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Why does Astrology Work? Scientists have made some discoveries.

Dear Prof Marvel,

Y’know, Velikovsky got the big picture right but erred on some of the details.

The Learned Scholars who want his name to be forgotten use only his errors to discredit his theory. Shame on them!

Sad to say, his supporters sometimes overlook his larger errors, boosting only his accurate predictions and leaving themselves open to justified criticism. What gives here? Does balance mean fact v. fiction or do we achieve our aims by shaping the debate toward the side with the biggest Charitable Foundation?

Can the problem be a fundamentally flawed education system where open-minded, educated people are forced to use the same methods and tools to promote theories that are highly probable while the skilled miscreants discredit original but disruptive hypotheses with the very same methods turned to an evil purpose? You are well aware that a lot of intelligent college graduates never heard of Velikovsky while they were getting their book-larnin’ and only found out about him later in life from a magazine article, a public lecture or purely by chance. Thus, the question arises: who’s winning the battle for the minds of America? Could it be that the miscreants and evildoers have the upper hand because they are willing to manipulate the methods, protocols and definitions of professional science while the useful idiots can only see them as the infallible tautologies of the system? It’s a strong possibility and one you should entertain. What are my qualifications to speak to this subject? I am entirely neutral because I saw college as a way for alpha males to meet captivating coeds and thus got everything as agreed and then some. Q.E.D.

Thus, we come on to this very pesky topic. Does astrology have a basis in science? People who have been schooled by the Teaching Profession have a tendency to get quite angry when friends wonder out loud if the fact that astrology seems to work sometimes might have some basis in observable events and be vulnerable to the experimental rigors of Professional Science. When Maurice Cotterell found that there was a periodicity to solar magnetic fluxes that seemed to coincide with historical events and stock market crashes, the Professionally Educated Elite wouldn’t even acknowledge the free copies of his book he sent them for review. He gave them a golden opportunity to blast his thesis right out of the water but they wouldn’t even open his book. Sounds a little like what the Professionally Educated Science Teachers did to Velikovsky, doesn’t it? As far as I know, serious Professionally Educated Science Teachers assign the very persuasive data that Cotterell has collected and analyzed to the same class of scholarship as the sexy science fiction sometimes found in barber shops. As to the work of John Henry Nelson, the situation is even worse. His discoveries about the probable applicability of natal charts to some kind of scientific prediction about the course of a human life was a complete accident, like so many great discoveries are. He did not want the notoriety and was innocent of any organized view on the subject of astrology before his data showed incontrovertibly that it has a scientific basis. Too bad for the professional scientists and their evil intentions. Did they review his data and blast him out of the water for chicanery? How could they; his data is solid and convincing. So they fell back on the widely accepted tools of professional science, to wit, ridicule and suppression. Problem solved and case closed. The majority of professionally-trained scientists have only one comment when the subject of astrology comes up. Perhaps you have said these words yourself. “You aren’t telling me you believe [in] that crap, are you?” If the gadfly persists and says, “could you describe what ‘crap’ you are referring to?”, there is elicited only a shrug of disgust. That’s professional science, folks!

So, take a gander at this [below] and, if you want to, just ignore the Gypsy Fortuneteller Parts, religiously stick to the Professional Science Parts and then tell me what you think. Not looking at the data is not a science-based option, as you know. I’m guessing that this will be new to you since I am almost certain that you are unaware of the work of Nelson, Cotterell, Seymour and the others because you are prohibited by your training from inquiring into “all that crap”. By the way, a high-falutin’ friend of mine always refers to it as “dreck” which he says means, “something toxic to the brain” and he would know.

I think if there is an underlying problem between professional astrologers and professional teachers, it is this: even a tipsy Gypsy would not give a moldy fig for a profound Professor’s deepest thoughts but will invariably require a gift of silver in exchange for her incisive insights into his knotty, personal problems, or no deal, Bub!

Read on, Professor! [Please visit the website shown below and acquaint yourself with the scholarly work going on in astrology that will never win a Nobel Prize just due to plain old bigotry. —Ed.]

Why Astrology Works
by Jackie Slevin

Ed. N.: Jackie Slevin, M.A., C.A. NCGR is Co-Director of Education of The National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) and Dean of the forthcoming NCGR online education program. A professional teacher, lecturer and consultant, her articles on astrology have been published internationally. This article was first published in Réalta (February 1999, Issue 5.1), the journal of The Irish Astrological Association.

Since prehistoric times, humankind has attempted to fathom its earthly experience. Their first gesture toward this understanding may well have been a cave dweller lifting his or her eyes toward the heavens in wonder and speculation of forthcoming events. The sky could tell stories, it held omens. It foretold weather conditions which in turn affected travel, hunting and agriculture. Daylight and darkness were measured by the rise and fall of those two majestic objects, the Sun and the Moon. The ancients used the sky as their blueprint for action. The so-called “Wise People” [Ph. D.’s?] were those who made a thorough study of the patterns of planets and stars, and observed how to use them as signposts. Observations were made regarding how Mother Nature mirrored events in the heavens. Shellfish activity and the rhythms of the tides coincided with phases of the moon. Seafaring peoples, lacking compasses, used the North Star and other constellations for navigation. The Egyptians repeatedly observed that the Nile flooded every time the star Sirius rose with the Sun. The clockwork that the ancients observed in the sky shaped and defined their annual calendars. Moreover, this time-honored system of celestial phenomenon worked.

But how did it work? What was the direct correlation between earth and sky? If astronomy was the study of planets and stars, then astrology fell under the definition given to it by transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was, simply, “astronomy applied to the affairs of men.”

British astronomer Percy Seymour wrote a startling book entitled Astrology, the Evidence of Science, which states that certain predictions made from horoscopes can be explained logically and tested scientifically. He has wagered his professional standing by espousing such a theory and, as a result, endured much criticism. The science of astrology is no stranger to intolerant criticism and has been often considered a laughing matter. Rob Hand, astrologer, author and co-founder of Astrolabe, claims that “The way the media deal with astrology is to put on the laugh track.” [1]

Seymour has earned master’s and doctoral degrees in astrophysics and has served as senior lecturer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. He is currently principal lecturer in astronomy at the Plymouth Polytechnic Institute in southwest England and director of the planetarium there. “Of course I expected people to take objection to my theory,” Seymour concedes, “but I didn’t expect the reaction to be so vehement and irrational. Some of my colleagues here at the Polytechnic and at the Royal Astronomical Society simply dismiss the idea without reading the book or even looking at the evidence. Meanwhile, many other scientists, even respected scientists, have evoked the cosmos-the theories that are a little short of bizarre-to explain the extinction of the dinosaurs, or what have you. That’s all right. But proppose a theory about astrology and people assume you’re mad.” [2]

