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From the Mouths of Blasphemous Babes...

What happens when a culture and its myths begin to crumble? New ones seem to arrive before the old have even disappeared. New ones in the shell of the old, from the crumbs of the old... they merge and blend and fade into one another. This can already be seen occurring in places where the system is faltering, like among the children who are splitting their time between the homeless shelters and the streets of the United States. What can be learned from such phenomena? Is this innate creative potential a threat or a source of hope for our future?
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"Captured on South Beach, Satan later escaped. His demons and the horrible Bloody Mary are now killing people. God has fled. Avenging angels hide out in the Everglades. And other tales from children in Dade's homeless shelters." (continued...)

Dispelling the Sensuous

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"Science transcends mere politics. As recent history demonstrates, scientists are as willing to work for a Tojo, a Hitler, or a Stalin as for the free nations of the West." - Ed Abbey

Quite a few web sources that I browse had decided to republish the results of a small, but interesting, psychological research project that was conducted recently. The basic premise of the whole project was that accompanying a verbal request with a light touch on the arm will produce a greater number of 'positive' responses to the request than if it were unaccompanied by the tactile element. Their results confirmed the hypothesis when statistically significant margins showed that a light touch on the arm was effective at producing a 'yes' in situations that would most likely have otherwise produced a 'no'. (continued...)

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