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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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General George Patton Completes His Destiny

  PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   War as I Knew It, provides the intimate profile of General Patton, his own comments taken from his diaries, letters, and military reports. Most think of him as a great military genius with a … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Psychopathy, The Genetic Lamp of Survival

       AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC 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 and scones at Starbuck’s. The strong and … Continue reading

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Extinct Homo floresiensis Small Size, Large Punch

  AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC In last week’s blog I speculated that early human Neandertal shared several traits that we see in psychopathic modern humans: it was agile, mesomorphic, aggressive, risk taker, probably dependent heavily on quick processing of critical information … Continue reading

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Synchronicity May Be A Leader’s Mental Instability

This unexpected union of the photon minds described last week, where the behavioral manipulation of one photon results in instantaneous duplication of its behavior by its twin, regardless of the distance from each other, is similar to synchronicity described by … Continue reading

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Murder, She Wrote, But Maybe Not Psychopathic

    The Blade Runner: Oscar Pistorius (Cris McGrath/Getty Images AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Homicides are too common and situational for all of them to be considered psychopathic. Indeed, most murders fall outside the bounds of psychopathic behavior. How can we … Continue reading

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Garden of Eden: Temple of Göbekli Tepe

                        AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Temple of Gobekli Tepe, Southern Turkey: Natl. Geo., June, 2013 Built 11,600 years ago. Photo: V.J. Musi Klaus Schmidt, a researcher at the German Archeological Institute has spent 17 years excavating an archeological site called the … Continue reading

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Narcissism Spread Widely

Dionysus First Recorded Psychopath                                             AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC N.S. Gill, About.com.             The driving force of a Machiavellian personality is a self-delusional grandiose image of oneself. Israeli Psychologist Dr. Sam Vaknin and the author of the definitive book on narcissism, … Continue reading

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Is History’s Magic Number 76?

Clocks are Built to Restrict Relative Impressions                                 AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Historian Niall Ferguson of Harvard University details the fall and the rise of empires, showing clearly that older empires lasted longer than later empires. But they all fell, only to … Continue reading

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There is No One Left Standing: 2

                Yukio Mishima: Martial Artist                                                       AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Kimitake Hiraoka – pen name Yukio Mishima – was born January 4, 1925 into an aristocratic family, with clear genealogical threads reaching back to the … Continue reading

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Psychopaths Rising: Unholy Links to Civilization and Destruction

                  Thomas Cole: Destruction: The end of the Apocalypse                                                                                                                                   AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC This forthcoming book is dedicated to the strivers and achievers for individual responsibility and a just life. A general … Continue reading

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