Seymour himself looked askance at astrology until 1984 when a BBC crew interviewed him briefly on his opinion of astrology. His reply, which was standard on the question, was that he “knew of evidence to support certain aspects of it, but that I personally could not think of any mechanism to explain how the planets, the sun, and the moon might affect human life.” [3] He then began to seriously rethink his pat answer to this perpetual question and discovered the mechanism that could serve as the missing link between the cosmos and humans. His theory of astrology now is plain and simple: “…astrology is not mystical or magical but magnetic. It can be explained by the tumultuous activity of the sun, churned to a lather by the motions of the planets, borne earthward on the solar wind, and perceived by us via the earth’s magnetic field while we grow inside our mother’s wombs.” [4]

The initial evidence of validity of astrology that Seymour embraced was the work of Michel Gauquelin, a French psychologist/statistician, whose rigorous method of testing astrology was the show that the placement of the planets in the horoscope is more conclusive overall than the actual Sun sign. In other words, the components are more important than the sum of their parts. In 1951, armed with the birth data of 576 French doctors where selected to the Academie de Medecine, Gauquelin made significant progress in his research. “Having (painfully) worked out by hand the position of the planets at the hour of birth of each doctor, I made a statistical compilation of my findings. Suddenly, I was presented with an extraordinary fact. My doctors were not born under the same skies as the common run of humanity. They had chosen to come into the world much more often during roughly the two hours following the rise and culmination of two planets, Mars and Saturn. Moreover, they tended to ‘avoid’ being born following the rise and culmination fo the planet Jupiter. After such a long and fruitless search, here I was, confronted with not one but three astonishing results – all from observing the daily movement of the planets.” [5]

Gauquelin tested this new method further by subjecting to the same scrutiny the charts of 508 doctors who had not yet been elected to the Academie de Medecine. “I calculated the positions of Mars and Saturn. Once again, my doctors ‘chose’ the rise and culmination of these planets for coming into the world. Once again, they ‘avoided’ being born when Jupiter was moving through this sector of the sky.” [6] The Gauquelin sector is specifically referring to is the quadrant of the horoscope which extends from the 10th house though the 12th.

Gauquelin’s discovery led to more research on yet another theory of “planetary heredity,” a point which bears resemblance to Seymour’s theory that astrology is “…perceived by us via the earth’s magnetic field while we grow inside our mother’s wombs.” Sixteen years and over 30,000 charts later, Gauquelin published his results in the book L’Hérédité Planétaire: “Children have tendency to be born when a planet has just risen or culminated, if that same planet was in the same regions of the sky at the birth of their parents. Certainly, it is not a very pronounced tendency; yet bearing in mind the great number of births examined, the probability that chance should have produced so many planetary similarities from one generation to the next falls less than a million to one.” [7]

Thus, Gauquelin refuted Kepler who, in 1598, tried to convince others of his own theory of astral heredity: “Behold the kinships of births. You have a conjunction Sun-Mercury; so has your son; you both have Mercury behind the Sun. You have a trine from Saturn to the Moon, he has almost a Moon-Saturn sextile. Your Venus and his are in opposition…” [8] Kepler could only put forth simplistic propositions because he lacked access to the thousands of birth times that Gauquelin was able to procure.

In discovering his mechanism to explain how the planets, the Sun, and the Moon might affect human life, Seymour claims that Gauquelin’s results on planetary heredity “are the most important of all of his findings, as far as my theory is concerned. This is because they are based on objectively measurable quantities, like planetary positions and birth times, as opposed to personality traits. They also indicate quite clearly that a physical agency is involved. . .I knew that Gauquelin found the effects he saw to be exaggerated on days with lots of magnetic disturbance, and that seemed very important to me, so I got cracking on it.” [9]

Magnetic disturbances are the key to providing the ancient axiom “as above, so below” for disturbance creates perceptible action, which, in turn, can be observed and analyzed. After all, Seymour’s theory of how astrology works is based on magnetism. They way a womb might perceive magnetic stimulus is through the nervous system. In the same way that a baby resembles his parents in terms of physical characteristics, so its magnetic antennae is similarly wired, and resonates to the mother and/or father’s same magnetic frequencies. Seymour reminds us that the very earth itself is a magnet, surrounded by a magnetic field that is 20 to 30 times larger than the actual planet. Therefore, magnetic attractions, or “disturbances,” are keenly absorbed. When a baby is ready to be born, it is a magnetic signal from a planet, received by the nervous antennae in the mother’s womb, that triggers the actual moment of birth. “Astrology. . .has put the cart before the horse by crediting the planets with the power to predict personality. For Seymour feels certain it is the genes that set the personality on course and the genes that determine which planetary signal will herald the individual’s birth. Astrology merely labels what nature has already ordained, but the effects that astrology describes are not trivial by any means, nor are they limited to the first moments of life.” [10]

What is curious about Seymour’s theory of magnetism is that, although he fully acknowledges sunspots, solar prominences, solar flares and solar winds, he never mentions the work of the patriarch of sunspot research, John H. Nelson. An amateur astronomer since boyhood and radio operator for RCA Communications, Nelson pioneered solar research and forecasting through over 25 years of rigorous experimentation. In 1946 he was given the title “Short- wave Radio Propagation Analyst,” and began a course of scientific observation, the results of which ended in unexpected controversy. “We have come to realize that the Sun is doing something to the planets, or the planets are doing something to the Sun that the presently recognized laws of science cannot explain. Though sunspots have never been completely understood, I found, through careful observation, that they are predictable. Why the predictions come true is not readily apparent. When future amateurs or scientists find a scientific explanation for what is taking place in the solar system, on the Sun and in the ionosphere of the Earth, we can take the subject out of the occult and assign it a scientific basis. I am confident this will be done someday.” [11]

The Chinese have been recording sunspots since ancient times, but it was the Renaissance scientist Galileo Galilei who, after viewing them with this homemade telescope, reported them to scholars in sixteenth century Italy. Scholars at this time were connected to the Catholic Church, whose strict dogmas did not allow for much free thinking. The Church doctrine on the Sun and planets was based on Aristotle, who stated that the Sun was perfect and free of any blemishes whatsoever. After repeatedly insisting that the Sun did show black spots on its surface periodically, Galileo incurred such fundamentalist wrath he was informed that, unless he rescinded his statement, he would be punished by torture. Following exasperation and anguish, Galileo finally retracted his statement, but is said to have muttered under his breath immediately afterwards, “but I did see them.” [12]

Nelson then doggedly pursued his method of experimentation. RCA constructed a solar map on which Nelson could record sunspots, after observing then with a telescope, just as Galileo did. With this map he was able to make drawings of the sunspots and place then in their proper position on the Sun. At first, research with these maps confirmed that radio frequency requirements would vary according to the number of spots from week to week, and even in some cases day to day. It was also discovered that some types of spots had more influence than others. This information enabled Nelson to develop a system of forecasting frequency changing times on a daily basis. “This added to our efficiency in the handling of messages, because less time would be lost during what are known as ‘frequency transition periods’. During normal conditions, it would be about two hours earlier and, during above normal conditions it could be about two hours later. Knowing ahead of time when to change was of value in both the saving of time and the saving of power.

