The on-line semi-intellectual journal of an oddball generalist.

Posted By Confutus
The application of later history to prehistory is progressing. The application of sociology is more interesting. More nations and peoples have neolithic remains dating to approximately this period and show evidence of settled communities and agriculture. I am still working on the application of elements of social structure and change. The social institutions can also be applied to some extent. Culture still needs development. I also have the major natural sciences applied to this period, but there are still a few things to finish.

Posted By Confutus
Middle prehistory is somewhat more interesting to me than early prehistory. Developments of this period include the spread of behaviorally modern humans over the earth. Developments of customs, art, and technology can be traced into this period. I don't quite have the connections to the 19th century and major peoples of the world quite where I want, but stone age cultural developments, hunting and gathering societies, and the earliest developments leading to agriculture can be examined. I can trace institutions to this period, and elements of culture including especially material culture. Anthropology and the fundamentals of the human body will be important, and I still need to link more of the sciences.

Posted By Confutus
It's obviously been a while since I updated. I think it's time I reviewed where I am and what I have been working on. I am still occupied with history, although there hasn't been much change to the main page. I have an interest in going back to the beginnings of what is known about prehistory. For early prehistory, I now have a summary of the major subdivisions and a sketch of what is known of human origins and evolution during those periods. The major areas of African, Asian, and European peoples are present and accounted for, although I am trying to get more Asiatic peoples included back to this period. Connections to Stone age developments and hunting and gathering society are present. Institutions are not well developed for this period: More comes from material culture. Anthropology has to do with fundamentals of society, but these aren't quite fully linked to prehistory, and the details of personal studies and science aren't yet fully linked. Much of the detail of prehistory will depend on progress in these areas, so it is an area of continuing work.

Posted By Confutus
There isn't a great deal more I can say about the Obamacare meltdown, except that it is inexorably progressing. I note that one of the sources I have used for biographies on my knowledge base makes a great deal of John F. Kennedy. Apparently in the eyes of some, his assassination elevated him to martyrdom. Yech. I don't think he was all that much of a saint, either personally or politically.
Posted By Confutus
Every day, there is more bad news indicating that ObamaCare is a terrible law, one that would be repealed if it were a well- intentioned mistake. A mistake it may be, but the Democratic leadership is so convinced of its own virtuous intentions and moral superiority that it can ignore such minor considerations as the fact that it had to lie to get the act passed in the first place, it can pass and keep it in place without Republican help or input, that the act is technically, economically, and actuarially unsound to the point that those whose insurance is being cancelled outnumber those who are being enrolled by at least ten to one, and that its poisonous unpopularity is beginning to threaten the whole progressive liberal agenda and the slender majority the Democratic party now enjoys. 5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me. 6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land; 7 And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil. 8 I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free. 9 Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn. 10 Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil. (Doctrine and Covenants 98:5-10) The United States government is in a state similar to that described at one point in the Book of Mormon: Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills— Helaman 7:5 There is little enough that I can do about this, except write about it, and raise my voice in protest.



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