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Educated to be an astrophysicist, he has branched out from there to mathematical modeling in a variety of areas, including evolutionary ecology and economics. He has taught mathematics, statistics, and physics at several universities. He is an avid amateur pianist, and father of two adopted Chinese girls, now grown. He travels to Beijing each year to work with a lab studying the biology of aging. His book on the subject is "Cracking the Aging Code", http://tinyurl.com/y7yovp87.
Daily Inspiration — A retort to “Try harder”
My greatest happiness consists precisely in doing nothing whatever that is calculated to obtain happiness"If you ask 'what ought to be done' and 'what ought not to be done' to produce happiness, I answer that these questions do not have answer. Series: Daily Inspiration (325 Articles, 302706 views)
Daily Inspiration — The Earth-Spirit
I feel it shall be so. We are not born
To sink our finer feelings in the dust;
And better to the grave with feelings torn,
So in our step strides truth and honest trust
In the great love of things, than to be slaves
To forms, whose ringing sides each stroke we give
Stamps with a hollower want. Yes, to our graves
Hurry, before we in the heavens' look live,
Strangers to our best thoughts, and fearing men, Series: Daily Inspiration (325 Articles, 302706 views)
Wednesday, November 28, 2018(2 comments)
Open Letter to The Guardian
Yesterday, The Guardian published an article charging collusion between the 2016 Trump Campaign and Julian Assange of Wikileaks. The Guardian article cited no evidence, and was based on un-named sources. This is my response.
What do we know about Scott Joplin?
Tradition says he was born 24 November 1868, so he would have been just 150 years old today. The son of a newly-freed Texas slave, how did he learn what he learned about music? Series: Daily Inspiration (325 Articles, 302706 views)
Friday, November 23, 2018(1 comments)
Daily Inspiration — I hope that you had a delicious Thanksgiving.
What does it mean to hope for something in the past that already has happened (or not)? Heck--what does it mean to hope for something in the future? And what does it mean to tell someone that we hope something, without really experiencing either the emotion of hope or the visualization of the desiderate event? Series: Daily Inspiration (325 Articles, 302706 views)
Wednesday, November 21, 2018(3 comments)
Daily Inspiration — The Shaman as Trickster
The woman is cured. The cancer disappears. Her pain disappears. Within a few days, she returns to her work in the field. The story told by us in the West is that she has benefited from the placebo effect. The story told by the Shaman is that the evil spirit was tricked into leaving the woman's body. What the two stories have in common is that she no longer has cancer. Series: Daily Inspiration (325 Articles, 302706 views)
Sunday, November 18, 2018(3 comments)
Daily Inspiration — Reunion
Here's the deal: You can be alive, barefoot and sensuous, a part of nature and palpably aware of your surroundings -- or -- you can be comfortable, safe, and secure, living life in the abstract, alienated from your own skin.
This choice was made for us... Series: Daily Inspiration (325 Articles, 302706 views)
Friday, November 16, 2018(2 comments)
Daily Inspiration — A Meteor Ended the Last Ice Age
A large new meteor crater has been discovered in NW Greenland. The story of Noah's Ark is just one of many flood stories, oral tradition and folklore from from cultures around the world. Did millions of cubic miles of ice melt gradually at the end of the ice age, or did this meteor impact trigger a sudden melting? Sea levels were 120 meters lower during the last ice age. Series: Daily Inspiration (325 Articles, 302706 views)
Daily Inspiration — What does it mean to be self-actualized in these crazy times?
The goal of identity (self-actualization . . .) seems to be simultaneously an end-goal in itself, and also a transitional goal, a rite of passage, a step along the path to the transcendence of identity. This is like saying its function is to erase itself. Put the other way around, if our goal is the Eastern one of ego-transcendence and obliteration, of leaving behind self-consciousness and self-observation, . . . then it looks Series: Daily Inspiration (325 Articles, 302706 views)
Sunday, November 11, 2018(1 comments)
Daily Inspiration — What does Peace Ask of Us?
One hundred years ago today, an armistice was signed to end the War to End All Wars. Unaware, the troops went right on killing, raping, and plundering. But the Great War led to an up-wising, as people the world over figured out that they had been snookered into a murderous, devastating, tragic and pointless world war. In 1928, the US led the world in outlawing all future war, with the Kellogg-Briand Pact. This treaty remain Series: Daily Inspiration (325 Articles, 302706 views)