“Getting to understand sunspots in relation to good and bad signals was much more difficult. I mapped and analyzed sunspots for about a year before I dared to try my hand at forecasting what they were going to do to the signals. Progress was made, however, during the winter of 1947-48 when I fastened a solar map on a drawing board and recorded the position of all sunspots each day that the signals were in trouble. After a few months, this map became covered with sunspots but distinctly showed a concentration of spots in one particular area of the sun’s surface. This indicated to me that spots in this area were the ones causing our troubles.” [13]

What yet proved to be intriguing was that each spot had its own “personality.” Some spots made trouble with radio signal qualities whereas other spots “behaved well.” Nelson could find no logical reason for this. what Nelson could pinpoint after years of research was that sunspots operate in a cycle of 11 years and correlated with such events as the Sun conjunct or opposite Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and the earth.

Years after this monumental research had been well established, Nelson decided to find out more about the mysterious subject of astrology. He attended astrological meetings in New York and, afterward, decided to keep away from it, stating that ” What I have seen in their books is that astrology is a very difficult subject and frankly, I have enough to do in my own specialty.” [14] After one meeting, two astrologers approached him and asked for his birth data, saying they wanted to make predictions for him. “In my business, predicting magnetic storms, I know I can make predictions either forward or backward in time. If for instance, someone asked me to tell them what magnetic conditions were on September 4, 1918, I could analyze the planetary positions on that day and tell them what it was like with considerable confidence. I reasoned that astrologers should be able to do the same thing with their data.” [15] Nelson decided on a retroactive reading, asking each astrologer to tell him what he was doing on a particular date two years prior at 12:30 PM EST. Three months later, he received a report from each astrologer with a detailed analysis of the date. “They were both right, in fact, embarrassingly accurate. It is beyond my comprehension how they could have done this by simply comparing the position of the planets on the day that I was born with the position of the planets on the day that they analyzed. They astrologers themselves have no logical explanation either. This puts them in the same boat with the astronomers who cannot tell why sunspots change polarity each cycle and change latitude as the cycle changes. And, I find myself in a similar situation because I have no reason for the correlation that I have seen for many years between the position of the planets and the behavior of short-wave radio signals.” [16]

It is now time for the media to take off the laugh track on the subject of astrology. “A 1988 survey from the National Science Foundation found that 38 percent believed astrology to be ‘very scientific’ or ‘sort of scientific.’ Six percent confessed to changing their plans to fit their horoscope…” [17] The pioneering work of John H. Nelson and the recent theory of Percy Seymour have modern scientists poised to alter their entire perspective on the celestial mechanics of the universe. If the so-called arcane axiom “as above, so below” can be formulated into a rational, proven scientific theory, then the age-old profession of astrology will have its principles vindicated, and the global population will join in comprehending the words of thirteenth century philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas, “The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sublunar world.”


[1] Patricia King, in Newsweek, January 15, 1990. « Text
[2] Sobel, Dava, “Dr. Zodiac,” in Omni, December, 1989, pp.63-64. « Text
[3] Ibid., p. 64. « Text
[4] Ibid. « Text
[5] Michel Gauquelin, Birthtimes, Hill and Wang, New York, 1983, p. 21. « Text
[6] Ibid., p. 26. « Text
[7] Ibid., p. 43. « Text
[8] Ibid., p. 39. « Text
[9] Sobel, Dava, “Dr. Zodiac,” in Omni, December 1989, p. 66. « Text
[10] Ibid., p. 68. « Text
[11] John H. Nelson, The Propagation Wizard’s Handbook, 73 Inc., Peterborough, NH 1978, p. viii. « Text
[12] Ibid., p. 7. « Text
[13] Ibid., pp. 20-21. « Text
[14] Ibid., p. 84. « Text
[15] Ibid., p. 85. « Text
[16] Ibid., pp.86-87. « Text
[17] Patricia King, in Newsweek, Jan 15, 1990. « Text

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The Best Iced (or Hot) Tea Recipe on the Planet

One True Iced (or Hot) Tea Beverage that I recommend.

If you follow the recipe exactly, I guarantee you will be inspired to write more posts for this informative and useful website.

​​You will find this recipe elsewhere on the website because I posted it twice. —DrP.

Arne’s Family Tea™

Arne Torvaldsen’s™ Original Old Family Recipe for a Restorative Tea

In the Wintertime it is served like Hot Apple Cider or a Hot Buttered Rum.
In the Summer when the mint is fresh, it is served out of doors with ice.

If you want to buy the Commercial Version, the producer must meet the standards set out below so you can be sure of what you’re getting. Some people like to do it themselves and it’s not that hard, even Grandma Torvaldsen can do it if someone else will make the ice. The recipe shown below is missing a key ingredient so we can keep the secret. If you want the key ingredient, just drop Perpetual Applications a line or an email and they will send you enough for 4 batches at a very reasonable price with shipping and handling. Some people will do without for reasons of economy and more power to ‘em, I say!

Favorite Tea of Rute Knocknee™ and other Landed Hyperboreans™

The Base is Your Favorite Tea (see below for specifics)
add freshly squeezed juice of one half a lemon
add one half teaspoon of dull vitamin C crystals (Trader Joe’s)
add enough raw honey to neutralize the sourness
add a pinch of sea salt from Brittany
add two sprigs of fresh mint from near the faucet (crushed)
add a dash or two of Angostura bitters (recipe is a secret) or
Recipes you can substitute:

Jerry Thomas’ Decanter Bitters Recipe
(Bottle and serve in pony-glass) Take ¼ pound of raisins (golden are best) 2 ounces of cinnamon (Zeylanicum vera is best) 1 ounce of snake-root (has other names) 1 lemon and 1 orange cut in slices (grapefruit is also good) 1 ounce of cloves (don’t be tempted to use oil) 1 ounce of allspice
Not part of Jerry’s recipe: 1 handful Norway spruce needles (Picea abies)
Place in decanter, cover ingredients with the best rum you can afford and wait long enough for All to become One

The anchor recipe created by Paracelsus is good too and is everywhere used in Europe.
It is made the same way as Jerry’s except the medium is either aquavit or Polish plum brandy.
10 gm. aloe
5 gm. myrrh
0.2 gm. Saffron 10 gm. Senna leaves 10 gm. Camphor**(natural, white) 10 gm. Rhubarb roots 10 gm. Manna (not sure what this is but it might be mannose from Brazil) 10 gm. Theriac Venezian 5 gm. Carline Thistle roots 10 gm. Angelica roots 10 gm. Zedoary roots

Choice of tea to use.
Of course, you own favorite tea is a good place to start, but if you want to follow in the Torvaldsens’ footsteps, you will surely experiment with their favorite which is Tieguanyin tea, carried on small horses, overland from far beyond the Realm of the Gobi Sand Mignons. If the tea cask is empty and the Torvaldsens have to scrounge, any Ceylon Black tea will do almost as well and probably no one will notice (except Grandma Torvaldsen). Since the premium cinnamon you want comes from Ceylon too, there might be a connection there, Arne doesn’t know.

