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Psychology: Objectivity, projection, consciousness, education

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Heaven and Hell - Community Values. Diary of a non-feeding Vampire – (part 3x-b)

Heaven and Hell - Diary of a non-feeding Vampire – (part 3x-b) Imagine, if you can, taking a dog for a walk – having done so, on and off, for over 350 years. Sometimes your own neighbourhood can seem like paradise, sometimes the pits. And it isn’t just the weather … On a  recent walk of mine the whole district was very quiet, and I became aware of the absence of any such values. It was

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community, fiction, psychology, satire, TibestianUndead,
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Wholeness and Driving - Undead Diary chapter (2x +1)

Another excerpt from my 360+years diary of a reformed vampire The longer you live the more problems people seem to invent – or I am just being cantankerous? I’ll try to be more accurate – people keep inventing further complications. I can’t complain, though clearly I'm itching to! Driving, by which I mean personal ‘independent’ mobility with mechanical aids, is clearly a sort of additional

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fiction, projection, psychology, satire, TibestianUndead, wholeness,
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Individual versus dogma - Harraga

Harraga by Boualem Sansal One of the best books I've read recently. Harraga means 'those who burn', in this context it's someone who attempts to illegally immigrate to another country/regime.  The book was written in French, by the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal, and translated into English by Frank Wynne. The book is set mostly in the house (and the mind!) of Lamia. Her house is very

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books, Boualem Sansal, conformity, fear, fiction, freedom, meaningful, psychology, religion,
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creepy parking ... and piles satire

Mr Creepy  retrieved his tobacco from under the settee while his wife was busy in the bathroom. He’d brought her back from town and was pleased to discover his parking space across the road hadn’t been taken. No sooner had he reminisced his good fortune, squatting by the settee, than he heard the sound of a large vehicle coming to a standstill outside his house. The road was a dead-end, and

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consciousness, fiction, psychology, relationships, satire,
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The Cranberries - Zombie terrorism as projection of internal conflict

It's a long while since Planet Earth's most depraved species invented terrorism. The history of terrorism is a controversial subject, since those accused of it inevitably think either they are maiming 'guilty' targets, or the opposition are the terrorists, or, of course, both. Following the post of Soprano Joyce DiDonato raising the emotional horrors of orchestrated violence with her music

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consciousness, female vocals, guitar, hope, music, peace, projection, psychology, rock music, singing,
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psychology, consciousness, ego in very young children

As I often say - Nothing can penetrate the institutional mind, more specifically, its preconceptions. Fortunately, psychology scientists have decided to test the assumption that pre-school children are very bad at hiding because they they are egocentric - they often just cover their eyes when asked to hide. The new research shows that they also believe that THEY can't see another if the

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children, consciousness, education, institutional mind, popular science, psychology,
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Protest votes in politics - best outcome: sociology psychology education

Given that Trump and Clinton both serve the pathologically wealthy, who chose, in effect, both candidates, the best possible outcome to the protest votes, which have made Donald Duck the president of USA and exited Little England from the civilising and cooperative possibilities of Europe, is that the protest voters become a little more conscious. My 'sociological research' (listening to

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education, fantasy, hope, politics, psychology, sociology,
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more wealth = less empathy

In everyday language, the rich care less about the less fortunate, in fact they seem to be practically invisible. With sufficient (unbiased) experience of life, this is fairly obvious, but well designed recent research demonstrates the fact very clearly. Full story in news format: science shows the richer you get the less you pay attention to other people The original science: Social Class

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empathy, pathological wealth, popular science, psychology, sociology,
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corporate politics - presidential auctions

I was tempted to title this 'Corporate Democracy', but that would be such a glaring oxymoron. It is frustrating to witness the 'relatively' poor people of the world beating each other to death over whether to vote for Trump or Clinton in the 2nd $billion + US presidential auction. Both candidates are representing corporate interests, and a system that is in debt to a handful of

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books, consciousness, corporations, creativity, democracy, matrix, politics, psychology,
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the choice

The Choice Heaven on Earth Rivers of Blood? The Love of Power The Power of Love? Related: love, meaningful, poems, power, psychology, 

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love, meaningful, miscellany 1, poems, power, psychology,
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How immigrant voices make democracy stronger

In politics, representation matters — and that's why we should elect leaders who reflect their country's diversity and embrace its multicultural tapestry, says Sayu Bhojwani. Through her own story of becoming an American citizen, the immigration scholar reveals how her love and dedication to her country turned into a driving force for political change "We have fought to be here," she

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books, democracy, immigration, psychology, sociology, video,
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Schools Kill Creativity - the remedy ...

