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    I'm really interesting in human ethology. It isn't a popular field of study because, I think, people don't get that humans really are animals, and if they do, it's only an intellectual idea, not something that affects their perception.

    I used to be really really into parapsychology, which is the scientific study of psychic phenomenon.

    When I was younger, I was really interested in ancient cultures and architecture, and was trying to develop a theory that the "gods" of these cultures and religions were actual extraterrestrial. I still kind of believe it, but it's not as immediately important.

    I've started taking up Copperplate calligraphy, too. It's beautiful.

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    I do the map thing too - I stare at them imagining what the places must be like, but I also get a kick out of looking at the spatial relationships between places, for example, realizing how far east South America lies, and that if you were to go directly south from where I am now in the Florida panhandle, you'd end up in the Pacific.

    Genealogy - I've always been into finding out where mah people are from. Probably because I feel like I have no tangible interesting culture to participate in (yeah, I belong to a culture, but it's not distinctive enough/too pervasive to be fun), so I'm trying to ascertain some sort of group identification through the past. Doing the research is fun because it's like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle - it helps to be good at imagining migration/lifeway scenarios.

    Trying to discern the atmosphere of a place when I go on trips. I like to listen to mountain music when I'm on a trip in the Appalachians, for example.

    Theories of perception, especially relating to culture (Dr. Roy Wagner can take you on that trip).

    Trying to study my own culture anthropologically.

    Studying the personalities of artists and musicians - sometimes the personalities intrigue me more than what they make.

    When I take photos, I like looking for compositional "structure" in wierd places. It's hard for me to record even mundane events photographically without getting all hung up on composition.


    God, there's probably millions more.

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    My U.S./Canada life list of bird sightings is now at 371 species.
    (And note I keep a list because it's that important to me!)

    My favorite family of birds are the wood warblers, although on a different note, I'd love to see a puffin one day.

    I really enjoy photography, and would like to get as many photos of songbirds/birds in general before they start going extinct.

    I have other hobbies/interests, but this is probably the most unique.
    "...On and on and on and on he strode, far out over the sands, singing wildly to the sea, crying to greet the advent of the life that had cried to him." - James Joyce

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    I haven't finished a book in years.
    It's true.

    I read. I read for maybe 3 pages and am satisfied with what I've learned, or frustrated that the book does not elaborate on what I want to explore.
    So I put the book down, and approach my computer. And I look up the answer, and suddenly, I find that I've left one topic to explore another.

    And all the while, my book lies, open, face down to the page I last looked.
    And all the while, I miss out on the end of the book. But I got so much tangential knowledge.

    This makes me esoteric. Unfortunately for the masses, they cannot reap what they have sown by providing me with this information because of my esoterica.

    I have made myself into an engima. This is unfavorable.
    The knowledge is no doubt correct, but external validation is unavailable to someone like me. Someone who's interests aren't necessarily fleeting, just not directly in line with what's presented.

    I prefer to ask questions than to receive a lecture.
    But the questions I ask go unanswered, and much of what I want to know is illegal knowledge.
    For example nuclear properties. It is actually literally illegal to talk about these things in public. Because they're scary.
    Other things are not illegal, but only sensitive. People don't like to talk about it.
    Or perhaps someone doesn't know how to answer the question, but hates to leave me hanging.
    But I don't want to know any less just because the answers are unavailable.
    Hence frustration and subsequent belligerence and prodding. But that's a story for another time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colmena View Post
    Here's a great review of Spirit of The Beehive.
    Imagine, Colmena, that I no more appreciate the Spirit of the Beehive anymore than you appreciate Wind in the Willows. And teach me how to experience the Spirit of the Beehive.

    After all, you can't be understood without understanding the Spirit of the Beehive, anymore than I can be understood without understanding Wind in the Willows.

    So do give me the key to the door of the Spirit of the Beehive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Imagine, Colmena, that I no more appreciate the Spirit of the Beehive anymore than you appreciate Wind in the Willows. And teach me how to experience the Spirit of the Beehive.

    After all, you can't be understood without understanding the Spirit of the Beehive, anymore than I can be understood without understanding Wind in the Willows.

    So do give me the key to the door of the Spirit of the Beehive.
    I've thought about this before, and have yet to come to an answer I'm happy with.

    So I will just read it. And I have begun. I like this line best so far

    Jumping off all his four legs at once, in the joy of living and the delight of spring without its cleaning
    I think they both require regression. A reminder that we are still children.
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    -What are you talking about?
    -Endymion, my dear. A beautiful youth possessed by the moon.
    -Well, forget about him and get to bed.
    -Yes, my dear.

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    Music:
    Death / Black / Thrash Metal, Classical, Ambient, folk music. I like separating their layers and arranging them back together to try to understand why the artist chose to produce their art that way. I enjoy figuring out time signatures, inexplicit/subtle? motifs and how the piece effects me both rationally and emotionally.
    I may be bested in battle, but I shall never be defeated.

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    I'm not sure that it's so uncommon, but I do like traveling down random paths and roads I haven't been through before.

    I've also considered taking up some kind of entomological hobby; it would probably focus on ants, since I've forged such an irrevocable connection with them over the years. But that's just considering.

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    Etymology...

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    Chesterton wrote a story about a club with an exclusive ( "esoteric" ? ) membership. To be a member, one had to have invented the means by which one made a living, and not simply plugged in to an existing industry, or a variation of such. I'm writing a story now that features a club inspired by this, where one must have an "esoteric" obsession.

    Here's Chesterton's story.
    The Club of Queer Trades, by Gilbert K. Chesterton. Read it now for Free! (Homepage)
    "The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
    Reichsfuhrer Herman Goering at the Nuremburg trials.

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