The bitters is made on an alcoholic base and adds a bit of something the teetotalers would rather avoid, but if you wait until they go, you can add some triple sec and some rum or whiskey without exceeding the Torvaldsens’ moral compass. The bitters is just there for the flavor and a modicum of stimulation although Jerry serves it as if it were a liqueur. There are some bitters recipes from Eastern Europe that are positively nasty but these two are very pleasant and have a good effect on the soma as well as the psyche. There’s one also from Canada, but is is so mild it will never get you a date. Grandma Torvaldsen thinks it tastes like string beans and she would know.

The Arne Torvaldsen™ Brand is (of course) a trademark © copyrighted according to the prevailing standards and licensed to Perpetual Applications for all time or as long as the quarters keep dropping into the meter anyway. Arne’s brother Arvid is a sad case. When he was a kid he raided the cookie jar and look where it led him. When the party’s ended, he’s always under the table snoring like a reindeer in rut. Don’t be like him, will you? [Perpetual Applications informs me that they are as yet unready to provide the Secret Ingredient because the only one who has the combo to the safe is on assignment. Stay tuned. —DrP.]


Soil Health

[I hope you will visit Dr. Foster’s website and download his books. The management would appreciate a small donation to help defray expenses, but don’t hold back! —DrP.]

Dr. Harold Foster was able to establish little known links between human health and disease and the environment. He was able to make such associations with the aid of a great deal of original research, which demonstrates clearly that location frequently plays a crucial role in disease incidence and mortality. This appears true of a wide variety of diseases and disorders, including cancer, heart disease, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, stroke and diabetes mellitus. Dr. Foster examined the possible links between disease and natural and man-made environmental factors by identifying the medical significance of climate, geology, geochemistry (including bulk and trace elements) and soils. These factors, together with genetic, lifestyle and medical variables are combined to support the ‘health field concept’ of disease.

His pioneering work is used today through the Harold Foster Foundation to identify the key causal variables in disorders as different as breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. The Foundation educates our partners on how to modify their environment in order to reduce the incidence of disease and that a geographical perspective may often even assist in treatment.

The Harold Foster Foundation will continue the pioneering work of medical geography. The Foundation provides the knowledge essential for students, researchers and teachers in traditional, complimentary and alternative medicine and everyone concerned with the relationship between health and the environment. Dr. Harold Foster examined the links between disease and natural and man-made environmental factors, addressing the medical significance of climate, geology, geochemistry, and soils, along with genetic, lifestyle, and medical variables.

Dr. Foster’s flagship product is called Replenish+ and can be found via his website. I have no financial interest in Dr. Foster’s products but I do wish to see his ideas widely disseminated, especially among narrow-minded Geographers who need an airing-out. —DrP.

Submitted on 2012/06/20 at 5:36 pm | In reply to Brett Morson.

Dear Brett,

If I understand you correctly, you are asking if my thesis has been peer reviewed (in academic terminology). Is that right?

If so, my response is that I have consulted my peers and they are reluctant to review the material inasmuch as it flies in the face of their professional certainty. When Dr. Denis Burkitt reported that 12 disease entities were resolved by the simple addition of soluble fibre to the diet, he was accused of insulting his learned colleagues who insisted that such a nostrum was impossible! They could not imagine a world where the prescription for diverticulitis would be, “add extra bran to your oatmeal every morning and call me in two weeks…” Similarly, in recent experience with gastric bypass surgery, several distinct disease entities have been resolved in very short order. What is the effect of this surgery? The patient ends up with considerably less food being absorbed into his system. In other words, a surgical version of dietary restriction (as proposed by Prof Roy Walford of UCLA) works!

In another situation that bears on this question, an Australian Public Health M.D. named Archie Kalokerinos was called as an expert witness in a battered child case. He had discovered that cot death often follows vaccination when the child is deficient in vitamins, especially vitamin C. By prescribing vitamins to expectant mothers and then to newborns, the rate of cot deaths in his practice dropped virtually to zero. When he offered his testimony to the court as an expert witness, he was challenged by the county prosecutor and his testimony refused because the medical profession, admittedly, didn’t accept Dr. Kalokerinos’ findings and refused to acknowledge that he had saved scores if not 100′s of lives. In short, how could he represent himself as “an expert” when none of his colleagues agreed with him? Fortunately, the weight of evidence finally proved that the battered child had been suffering from undiagnosed latent scurvy and hadn’t been battered at all! Has this changed the attitude of the profession? Hardly.

Anyway, thanks for your interest; I hope I addressed what you were driving at, but if not, get back to me and I’ll try again.
Yours in crystal clarity,


A Man of Hunza

Food for Thought: NIA’s Mark P. Mattson on Neurodegeneration

The Benefits of Table Sugar [sucrose] and HFCS [corn sugar]

On Jun 8, 2012, at 10:40 AM, Professor Marvel wrote:

DrP. There must be some benefit to the sucrose when you need rapid energy and can get the calories from it. It seems to me that if you are burning up the energy, that it cannot be totally a poison. [Professor] Marvel

AskDrPangloss June 8, 2012 2:18 PM

Dear Prof Marvel,

There certainly is a value to cane, beet and corn sugar…it generates huge fortunes for the dealers some of whom support well-known politicians in a very high style, indeed, according to Harper’s Magazine and other sources. When you add to that the old, well-established practice of using enslaved workers as field hands on the plantations to maximize revenues, you open up another can of worms. But, let’s save that one for later.

[Other sources]

There was a large distillery in Beverly, Mass in the 18th Century that produced more rum than any other locality in the world. It used sugar by-products from the Caribbean and The South to produce booze in barrels which were sent Out West to induce the Indians to give up their hereditary land and become degenerate bums, dependent on the charity of strangers. For some reason, this is glossed over in the Social Studies textbooks. After the same fashion, try and find out anything about hemp textiles from 1600 to 1937 (when hemp was cleverly banned with a Federal tax) in those same scholarly, complete and All-American textbooks. It kinda makes one suspect that the Information Management Professionals (IMPs) might potentially be fiddling with our education establishment, doesn’t it? Naaah…can’t be. Do I need to mention that N. Tesla was proscribed and purged from all science and physics textbooks by Professional Educators and that Maj. General Smedley Butler is never-ever mentioned anywhere at all? [Some Un-American agitator republished his book some years ago and it’s still hard to find today.] But I digress…

So, you can argue all you want with science, Professor, but you won’t win. Think of dietary sugar as a high-performance fuel additive not as a fuel. If you provide too high a proportion of additive in the fuel lines, you’ll soon burn out the engine. Scientists are perfectly well aware that the body has no trouble turning poached salmon and broccoli with hollandaise into blood sugar so why bump in sucrose and fructose to boot? As to “quick energy”, when was the last time you ran away from a sabre-toothed tiger? The strain of a sudden sprint on your system is dissipated after the crisis is over unless you are hopping-up your system day after day for a quick escape that rarely happens. Then the damage from rapid metabolism accumulates, especially in the scorbutic brain. Did you ever stop to wonder why oldsters go all foggy, especially the lifelong lovers of bran muffins? Brain burnout is largely due to advanced glycation end products, abnormal glycolysated proteins, tangles and amyloid and neuritic plaques in which sugars have an important role to play. Ask any biochemist. And, that’s only the beginning of the oxidative stress promoted by hyperglycemia. The IMPs can fiddle with the textbooks all they want but the scientists still manage to get their story out to the General Public.

