ERUDITE VOCABULRY

Here are four words I may start using more frequently:


 Grotesque: Odd in shape, appearance or character.

 Pugnacity: Readily inclined to fights of quarrel.

 Roistered: To act or revel noisily in a boisterous manner.

 Subverted: To corrupt or undermine a principle

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CAVE OF THE TREASURE SIXTY YEARS LATER

The cave of the treasure in Nahal Mishmar in the Judean desert was there for the last 6,000 years.
At least… However the surprise precious contents in it were unearthed on March 21, 1961.
I was there as a member of an archeological expedition as it happened. It was 60 years ago.

Below you find a short introduction by me and then I will lead you to a web site that describes the cave and the treasure in details.

Now that you watched this short introduction take a quick look at two amazZzing samples of the treasure.

Assuming you are now curious and want to learn more go to this dedicated website:

When you click on the link https://www.caveofthetreasure.com/ it will open on a new tab.

Images courtesy of the Israel Museum and Hecht Museum.

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MARSHALL SYLVER IS A MASTER ATTRACTOR

In our essay Attractome we have defined the persons who are Master Attractors. 

A Master Attractor is a person who manifests any two of the following four characteristics.

•         A Master Attractor is a person who draws a large number of fans, admirers, or devotees.

•         A Master Attractor creates new value in the domains of technologies, or enhances people’s health and welfare.

•         A Master Attractor is perceived as a spiritual or inspirational source in society.

•         A master Attractor manifests material abundance by ethical means.

Marshall Sylver has all of those characteristics.  Some stronger than others.

Here is how I came to meet Marshal Sylver about 11 years ago.

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What is truth?

What is truth? Asked Pontius Pilate of Jesus. (John 38:18)
The truth according to Social Media Gospels.

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THE FREEDOM TO LIVE

The fourth element in Simone De Beauvoir’s Existential Credo is Freedom.

The Freedom to Live.

Freedom is the essence of our existence.

Dictators, authoritarian rulers, theocrats and plutocrats, they all derive their enjoyment from controlling other people’s freedom. 

Modified after Simone de Beauvoir in The Prime of Life. 1963.

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WHAT IS TRUTH – LESSONS FROM PONTIUS PILATE

1/17/21

SUNDAY BIBLE SCHOOL – BE CAREFUL WHO YOU CRUCIFY

Pontius Pilate asked Jesus in his trial: “What is truth?” Pilate didn’t wait for an answer.

Pilate then sentenced Jesus to die on the cross.

Two thousand years later Christianity is alive.

Millions know Jesus.  Many wear a cross. 

Hardly anyone heard of Pontius Pilate.

(John 18:38)

Lesson Learned: Be careful who you crucify.

1/24/21

On a Sunday morning.  Going back to the Bible, John:18:38. 

Pontius Pilate asked Jesus:

“What is truth?”

There is still the best epistemological question ever asked.

Pilate, like every politician-governor was concerned if Jesus was real news or fake news.

Pilate believed that if he’ll crucify Jesus to death and silence Jesus, then unity and peace will come on Judea. 

Lesson Learned: Bad mistake PontiusPilate .

1/31/2021
SUNDAY BIBLE SCHOOL – Going back to Pontius Pilate (John 18:38). Pilate asked Jesus: “what is truth?

The question remained unanswered. 

Now we know what is truth. 

Is Truth is – Whatever the fact checker  of Twitter or Facebook determine it to be?
Lesson Learned: The oligarchs decide the truth.

Have a nice week.  See you next Sunday.

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TIME AS A PERISHABLE COMMODITY

TIME AS A PERISHABLE COMMODITY

There are only 24 hours in a day and there’s only one of me.  I know it’s a curious statement.

I know that most people sell their time or lay it to waste. 

There are only 24 hours in a day that are useful or available for sale. 

My time is by definition a perishable resource.

Having said all of that.  Time, the value of time is conditional on intact memory.

Without competent memory time has no value. The competent ego Identity is defined by its recall ability.

No memory – no personal identity – no time.

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PATHWAYS TO NOWHERE

The legendary pitcher Yogi Berra said that if you come to a fork on your Pathway – take it.  That was spot on as is usual with Yogi .

The great story teller Lewis Carroll said, from the mouth of the Cheshire cat, that if you don’t know where you’re going any Pathway will take you there.

The question is: Do you know where you’re going?

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RARE INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT PIRSIG

Robert Pirsig the philosopher and author of the best selling book, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, passed 3 years ago in 2017.

Here is a rare radio interview made and released by the BBC with Pirsig. You get to see his trip companion and late son Chris who was murdered for no apparent reason on a street in San Francisco.


We got lots to learn. Always. Everywhere.

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NEW LEADERSHIP FOR BETTER VACCINE

NEW LEADERSHIP FOR BETTER VACCINE

Dr. Anthony Fauci was in the forefront of research and advancement of healthcare to control HIV/AIDS for four decades.

He was recognized by President George W. Bush with the National Medal of Science!

Nevertheless after 40 years of his dedicated work and leadership there is no vaccine against HIV.  Hundreds of millions of dollars of tax payers money were spent on developing a vaccine to contain the HIV virus.

The question is – what makes it likely that an effective and safe vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 will be developed anytime soon?

Dr. Fauci is relishing the limelight that go with TV cameras.   Do TV appearances make him a better scientist?   Is Dr. Oz your preferred personal cardiac surgeon? Do you want Dr. Sanjay Gupta to do your brain surgery should you need one?

 
Dr. Anthony Fauci threw an abysmal first pitch to kick off the historic 2020 Major League Baseball season. A Topps baseball card with a masked Fauci mid-pitch just became the bestselling card in the history of ToppsNow, the company’s collection of limited-edition cards.


Yogi Berra said it best: “We made too many wrong mistakes.”


Let the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have a new director and new leadership.

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