SECRETS – Part Two

Word Press kept asking if I wanted a new page so I figured my first page of Secrets was getting too long, so I’ve added a continuation…

This page is for startling info I’ve come across and don’t want to forget or its source.

My fun page...

49.  Robots Used to Kill by David Graham (excerpt) The For the first time in history, police have used a robot to remotely kill a criminal suspect. …While few people are second-guessing Brown’s decision, the use of robots to deliver lethal force “raises questions” abut how this technology will be used in othr cases…A new frontier has been opened in policing,  and it will lead to “an intense ethical debate.”

50. One of the standard tests designed to diagnose autism involves showing the subject photographs of human faces and asking them to select for each the best match from a short list of words descriptive of particular emotions or attitudes. If you are on the autism spectrum, you typically do badly in such tests. Excerpted from Mark English’s entry on dantip, The Electronic Agora.

51. Quote from Stephen Jay Gould;s Hen’s Teth and Horse’s Toes p 244: “We hold a mirror to nature and see ourselves and our own prejudices in the glass. ,,,Aristotle described the large bee that leads the swarm as a “king,” and this misidentification  of the only sexual female around persisted for at least two thousand years…” (He also has a chapter on the “Piltdown Conspiracy.”  He also  describes the embryonic separation of a unisex into male or female.  “The female course of developmen is, in a sense, biologically intrinsic to all  mammals. It is the pattern that unfolds in the absence of any hormonal influence.” (p 154). He discusses the peniform clitorises and false scrotum of female spotted hyenas, and crabs that have faces on their backs, (p 156, Norton, 1984).

52.  Saint Pierre le Jeune- “The bulk of the church as it stands now was built between 1250-1320 and many of the frescoes you see are originals from the 14th century. In 1682, the church was divided into two sections, half for catholics and the other half for protestants, which seems quite forward thinking and civilized, doesn’t it!  –Saint Pierre le Jeune~Beautiful pictures of a church in France by Cindy Knoke. The ‘Young’ Church of St Peter, is an old and unusual church in Strasbourg, France.”  Excerpt from PatriciaRuthSusan’s blog.

53.  Posthumanism excerpt re-blogPosted on by 

See this also on my page Secrets Two. from

“scholars such as Claire ColebrookRosi Braidotti and Tim Morton. Their work investigates how the category of humanity is formed and sustained – largely through literary, artistic and social practices. They actively question the validity of this category and the extent to which it should be protected or retrenched.”

54.  Source for the New Yorker’s interesting article “The Truth Wears Off” is 12/13/2010, by Jonah Lehrer:  “now all sorts of well-established , multiply confirmed findings have started to look increasingly uncertain. It’s as if our facts were losing their truth: claims that have been enshrined in textbooks are suddenly unprovable. This phenomenon doesn’t have an official name, but it’s occurring across a wide range of fields, from psychology to ecology.”

55. Theory of life beginning in thermodynamics explained in a 2014 and a 2017 (7-26) issue of Quanta Magazine. In the simulated environment, external energy sources boosted (or “forced”) certain chemical reactions in the reaction network. The extent of this forcing depended on the concentrations of the different chemical species. As the reactions progressed and the concentrations evolved, the amount of forcing would change abruptly. Such a rugged forcing landscape made it difficult for the system “to find combinations of reactions which are capable of extracting free energy optimally,” explained Jeremy Gunawardena, a mathematician and systems biologist at Harvard Medical School.Yet when the researchers let the chemical reaction networks play out in such an environment, the networks seemed to become fine-tuned to the landscape. A randomized set of starting points went on to achieve rare states of vigorous chemical activity and extreme forcing four times more often than would be expected. And when these outcomes happened, they happened dramatically: These chemical networks ended up in the 99th percentile in terms of how much forcing they experienced compared with all possible outcomes. As these systems churned through reaction cycles and dissipated energy in the process, the basic form-function relationship that England sees as essential to life set in….Information ProcessorsRead more about the primordial conditions that might have spawned life in our 2016 story, “In Warm, Greasy Puddles, the Spark of Life?

56. Will insert reference when I come across it again:   Basically, the article said tics can hear your blood and follow you through the woods.

