New&Noteworthy 2020

BUST

NJ artist: Christopher PARKS, 1969

EINSTEIN

Logic will bring you from A to B
but
IMAGINATION will take you everywhere

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TREES were the first inhabitants on EARTH

The leaves and fruits were the FOOD of many living beings—including our ancestors.

{apes as well as giraffes and elephants are leaf-eaters}

Your BODY is an accumulation of FOOD
and
FOOD tells a story: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

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When we left the TREES—our perch—and took to the ground,

 it was: ADAPT or DIE.

And we stood up.

And we walked in all directions—to the four corners of EARTH.

 

Moving from place to place, we got from the ground our food.

Plants that were tasty.

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Other living creatures ate grass—but we couldn’t stomach it.

We liked the food growing below the ground—it was chewy.

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What would life be without FIRE?

Fire - the line of fire created by excellent flames on a horizon

One time we saw a hurt bird on the ground, and one of us, the tallest, smashed it with a big STONE. We took the large bird to our cave near the lake. As we hovered at the campfire, a woman pulled at its feathers; we helped her with the plucking.

Then the one who had killed the bird took a sharp stone— flint—and cut its body into pieces. He took a large feather, waved it in the air and then gave it to the woman, motioning for her to fan the fire.

He took a wood stick and stuck on it a piece of flesh. When the fire was real hot, he held the stick over the flames, turning it round and round. Our noses liked the scent.

All eyes, we watched.

And then we aped him: we also made flesh-sticks.

Meat Kebabs or Skewers

And we all ate savory SOFT FOOD.

A little one clapped his hands and reached out for more

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OUR HANDS

WHO would we BE—if we didn’t have HANDS?

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We sat around the fire looking at each other when the sun was gone. It was then that a bird announced itself by exclaiming: “Oohoo! Oohoo!” And right away a big child jumped up and called out: “Oohoo-oohoo!” Our little ones clapped and repeated the “oohoos”; it became their favorite sound! One morning another bird made soft sounds; we fixed our attention on a nearby tree. She was alone, uttering: “Rookoo. . . Rookoo”. The children repeated: “Rookoo-rookoo”—they couldn’t stop—it was like a contest between them. One balmy evening another bird, a little one sitting in a flowering bush, moved its tongue so beautifully that our eyes watered and our lips quivered. Trilling their tongues at the same time, the children tried to imitate her.

The children also liked making faces at each other. Rolling his eyes and with his hands pulling his ears, a big child stuck out his tongue, and all the little ones made a spectacle by adopting his gestures. Two girls, they were sitting opposite each other, played by touching their hands and then clap. We enjoyed watching them entertain each other, and to encourage them we clapped our hands.

The men coached the children about the tongues of animals: the roar of a lion; the trumpeting of elephants, and the snort of a swine.

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In the beginning:

Mothers gave their offspring “signs” what they wanted them to do. They used their heads and eyes or their lips: smacking would mean eat. And, when at the campfire, they would use their hands for directing their little ones—toddlers under age 4—and they would grunt when angry.

The men would use their hands and also grunt telling about the animals they chased. Perhaps they would even draw an image on the ground using a stick.

The children would chirp/twitter/tweet/cackle (a chorus) to amuse themselves; they developed their TONGUES—controlling the SOUNDS (sound box). {Snakes have no ear-openings and use their tongues to navigate}

So, next (on the evolutionary ladder) came SOUND for communication, developing into “a type of language”—a skill for survival— understood by all of them: it became their mother tongue.

When musical instruments were eventually invented, before the temple period, the SOUND of reed/bone FLUTES was simple but melodious—imitating bird song.

THE MAGIC FLUTE

(opera by Mozart)

Nursery rhymes/lullabies are SUNG.

And “love songs” have always been popular!

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We Wanted

Fire Food

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MAN THE TOOLMAKER

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So the men got together. They looked—scouted—for big sticks. And they put flint on top, fastening them with strong grass: making spears. And then, between the trees, they dug a hole in the ground—a pit—and covered this with tree branches.

