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The paisley teardrop: eternally chic


On the AW15/16 runways it featured prominently in Burberry Prorsum print dresses, on a wonderful Mary Katrantzou purple kick-flare skirt and also appears on Masscob’s print dresses and Rockins scarves.  260 more words


Historical alternatives to the 10 commandments for Atheists

Alternatives to the 10 Commandments:

If you want to follow an ethical code, you could draw one from philosophy or make up your own. (Christians pick and choose verses to follow, and how to interpret them anyway.) But let’s quickly prove there is nothing special about the 10 commandments. 443 more words

Why did Xenophanes condemn Homer and Hesiod?

Xenophanes is well-known for having condemned the human image of the gods, saying that Thracians picture their gods as white with ruddy hair and Ethiopians as black with snub noses, and that if animals could sculpt, their gods would have animal form. 624 more words

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Man is the Pasture of Being, Part 2: Sky Burial, Mostly Persian

This blog post is a preliminary sketch of what and when medieval Western Europe (hereafter, for simplicity’s sake, “medieval” or “medieval people”) would have known about funerary practices of exposing bodies to be eaten by dogs or birds (i.e., “sky burial”). 2,927 more words


Current projects--And the odd ways of cats

There are always a hundred ideas or more in my brain on what to write, but of course organizing and writing anything is a slow process. 183 more words


How did Judaism outlive its Afro-Asiatic neighbors?

One thing that’s always puzzled me is how Judaism managed to outlive its Mediterranean neighbors. The only other religion that managed to survive from antiquity is Zoroastrianism. 1,168 more words