After his outing yesterday at Ayr Mount, Siegfried napped toothfully.
one of those purloined letters...dated May 27, 1641, [concerning] the publication of Meditations on First Philosophy, a celebrated work whose use of reason and scientific methods helped to ignite a revolution in thought...has turned up at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.It would be disingenuous of me to say that I thought of Descartes last night while watching a 2009 TV program about Charles Darwin, who, more than 200 years after Descartes, also had reason to fear being thought a heretic, for I read Ms. Cohen's article only this morning. But I might very well have thought of Descartes, or of countless others who tailored their statements or their dates of publication (to follow their death, for example), in order to avoid censure (or premature death at the hands of inquisitioners).
...The document, experts say, reveals just how much Descartes tailored his writings to answer his contemporary critics. Frequently suspected of heresy, Descartes sent copies of his arguments to well-known theologians to gauge their opinions and answer their objections within his text.
Egregious was formerly used importing a good quality (that which was distinguished "from the herd" because of excellence [emphasis mine]).One would hope that the original meaning will come back. But if herd members can compliment Descartes now (assuming that they've heard of him), it's largely because he has been dead for almost 400 years. Many people still have trouble with Darwin. And look how egregious in the bad sense Richard Dawkins is considered to be. He's just too alive in his distinction from the herd of people who still reject evolution.
The evidence that [touches] can lead to clear, almost immediate changes in how people think and behave is accumulating fast. Students who received a supportive touch on the back or arm from a teacher were nearly twice as likely to volunteer in class as those who did not, studies have found. A sympathetic touch from a doctor leaves people with the impression that the visit lasted twice as long, compared with estimates from people who were untouched. Research by Tiffany Field of the Touch Research Institute in Miami has found that a massage from a loved one can not only ease pain but also soothe depression and strengthen a relationship.So naturally the following paragraph jumped out at me this morning from Karen Pryor's 2009 book, Reaching the Animal Mind. She had been conducting dolphin research underwater inside a huge tuna-fishing net, toward finding ways to avoid harming dolphins:
...In a paper due out this year in the journal Emotion, Mr. Kraus and his co-authors, Cassy Huang and Dr. Keltner, report that with a few exceptions, good teams tended to be touchier than bad ones. The most touch-bonded teams were the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, currently two of the league’s top teams....[I sent a link to Roy Williams, the coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels, whose league standings might benefit by a little more touching among his players. Or not.]
I think of one more curious event I witnessed in the net: a message about connection. I am taking data on a senior-male group of four animals, cruising slowly beneath me, when I realize, by her slimmer build, that the central animal in the group is an equally senior and black-masked female. She is "holding hands," overlapping pectoral fins, with the male on her left, and with the male on her right. A third male swims slightly below and behind her; as I watch, she reaches down with her tail and pats that male gently on the forehead. The hussy! Or maybe, since they look to be age-mates, they all grew up together and were cousins. One thing I am quite sure of, though: she is truly fond of them all. [p. 115]Most of us Mother Nature's living organisms—be we basketball players, dolphins, pets, or pet owners—touch, and mean so much by touching. I love it when Siegfried comes over and briefly touches my hand with his nose. I think I know what he means by it.
Write a poem while walking.Moristotle's current masthead photograph features the pond at Poet's Walk (during the summer).
Or write it about the walk.
Or while walking write a poem
Write a poem on the trail,
on the walk, on walking, on "on."
Without pencil or paper,
Take the walk and talk it.
Go on a walk and talk on it, on it.
Talk the poem, talk the walk.
Talk on and on ambiguity, ambiguously.
Intelligence flourishes throughout the "Animal Kingdom," created there by the blind watchmaker, Mother Nature. We've all heard of guide dogs for the blind. Today I learned of guide horses. There's even The Guide Horse Foundation.
I learned about guide horses from Karen Pryor's wonderful 2009 book, Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us about All Animals:
Well, of course the polar bear needs a brain. It's a predator; it has to outwit its prey. Some people maintain that prey animals, therefore, such as cattle, horses, and sheep, have no need for this level of adaptability...Horse trainers, particularly, love this piece of sophistry. Since horses are prey animals, the theory goes, they can't learn from being given food; avoiding danger is the only thing they can really understand....
People are clicker-training horses all over the world now....
Miniature horses are a special breed...Miniature horses live a lot longer than dogs. Once trained, a guide dog has six or seven years left before it is too old to work. The owner of a guide horse, however, can expect to enjoy the services of this faithful animal for twenty years or more.
