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psychedelic mushrooms and the origins of santa claus

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THE IMAGE OF SANTA CLAUS in a sleigh pulled by flying rein­deer that al­lows him to visit bil­lions of house­holds around the globe in a single night is usu­ally taken for granted. It is so much a part of “tra­di­tional” western pop cul­ture that San­ta’s origins—especially the mag­ical parts—are rarely con­sid­ered by most people. [Continue reading]

except for the masks, everything appeared relatively normal

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I DID SOME SHOPPING YESTERDAY, mostly for food. I also hit the li­brary along the way, using curb­side pick-up for items I had or­dered on­line. I picked up a few books (in­cluding Steven Pinker’s The Sense Of Style – The Thinking Per­son’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Cen­tury and Norman Spin­rad’s Green­house Summer. [Continue reading]

that’s what I’ve been telling people for fifty years!

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NOAM CHOMSKY HAD AN INTERVIEW sched­uled with Anand Girid­haradas for The.Ink web­site. While each in­ter­view promises the po­ten­tial of unique an­swers and even the pos­si­bility of new thoughts, de­pending on the in­ter­viewer, Chomsky pre­pared some notes to make cer­tain he men­tioned cer­tain points. [Continue reading]