As to the toxic effects, there are several. First and foremost, internal combustion [metabolism] creates free radicals and they tend to degrade tissue which must be repaired and the errant radicals neutralized. Sucrose is a disaccharide and needs to be broken down so it will be compatible with body chemistry; that process requires inputs from in vivo resources and a surfeit of sucrose consumes them inordinately. They must be replaced or other reactions will go short and so incomplete reactions proliferate into a cascade because the body is trying to deal with all the sugar. The B vitamins are also depleted in the metabolic process that converts table sugar into energy and structures. It’s a war and there are always casualties due to short supplies. Ask your assistant to obtain a copy of this poster from Roche [link below]…it’s free. It shows how sugars and other items are incorporated into the chemistry of the body. If you don’t want to bother ordering one, there’s an online version that works o.k. but it’s no good for lectures. Too fussy.

ExPASy – Biochemical Pathways

The Biochemical Pathway posters are available as paper copy from Roche. Please do NOT email ExPASy staff with enquiries on this subject. … You can also access the individual images by clicking in a reduced image of an entire section of the wall chart.
Metabolic Pathways Poster/Chart

Remember that Saccharopleonectic™ Theory posits that about half the available blood sugar was continuously converted into vitamin C in the original human design. Now 100% of the blood sugar is available for quick energy, adipose tissue formation, oxidative stressing and hyper-charging the brain which prefers ketone bodies for its metabolic functions. Have you really read my book?



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Ketone bodies – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ketone bodies are three water-soluble compounds that are produced as by-products when fatty acids are broken down for energy in the liver. Two of the three are used as a source of energy in the heart and brain while the third is a waste product excreted from the body. In the brain, they are a …

I hope you are well and the family is still cooperating,


x ________________________________\+++/______________________________ x

Dear Prof Marvel,

No, I didn’t write the discussion [below] but I heard the author deliver a lecture at a conference and talked to her afterwards. Her analysis is very clever and touches on many of the endocrine issues but, did you see any mention of the seminal work of Prof Wells back in ’95? She refers to vitamin C only as an adjuvant to tryptophan conversion and that’s it! No mention of its role in preventing insulin ‘spikes and crashes’ and the subsequent heavy cravings for ‘something cold’ (a milkshake, maybe, or a half gallon of ice cream?).

By excluding pertinent details, she gives a misleading picture of the problem and makes it seem like there are plenty of people who can eat a rowboatload of sugar without adverse effects. Of course, most will say, “It doesn’t affect me that way…” Otherwise, it is, as you say, a perfect explanation.

She does make one really salient point and that is that sugar isn’t simply craved because it brings comfort and feelings of home and childhood, rather, there are biochemical triggers that encourage Saccharonexia™ (sugar greed). Do you recall when you said you believed that young sailors took up smoking because it was ‘cool’ and made them feel like ‘grown-ups’. While that is certainly a widely-held belief, taken as much on faith as science, it is far from the whole story. Cigarets are comprised of sugar, tobacco phyto-chemicals (nicotine etc.) and up to 600 other ingredients reported to the FTC by the cigaret manufacturers*. These chemicals have a profound effect on an endocrine system made flaccid by faulty food and sub-clinical scurvy at home, during childhood while mommy is rustling up some pork belly an’ grits on the O’Keefe and Merritt. When a sailor smokes a cigaret (once he gets the coughing under control by not hot-boxing the fag) the feeling is quite euphoric and pleasant. His endocrine system is getting a charge of stimulation and waking up from a slumber of many years. Hot-dog! If you don’t believe me, buy some NICORETTES® and suck on one; as a non-smoker, you’ll get an immediate feeling of well-being. If you chew vigorously and swallow frequently, it might make you sick, so be careful if you decide to prove me wrong. Give the rest of the box to the wool-gatherers.


Best wishes and happy sailing…

P.S. A whole generation lost its teeth and needed dentures. It was the Hungry Generation who got penny candy when there was no food in the house. Things improved when they discovered cigarets.

BONUS: Success is a mind game; follow the rules, go forth, and shine brilliantly. Sugar doesn’t help, it hinders.


Who wrote the longer discussion [below]? Was it you, Doctor? It is fairly well a perfect answer.

On 6/6/2012 5:56 PM, AskDrPangloss wrote:
> Dear Prof Marvel,
> The science has now become a deluge and it is still being ignored by board certified geriatricians. Is the situation hopeless? Not to me it’s not. I am delighted to see that serious professionals are studying Saccharopleonexia™ even if it is the affliction that has (as yet) no [official] name.

