Art of Wondering

One man's attempt to lead an enriched life in a mundane world.

Seek, Discover, Soar!

The world can easily beat you into dull submission if you let it. The constant exposure and focus on stupidities and senseless distractions doesn’t advance life in any meaningful way. It deters us from growth, improvement and happiness. In the blink of an eye years have passed, nothing has changed, joy evades us.

Discover an alternate road to living. Make a conscious decision to seek another avenue. Put down the social media distractions; curtail the numbness of television; operate outside the soulless day-to-day grind. 

Find your passion, your purpose, your joy.     Embrace the Art of Wondering.

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Enshrine Stupidity – The Path To Civilization Destruction

I read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead twenty-four years ago in 2000.  It was recommended to me by someone at a business conference. We were asked to bring something to the conference that appealed and spoke to us, and which had a positive impact on our lives.  I brought James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh as a representation of a piece of literature that influenced me quite a bit at the time.  Someone at my table […]

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My First Sculpture – Wings

In early spring 2007 I took a 3-part class in Sculpting from Matt Weir at Bernheim Forest – Clermont, KY. I never really pursued much in the way of artistic activities except drawing when I was a kid/teenager. But at age 47 I had admired stone sculptures for awhile and wondered about attempting it myself. I didn’t know how to go about achieving it though. Then along came this class offered by Bernheim – so

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Unrequited Love . . .

Through most of my adult life I’ve been obsessed with unrequited love. Ask me not why or how, for I know not.  I simply, and continually, engage in repetitive fantasies of potential love ‘lost’ to my utter lack of confidence and prowess. Potential life partners, soul mates, lovers . . . . lost to hope and stupid, naive dreams. In my early- to mid-adulthood at some point I realized that my “love” was more adolescent

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Scientism – Science as a Religion

Science began with the Sumerians (c4100-1750 BCE), Babylonians (c2000 – 200 BCE) and Greeks (c500 BC – 170 AD). They accounted for wondrous observations and theories that to us seem utterly incredible for “ancient” civilizations. These treasures of knowledge and discovery were snuffed out by the dark ages in Europe (c500 – 1000 AD) due to the rise and dominance of Roman Catholicism. Science lay dormant for centuries until its revival by the scholars of

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Claude Debussy – Reverie

And . . . as an immediate and natural follow-up to Clair de Lune, I must also mention Claude Debussy’s “Reverie” as another incredible piece of musical genius. It was wonderfully used in the Westworld series, which I greatly enjoyed!I  Love, Love , Love it! Live in absolute beauty. Live an aesthetic life. Absorb yourself in satiating joy! Carpe diem my friends! Featured image by the author, James L. Patterson (Princess Arch, Red River Gorge, Kentucky)

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My Wife Is Wonderful!

My wife is incredible! We always celebrate our anniversary with a nice card and perhaps something nice regarding a gift and/or event.  It seems that our ongoing theme is one of “adventure.”  Take note of the beautiful card she gifted me this year!  What do we mean by “adventure?” We don’t climb mountains. We don’t sail in a yacht around the world. We don’t skydive. We don’t kayak. We don’t submarine to the bottom of

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How many fingers am I holding up?

I typically intend to ease myself into a particular topic with some kind of introductory or basic/essential post regarding a normative – yet questioning – commentary. Along those lines, I haven’t yet posted much with regards to the “Liberty & Freedom” category thus far . . . realizing it is a far more challenging arena for indoctrinated “normies” and therefore saving it for later. Yet, I find myself not able to wait to share this

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Emma Hewitt – Colours

While listening to a few of my chill/trance/dream-pop Pandora stations recently an artist started appearing that I hadn’t previously heard before: Emma Hewitt. I’m not sure why her songs weren’t included in those genre playlists years ago (her “Burn the Sky Down” album was released in 2012). Her music and heavenly vocals exude a wonderful haunting beauty.  I recently purchased her CD (yes, I’m old school) but had to resort to ordering one from Australia

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How To Raise Incredible Kids

Spoiled, unruly, undisciplined, rude, intolerant, impatient, disrespectful, lazy, incompetent, irresponsible, crappy kids become spoiled, unruly, undisciplined, rude, intolerant, impatient, disrespectful, lazy, incompetent, irresponsible, crappy adults.  Is that what you want as a parent? If you live a default, mundane life without intent and focused direction – as a parent – that is exactly what you will reap. My wife and I have two incredible kids! They are . . . Educated. Intelligent. Competent. Responsible. Socially

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Specialization vs. Generalization

What is generalization? From ancient Greece and Rome up through Medieval times the most respected intellectuals of the time (by our standards) were the writers, poets, artists, philosophers and architects. Their education, as best we can tell, consisted of a very generalized approach with broad primary topics of the Trivium (grammar, logic, rhetoric) and Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy). The brightest and best minds (arguably of all time) came from this generalized education. Their

