Temple of Dendur

The Temple of Dendur                                                                                                                 Dating: completed by 10 B.C. Roman Period (Augustus Caesar)
Material: Aeolian sandstone
Musuem: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967, and installed in The Sackler Wing in 1978
Accession Number: 68.154

 

“Temple of Dendur”                                    http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/547802  http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/68.154/

“Temple of Dendur” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Dendur

The Temple of Dendur: Celebrating 50 Years at The Met (April 2017) http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/collections/egyptian/temple-of-dendur-50-years

The Met 360° Project: The Temple of Dendur                                       https://youtu.be/h9OTCFAmbmA

How the Met Convinced the U.S. Government That the Temple of Dendur Belonged in New York by Meredith Mendelsohn (Artsy) (April 2017) (Accessed 8/25/2017)https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-2-000-year-old-egyptian-temple-ended-manhattan

 

 

The Top 10 Secrets of The Temple of Dendur at NYC’s Met Museum by Vera Penavic (untapped cities) (Feb. 2016)                                               http://untappedcities.com/2016/02/03/the-top-10-secrets-of-the-temple-of-dendur-at-nycs-met-museum/10/

The Metropolitan Museum’s Temple of Dendur Plays Host to a Dazzling Light Show by Stephanie Waldek (Architectural Digest) (February 2016) https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/temple-of-dendur-color-metropolitan-museum

The Temple of Dendur: Architecture and Ritual                         http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/curatorial-departments/egyptian-art/temple-of-dendur-50/architecture

The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing  (slideshow) http://www.metmuseum.org/join-and-give/host-an-event/dendur-slideshow

Early Representations of the Temple                                           http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/curatorial-departments/egyptian-art/temple-of-dendur-50/early-representations

The Temple’s Cult and Decoration                                                       http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/curatorial-departments/egyptian-art/temple-of-dendur-50/cult-and-decoration

Related Digital Content                                                                                        http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/curatorial-departments/egyptian-art/temple-of-dendur-50/related-content

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Secret Nazi Antarctica Base… NOT

urban-like myths are hard to kill … they pop up every so often to trick people into believing wild fanciful stories that has no basis except in someone’s imagination

here is one that should had died long ago.. a rumor that evolved into a conspiracy theory.. yea these all need to die and never be spoken of again

This myth has prevailed in such earnest that there was a paper drawn up to debunked it. A Cambridge professor Colin Summerhayes , marine geologist and oceanographer,  wrote a  21-page, peer-reviewed paper. The paper neatly laid out the reasoning for why the Nazi’s never built a secret Antarctic  base.

 

Hitler’s Antarctic Base: The Myth and The Reality
by Colin Summerhayes and Peter Beeching Polar Record 43 (224): 1–21 (2007). Printed in the United Kingdom. doi:10.1017/S003224740600578X 1
http://www.histarmar.com.ar/Antartida/Base-Hitler/LaBaseAntarticadeHitler.pdf

Nope, There Was Never a Secret Nazi Base in Antarctica
By David Grossman (Popular Mechanics) (Mar 14, 2017)
http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a25672/nazi-antarctica-base-debunked/

Fake News About a Secret Nazi UFO Base In Antarctica Refuses to Die
By Daniel Oberhaus (MotherBoard) (March 12, 2017)
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nz53eq/fake-news-about-a-secret-nazi-ufo-base-in-antarctica-refuses-to-die

 

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Memes and Dawkins

We all know that memes are ideas, thoughts, behaviors, or elements of a culture that is created to spread from one person to the next.

Beside the pictorial memes that flash across social media, memes can be verbal written, gestured, a ritual/rite, music, speech. In other words memes can be transmitted in a variety of ways. Wait they can… yes memes is not a recent internet fade.

Memes, since they are subjected to social norms, can mutate, change, replicate ad nauseam, and of course elate a response from people. That is the whole purpose of a meme to spread “information”.

Running the gambit, memes can be helpful, informative, education, but also memes can be mean spirited, destructive, and even dangerous to a society or an individual. It is all in how a culture, and in particular a person spreads these memes.

You as a human are responsible for all within the human culture, what you do will affect another, and in turn affect you and yours.

Will your mark be good pushing the bounds of tolerance, respect, and peace or will your “cultural gene” create hate, anger, havoc. That is a great decision that way too many take lightly.

So just what is a meme…. the word was coined by the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his book in “The Selfish Gene” (1976). The word meme is a short form of mimeme.. and now you know.

We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. ‘Mimeme’ comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like ‘gene’. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme. If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to ‘memory’, or to the French word même. It should be pronounced to rhyme with ‘cream’. (Dawkins, Richard (1989), The Selfish Gene (2 ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 192)

 

There is even a study on memes called Memetics. However this is not the study of those little pictures that get recycled around, instead the study is based off the theory of “mental content” as demonstrated in the aforementioned book by Dawkins. That theory is basically, in a nutshell, the meme is analogous to a gene and is conceived as a “unit of culture”..

