World historian William McNeill argued that humans had evolved for synchronous ritual: dancing, chanting, marching in time. The anthropological data seem to support this. For example, researchers recently found that Sufis engaged in the dhikr, […]
A few of these paintings have appeared on this blog before, especially as cover images to snippets from my urban fantasy novel, and for good reason. The works of Malaysian cover artist Qistina Khalidah, AKA […]
Akex Grey, Andrey Remnev, Aykut Aydogdu, Francesco Hayez, Lynn Nguyen, Max Ernst
Slovenian illustrator and concept artist Valentina Remenar likes to paint beautiful people in fantastic and colorful settings. Find more on her website.
The eminent neuroscientist Jaak Panskepp, who pioneered the study of emotion in mammals, is famous for, among other things, tickling rats in the lab to make them laugh, but his work wasn’t a joke. He […]
Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) was a Dutch-born British artist who became one of the wealthiest painters of the 19th century. A talented marketer as well as painter, he anglicized his name from Laurens to Lawrence so […]
Most of us have had the experience, probably quite recently, of scrolling through literally hundreds of movies on Netflix and not being able to find a single thing. Last night I ended up switching to […]
It’s not a secret. But it’s not something I bring up regularly either. I suppose I was a victim, although I don’t think of myself that way. All of it — the sickness, the lies, […]