Edward Hicks Peaceable Kingdom of the Branch, oil on canvas, c. 1826–1830. Reynolda House Museum of American Art
“Pythagorean Journal” has been down for well over a week, in fact it briefly disappeared from the internet altogether. I have now restored the entire site, including all of the old posts and images. Thanks for your patience.
In light of (yet another) recent mass shooting, Charles’ last post, from two years ago, is still relevant.
Why People Kill
By Charles Vaclavik
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The United States is obsessed with mass murders by gunmen armed to the teeth, particularly after the slaughter in Newtown, Connecticut. We wonder why a man would shoot his mother, then go into an elementary school and shoot twenty first-graders and six of their female teachers. It is customary to blame mental illness for the catastrophe; however, other people kill all the time and most are not considered mentally compromised. Over 11,000 Americans are killed by guns every year. If we give the length of the War in Viet Nam as 10 years, from the time of the joint resolution by the United States Congress, The Southeast Asia Resolution (Gulf of Tonkin Resolution) passed on August 7, 1964 to the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, and count the total number of American troops who died in the war as 58,282, that gives approximately 5,828 deaths per year, half of what American gunmen are killing of American civilians each year. Continue reading
By Charles Vaclavik
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This American sitcom purported to address this subject in a somewhat different manner
I am now faced with the conclusion reached by a national political party that life begins at conception rather than at birth. This means that I should be celebrating my date of conception or zygote creation, rather than my date of liberation from the womb, essentially putting the date that I was created at December 18, 1939, that is 38 weeks before my birth, give or take a week. During some portion of this period of time, from the incubation of my 2 cell existence to my trillion cell existence, my brain began to develop. With no memory, gestation is essentially equivalent to a hardware factory (my mother’s uterus) creating a computer before any software is inserted, except for the disc operating system (DOS). Beginning at my birth, we can surmise, as I am plunged into the cruel, cold world to have a continuous stream of software being inserted over the next 21 years, and I am able to stand alone and function independently of my parents, memory is added that makes me a distinct person. Therefore, we must ask if that newborn baby, with no memory, has been a person before memory has begun to develop in its neurons and brain cells. Continue reading
The following is excerpted from The Origin of Christianity: The Pacifism, Communalism and Vegetarianism of Primitive Christianity, by Charles Vaclavik
The little that is known of the man Pythagoras comes from his disciples, for all that he wrote, which is attested to have been three books, is lost. Yet enough survives to give us a generally well documented life, considering the fact that he lived over 2,500 years ago. He was a well educated man: he possessed a more advanced education and had more supplementary, extensive experience than any other individual of his day. He studied under the greatest minds in Greece, Egypt and Persia; he spoke at least two languages: Greek and Egyptian; he traveled and lived in both Egypt and Babylon (present day Iraq); he was an accomplished musician and developed a theory of music that is corroborated by modern physics; he returned to his native land with medicinal therapies that could define him as a physician; he was an accomplished mathematician and brought to ancient Greece the Persian theory that is now attributed to him, that the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. When he returned to Greece at the end of his studies, he was approximately 56 years old. He was such an authority on so many areas of knowledge, that few who heard him speak could deny his pre-eminence. He advocated at the center of his doctrine: pacifism, communalism and vegetarianism. Continue reading
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Recently, physicians have been pondering the quandary of dissemination of cancer by human intervention and have devised studies to determine whether our fears are justified. With the discovery of Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) technology, it has been determined that biopsies and surgery do dislodge cells from a tumor and precipitate their dissemination with resultant implantation of metastatic tumors elsewhere throughout the body. Continue reading
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The public domain art / photos in the banner are (from left to right) are:
1. Pythagoras in the famous painting “the School of Athens”.
2. Bust of Pythagoras in the Capitoline Museums in Rome.
3. The painting “Pythagoreans celebrate sunrise” by Fyodor Bronnikov.
4. Hypatia, a 19th century photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron, the model is Marie Spartali.
5. Mary Tynderson in the title role of “Hypatia”, a production circa 1900.
I could have been more creative, I suppose, but just wanted something reasonably attractive and that would be in the public domain.