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. e.g. World Class ballerina (incapable of thinking without moving) was nearly labelled 'problem student'. She was one of the very few lucky ones that met a education 'professional' that was awake. Related: books, creativity, documentary,

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books, creativity, documentary, education, psychology, video,
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Mystical experience following a stroke - jill bolte taylor's stroke of insight

Excellent video on consciousness, and the 2 sides of our brain: Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke.  As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment.  This is a powerful story about

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books, consciousness, documentary, psychology, video, wellbeing,
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The Eagle's Throne - Carlos Fuentes

A fine book, set in the very near future. Due to a disagreement with the USA, Mexico finds itself without telecommunications, so people begin writing letters again! This is a problem for hard hearted politicians, because they believe it is unwise to ever commit anything to writing. They like everything that other people say to be in writing, because that gives them power. The principal

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books, fiction, meaningful, politics, psychology,
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Know thyself ... or wound others

Even in the tiny, quiet town of Smogdale, UpNorth County, in the UQ (the Untidy Queendom of Little England), the traffic congestion is getting so bad that Kevin the builder ha s a problem. Despite being a couple of inches short of 7 feet tall, well built and notoriously energetic, he doesn't want to carry his tools 200 yards from his van to his house every day after work. He doesn't want to

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consciousness, fiction, projection, psychology, satire, solar, wisdom,
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Beyond creativity, crafts and hobbies (but don't stop!)

I'm always keen to encourage people to make, mend, improve, create ANYTHING, rather than be a passive consumer.  But the best aspect of having busy hands goes beyond the product - when one's hands are busy, the mind has space to be receptive - and this is when the best insights, ideas, resolutions rise mysteriously to the surface. Making your own clothes, food, whatever reduces alienation,

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creativity, hobbies, hope, psychology, spirit, wisdom,
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Broke and Free

For hundreds of years the landed 'nobles' of Europe stole the produce of their serfs (slaves) and stole land from each other using the 'patriotic' curse to propel their slaves into war: millions of dead millions of widows millions of widowers millions of orphans millions of sufferers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and worse … much worse , and no treatment or understanding. And they no

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consumerism, fiction, freedom, history, politics, psychology, reinventing slavery,
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Racist halfwits are offered self-awareness

Racist halfwits are offered self-awareness (!) but decline the offer One of the perks/handicaps of being 360 years young (!) is spotting glaring contradictions. Sometimes this gets me into hot water. For example, a mother and daughter with a 'foreign' accent in a cafe, suddenly confronted by a crowd of young males sporting tattoos and aggressive attire. They want to know if the females are

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consciousness, fantasy, fiction, projection, psychology, TibestianUndead,
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eating disorder psychology triggered by fad diet

The ever-growing (and conflicting) 'expert' advice about what to eat, and what not to eat, is now creating problems for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond. In 18 years specialising in “body dissatisfaction” psychology, clinical psychologist Louise Adams has never seen as many women of all ages with food issues; food anxiety is at epidemic proportions, thanks to the ubiquitous influence of

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advertising, corporations, diet, education, psychology, superfoods,
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Capital for 21st Century

An excellent book, and I hope it gives me a complete picture of what is really going on in the world of money and business, and the bloody corporate matrix. I refer of course to Thomas Piketty -Capital in the Twenty-First Century  a book based on facts, to counter the nonsense spoken by vested interests. Very recently I was subjected to 2 supposedly educated, supposedly adult people ranting

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books, economics, education, freedom, hope, matrix, psychology,
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energy policy for a sane species

Imagine that the human race was capable of consideration for others, rationality and honesty. What would the world's energy supply look like? The most recent estimate of global energy consumption is for 2013 - 5.67 10^20 joules A kilowatt hour is 1000 x 60 x 60 joules = 3,600,000 joules = 3.6 10^6 joules. So energy consumption is approximately 2.10^14 kilowatt hours per year. For those

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environment, politics, psychology, renewable energy, solar,
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Paradise Found

Ancient Ivor is giving young Paul a lift in his car. Paul chats continually and is agitated about Ivor driving so slowly. "Where's the radio?" Paul asked. There isn't one. After fifteen minutes, Ivor stops in a lay-by. "I need you to be quiet for five minutes. Empty your mind and look at the world. After each minute, or thereabouts, I'll ask you a question." "Okay Gov. You're the boss.

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consciousness, fiction, miscellany 1, psychology, wisdom,
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Obesity and Arithmetic

An acquaintance of mine drinks semi-skimmed cows' milk rather than unsweetened soya "because of the fat"!! She believes that she is making a choice that improves her health. I've tried to start a fact-based conversation, several times, but her response is patronising, overbearing and admits no discussion (power complex, bullying, denial, ... ?). A sad state of affairs, but not uncommon. An

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bullying, diet, health, hope, obesity, psychology, wellbeing,
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slowest lessons to learn

psychology/sociology - from the point of view of a 360 year old non-feeding vampire. What are the slowest lessons to learn? The answer is easy, the details aren't! Patience and wisdom. A 360 year old non-feeding vampire is still on the journey, and probably will never 'arrive' at this desirable destination ... For example, the most annoying and inconsiderate people will believe absolute,

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fiction, hope, psychology, sociology, symbolic, TibestianUndead, wisdom,
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The Tibestian Book of the Undead

The Diary (2nd edition) of a 360 year old Vampire Chapter 1 I was born in 1645, in a barn. My parents, or rather my mother, lived in a tiny caravan that was pulled by a horse. I can't remember the horses name, but, knowing my mother, it would have had one. Mother made all manner of useful things from wood. She knew every type of tree native to England, and of every land between France and