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The Knowledge Filter

One of the first things you need to understand as you wade your way into the rabbit hole of Alternative Ancient History (Alt. History) is to understand that there exists a barricade to discovery and academic progress within orthodox academia. It’s a direct result of dogmatic (normal science/history) paradigms. It’s called the Knowledge Filter. To my knowledge, the term was coined by Michael A. Cremo, co-author of “Forbidden Archaeology: The Hidden History of the Human

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Edgar Allan Poe

After watching the movie “The Pale Blue Eye” this evening, I’m reminded of my long time admiration (and sometimes obsession) with Edgar Allan Poe. Unusual as it may be, my initial exposure to E. A. Poe was long ago when I was a lad of only 17 years of age. At that magical time I was made aware of an album by Alan Parsons titled “Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Edgar Allan Poe” – Parson’s

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Ancient History

It’s time for me to begin writing about a subject for which I have a great passion, but have not heretofore mentioned – – – Ancient History. No, I’m not going to bore you with archaeological information regarding an inventory of Tutankhamun’s underwear or tens-of-thousands of meaningless (so-called “contextual”) pottery shards. Rather than over-specializing and sharing the inconsequential and relatively meaningless evidence, I’ll be focusing on some outright in-your-face anomalistic evidence that blows the orthodox

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Independent Thinking

There’s a form of thinking that I feel we would all benefit from throughout our lives. I refer to it as Independent Thinking (or Free-Thinking).   Some of the major features of this approach are: An unquenchable thirst for knowledge and Truth – regardless of where it leads. Deciding to think outside the norm, beyond what the herd “thinks.” Understanding that the Mainstream (Corporate) Media are pushing propagandist narratives/spin and have zero concern with Truth

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Start Now!

I spent an unnecessary portion of my life mired in a lack of confidence, indecision and procrastination. Once I got into my mid- to late-30s and into my 40s I started my road to self-discovery, questioning everything, and realizing I was letting others (and myself) manipulate me into a spongy state of limbo-life —- a chaotic pinball bouncing from one bumper to another, aimlessly ricocheting through life with no clear direction. The books I began

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Knowledge of our ignorance

The more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know – or at least, cannot be certain. Those that spout certainty cannot possibly hold enough knowledge to even pretend to be aware of their profound ignorance. “The more we learn about the world, and the deeper our learning, the more conscious, specific, and articulate will be our knowledge of what we do not know, our knowledge of our ignorance. For this, indeed, is the

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Intelligence isn’t knowing everything . . .

“You must always be willing to truly consider evidence that contradicts your beliefs, and admit the possibility that you may be wrong. Intelligence isn’t knowing everything, it’s the ability to challenge everything you know.” — Unknown I’m unsure who this quote can be attributed to, but it’s a powerful statement. For those of us truth-seeking individuals, we need to actively look for evidence that blows our foundational beliefs out of the water. Present me with

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The Law of Attraction

In 2006 a DVD was released called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I’m not even sure how I became aware of this video, but at some point that year I bought and watched it  – –  several times. This was my mid-forties (age-wise) and fairly close to my initial uber-launch of seeking, discovering and growing.  I still have the DVD in my library and re-watch it periodically for inspiration and re-affirmation. The world inundates you

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Porter Garden Telescope – The Perfect Blend of Art and Science

In July 2015 while perusing the gorgeous entries of exquisite cars in the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance in Lexington, Kentucky, I came across a vendor’s booth that housed a phenomenal piece of scientific and artistic apparatus called the “Porter Garden Telescope.” I was smitten! I spoke with Russ Schleipman who was tied to the formal business venture called Telescopes of Vermont.  He explained to me that several decades ago his father Fred discovered the Porter Garden

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Beauty – Music from the movie A.I. (Artificial Intellegence)

I have a tendency to re-watch movies that resonate with me – those that seem to speak to my soul, whether due to its storytelling, music, theme/subject, philosophy, cinematography, or all of it rolled into one. Recently I watched A.I. – Artificial Intelligence again (for an unknown _th viewing), and of course, was moved by the story and it’s wonderful film score by John Williams. And in this current time of unfolding AI the movie

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Truth & Reality

I previously wrote a brief article regarding Reality but for this entry I want to delve a bit deeper into what I’m really after when I speak of “Truth” and/or “Reality.”  Starting in my late-30s I began a road to discovery (both internal and external). I began to question, to wonder, to investigate. Much of it had to do with the wonders of nature, the universe, science, history, philosophy, and cultural norms, but it also

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Skepticism or Pseudoskepticism?