Anyways this whole mess of words came about reading this article…
A Forty Year Update on Meme Theory
By Joe Brewer (The Evolutionary Institute) (August 15, 2016) (Accessed 8/16/2017)
https://evolution-institute.org/blog/a-forty-year-update-on-meme-theory/?source=sef

 

Some other soruces:

Internet meme  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_meme

Meme https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme

Memetics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memetics

The Selfish Gene by  Richard Dawkins (1989) Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-286092-5

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If aliens were to arrive on Earth…..

If aliens were to arrive on Earth, how would we communicate with them?

…….. for those who are writing sci-fi , just how would you answer 

 

This is actually where I am in the 5th book of the series, or maybe 6th if I split one book. How humans will react to two sets of “aliens” coming in, one to help and of course one to conquer. Will they be seen as different”? As hero and evil? As both evil? As a needed commodity? Will they be used in a political scheme? Will the fear of differences be insurmountable for the good aliens to even try and help???

 

So many possibilities….

 

Add in what manner would this very evidence of an alien race, shock or impact culture, science, religion, mathematics, architecture, warfare, energy, social norms, genetics, biology, botany, so many areas that will take a reality call and will survive or implode….

 

All the ideas, complications, rebuilding, the changes in society itself … it is just a playground of wonder

 

Some sources that may help you in determining how your story should go: 

 

Fermi paradox (accessed 8/16/2017) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox 

 

Potential cultural impact of extraterrestrial contact (accessed 8/16/2017)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potential_cultural_impact_of_extraterrestrial_contact

 

Invitation to ETI (accessed 8/16/2017) http://ieti.org/

 

Social Impact of an ETI Detection (Workshop findings) (accessed 8/16/2017)

http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/project/details/cultural-aspects-seti

 

What if We Discovered an Alien Civilization Less Advanced Than Our Own?
By Corey S. Powell (Discover Magazine) (May 10, 2017)  (accessed 8/16/2017)

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/outthere/2017/05/10/alien_civilization/#.WZRplVWGOCo

 

Why These Scientists Fear Contact with Space Aliens

By Rebecca Boyle (NBC News) (Feb. 8, 2017) (accessed 8/16/2017)  

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/the-big-questions/why-these-scientists-fear-contact-space-aliens-n717271

 

What would actually happen if aliens made contact with Earth? 

By Andrew Griffin (Independent) ( April 24,  2017) (accessed 8/16/2017)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/alien-contact-what-happen-earth-et-life-exist-space-nasa-seti-area-51-roswell-close-encounters-a7698811.html

 

How Would We Even Make First Contact with Aliens?

By Casey Chan (Gizmodo) (1/17/17) (accessed 8/16/2017)  

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/how-would-we-even-make-first-contact-with-aliens-179131045

 

Science of ‘Arrival’: If Aliens Call, Does Humanity Have a Plan?

By Tom Metcalfe (Live Science) (November 16, 2016) (accessed 8/16/2017)

https://www.livescience.com/56886-arrival-movie-alien-contact-protocol.html

 

If aliens invaded, how would we talk to them? The film Arrival offers some clues.

By Kate Baggaley (Popular Science) (November 16, 2016) (accessed 8/16/2017) 

http://www.popsci.com/how-would-we-talk-to-aliens

 

What Should We Do if Aliens Try to Contact Us? Sci-fi has some wisdom. First of all, don’t panic.

By Joelle Renstrom (Slate) (Sept. 8, 2016) (accessed 8/16/2017) (http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/09/advice_from_science_fiction_on_how_to_respond_to_aliens.html

 

How Do You Talk to an Alien?  

By Daniel Honan (Big Think) (2016) (accessed 8/16/2017) 

http://bigthink.com/re-envision-toyota-blog/how-do-you-talk-to-an-alien

 

If we ever came across aliens, would we be able to understand them?

(The Conversation) (July 28, 2016) (accessed 8/16/2017)

https://theconversation.com/if-we-ever-came-across-aliens-would-we-be-able-to-understand-them-62856

 

What Would Happen if Aliens Contacted Earth

By Chris Baraniuk (BBC) (February 23, 2016) (accessed 8/16/2017)  

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160223-what-would-happen-if-aliens-contacted-earth

 

If We Discover Aliens, What’s Our Protocol for Making Contact?

By Natalie Wolchover (Live science) (March 29, 2012)(accessed 8/16/2017)                  

https://www.livescience.com/19360-humans-discover-aliens.html

 

Even if we found aliens, how would we communicate?