> Do sugar cravings have you by the neck?
> Insulin resistance
> Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
> Most women I talk with at the clinic and in my personal life have experienced sugar cravings, no matter what time of year — or time of the month. Whether it’s having a taste for something sweet after dinner each night or speeding to your local supermarket for the biggest bag of Swedish Fish you can buy, I know craving sugar can be a powerful urge. And the disappointing truth is that once we start to include sugar into our daily routine, it becomes more and more difficult to stop.
> As humans we’ve evolved to appreciate the instant energy sugar provides us, but food is a highly emotional topic, especially when it comes to sweets. We often associate sweet foods with love and acceptance, and scientists have looked at our brain chemistry to understand how food can directly affect our “feel-good” neurotransmitters like serotonin. There are many other physical causes for sugar cravings, too, like hormonal fluctuations, intestinal yeast, and stress, to name a few.
> Pre-tox before you party
> Sugary treats are almost always available at parties and special events, as well as other celebratory hazards that can disrupt even the healthiest lifestyle. If you’re planning to celebrate, there are some simple steps to take before you indulge to help pre-tox your system, and keep you feeling energetic and healthy. To see Marcelle’s favorite four “pre-tox” tips,
> please click here1.
> Sadly, we’ve been told for far too long that indulging in sweets is connected with a lack of [will power] or some other character flaw. This is just not true! Craving sugar is not simply about willpower, nor is it simply about emotions. There may be several underlying physiologic causes feeding your desire for sugar, and it may take some perspective and investigation to get to the bottom of it. Let’s take a closer look at what might be behind your sugar cravings and how you can develop a healthy, loving relationship with sweets.
> Why does sugar feel so good?
> There is so much contributing to the positive feelings we associate with sugar. For many of us, the smell of homemade cookies or a cake fresh out of the oven reminds us of our childhoods, evoking fond memories of past holidays, birthdays, or special occasions. Others remember being rewarded with candy or other sugary delights when they did something “good.”
> These positive associations are deeply ingrained in our brains. I once had a patient named Jillian who broke down into tears when I suggested she cut sugar from her diet for a week — it was as if I was taking away her most intimate friend! But the more research I did, the more it made sense. Our brains “reward” us by releasing serotonin and beta-endorphins when we eat sugar or other refined carbohydrates that are easily converted to glucose (the simplest sugar). The release of these mood-enhancing neurotransmitters explains in part why Jillian and many other patients of mine feel such an intense emotional connection to sugar.
> Let’s look at serotonin. Serotonin has many responsibilities in our bodies, but overall, it is best known as the neurotransmitter that makes us feel good. Neurotransmitters act by sending messages from the nervous system to the rest of the body, and serotonin levels are what several antidepressants manipulate to improve mood and anxiety. Made from the essential amino acid tryptophan, serotonin’s roots are in protein. So what does sugar have to do with it? The reason sugar can lead to increased serotonin in the brain has to do with insulin. I’ll explain this in more detail below, but the bottom line is that we need insulin to help tryptophan get into the brain so it can produce serotonin. And sugar — or any carbohydrate for that matter — causes us to release insulin. Refined carbohydrates, such as sugar, white bread, pasta and white rice, lead to a more intense insulin surge than do complex carbohydrates like vegetables and whole grains.
> Beta-endorphin is another neurotransmitter we release when eating sweets or refined carbohydrates. This is the neurotransmitter typically associated with a “runner’s high” because it acts as a natural painkiller, produces a sense of well-being, increases self-esteem, and settles anxiety. Our brains naturally release beta-endorphin when we are in any kind of physical pain — and when we eat sugar.
> It’s no wonder sugar feels so good! Physiologically, sugar “feeds” our brains with two neurotransmitters that send positive messages to the rest of the body. The problem is that the lift we experience after a can of soda, a bowl of noodles, or a chocolate chip cookie doesn’t last very long, and eating these foods, especially without combining them with some protein, can set us up for cyclical cravings. We will find ourselves wanting more and more.
> Is sugar addictive?
> So many of my patients ask whether sugar is truly addicting, but the answer differs depending on the individual. Sugar certainly can be addictive, but this is more of a problem for some women than others, because we all have different levels of neurotransmitters and receptors in our brains. These levels vary and change over time depending upon our genetics and lifestyle — what we eat, drink and feel; where we are hormonally; whether we exercise; how well we sleep; and so on. Some practitioners believe that a portion of the population is “sugar-sensitive.” These individuals may be operating with naturally lower levels of serotonin and beta-endorphin, leaving them more vulnerable to sugar cravings.
> Any time the body is running low on a neurotransmitter, the brain tries to catch up by opening up more receptors for this neurotransmitter, essentially to increase the odds of a connection. You can think of it in terms of supply and demand: when there’s less of something available, the demand for it goes up. With so many open receptors, if a sugar-sensitive person does have sugar, alcohol, or anything that causes a release of serotonin or beta-endorphin, it intensifies the resulting sugar “high.” This in turn can lead to more cravings.
> Some of my patients have experienced withdrawal symptoms when they stop eating sugar. This makes sense because when we’re eating large amounts of sugar at regular intervals, the brain becomes accustomed to frequent beta-endorphin bursts, and when we take them away, it naturally wants more. This, like withdrawal from a caffeine habit or drug addiction, can lead to headaches, shakiness, nausea, fatigue, and even depression.
> Your body needs carbohydrates
> It may be tempting for women who feel they have a problem with sugar to simply cut out all carbohydrates. But an all-or-nothing approach just isn’t healthy — it takes all four food groups to regulate insulin and quell sugar cravings. Here is an explanation for why.
> Whenever we eat foods that contain complex carbohydrates, our bodies convert them into a simple sugar known as glucose. Glucose is the main source of fuel for our cells. The brain in particular cannot use any other source of energy (like fat or protein) aside from glucose, so it is absolutely essential to eat carbohydrates.
> As I mentioned earlier, carbohydrates are also important in helping tryptophan get into the brain to be converted to serotonin. When we eat food containing protein, the body breaks it down into subcomponent amino acids — one of which is tryptophan.
> Key nutrients to enhance your serotonin production
> Vitamin C. Among other important duties, vitamin C helps to convert tryptophan (from the food you eat) into serotonin.
> B-complex vitamins. This group of vitamins is helpful in metabolizing carbohydrates for the body to use. Niacin in particular is essential in converting tryptophan to serotonin.
> Zinc. Zinc aids insulin in doing its job and generally helps with digestion.
> The tryptophan molecule is relatively small compared to other amino acids. Those larger amino acids can block tryptophan’s path across the tightly-regulated barrier between the blood and the brain. When carbohydrates are consumed and insulin is released, insulin pairs up with larger amino acids to help build muscle, leaving tryptophan a clearer path to cross into the brain. And there are important micronutrients, such as vitamin C, the B vitamins, and zinc (see box at right), that can help with the conversion from tryptophan to serotonin.
> What’s interesting is that Mother Nature did not provide our bodies with the information to distinguish between man-made sugars and natural sugars. Instead, this information is available to us in everything else that surrounds natural sugars — in the antioxidant-rich skins of grapes and apples, for example, or the fiber and protein-rich germ of whole grains.
> Therefore, eating any kind of sweet or refined carbohydrate will satisfy the brain and increase serotonin — but it won’t trigger the signals that tell our brain we’ve had enough, that we are now fully sated. The more refined a food is, the more it’s been stripped of this natural, information-rich fibers, fats, proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants.
> The carbohydrates in white flours, white rice, white sugar, and the majority of pastas and breakfast cereals are all highly refined, so it takes less time for the body to break them down, therefore leading to a quicker response all around. This may sound good, but in the long run, quick spikes in insulin and glucose can damage your metabolism and lead to insulin resistance and more cravings. There are so many delicious complex carbohydrates to choose from that will gently increase blood sugar and insulin. For more information, see our carbohydrate spectrum page.
> Possible causes for sugar cravings
> As I mentioned earlier, sugar cravings often have many facets. Because eating is so intimately connected with our biochemistry and our emotions, we “digest” sugar on many levels. You may notice there’s a pattern to when you crave sugar — for so many of my patients it is cyclical, occurring nightly after a stressful day at work, monthly just before their periods, or seasonally when the days grow short. For others, sugar binges may be connected to the kinds of foods they have already eaten that day, or with a daily ritual. Here are some of the common causes for sugar cravings I see at the clinic:
> Hormonal fluctuations. Just before menstruation, when estrogen is low and progesterone is on its way down, beta-endorphin levels are at their lowest. These cyclical hormonal and neurotransmitter fluctuations may explain why many women who experience PMS also have cravings — and the accompanying serotonin–endorphin bursts that high-sugar foods can provide.
> Stress. Any stressful situation can lead to less than optimal eating habits. Stress itself increases cortisol levels, which initially dampen hunger. Once the stress has abated, our hormones of hunger ramp up — “Refuel!” the body cries. This can lead many women with stressful jobs and lifestyles to a pattern of nighttime cravings, over-eating, and unwanted weight gain. Over time, chronic stress can lead to adrenal imbalance, eventually resulting in extreme exhaustion. So many women I see have reached a state of adrenal imbalance, and find the only way to get through the day is by drinking lots of caffeine and consuming sugar for quick energy bursts. But this only sets them up for further cravings and more energy depletion. There are lots of simple ways to support your adrenal health by what and how you eat. For more information, see our article on eating for your adrenal glands.
> Insulin resistance. When you are resistant to insulin (which can happen as a result of a long-term diet high in refined carbohydrates and low in micronutrients), glucose is not able to enter your cells and ends up staying in your blood as a result. This means your cells are starved for the fuel they need to operate, and signals are therefore sent to your brain to increase insulin. This results in cravings for sugar because even though you may be eating enough, your cells aren’t able to access the food. For more information, see our article on preventing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
> Food sensitivities. Food sensitivities are often the result of a situation known as “leaky gut,” where partially digested food particles can make their way into the bloodstream through a damaged, inflamed mucosal lining in the digestive tract. The body regards these food particles as foreign antigens and mounts an immune response by sending antibodies. Combined antibodies and antigens in your bloodstream, known as immune complexes, can lead to intense cravings. Gluten may be at the root of this type of sugar craving because it is often combined with sugar in the foods we eat, and so women think they’re craving sugar when really they might be craving gluten.
> Intestinal yeast or systemic candidiasis. Yeast thrives on sugar (a connection easy to make when you look at the Latin name for this group of organisms — Saccharomycotina — or “sugar fungi”). If your intestinal (and vaginal) bacteria are out of balance, they are less likely to keep yeasts like Candida in check. An overgrowth of yeast in the intestine or system-wide can lead to increased cravings for sugar. You can help keep these organisms — and cravings — in check by taking a high-quality probiotic2 that includes a competitive yeast, like the one we offer in our Personal Program.
> Excess acid-forming foods. Some women I talk with notice that after eating a lot of red meat, their cravings for sugar increase. Red meat is high in a pro-inflammatory molecule called arachidonic acid. Eating a lot of meat tends to upregulate the oxidative–inflammatory cascade in our bodies. If left unchecked, this inflammatory condition can become chronic and cause abnormal glucose metabolism, ultimately leading to insulin resistance. Choosing anti-inflammatory foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as those that are alkalizing and antioxidant-rich, such as fruits and vegetables, can offset the metabolic damage and the cravings associated with this dynamic.
> A lack of sweetness in your life. As I mentioned before, many things in life can affect our serotonin and beta-endorphin levels — exercise, balanced nutrition, rewarding work, a positive relationship, even a sunny day. The joy we find in our lives speaks to our biochemistry. So when we are lacking positive energy and happiness, it’s not surprising that we seek to fill that void with sugar.

