Monthly Archives: January 2015

Ideas that add up #140

Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.”  In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #139

This gives us an insight that goes much deeper than the need to understand addicts. Professor Peter Cohen argues that human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. It’s how we get our satisfaction. If we can’t … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #138

In Griots and Griottes: Masters of Words and Music, Thomas Hale recounts an anecdote about a recording session he conducted in the palace of the Zarmakoy, the ruler of the Dosso region in Niger, in 1981. Instructed to switch off … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #137

We didn’t earn the air, we didn’t earn being born…we didn’t earn having an Earth that can provide us with food, we didn’t earn the sun. So I think that on some level people have this inborn gratitude, because on … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #136

“The idea that this is ‘my child’ or ‘your child’ does not exist [among the Yequana, of South America]. Deciding what another person should do, no matter what his age, is outside the Yequana vocabulary of behaviors. There is great … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #135

Social play — that is, play involving more than one player — is necessarily egalitarian. It always requires a suspension of aggression and dominance along with a heightened sensitivity to the needs and desires of the other players. Players may … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #134

One regular practice of the group that Lee studied was that of “insulting the meat.” Whenever a hunter brought back a fat antelope or other prized game item to be shared with the band, the hunter had to express proper … Continue reading

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