By Steve Connor  (Independent) (January 25, 2010) (accessed 8/16/2017)

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/even-if-we-found-aliens-how-would-we-communicate-1878670.html

 

 Is Stephen Hawking right about aliens?

By Alok Jha (The Guardian) (April 30, 2010) (accessed 8/16/2017)

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2010/apr/30/stephen-hawking-right-aliens

 

 

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Rise of the Alt-right

For those who may not be aware the term Alt-Right was coined by Richard Bertrand Spencer in 2008. The word was to be an alternative to white supremacists, phrase that leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth.   The term alt-right (alternate right) originally was to combine a number of groups under one heading, whose ideology surrounded white superiority, white identity, and western civilization.

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here are some sources that will help explain

Ctrl-Alt-Delete: The Origins and Ideology of the Alternative Right                                              by Matthew N. Lyons (Political Research Associates) (January 20, 2017) http://www.politicalresearch.org/2017/01/20/ctrl-alt-delete-report-on-the-alternative-right/#sthash.PTpPfAWR.dpbs

Alternative Right (The Southern Poverty Law Center) https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/alternative-right

Richard Bertrand Spencer (The Southern Poverty Law Center)  https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/individual/richard-bertrand-spencer-0

Birth of the Alt-Right by David Neiwert (Political Research Associates) (March 22, 2017) http://www.politicalresearch.org/2017/03/22/birth-of-the-alt-right/#sthash.tc06G39F.dpbs

The seeds of the alt-right, America’s emergent right-wing populist movement
(The Conversation) (November 23, 2016) https://theconversation.com/the-seeds-of-the-alt-right-americas-emergent-right-wing-populist-movement-69036

‘Let’s party like it’s 1933’: Inside the alt-right world of Richard Spencer
By John Woodrow Cox ( Washington Post) (November 22, 2016) https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/lets-party-like-its-1933-inside-the-disturbing-alt-right-world-of-richard-spencer/2016/11/22/cf81dc74-aff7-11e6-840f-e3ebab6bcdd3_story.html

Meet the White Nationalist Trying To Ride The Trump Train to Lasting Power
Alt-right architect Richard Spencer aims to make racism cool again.
by Josh Harkinson  (Mother Jones) ( OCT. 27, 2016) http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/richard-spencer-trump-alt-right-white-nationalist/

Meet the Alt-Right ‘Spokesman’ Who’s Thrilled With Trump’s Rise by  Sarah Posner
(Rolling Stone) (October 18, 2016) http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/meet-the-alt-right-spokesman-thrilled-by-trumps-rise-w443902

A history of hate: How the alt-right became racist (Part 1) What’s now called the alt-right actually began as a conservative resistance — against George W. Bush by Matthew Sheffield (Salon)  (Dec. 8, 2016) http://www.salon.com/2016/12/08/how-the-alt-right-became-racist-a-short-history-of-hate-part-1/

How the alt-right became racist, Part 2: Long before Trump, white nationalists flocked to Ron Paul by Matthew Sheffield (Salon)   (Dec. 8, 2016) http://www.salon.com/2016/12/09/how-the-alt-right-became-racist-part-2-long-before-trump-white-nationalists-flocked-to-ron-paul/

Confessions of a Right-Wing Shock Jock: I’m not a racist; I just played one on the radio.
By Jack Hunter (Politico)  (November 25, 2013) http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/11/confessions-of-right-wing-shock-jock-jack-hunter-100261

‘A sense that white identity is under attack’: making sense of the alt-right by Jason Wilson
(The Guardian) (August 23, 2016) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/23/alt-right-movement-white-identity-breitbart-donald-trump

Meet the Horde of Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and Other Extremist Leaders Endorsing Donald Trump by Sarah Posner and David Neiwert  (Mother Jones) (Sept. 21, 2016)  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/09/trump-supporters-neo-nazis-white-nationalists-kkk-militias-racism-hate/

‘Hail Trump!’: White Nationalists Salute the President-Elect by Daniel Lombroso  (The Atlantic) (Nov. 21, 2016) https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/richard-spencer-speech-npi/508379/

How Donald Trump’s New Campaign Chief Created an Online Haven for White Nationalists Breitbart News is “the platform for the alt-right,” boasts Stephen Bannon. by Sarah  Posner (Mother Jones) (Aug. 22, 2016)  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/stephen-bannon-donald-trump-alt-right-breitbart-news/

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Understanding Pseudoscience

it is a understanding pseudo day … question and answer about pseudoscience

Pseudo Science And The Age Of Irrationalism by Mike Collins (Forbes) (March 7, 205) https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikecollins/2015/03/07/pseudo-science-and-the-age-of-irrationalism/#3a9de7a5121c

 

The Woozle Effect

Yes the Woozle effect was named after Winnie the Pooh where they trace the woozle footprints only to find their own…

Check those citations/sources that sound legit… or else you are just chasing woozles

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and Leighann Lord answer fan questions about pseudoscience

 

Karl Popper, Science, and Pseudoscience

If you cannot attempt to prove a so-called “theory” wrong , then that so-called “theory” is nothing but hot air and the method use to get to that so called so-called”theory” is not scientific but pseudo..

