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Do Anglo-Saxons Have a Genetic Defect?
War, destruction, self-directed genocide – Anglo-Saxon countries have a mental problem. 

What in the world is wrong with the United States, United Kingdom, and other anglo dominated countries?   We seem to have a death wish.  Perpetual war for decades, now on the verge of a head-to-head battle with a powerful nuclear armed country.  We also are aware of, but doing nothing about global climate ecocide.  What gives? 

The underlying paradigm of our “group think” is that of a population that has lost left/right brain hemispheric balance.  All the symptoms are there.  We have lost our moral compass, our spiritual base and connection with nature and one another.  Chris Hedges says the following bout the U.S., referring to what he calls “junk politics”.  However I believe this can be extrapolated to “junk culture”, “junk society”,  and “junk think” in general.  Here is his description: 

“But the second result of junk politics is more insidious. It solidifies the cult of the self, the amoral belief that we have the right to do anything, to betray and destroy anyone, to get what we want. The cult of the self fosters a psychopathic cruelty, a culture built not on empathy, the common good and self-sacrifice but on unbridled narcissism and vengeance. It celebrates, as mass media does, superficial charm, grandiosity and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation; a penchant for lying, deception and manipulation; and an inability to feel guilt or remorse. This is the dark ethic of corporate culture, celebrated by the entertainment industry, academia and social media.”

Sounds like something right out of the writings of Iain McGilchrist, i.e., the symptoms of left brain dominance. Those with Anglo-Saxon genetic material just may have a built-in biased towards allowing the left brain to gain dominance over the right.   It will be fatal unless we can orchestrate a systemic shift in our cognitive paradigm. 

Chris Hedges: America’s Theater of the Absurd
Adagio “Flow Machine” byline  has been changed to “The Peace Machine”.  
From the nation that gave us the U.S. “War Machine” gives birth to its opposite, “The Peace Machine”.  Aggressive nations throughout history know that to manufacture consent of its citizenry for war, it must first ID the “enemy”, then the targeted “enemy” is dehumanized as something “other”, sub-human, horrible and evil.  The Right Brain Hemisphere  (RH) only knows connection and commonality, not separation, so of course cannot even fathom the idea of war.  The U.S. has managed to almost totally make the LH dominant in our country, which allows it to manipulate us into accepting its many wars without question.  Recent events reflect that people in government can’t even mention the idea of peace without considerable blowback.    See the “Peace Machine” menu selection for more information. 

A New Music Cinema Piece, by JR Wilson

 

” New Music Cinema” – a new genre

JR Wilson’s recent works don’t fit any existing genre, so he has created a new one called “New Music Cinema”.  It is characterized by music that is acousmatic, and video that has characteristics of a cinema production.  The visuals are typically abstract in nature, and the music often has a new music/contemporary aesthetic.  
 
 

Virtual Performance 

The COVID pandemic has altered the way artists and performers reach their audience.  Large gatherings like concerts, art shows, and stage performances were not only discouraged, but more often than not, illegal!  Although we can expect some return to normalcy as the infection rate drops, we are most likely faced with a “new normal” in the arts.  Many opera companies, for example, especially those that maintained expensive brick-and-mortar offices and stage, went under.  Venues have been forced to close their doors, many permanently.  Virtual performance, such as virtual opera, may be the answer!

MORE HERE ABOUT VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE

Dr. McGilchrist Applies his L/R Brain Theory Directly to Today's Chaotic World

Dr. McGilchrist raises the alarm – we are in trouble.  The world, in particular the Western world, has become too left-brain dominant and become dangerously imbalanced.

 

Iain McGilchrist has a New Book Out!

Jonathan Gaisman provides a REVIEW  of “The Matter With Things”

EXCERPT:

“The world only exists for us inasmuch as we perceive it. We do so as embodied human beings, in particular through our minds. But clinical evidence shows that our divided brains offer two completely different ways of experiencing the world. The left hemisphere analyses lifeless parts; the right synthesises the living Gestalt whole. The right perceives the real landscape; the left constructs an artificial map. The right encounters the new, and is the hemisphere of music, poetry, humour and irony. The left is comfortable with categories, labels, the literal and the familiar. The two hemispheres constantly intercommunicate; however, since many aspects of language preferentially engage the left hemisphere, our modern, overwhelmingly verbalised existence promotes left-brain dominance. Yet countless studies demonstrate that in many areas the left hemisphere is obtuse, overconfident, fantastical and wrong. The right hemisphere, once misnamed the silent hemisphere, is better at understanding the world, whereas the left seeks to manipulate it. Self-validating left-brain modes of thought continually push us in the wrong direction, towards the hall of mirrors in which we now exist.”

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