When the sun came, we women put stones around the campfire. The men left for the pit. Imagine: an animal was inside—trapped. They killed it with their spears. And then they took the creature to our camp. Taking a flint, the tall one took off the hair, throwing the skin over his shoulder. He cut up the body. We then put the flesh pieces on the hot stones. Our noses inhaled the scent: it was mouth-watering.

WE HAD A FEAST

Eating Meat

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FOOD STORY

the

FOOD CHAIN

Grass-eating animals “convert” grass—their FOOD—into BODY/FLESH/MEAT.

So when Homo sapiens ATE MEAT—they were “consuming digested grass/grains: wild wheat, barley, and rice.

They got more calories and protein from eating meat than all day long chewing their VEGGIES. Now consuming high energy food gave our ancestors TIME to observe how other creatures behaved, and eventually, thanks to their hands, becoming “creative beings”.

Accordingly—slowly but surely: adapt or die—their digestive system (gut and intestines/enzymes) ALTERED because of their NEW LIFESTYLE.

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{No greater love hath a man than this, to lay down his sirloin for a cucumber sandwich—National Post Canada 1/4/20: Is there nothing Hollywood can’t do?}

The 21st century fad of eating “plant-based burgers” as a substitute for meat proteins—will this require the digestive system to adapt again because of THIS—new LIFESTYLE?
I just read a novel-idea book THE FUTURE IS FASTER THAN YOU THINK; about colonizing “outer space”. And of course the most crucial problems would be water and food “production”. Chapter Twelve: The Future of Food.

ADAPT OR DIE==survival of the species

It is vintage-thinking that to survive we must consume real food. All the necessary components of planet Earth’s “homegrown foods” can be reconstituted as PILLS —caloric intake can be programmed so obesity will not become a problem in outer space colonies; because there’ll not be real tennis competitions nor soccer and baseball. VR will dominate. Needless to say, this will involve that our digestive system must “again” adapt; but this will not be a problem (think bariatric).

PILLS a la CARTE
EVOLUTION by HUMAN DIRECTION

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chickens

WHAT CAME FIRST:
The chicken
or
the egg?

According to DNA:

When in southern Asia the sperm and ovum of two red junglefowl combined—it formed a ZYGOTE: fertilized EGG.

Small “mutations” of DNA within the zygote led to the emergence of

THE FIRST TRUE CHICKEN

Can we assume that this event happened to Lucy’s offspring, creating chromosome47? And then it happened again, becoming chromosome46—who colonized the African continent? That from there they walked in all directions: to the four corners of Earth, carrying their DNA that included chromosome47: “the” norm of the species HOMO SAPIENS.

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DISCOVERING OUR ROOTS

(Genesis 3:19—for dust you are and to dust you will return)

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In the Beginning Was the WORM:
Finding the Secrets of Life in a Tiny Hermaphrodite

THIS SLIM BOOK – IS FUN TO READ;
easy to understand!

The WORM is a self-fertilizing hermaphrodite. It has five pairs of “A” chromosomes and two pairs of “X” chromosomes. When one of the doubled “X”

chromosomes FAILS to separate, leaving an animal which has only one chromosome, IT is a MALE.

Recipe From

THE BOOK OF LIFE

The sequence of THREE DNA LETTERS: C – A –T or G

The WORM has a long string of DNA consisting of ONLY four elements ENDLESSLY repeated in slightly varying orders—translated into twenty amino acids which are in turn strung together to MAKE PROTEINS which in their turn COMBINE to MAKE WORMS and HUMANS, and ALL other living beings.