The main difference between psuedo and real science, the science method is to disprove the theory you want to set forth.. to look at the data and then make a determination.
Pseudo theories never disprove their “theory”, instead will attempt to disprove every other proven “theory” to make theirs stronger. Also pseudo uses carefully selected data to support a predetermined outcome.

“Every genuine test of a theory is an attempt to falsify it, or to refute it. Testability is falsifiability; but there are degrees of testability: some theories are more testable, more exposed to refutation, than others; they take, as it were, greater risks.” Karl Popper Conjectures and Refutations (1963)

 

 

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Paralipsis

I would never mention paralipsis ……

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One has to like all the politics going on, if for nothing else than all the news words or terms you can learn.

Take for instance paralipsis, now you may already be aware of what this word is. But even if it is unknown to you, chances are you have heard or even used that term.

The use of a sign that says “ignore this sign” or a shirt that says “ignore this shirt”, these are of course a form of irony. And that is one intent of paralipsis.

The dictionary gives the meaning as: “the device of giving emphasis by professing to say little or nothing about a subject”

The word traced goes back to Late Latin with paralīpsis .. but that is not the end, the word goes then further back to the Greek origin paráleipsis meaning “omitting”

So what does that mean? Easy you call attention to something about another person or item by saying you will not mention it yet you do.

Sneaky….

There was a TV law show years ago, where the prosecutor sneaks in a visual that you know will sit in the minds of the jury. The defendant’s lawyer then gets up and tells everyone to clear their mind and think only of a blue elephant. After a few seconds the attorney tells them to forget the blue elephant. Can you? No that elephant is still in the room.

Once something is said it is set in stone… thus why you see politicians or adversaries use this tactic to insult sneakily their oppositions.

Paralipsis can be used in a very degrading manner by the tone and specific use of words. It can also be used to make a point without the person feeling they have done something improper by noting the faults.

I love to slide these into the book though I am not that great at it as I keep refining them. I tend to use the paralipsis as slams.. insulting another but looking so prim and proper you want to bop the person.

I have one character that does demean with little quips but without realizing what he is doing is truly insulting. Yea he is a bit of a narcissist but one that can be redeemed. Our hero of the hour, has a tendency not to pull punches yet lets a lot slide as not to be in needless fights that are draining. However after a time when he draws weary of the jabs, he then speaks up “Then why mention it? Stand up like a man, have some guts and insult a person in the eye. You fool no one.”

Need I say those two “brothers” in the book, have many a discussion, both physical and verbal, until they learn to work out the differences, grow up , and acknowledge there is more important elements in the world than their hurt feelings…. even characters can learn to “grow up”

Some examples of paralipsis:

“Nice new boots, I am not even going to mention that you borrowed a hundred off me yesterday for food.”

“It is better not to mention that incident.”

“I’m keeping silent about all the inconveniences this project has cost me.”

“I will not even mention that my boss has his mistress on the payroll as a vacation allowance.”

“I am not saying this mess is yours, but clean it up anyways.”

“That is not for me to say. I would have them think about their actions in the accompanying implosion and then make your own decision.”

“I don’t mean to suggest that she is a blonde for obvious reasons….

“I am not even going to bring up how late you were.”

“I don’t have to remind you that he knew people in prison.”

“I don’t want to embarrass his family, so I won’t mention what Harry did outside.”

“Far be it from me to mention her husband’s many infidelities.”

“It goes without saying that he has had an adultery problem, but that is not for me to judge”

“Now I might say he has had some inklings of positive qualities, however his internal fortitude is corrupt and this concerns me to omit those minor instances.”

“If you want a cat that is fine, I am not going to mention the fact I am deadly allergic.”

“It’s not polite to talk about it. So I won’t mention he had an affair and went bankrupt.”

“Let’s pass over his unusual lifestyle that may not match ours. It is not good to dwell on his want of earthy desires.”

“I refuse to point out that you have no morals or ethics…”

“I needn’t mention she is a drug addict.”

“Congratulations on the success of your new business. I would be reprehensible in reminding people of the method you used to obtain your money.”

“I know who did it, so I won’t mention Harry’s name.”

“I will only speak about my opponent’s good side at this time.”

“I surely need not remind you to get your Christmas shopping done early this year.”

“I refuse to speak or dwell upon my opponent’s many affairs, his love of alcoholic beverages, nor his ability to raise money from the lowest criminal element.”

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