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Albania, allegory, fiction, France, Freud, psychology, satire, TibestianUndead, vampires,
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The Second Book of Job - poem

The Second Book of Job Darkness Past F is for fear the steps lead down through cobwebs and damp to a tomb underground through memories lost embedded in ice trials and torments from lovers of vice all that destroy you those icons of lethargy feed their projections on unconscious envy all that control you say love is too dear and build domination on unconscious fear

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alchemy, empathy, gardens, hope, humanism, institutional mind, meaningful poems, poems, politics, psychology, sociology, spirit, wisdom,
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beyond religious extremism

After watching the BBC Panorama program following the police and "religious" terrorists in Pakistan, the most striking observation was the constant repetition by the captured murderers "they're all in it together." In what? Most people, in all countries, are victims of the few that create social and political problems. Often those with an unhealthy obsession with power. There is a simpler

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empathy, psychology, religion,
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The Book of Dave - Will Self

The Book of Dave - Will Self Imagine a biblical Job transported to the 1990s and working as a cabbie. Imagine him driven into psychosis and recording all his racist, misogynist ranting in a notebook – which centuries later becomes the religious tract of the few surviving families amid the flood waters of what remains of London. Their principal source of meat sounds like a hybrid of pigs,

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books, dystopia, fiction, psychology, religion, satire, Will Self,
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institutions, preconceptions and collective myths

A thought for the day, as it were! Dire institutions cannot see truth through their fiction that blinds A collective illusion there's nothing can pierce institutional minds Happy (and open-minded) New Year

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education, institutional mind, meaningful poems, open minds, poems, psychology,
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Kurt Vonnegut - cats cradle

kurt vonnegut - cat's cradle Reissued following the author's death, Cat's Cradle uses ice-9, a crystalline version of water that freezes at room temperature and turns all surrounding water into the same crystalline form, as a metaphor for nuclear fusion; particularly in its weapons form. Ice 9 has no useful purpose, but the distinctly odd inventor (an unknown to his children, especially in

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books, democracy, fiction, Kurt Vonnegut, projection, psychology, religion, satire,
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Psychology - The Science of Mind and Behaviour

By Richard Gross . This fourth edition is an introduction to psychology that adopts a modular approach that is in line with significant recent developments.  The text has been revised and updated, featuring chapters on health psychology, criminological psychology and social psychology of sport, with new topics including parapsychology and substance abuse.  The comprehensive, up-to-date

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books, education, health, psychology, wellbeing,
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Your Baby and Child - Penelope Leach

Highly recommended by my sister, in the vain hope that the resolutely ignorant might read it ... or read anything. The average review on Amazon is well over 4 (out of 5) and there's a 36% reduction in price at present (July 2013). In the 21st century we know a child's psychological development and well-being is just as important as any physical need. Here Penelope Leach brings together

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books, children, education, hope, psychology,
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The Philosophers Apprentice - James Morrow

In this fascinating novel, Mason Ambrose fluffs his Philosophy PhD, whilst in a bit of a mood, and is immediately offered a huge pay-packet to be a personal tutor to a girl on an idyllic island - Isla de Sangre. The girl, Londa Sabacthani, is supposed to have lost her memory and all sense of what is right and wrong following an accident, so Mason schools her in ethics. He then discovers that his

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books, fiction, institutional mind, James Morrow, philosophy, psychology,
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Molly and the Muslim Stick David Dabydeen

I can't recall ever being introduced so rapidly into a story. The first pages of this novel really set the scene very efficiently. It's hard to be enthusiastic, though, because the story is mostly lifelike and dreadful. On reading this I wonder, yet again, if 'God' (by whatever name) has chosen the wrong species to attempt consciousness. I cannot think of any other, except maybe ants, that

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abuse, books, David Dabydeen, family, fiction, psychology,
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Heavy Metal Music soothes the savage breast

Music soothes the troubled breast, in fact: On BBC Radio 3's week of programs delving into music and the mind, there was talk of research into the measurable physiological effects of music, which is more reliable than questionnaires, which tend to suffer from assumptions! They sounded surprised that Heavy Metal music does not dispose listeners to violence. On the contrary it seems to calm them.

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music, popular science, psychology,
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The Shortest History of Europe by John Hirst

History lessons at school were uninspiring, as was school. So I've bought three books to remedy the situation. After summarising the three books, I'll publish a conclusion, from the point of view of the majority. Unless you are very rich, this means you :) The gist of this book is the three very different mindsets that characterise the major players in the evolution of Europe from ancient

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democracy, Europe, Germanic, Greece, history, psychology, Rome, war,
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Food, advertising and trying too hard for wellbeing

1. Fitness foods may give the false (subconscious?) impression that they are a substitute for exercise - hence making the purchasers less fit! http://bit.ly/1TbHG1B study author Jörg Königstorfer, chair of sport and health management at Technische Universität München in Germany. “Don’t rely on these misleading labels.” 2. Orthorexia nervosa, is emerging as a dangerous eating disorder.

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advertising, corporations, food, matrix, psychology, wellbeing,
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