The foregoing is part of a longer article written to promote women’s health and prosperity. If you wish to read the rest of it, please follow this link:

[Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP, has produced a wonderful website, full of wisdom, experience and useful information. One of these days, she will pick up on Saccharopleonexia™ and we’ll know the Day of redemption (Dr) is near. —Ed.]

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My Dear Prof Marvel,

Don’t read the whole thing, it could take hours what with the links and all that. [Like Geo. Washington] you just don’t have the time. Read what Syamala D. Hari has to say and you’ll get the drift well enough.

Good hunting,


Quote The International Conservative Uniformitarian Paradigm (I.C.U.P.):

“Fear not, the people may be deluded for a moment, but cannot be corrupted.”
—Andrew Jackson

We live in a medical dictatorship! —Charlotte Gerson

29. I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly
reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he
can entertain simultaneously on the same topic. —Lisa Alther.

He [La Follette] quoted a remark by the notorious Boss Tweed of New York: “You may elect whatever candidates you please to office, if you will but allow me to select the slate.”

On the other hand, it must be admitted that simplicity in most things is attained by a circuitous route through all manner of complications. —B.J.S. Cahill,%20Jason.pdf

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Dear Friends,

I am wondering what to do with a certain kind of post, comment or reply that is interesting and provokes my curiosity but which looks like it might gum up the works if I let it in. We have standards here, as you know.

So here’s the heading of a submission I have received, but no body, inasmuch as I have deleted it. There is enough here so that any of you who are feeling courageous can follow up and get back to the rest of us about what it is and if it is a member of the Mills Family trying to be heard. It might be important.

This came in today:

Author : Skefegect (IP: ,
E-mail :
Whois :
Comment: [truncated to zero]

Here is my advice for Skefagect or his alter ego, Pib Wam Vio Mill. Get help!

You might find some assistance here:

Best of everything good,

Yours truly,


Hard Work Someone Must Do

Farmer Confesses Deception; Guinness Editors Investigate Amazing Feat

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The mysteries of Dr. Cabrera’s Stone Museum in Ica, Peru

As I think back over our three years on the road, there were a lot of things we saw that intrigued me, but I never thought a bunch of rocks could capture my imagination so thoroughly. But then, I never thought I would see 20,000 extraordinary rocks intricately carved by some ancient civilization either.

The stones were obviously carved by an advanced society. They show many facets of life.

All it took was one quick look inside the door of Dr. Cabrera’s Stone Museum in Ica, Peru for me to want more. My curiosity had been piqued – what were all those carved stones anyway?

Fortunately, Dr. Cabrera’s daughter, Eugenio, willingly opened the museum to us and agreed to show us around. And what a tour it was! I will readily admit to having been ignorant on all matters surrounding the southern Peruvian mystery, so I hung onto her every word. Now I’m hooked and am fascinated by all the mysteries from the area – the famous Nazca Lines, the elongated conehead skulls, the mysterious wells in the desert… It’s all so fascinating and, well… mysterious.

The Museum

Dr. Cabrera’s Stone Museum is a small, private museum located on the Plaza de Armas in Ica, Peru about four hours south of Lima. It was started by Dr. Cabrera as an attempt to safeguard the many mysterious carved rocks found in the area. Dr. Cabrera died a few years ago, but his daughter now maintains the museum and passes on some her father’s wisdom.