Science and our understanding of how nature works has always been an evolving process over the centuries. Even with the frustrations of paradigm science and the attempts to drag orthodoxy begrudgingly along to adopt new solid discoveries & theories, progress is eventually made. As we humans continue to seek and discover newfound knowledge, there is always a blockade to progress presented by those who call themselves Skeptics but actuality are Pseudoskeptics These enforcers of the

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Cause & Effect (Causality/Causation)

I was going to make a simple post about the basic concept of Cause & Effect (also referred to as “Causation” and/or “Causality“).  My intent was more-or-less a common-sense discussion of how decisions (individual and/or social/political) affect results. Yet, when you attempt to search online for topics related to any of these terms, there’s a myriad of hyper-academic papers and incoherent intelli-talk about a myriad of nonsensical details. All of it so complex and disconnected

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Critical Thinking

We all think. But do we think well? Accurately? Proficiently? Correctly? Astutely? Properly? Objectively? In all actuality most of us barely operate at anything above basic knee-jerk emotional responses. Psychologists and philosophers would consider it something akin to unconscious thought. I wouldn’t even agree that it should be called “thinking.” A more accurate name for it would be “GarbageThink.” It’s fraught with errors, biases, prejudices, unfounded beliefs, stupid assumptions, educational/cultural indoctrination & peer pressure, as

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Onus of the Burden of Proof

When it comes to intellectual argument and debate, there’s a philosophical concept known as the “Burden of Proof” that should (when observed properly) direct the debate at hand.  Argument is truth-seeking and is concerned with leading us to hold true and accurate beliefs/assumptions – and therefore rejecting false beliefs. Lazy thinking and sloppy argumentative technique usually rule the day however. If you have any concern for Proper Thinking you’ll want to understand this often-misapplied concept.

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Personal Responsibility

I was fairly lazy in my youth. Sure, I did pretty well in high-school (3.5 GPA or there-abouts), but engineering school in college (University of Lousville Speed Scientific School) was the first life challenge I failed – – very definitively. My first semester was tough but I did well enough. My second 15-credit-hour semester was more than I could handle. Depression, fear and procrastination sunk me. One C, three D’s and two F’s. Flunkee. College

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What is Success? Wealth? Prosperity?

I became interested with “success” when I was about thirty years old. I had been working at GE for about 10 years, and bounced from one salaried position to another to keep one step ahead of CEO Jack Welch’s annual 5-10% mandatory headcount reductions. The positives of my time escaping the pink slips? I remained employed during my total of eleven years there before leaving of my own accord. I broadened my experience as I

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Dispatches From Elsewhere

A fascinating limited television series launched at the beginning of March 2020 titled Dispatches From Elsewhere. It consisted of ten episodes and aired on AMC weekly on Mondays until the end of April. The show was produced by Jason Segel and featured four primary characters who all lead lives of various levels of mundaneness, fears, challenges, distractions and lack of direction. Sounds a bit like most of the population, doesn’t it?  These individuals – Peter,

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Scientific “Correctness” vs. Scientific Progress

I came across the following brief 8-minute video and accompanying article shortly after my last post on Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.  The writer does a very good job of eloquently explaining how scientific “correctness” impedes scientific progress, thereby dovetailing and supporting the very behaviors (and dangers/risks) that are outlined in Kuhn’s book. In this context “scientific correctness” refers to the scientific establishment’s adherence to the dominant paradigms at the exclusion of all other

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – Thomas Kuhn (Science Doesn’t Work The Way You Think It Does)

How does the general public think Science operates? How is it performed? How does it progress? How do working scientists assist and enable progression into revised and new theories over time? The Misconception Most laity and fans of science typically think of science this way: It’s an objective search for truth and reality of all things in nature and the universe. It adheres strictly to the Scientific Method and yields results leading to welcomed changes,

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Total Solar Eclipse – August 2017

Since I just posted about this week’s Lunar Eclipse, I may as well also post about our 2017 Total Solar Eclipse experience. The United States was treated to a rare opportunity to see a total solar eclipse as it traveled across the continent on August 21, 2017. I promised myself when I was a kid while watching the 1970 eclipse on TV, that I would make a point of directly experiencing the totality of the

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Total Lunar Eclipse – January 2019

Sunday night January 20, 2019 we were treated to relatively clear skies in Louisville, KY for a total lunar eclipse.  I stepped outside into the frigid cold before midnight to have a look just prior to, and into the time of totality.  What a beautiful red hue this magical orb took on! It was called a “super blood wolf moon eclipse.” I don’t yet have my recently-purchased (used) Meade LX200 Classic 10-inch telescope up and

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W. Barry Bizot, M.D. – Modern Renaissance Man

Recently, while reading the local newspaper’s obituaries I came across an entry for a certain W. Barry Bizot, M.D. I didn’t know Mr. Bizot, but his obit touched my soul with who he was, and what he represented. His life resonated with me. Mr. Bizot was a modern day Renaissance Man. His obit writer even noted him as such. I only wish I could have known this individual; to have befriended him and been inspired

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