57.”Forever Young”–Jumbo – Now only the tail of P.T. Barnum’s  beloved elephant remains preserved.  It toured with the circus for four years, then donated to Tuft’s University, where it was destroyed in a fire in 1975.

Timothy Leary’s body was cremated in 1996 and 7 grams of his remains were shot into outer space.

Ted Williams’ body and head were separately suspended in liquid nitrogen at a cryonics company in Arizona, for $136,000. (Lapham’s Quarterly, fall 2009, p 219, by Iain Bamforth.

58. c. 208: Prescription –  Thou shalt on paper write the spell divine,/Abracadabra called, in many a line;/Each under each in even order place/But the last letter in each line efface/As by degrees the elements grow few/Still take away, but fix the residue/til at the last one letter stands alone/And the whole dwindles to a tapering cone//Tie this about the neck with a flaxen string/ Mighty  the good ’twill to the patient bring/Its wondrous potency shall guard his head/And drive death and disease far from his bed.


58. In case I’ve looked for and listed the following, here tis: “Sweet Puppies and Cute Babies: Perceptual Adaptation to Babyfacedness Transfers Across Species,”  http://www.plosone,org  3-2013- vol 8, issue 3,  “According to Konrad Lorenz (1943), the Kindchenschema works as a trigger for instinctive behavior such as taking a child into one’s arms…

59. When Shewmon was a college sophomore, at Harvard, he listened to Chopin’s Trois Nouvelles Études No. 2, in his dorm room, and the music lifted him into such a state of ecstasy that he had an epiphany: he no longer thought it possible that all conscious experience, particularly one’s perception of beauty, could be a “mere electrophysiological epiphenomenon,” he said. The music seemed to transcend “the spatial limitations of matter.” An atheist, he converted to Catholicism and studied Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy. He went to medical school, in 1971, and then specialized in neurology, because he wanted to understand the relationship between the mind and the brain. New Yorker magazine Jan., 2916

60. Doctors questioned the practice of string tying as the preferred method for removing babies’ superfluous fingers. [!] Harper’s Magazine Feb. 2018 p96.

61.  According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, between 0.05% and 1.7% of the population is born with intersex traits – which is around the same proportion of people who have red hair.
62. American Civil War from Wikipedia:  Four years of intense combat left 620,000 to 750,000 people dead, more than the number of U.S. military deaths in all other wars combined (at least until approximately the Vietnam War).[1
63. Look up–percentage of American troops that don’t fire, once they have their enemy in their scope
64. In 2016 the NY Times reported sources that estimated 1.4 million Americans  self-reported as transgender
65.  in 1869, where she worked as a farmhand as well as performing odd jobs around the town.[7]:57 Albert Cashier can be found on records of the town payroll.[7]:57Her employer there, Joshua Chesebro, built a one-room house for her. For over forty years, she lived in Saunemin Illnois and was a church janitor, cemetery worker, and street lamplighter. Because she lived as a man, she was able to vote in elections and later claimed a veteran’s pension under the name Albert Cashier.  Birth name was  Jennie Irene Hodgers,
66.  The author of Amazing Grace:  John Newton -from Walter Marks.  Of course, he went on to write one of the most beloved hymns ever penned, Amazing Grace. He was also a chief proponent of abolition for the rest of his days. One of his greatest quotes was’ “I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am”
― John Newton
67. An experiment with students who reported having had an OBE (defined as the percipient recounting  having seen his own body from the remote point of observation…,The perceptual experience is apparently as it would be if he had actually occupied the location in question was reported by Harvey J. Irwin in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease vol 169, (4), 244-248, “The Psychological Function of Out-of-Body Experiences–So Who Needs the Out-of-Body Experience?”  Results suggested that  individuals concerned with and attentive to their mental processes may be more open to the OBE. Percipients tested low on both the need for achievement scale and the need for deference. (Wikipedia: Deference =submitting to the espoused, legitimate influence of one’s superior )

68. Alter Net 1-7-2019- The red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) is a useful ectotherm for large experiments on reproduction, as they can go from egg to adult in a month at 30°C. Females can store male sperm in specialised organs called spermathecae and they only need to keep 4% of a single ejaculate to enable them to produce offspring for up to 150 days.  Astonishingly, nearly 25% of all species are thought to be a beetle…..High temperatures and extinctions   Currently, we have a disturbingly limited knowledge of which biological traits are sensitive to climate change and therefore responsible for local extinctions. However, a potential candidate is male reproduction, because a range of medical and agricultural studies in warm blooded animals have shown that male infertility happens during heat stress.

