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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Che Guevara’s Revolution in Three Easy Lessons: Lesson Two

      PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC        Che Guevara’s Revolution in Three Easy Lessons: Lesson Two During the early part of the Cuban revolution it is said that the experience of battle in an instant transformed … 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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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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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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“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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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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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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