Thursday, August 16, 2018
Why Homo Sapiens survived the Ice Age
Cro-Magnon’s Shamans were Women
HOMO SAPIENS & SHAMANISM IN THE CAVES, WOMB-MEMORY & FEMALE SHA-WOMEN
DAVID LEWIS-WILLIAMS, THE MIND IN THE CAVE, 2004-2016
David Lewis-Williams makes a basic mistake by projecting the male-dominated shamanism of the modern world as observed in the 20th century onto the West-European Cro-Magnon's society, forgetting to ask the simple question of the gender division of labor in this society.
Cro-Magnon is spiritually dominated by the women who have the future of the species and its expansion in their own hands due to the frail and dependent kids they deliver. This is proved by the handprints or hand stencils in the very caves Lewis-Williams studies, Lascaux for one.
His retrospective method makes him commit a major mistake: you must study the society you are considering before imposing some - in this case, Marxian - reading filter onto its reality. The crucial dimension of Cro-Magnon's society, and in fact of Homo Sapiens since their emergence 300,000 years ago is to produce enough children to expand the species and guarantee the migrations inscribed in the social tradition even of their ancestors, Homo Erectus for example, and their cousins evolving from Homo Erectus, Neanderthals in the Middle East and Denisovans in northern Central Asia.
It is a mistake not to see the phylogeny of the species that started even before this species evolved. 70,000 years ago and the cognitive revolution of Harari is a misunderstanding of this very phylogeny of our species.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
L'avenir monte toujours de la terre
3 visages mais 6 femmes et 4 hommes
JAFAR PANAHI — THREE FACES — TROIS VISAGES — SE ROKH — 2018
Un film surprenant. Un film iranien sur le sort des femmes, et plutôt des filles, dans les villages éloignés des grandes villes. Et j’ai bien dit « le sort » car c’est vu comme une véritable malédiction imposée par des siècles de tradition. Ici le village parle turc et ne parle pas bien le farsi — le perse si vous préférez. La seule économie est l’agriculture et l’élevage dans une zone de montagne à première vue plutôt aride ou semi-aride. […]
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Enjoy the music in these pictures
MOSCOU DESERVES ACCORDION MUSIC
DOMI EMORINE – ROMAN JBANOV – DUO PARIS MOSCOU – FRANCK ANGELIS – 2018
ROMAN JBANOV – FANTAISIES
RUSSES – 1999
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Trans is sweet Human is hot
Kurzweil & Harari versus Hawkins & Lanier
From Delirium Sapiens To Delirium Deus
four men – and no women – but a crucial stake in the heart of our vampiric
future history. Ray Kurzweil, the dystopic businessman. Yuval Noah Harari, the
self-proclaimed Biblical prophet of the next apocalypse. Jeff Hawkins, the
neurobiologist in continuation of Bertrand Russell. Jaron Lanier, the musician
turned computer scientist. From the superficiality of transhumanism to the
depth of human creativity.
is yours. Enjoy it.
some fruit juice along in case you might get slightly thirsty for relief and
escape. Transhumanism is a dystopia but in no way a curse or our fate. We
can control the future.
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
No Hope With No American President
Security = Fascistic Terrorism
– YOU ARE WANTED – SE²ASONS 1 & 2 – 2017-2018
This series is a prodigy of clairvoyance and
perspicacity. It has to do with terrorism and the Americans who want to control
the whole world in the name of their war on terrorism. But this series is German
and the German point of view is a lot more subtle and cruel to the American
security, spying and terrorizing services than the standard Hollywood servicing
of federal security agencies. […]
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Jaroussky is a Sacred Monster
This opera is a real myth. It depicts Rome under
Emperor Nero, married to Ottavia who means in no way love but only politics and
business. Nero is very young still and has the psyche of a lascivious
lubricious teenager. What’s more, he
never takes NO for an answer and considers what he wants is the law of the
realm, and certainly not the reverse. […]
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Sentimental, emotional, superficial
ANDRÉ ACIMAN – LUCA GUADAGNINO – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – 2017
First of all, beware of the fact that the film uses three languages, English, Italian and French. The French is hard to follow but yet from what I can hear it is some French. The Italian is for me an opera language and the Italian in this film does not have that music, a lot flatter. The English is standard American English and all foreign languages, I mean non-English languages are subtitled in English, still standard American English, what they call mid-Atlantic English.
Second, this film is an adaptation of the eponymous novel but it cuts off all the last part, after the phone call on Hanukah, the phone call being identified as being on Hanukah, which is from a Jew to a Jew a very cruel present, since the phone call tells Elio that the unforgettable affair he had with Oliver is not only finished but it has no hope for no future since Oliver is getting married. The point is not even that they were lovers, even friends should not behave like that. Friendship should have no end, but too often it does. And when the two friends are lovers, gay lovers mind you, that makes things a little bit tricky, but there are some more decent ways. In this case, Oliver is gross and cruel, “crudel” as they say in so many Italian operas.
Third, the cutting off of the last part of the novel gives no future to Elio and we cannot know anything and of course, it makes the story a soap opera more than a real-life adventure. The last part showed that this affair had irreversible consequences for Elio. In the film, we assume it will. But the novel also made Elio meet Oliver again many years later in the USA on Oliver’s campus. And that is a profound ending that demonstrates how impossible it is to forget what happens to you at 17 and for a young adult what happens to you with a 17-year old boy, who should have known better: just the evasive eyes of Oliver when the train is leaving. He had already closed the chapter. Not so easy in the novel (more about it at https://medium.com/@JacquesCoulardeau/call-me-by-no-name-at-all-868045313037). There might be some hope after all.
But fifth, we miss the main conclusion of Elio’s at the end of the novel:
“You are the only person I’d like to say goodbye to when I die because only then will this thing I call my life make any sense. And if I should hear that you died, my life as I know it, the me who is speaking with you now, will cease to exist. Sometimes I have this awful picture of waking up in our house in B. and, looking out to the sea, hearing the news from the waves themselves, He died last night. We missed out on so much. It was a coma. Tomorrow I go back to my coma, and you to yours. Pardon, I didn’t mean to offend – I am sure yours is no coma.”
I said hope, yes but for Elio, because Oliver’s response is ethically and empathetically disquieting:
The film then is beautiful all along, though slightly more discreet about the real sex and going on the bike on the following morning but it remains very sentimental and superficial. Such a friendship, especially if love is added, between a younger man and a slightly (or much) older man raises many questions about the effects on both men and what such a friendship or an affair can enable both men to do that they couldn’t have done before, but also what it can block that could have been brought to life. And I am not only speaking of girls and women, marriage or not marriage.
I like the film but I am frustrated and I find it too emotional for a soft-hearted audience.