavellian T.E. Lawrence had the Blues

  T.E. Lawrence began his love affair with the desert here at Jordan’s Wadi Rum. The 1962 epic film Lawrence of Arabia was filmed in large measure here by Freddie Young and directed by David Lean. Yes, there really was … Continue reading

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T.E. Lawrence’s Small War Strategies in the Arabian Desert

  PERCEPTION OF GREATNESS BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS                                                          T.E. Lawrence leads his army of 50 Arabs across “inaccessible” deserts in capture of Akaba from the Turks. “… the wood, tents and trucks in the station were burning, and the smoke … Continue reading

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Lawrence of Arabia and the Rebirth of Insurgent Wars

            PROFILED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC General David  Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell in July, 2011. Photo from Wikipedia, May, 2013 Listen little Elia: draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I’ll … Continue reading

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An Insider’s View of the Machiavellian Mind

      Profile by AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   I will take you on a shorthand discussion in successive blogs of the Machiavellian personality T.E. Lawrence, which shows that Lawrence introduced important insurgency strategies to disrupt the military strength of … Continue reading

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Casino Odds May Explain the Evolution of Psychopathy

AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC    Del Thiessen, Editor SOMETIMES THINGS ARE JUST NOT WHAT THEY SEEM Genetically adaptive, psychopathy is an extreme form of human behavior, neither warped nor disordered, just infrequent and enigmatic, looking like a possible throw-back to an earlier … Continue reading

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