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MAGIC, RELIGION, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND ETHICS IN THE POSTMODERN WORLD

by Barbara A. Strassberg By far the most engrossing discussion I have read thus far, in Magic, Religion, Science, Technology, and Ethics are theorized as the components of “cultures that coexist at every stage of the evolution of societies and cultures and are interconnected and intertwined with each other within the web of relationships with […]

Psychological Egoism

is the view that humans are always motivated by self-interest, even in what seem to be acts of altruism. It claims that, when people choose to help others, they do so ultimately because of the personal benefits that they themselves expect to obtain, directly or indirectly, from doing so.   See Hobbes. Epicurean

Repression

“Repression. Repression is the father of neurosis, of self-hatred. Now, stress results when we fight against our impulses, when we attempt to destroy the natural man or woman within us. We’ve all heard people talk about “animal magnetism”, about the “natural man” and the “noble savage”. As if we had lost something valuable in our long […]

Dogs Driving Cars: New Zealand SPCA Puts Canines Behind The Wheel

or the past two months, animal trainer Mark Vette has been teaching dogs to drive, New Zealand TV station Campbell Live reported. The lessons are part of a campaign by the New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), meant to clear up “common misconceptions” about rescue dogs. “Sometimes people think because they’re getting […]

Civilian ‘Python Patrols’ in Florida

MIAMI Florida wildlife officials, opening a new front in the war on invasive snakes, are recruiting the general public for “python patrols” that teach them how to identify and even capture some of the hissing, snapping reptiles. “We consider (Burmese pythons) established, which means the hope of removing them is pretty slim,” said Jenny Novak, […]

Don’t Drink Blood in Louisiana

Louisiana doesn’t take kindly to people drinking blood, be it from a human or an animal. The state files this ban under its “Ritualistic Acts” legislation. The act was passed in 1989.

Shark Tooth Saw

It looks like a prop from a science fiction film or horror movie – a sawzall power tool outfitted with shark teeth instead of normal blades. The toothy contraption comes courtesy of Cornell University researchers who introduced the Jawzall at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology earlier this month. The device was created […]