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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Genghis Khan, the Backbone of New Ideas in Politics

WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE ABOUT GENGHIS KAHN? LOOK. HE COULD BE AS NICE AS YOUR UNCLE BOB   UNCLE BOB   If existing artistic renditions of Genghis Khan are sequenced one finds an interesting change. The aggressive features of Genghis … 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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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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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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Neandertal Was a Psychopath and Sensation Seeker

  AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC          The behavioral differences between closely related human species may have been critical for the differential survival of the species. Neandertals were short and stocky and more mesomorphic (muscular) relative to other archaic human species and … 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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Synchronicity Meets Particle Physics

      AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Carl Jung explains synchronicity Can we create our own universe? Why is faith stronger than reality even when we have scientific explanations? Consider this story that a friend told me. Marjory cast her fishing … 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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