Richard Halliburton was a misfit, a rebel, in an America that was coming of age in the world. He just could not see things the way most people saw them. Because he dared, he became the icon of his era with farmers' wives in Topeka, factory workers in Detroit, and newspaper boys in Cleveland buying his books. In the 1920s and 1930s he was one of the most famous persons in America, even more than Amelia Earhart, and today he is forgotten. More Also photos & other information here.
Tom Wolfe On Neuroscience
Sorry, but your soul just died.
Get Rich Quick:Found Your Own Religion
Scientology was created in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard, a pulp science-fiction writer who said,“Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars he should start his own religion.
Zen and the Art of Chicken-SexingIn Japanese commercial hatcheries when chicks are born, sex spotters divide them into males and females. This is known as chicken sexing. It is very effective and it involves a "Zen" element as nobody knows how it is done or why it works.
From Argentina To Alaska In A 1928 Graham-PaigeTop Speed 35 MPH
Dean Reed, The Rock Star Who Wanted To Come In From The ColdThis is about a young man who went through Check-Point Charlie, defected, and never returned. He found his fortune there--celebrity and wealth--mainly because he was a propaganda tool, but then he was erased from Soviet history and he died after he wanted out and was deemed no longer useful.
Carlos Castaneda & Tin CupsHe Wanted To Be Loved
Ladies’ Home Journal, June 1918
The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl
He Wanted The Press To Leave Him In Peace
William James Sidis: world's smartest man?
The Man Who Mistook His Foot for a Penis"Doctor, every time I have sexual intercourse, I experience sensations in my phantom foot. How do you explain that? My doctor said it doesn't make sense."
Nature V. Nurture
John Money, David Reimer, & the way nature didn't make him.
Patience Loader and the Terrible Mormon Handcart TrekWith her family, Patience Loader, a girl fresh from England, joined the Martin Handcart Company. In the middle of the wilderness, her father collapsed, then died from pulling the cart. In her memoirs, Patience described the ordeal.
My soul is like a hidden orchestra; I do not know which instruments grind and
play away inside of me, strings and harps, timbales and drums. I can only
recognize myself as a symphony.
—Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
Counter Fugue: What I cannot build, I cannot understand. —Richard Feynman, physicist. as quoted by Craig Venter & encoded as a watermark in DNA of the first ever synthetic organism.
Bats & Echolocation: Ben Underwood Clicks His Tongue To See"To society he's blind," said Ben's mother, "but that doesn't make him handicapped. He just can't see."
Clouds & Clocks All they have in common are the first three letters. You can disassemble clocks. You can reduce them to their parts, then put them back together. You can't do that with clouds. Therein lies the difference between reductionism and emergent systems, as well as reductionism & the unnameable. It depends on your point of view.
More Is Different: Emergence As P.W. Anderson had it, here is a broken symmetry. A new level of understanding must be created before we can move on to the next level. You cannot be explained in terms of the particles which compose you.
You are here in the Milky Way Galaxy, 1 of about 100 billion in the visible universe. This is not science-fiction.
We are all conceived in close prison, and then all our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death. . . . But we sleep all the way. From the womb to the grave, we are never thoroughly awake.(John Donne, Sermons)
Foucault PendulumIn 1851, Jean Bernard Léon Foucault (1819-1868) demonstrated the Earth turning. At the Paris Pantheon, the pendulum revealed reality not as it seems. Human kind cannot bear very much reality, said TS Eliot. People are comfortable in the way things seem. Some guests in 1851 thought the pendulum moved with Earth stationary. But gravity kept it moving in the same plane as Earth turned along with the building from which it hung. They felt none of it, just as we feel none of the following phenomena. Earth rotates about 1000 mph (1680 kph) on its axis. At 66,000 mph it fully orbits the sun once a year. With Earth & other planets in tow, the sun orbits our Milky Way galaxy at 483,000 mph, completing the orbit every 230 million years. Somehow the pendulum ignores these "local" motions and aligns with its original orientation. How can this be? Nobody understands why it swings relative to the universe as a whole, but that seems to be the case.
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Walter Freeman & His Ice Pick Lobotomy on Howard Dully When A BoyA Sad Story But One of Self-redemption
This Will Hurt Just A Little Bit
What's In A Name?
Heath Campbell wanted his boy's name put on the child's birthday cake. The bakery at the supermarket refused, making national headlines. The white supremacist parents had named the child Adolph Hitler Campbell.
Lady Florence Baker, 1841-1916Abducted into an Ottoman harem, raised to become a concubine, Barbara Maria Szasz was being sold at a white slave auction
Here Lies The Heart: When Mercedes de Acosta Met Ramana Maharshi
Descended from the legendary Dukes of Alba, daughter in a wealthy Cuban family, Mercedes de Acosta was born in 1893 in New York, raised near Fifth Avenue, and had a beautiful sister Rita de Acosta who was a model for artists John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini. Married to painter Abram Poole, Mercedes was socialite, poet, playwright, Hollywood set and costume designer as well as script writer. She knew many of the greats of her day: Bessie Marbury, Rodin, Edith Wharton, Stravinsky, Sarah Bernhardt, Elenora Duse, Picasso, Cecil Beaton, Elsa Maxwell, and Krishnamurti.More
An African-American Trapped 44 Years In The Soviet UnionRobert Robinson desperately wanted to escape, but the Soviets regarded him as an exhibit for their utopian experiment.
The Duel Over Von Trautmansdorf's MustacheAnd A Poem
David Bohm & KrishnamurtiQuantum Physicist & Nondualist Meet
Douglas Hofstadter:What Do We Mean When We Say "I"?
I Am A Strange Loop
Gorillas and Inattentional BlindnessThe normal, common sense belief is that an internal observer sits behind the eyes dutifully recording all sensory input. This does not happen. We have no internal observer. Instead, different parts of the brain process inputs and in the processing they may totally omit data for the sake of attention continuity.
Pain & Pleasure
When Is A Head Like A Rock?Beaurieux and Languille: A Strange Experiment With The Guillotine in 1905
It is utterly beyond our power to measure the changes of things by time. Quite the contrary, time is an abstraction at which we arrive by means of the changes of things.
I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after. Ernest Hemingway
I can imagine Jack The Ripper also saying this. John
|I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Iv, i. Found on a gravestone|
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