Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Genius of Steven Wilson

Poetry and philosophy are dead because music has taken their place. While popular music encountered on the radio or on TV fills the role of the huge swathes of superficial philosophical tracts and books of verse that have long since been buried deep within the sands of time; on the other hand musicians such as Steven Wilson are akin to the authors of the classical works remembered and respected all the way to the present day. The endeavor of poetic verses, philosophical novels, and metaphysical treatises has by and large been a matter of emotions. Joining a deep appreciation for the human condition with an imaginative and powerful form of eloquence, the writer not only gives you the cold facts of the subject, but also captures your emotions and effects deep within your soul a profound change in attitude and demeanor. Although the dry precision of a treatise on psychology may enlighten one’s intellect, in many cases it’s only the inspired composition of the greatest writers, musicians, and movie makers who can truly shift the arc of one’s movement through human life.

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The Physical Factors in the Irrationality of the Populace

(Note: If you haven’t yet, please start with The Side Effects of Civilization.)

As with many of the most pernicious problems in human life, the diseases of the industrial world contain within their mechanisms a slew of vicious cycles and mental traps. One of the most insidious is the strong connection between physical health decline and cognitive deterioration.

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The Nuke-and-Avoid Approach

How may we make sense of the gradual disappearance of fermented foods from the dietary paradigm of the modern era? The first part of the answer is that with the advent of refrigeration, the artificial selection of fruits and vegetables for greater shelf stability, the improvement of shipping and distribution logistics, the development of synthetic preservatives, and so forth, the most ostensible purpose of fermentation has disappeared: namely, preservation. Although fermented foods provide many other benefits, perhaps most people weren’t conscious enough of them to wish to retain their fermentation traditions after they no longer relied on them for preserving food.

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The Revolutionary Mystics vs. the Scientific Skeptics

(Note: If you haven’t yet, please start with The Side Effects of Civilization.)

While going through my posts about health, the reader may understandably wonder from where I’m deriving the evidence for my claims. In the interest of describing and defending the method I’m using, see this excerpt from an email I wrote a few months ago:

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The Side Effects of Civilization

I’ve recently developed a system of insights relating to the cause of many of the most widespread, pernicious physical and mental health problems of modern civilization: cancer, degenerative disease, psychiatric illness, and many others. It turns out that while many of the factors leading to these problems are a matter of general incompetence and pervasive mistakes, a significant part springs from a more interesting source: a physiologically and psychologically dangerous cocktail of methods for taking human hardware and pulling it away from primal tendencies while jamming it into the framework of modern society.

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