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The Astrologers Can No Longer Predict The Future

I haven’t looked at a weather report today but last night they were saying possibly a foot of snow. The weather people run a Monte Carlo simulation then incorrectly take an average of the results. This is stupid because the European model is sometimes so far off the American models that the average is wrong, […]

So Many Things A Hand Can Do!

Earlier today a religious fundamentalist told me that I believe in evolution because it was shoved down my throat. Actually, I “discovered” evolution as a child by wandering around the zoo looking at animals’ hands. Later, much later, I came across a field called anthropology which explained what I observed at the zoo: that the hands show […]


Self-Righteousness stems from mental illness, from boundary issues. If you don’t own it, stop trying to control it.  Related Shamanism and talking to Dog The anthropological literature has whole books on how different cultures… Majnoon or Jinn? Today I learned that the Arabic word for mental illness… YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by

ASPCA Speaks Out Against Michael Vick

A big thumbs up to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for daring to speak out against Michael Vick.

PETA’s Sexy Striptease

Learn Your ABC’s With PETA’s Sexy Striptease : Quiz : PETA I got 100 percent on the ABC Striptease Quiz! No related posts.

My XO Laptop

My XO Laptop is almost here. Watch this space for a technical writeup and demo video. —– Original Message —– From: OLPC Customer Care To: banth@….. Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2008 2:30 AM Subject: Your XO Laptop Dear Donor, We wrote you several days ago to let you know that your donation is in our […]

Take Me to the River

Rivers Source Botanicals Retail/Wholesale As a psychiatric patient^w^w shaman wannabe^w^w armchair anthropologist, I am very interested in the varieties of religious experience, to steal a title from psychologist William James. More precisely, I’m interested in different paths to epiphany just as much as I am interested in the content of the epiphanies. The content, you […]


Rethinking personal evolution. Post-modernism is about creating a synthesis encompassing, integrating, and synergizing the existing, mutually exclusive domains of religion and science. A new spiritual paradigm, if you like buzz-words. Most of us have evolved far beyond the pre-industrial, that is, agrarian, monotheistic religions. Blind faith stopped being relevant before WWII, so you practically have […]

My Take on the Sixties

My take on the sixties: I was born in 1957, 12 years after WWII The Big One ended. The Korean conflict came between the two events. As far as I can tell, I’m being labeled “Baby Boomer” only so that folks my age will fund the real boomers’ greedy retirement plans. Even as we speak, […]

Schizophrenia – Industrial Disease?

Early manifestations and first-contact incidence of schizophrenia in different cultures. A preliminary report on the initial evaluation phase of the WHO Collaborative Study on determinants of outcome of severe mental disorders. Psychol Med. 1986 Nov;16(4):909-28. Sartorius N, Jablensky A, Korten A, Ernberg G, Anker M, Cooper JE, Day R. The results provide strong support for […]

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