WORMS and HUMANS are assembled from the SAME PROTEINS

THE  WORM  HAS  NO  BRAIN

Some of the proteins that develop a worm’s VULVA are also used to develop a HUMAN BRAIN

THE HOLY  GRAIL  OF  BIOLOGY

DNA is not life--DNA in a FERTILIZED EGG is LIFE

(John Sulston)

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AFRICA

Was FEMALE CIRCUMCISION introduced when a female child sprouted a penis as well? Would the female shaman take a flint and cut off the male part to make sure that the child would no longer be considered “physically” bisexual/hermaphrodite? So as not to become a stigma/curse on those born with this affliction would this become a “sacred ritual” that included every girl? And

then the male shaman joined the female shaman and decided—before they were old enough to impregnate a female—to circumcise boys too?

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As we women sat together watching the surroundings, a flock of birds came and then went down in the field. They got busy pecking at the ground. One of us went over to look. She returned, motioning with one hand “eating” while holding out her other hand to show us their FOOD: SEEDS. A child grabbed some and put the bird food on a hot stone; the scent was pleasing. We watched him put the fire seeds in his mouth and munch. He nodded his head, looking at us, and putting his hands above his head, he clapped.

From then on—we put all our food on hot stones.

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Wild grasses in a meadow in St. Michaels, on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

A big woman came up to the camp carrying a load of tall grasses. As she put them on the ground she told us that she had been watching birds at the lake making little caves—“nests”—with these grasses.

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nest with eggs

It occurred to her that what a bird could do with its beak, she also could do—waving her hands. She wanted to make a “mat", she pointed at the grasses, and grimaced as she scratched her buttocks! We laughed and imitating her, also scratched our “fannies”.

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We watched how the woman’s nimble fingers plaited—“wove”—her mat. Excited, we rushed to the field to collect grasses and make mats for ourselves.

Then someone thought of making a “grass basket”—for collecting our food! We kept busy using these grasses—making all shapes of baskets. Someone else added large leaves at the bottom as a “lining”. We got the largest leaves at the lake. The baskets were great for carrying food to the camp so we could feed the children when they were hungry.

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Then a big girl called out to another girl to join her. With her nimble fingers, she parted her hair and began “braiding” the long strands. Encircling them, other girls shouted their approval, clapping their hands in unison. Of course, they all wanted the same hairdo! So the big girl showed them how to braid.

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LOGIC brings you from A to B

Imagination will take you everywhere

I read that the drive of INNOVATION can be viewed as an analogue (comparable) of GENE  EVOLUTION—therefore, INNOVATION would be the equivalent of mutations in the GENOME.

Repetition of EYE—HAND motion/practice (of nerves/muscles) became an ingrained habit (addiction). HOWEVER, the SKILL (of plaiting—or playing tennis) had to be LEARNED.  That’s why/how children PLAY and learn (and innovate).

Imagine a world without LARGE BIRDS: The idea of wanting to FLY may not have occurred! By watching the “behavior” of DUCKS and FLAMINGOS, our ancestors got thinking of also wanting to MOVE ON WATER (boats) and TRAVEL ON AIR (planes).

In this century WE WANT to colonize other planets.

Our imagination/creativity will make it eventually happen.

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sprouting seeds

When it rained it rained—and it was windy; we were stuck in the cave. Near the entrance was a hollowed tree-stump with some seeds—and, oh-golly, these had sprouted! A boy took the stump and offered it to a granny. She pulled at the greens and stuffed them in her mouth. Rolling her eyes, and smacking her lips, granny moved her behind back and forth while waving her hands and snapping her fingers. The boy grinned—and snapped his fingers! And stomping his feet, still snapping his fingers, he twirled—“danced”—around the campfire. Suddenly he stopped, shouted at the children and waved his hands. Instantly, shrieking with pleasure, they joined him, and imitating his gestures, they hippety-hopped around and around. Then a little child, warbling like a bird, grabbed the hand of an older child. Right away, they all joined hands—hobbling and chirping and DANCING in the round.

The grown-ups stood up—waved their hands and shuffled their feet. An old man took two sticks and waving them above his head made a racket banging them.

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Capering around the campfire:
their “stage”—
the children and their “fans” were having such fun!

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Stay Tuned!