The guide horse I know personally is a black-and-white mare named Panda. She belongs to Ann Edy, a college professor in New York State who has been blind since birth.
...Watch the "Panda the Guide Horse in Action" video in chapter 5 at www.reachingtheanimalmind.com. [pp. 91-93]
Prompted by a friend's inquiry whether Siegfried not only looks like Wally but also has a similar personality, I think this is a good place to report that Siegfried's personality is actually a lot different from Wally's. We suspect that he wasn't well socialized during the seven weeks before he came to us (as we know for a fact Wally was), so he's sort of fearful of noises, people he doesn't know (or know well), and other non-human animals.
That's very significant. Four other significant differences are:
(1) He's very mouthy; he seems to have to feel things with his teeth, and nipping us seems to be a way to express affection (as strange and annoying as that can be at times).
(2) He seems to be a good deal more energetically (assertively) playful than (I at least remember) Wally was as a young dog.
(3) His physical dexterity (his ability to dance and leap and cavort) is amazing; he could be a circus performer!
(4) He will assertively push open a door to go through it (something Wally would NEVER do) and, related to this, he is ever getting in to anything he can reach (Wally would of course "get into things," but he didn't seem nearly so persistent about it).
Ha, when I started that list, I said "two," then "three," then finally "four [other significant differences]"; I kept thinking of something else different about Siegfried.
That's our front and back yard. The photos are taken from the porch. This is a 6.3 acre mini farm (perfect for raising dogs).
Reminds me of something that happened when I got up this morning. I at first felt more like going back to bed than getting dressed. I resisted (it was, after all, "time to get up") and, for some reason, I remembered Zig Ziglar's lesson on revving oneself up by imagining, for example, that you're going on vacation tomorrow and you need to get a few things done today so you can get off on time. I immediately (let me say that again: immediately) felt zestful about getting dressed, letting Siegfried out into the back yard, and getting on with life!
And I didn't even imagine a vacation; just Ziglar's reminder that we can effect our own feelings.
Besides, I'm generally more excited about being at home than about being on vacation.
Whenever a new discovery is reported to the Scientific world, they say first, "It is probably not true."McDougall's "new discovery," which he was disappointed hadn't been immediately accepted as certainly true and important (and to salve which disappointment he seems to have been in need of Montaigne's help), was that
Thereafter, when the truth of the new proposition has been demonstrated beyond question, they say, "Yes, it may be true, but it is not important."
Finally, when sufficient time has elapsed to fully evidence its importance, they say, "Yes, surely it is important, but it is no longer new."
the diet and lifestyle which best supports your natural tendencies to heal and stay healthy...is based around proper foods, moderate exercise, adequate sunshine, pure air and water, and surroundings comfortable to your psychological well-being.This dawning calls on me to revise my eating choices, as my theological dawning called on me to amend what I believed about God.
The primary component, the diet, is centered around a variety of starchy plant foods such as rice, potatoes, and pastas with the addition of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. Animal-derived foods and plant products that are refined or otherwise processed are not health-supporting....[p. 307, from "A Brief Summary of the McDougall Plan"]1
Is this just an artifact of Google's sophisticated (if mis-) direction of advertising, or are Jesus and God pursuing me (like hounds of heaven perhaps)?
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You know the good feeling you get when you help someone? It's easy to give help, so much harder to take it. But if you refuse help when someone offers it, you're taking from them the opportunity to experience that feeling too.So share the joy of helping by letting others help you. And think of the extra help you'll receive!
selo – village
sega – now
arfa – harp
krastove – crosses
diado – grandpa
tradicia – tradition
edno – one
pesen – song
vestnik[vesnik] – newspaper (вестник)
Diado signing off now!
I have religious duties to perform at my church. I cannot say for sure that God exists, but if he does exist, he wants me to be doing these things.Whatever the content might be, it has to reside in that final indicative, "He wants me to be doing these things [i.e., performing my religious duties at church]."
If God (defined as a being who, if he existed, would want me to perform these religious duties) exists, then he wants me to be doing these things.It's as if I were to say (to use Bertrand Russell's famous example1):
If an undetectably small china teapot were revolving about the sun, I know that it would be undetectably small.Among other things, this sort of statement is called a tautology. The predicate doesn't add anything not already contained in the subject. If you assume that God exists, then (in your world) God exists, and he wants you to be doing whatever you specify that he wants you to be doing.
In an article entitled "Is There a God?" commissioned, but never published, by Illustrated magazine in 1952, Russell wrote:
If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time. [emphasis mine]