Another person living on the street is beaten by citizens.
There's a lesson in it: When the state is not unjust ...
... the people are obliged to do injustice with their own hands.
Exactly what he means by 'mind reading' is hard to say, but, being a scientist it is probably approximately literal rather than with a side of woo-woo spiritualism.
Paul Gaugin, Where do we come from? What Are We? Where Are We Going? 1897:
The painting above figures centrally (as it were) in Edward Wilson's ‘The Social Conquest of Earth’ (which contains several footnotes pointing to Steven Mithen). Wilson calls it Gauguin's 'master work' and maybe it is - it is a huge canvas and perhaps cannot be appreciated on the Internet.
Edward Wilson manages to make his science look murky, his athiesm insincere, and his art appreciation superficial - these appearances may lead to unjust conclusions but I have no way of getting through or around them.
I prefer Gaugin's nudes. It's in the expressive eyes. Grant you, a theory I have heard of cognitively links breasts & nipples with eyes. Some little boys just never grow up eh?
The energy of Voina & Pussy Riot describes some kind of arc - U-shaped or ∩-shaped remains to be seen. Madonna (aka Louise Ciccone, born 1958, age 55; 'ciccione in Italian is 'fat person') is neither mentioned nor pictured to avoid the temptation of jumping to conclusions.
"Anyone can become a member of Pussy Riot, including any one of you. The only thing you have to do is be passionate about politics, make up a song, record that song, find a place, put on a mask and perform. Anybody can be Pussy Riot." (From Vice News.)
World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland:
One good thing that can be said about Barack Obama is that he has not had his picture taken with Klaus Schwab (as far as I can determine from the Internet). As for "Committed to improving the state of the world," - except as a play on 'state' it ain't hap'nin'.
What Steven Mithen says above about the modern mind seems to me to apply more to city than country folk.
Which segues (if you permit it) into a few lines of Blake on the flyleaf of Northrop Frye's 'The Double Vision':
Momma don' allow no eutrapely 'round here!
For some (almost certainly unjustified) reason I was offended when I came across a reference to 'Musselmen' early on in Will Self's 'Umbrella'. I skipped around a bit in his book after that - the last dozen pages seem powerful - but I soon put it down and have not picked it up again. I'll take it back to the library and before long it will be forgotten.
Looked at another way, being transformed to Muselmann could be like ... pneumonia 'the old person's friend' ... and not the worst after all ...
... stay tuned gentle reader, feels like I'm gettin' there.
Yesterday was Yatemim's birthday.
I sat on the bench smoking, wishing her well.