69. Poems often came to her on these walks, and she prepared for this eventuality by secreting pencils in the woods near her home. (Mary Oliver obit. NY Times 1/17/19)

70. From Unity and Multiplicity–Multilevel Consciousness of Self in Hypnosis, Psychiatric Disorder and Mental Health, John O. Beahrs, Brunner/Mazel New York: Internal Self-Helpers:  Allison’s  (1974) discovery of the internal self-helper (ISH) is a major event and milestone in understanding and dealing with dissociation….Watkins and Watkins (1980) point out that the ISH properly equates only with the hidden observer capable of being a true helper…

71.  Barash updates No. 68 above re beetles:  “More than 85%  of the world’s animal species are insects, and most of them are beetles.” The Whisperings Within, p 43.

72. If there should be a global disaster “In such a predicament it is collective intelligence  that would be crucial. No single person fully understands the smartphone…Indeed, if we were stranded after an apocalypse, as in  extreme survival movies, even the basic technologies of the iron age and agriculture would be beyond almost all of us…That’s why James Lovelock…has urged that handbooks for survival , codifying basic technology, should be prepared, widely dispersed, and securely stored.” -Martin Rees On the Future.  See also Lewis Dartnell’s 2014 book The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch.”

73. Peter A Brown…would surely be gratified to know that his …[worldwide collection of hair] , still in the archives of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia more than a century and a half after he assembled them , hold answers to questions he himself was unable to resolve–and to many questiions we have only  begun to ask.” (Contains hair of Washington,  John Adams,  Thomas Jefferson, Emily Dickinson, Jefferson Davis, etc.] From Hair  by Robert McCracken Peck in Natural History magazine Dec-Jan, 2018-19.

74. “Climate policy faces another psychological barrier : the sacrifices we’re being asked to make benefit future generations more than us.” Martin Rees, Climate.., ibid p 16.

75. “After all, it is no more surprising to be born twice than it is to be born once.” — Voltaire [quoted by Philip Kapleau, p. 39, The Wheel of Death.]

76.  4-7-1972 ” During the F.   group five people plus F. admitted to having had hallucinations. F. said he has them often–probably because they don’t frighten him and on the contrary  he welcomes  them because they give him helpful information about himself.”   My journal.

77. 11-9-2019  Gil Menda and Paul Shamble of Cornell University discovered that jumping spiders can hear noises several meters away at 70-to 200 hertz, via the hair on their legs.  “There seems to be no physical reason  why a hair could not listen,” says Jerome Casas of the University of Tours in France. November, 2016, p. 9. Could that be a source of auditory hallucinations? (Just joking).

78. 1-12-20  Good discussion of evolution’s effect on step-parent families: The Blank Slate,  Steven Pinker, pp 164-165,

79.  1-27-2020   A report in the February 2019 Scientific American p. 16 relates that not only can the tropical Archer fish–who spits jets of water at  insect prey–recognize human faces, but can recognize the same face when it is tilted by 30, 60 and 90 degrees. “For humans, face recognition happens in the cerebral cortex, the area of the mammalian brain responsible for higher cognition.”  The Archer fish can do it without a cortex.

80. 4-14-2020   David DeSteno and Piercarlo Valdesolo. psychologists and authors of Out of Character: Surprising Truths About the Liar, Cheat, Sinner (and Saint) lurking in all of us (2011, 69), repoted on an experiment in which ovulating women in a lab were asked to smell a number of men’s unwashed t-shirts and asked which man’s scent they preferred. “We know it sounds a bit strange, but believe it or not, the ovulating women overwhelmingly preferred the smell of men who had more symmetrical features [and therefore were more genetically fit] (R. Thornhill and S. Gangstad, Human Nature 4  (1993) 237-69.

81.  4-14-2020  After Life: In Search of Cosmic Consciousness:   Science writer David Darling writes of some largely forgotten but clearly remarkable cases of hydrocephalous, the condition known as water on the brain.  In these accounts the people had water instead of brain.  In the 1960s two children had fluid where their cerebrum should have been and appeared normal.  One was a college graduate.


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