A Beautiful Day

If one knows what one is up against, one may prepare to deal with it.

My dear Prof Marvel,

This is what you would call commentary. The People who are trying to turn us against our government choose their words very cleverly and subtly. And since words are what make up laws, by altering the meaning of a word, you can alter the force of a law. When I become aware of the alteration, I can track the meaning back to the original and see what was intended when the law was written and how the new reading is used to hoodwink you and your fellows. Do you remember military jargon and lingo from your days afloat? Some of it was based on common words used in new ways. How about “Off Limits” as an example. Remember that? What does it mean in Liz’ English and what in Military argot? How about that time your girlfriend got “in the family way”? Driving a motor vehicle vs. traveling by automobile… Line ’em up.

How do you effect the separation of the People from their government? Divide and rule would be a good way to start…you could assume control of the Professors and work outwards from there. You wouldn’t bag all of them but, with some good bait, you could catch most of them…incrementally.

Now for a quote from Washington (George, not D.C.).

October 24, 1798
Mount Vernon, October 24, 1798.

George Washington Snyder

Revd Sir: I have your favor of the 17th. instant before me; and my only motive to trouble you with the receipt of this letter, is to explain, and correct a mistake which I perceive the hurry in which I am obliged, often, to write letters, have led you into. It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am.

The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of seperation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects; and actually had a separation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.

My occupations are such, that but little leisure is allowed me to read News Papers, or Books of any kind; the reading of letters, and preparing answers, absorb much of my time. With respect, etc. 6 [Sounds like something a professor of my acquaintance might have said. —Ed.]

And another:
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens,) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. But that jealousy, to be useful, must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defence against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation, and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes [useful idiots] usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests. In other words, “If you hate the Republicans and love the Democrats, the Democrats can advance the will of the enemies of liberty and you will [enthusiastically] help them…” [Cite]

Ever your ob’t ser.,

DrP. etc., etc.

My dear Prof Marvel,

Atheism is all very well and good if it suits one’s temperament, but in the end, one is forced to believe things just as surely as if one were a Southern Baptist or a Cathar. If the whole thing were left to me, I would decree that everyone has to be an Agnostic unless he can prove otherwise to a Concatenation of His Peers. It would be sort of like a Factory Settings option. I am weary of the Atheist Philosophy because its adherents are such active evangelists and what do they want me to believe in? Nothing, that’s what! Sorry, Charlie, you will never shake my belief in the goodness of Man and the sacredness of Life. [P.C. Notice: By “man” I do not mean “men”, what I mean is Humanity. And, I do not single out Man for special attention at the expense of say, healthy rats with no health insurance, but just as a matter of staking out the territory and saying “no negativity here,” if you please. Leave it at the door and you can retrieve it when you go if you still want it. And, please tip the girl as she is putting her Grandmother through Junior College.] At convenient times, mainly when children are present, I firmly believe in the Easter Bunny and the Sandman. But I digress.

When antibiotics were first introduced, the inventor himself predicted that, if they should be overused, eventually they would become ineffective because so resourceful are the somatids that they will soon figure out how to get around these invented defenses against disease. When Monsanto began to introduce the patented seeds that resisted herbicides and produced their own insecticides, some people wondered what would happen as new strains of pests learned how to evade our most sophisticated designs. Now, we are finding out, as the corn-root-borers are making a comeback in the American Midwest and elsewhere in the World and the pernicious weeds are reestablishing their old digs among the plants that make money for us. What has this to do with Atheism? Just this: when we become certain that we know everything and it makes us proud, we had better be looking around to see who or what is ready to prove us wrong again. As you know, I am addicted to quoting the many geniuses out there who survived the wars (although some didn’t) and say things so much better than I ever could and so I offer a quote from one of Darwin’s mentors who wondered if Chuck hadn’t gone off the deep end and was in danger of leading a pack of duplicitous fools over the precipice of certainty and into the gloomy abyss of “I told you so…” I might add here that when Darwin’s disciple, Herbert Spencer, arrived in Chicago to make a speech, he was lionized as the bearer of a new Social Order. Even Spencer, though he appreciated the enthusiasm of the business community, doubted that it was a productive development and sincerely hoped it would evolve in the direction of more benign patterns as time went by.

Here are the words of Darwin’s sage old geology teacher, the Rt. Rev. Adam Sedgwick, late of Cambridge University:

Source: Nietzsche, Spencer, and the Ethics of Evolution
1972- Gregory Moore

From: The Journal of Nietzsche Studies
Issue 23, Spring 2002
pp. 1-20 | 10.1353/nie.2002.0005
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies 23 (2002) 1-20

After receiving from Charles Darwin a copy of The Origin of Species and reading it with mounting horror, the Reverend Adam Sedgwick, professor of geology at Cambridge, wrote to his former pupil to admonish him:

There is a moral or metaphysical part of nature as well as a physical. A man who denies this is deep in the mire of folly. ‘Tis the crown and glory of organic science that it does through final cause link material and moral [. . .] You have ignored this link; and, if I do not mistake your meaning, you have done your best in one or two pregnant cases to break it. Were it possible (which, thank God, it is not) to break it, humanity, in my mind, would suffer a damage that might brutalize it.

Unsurprisingly, Darwin bitterly resented this stinging rebuke from his erstwhile mentor, yet for many later commentators Sedgwick’s objections seem wholly justified. Darwin may not, as Sedgwick assumed, have actively sought to divest nature of ulterior moral purpose and deprive human ethics of a firm foundation, but this is nevertheless precisely what the revolution that he set in motion accomplished. And its consequences were indeed potentially “brutalising.” For if humanity was merely one species of animal among others, subject to the same ceaseless struggle for life in a world bereft of the guiding hand of Providence, then selfishness had been bred into the very marrow of its being. Victorian decorum was only a thin veneer beneath which lurked a savage beast bent only on individual advantage. This, Gertrude Himmelfarb has concluded, was the “traumatic effect” of Darwinism: it “de-moralized man” by displacing “man by nature, moral man by amoral nature.” But how accurate an assessment is this of the shift in human self-understanding occasioned by the rise of evolutionary theory? To be sure, there were many in the nineteenth century who, like one dispirited young man after reading The Origin of Species at the age of sixteen, found themselves haunted by “a feeling of utter insignificance in face of the unapprehended processes of nature [. . .] a sense of being aimlessly adrift in the vast universe of consciousness, among an infinity of other atoms, all struggling desperately to assert their own existence at the expense of all the others.” But, as Robert J. Richards has exhaustively demonstrated, many—if not most—nineteenth-century evolutionists took a rather different view of the ramifications of Darwinism for human affairs. Their object was not to wrench apart the “material and moral”; on the contrary, they believed that they were able to knit these two worlds more closely together. Life could be reinfused with ethical significance by enlisting biology itself to legitimate and sustain the inherited values of Judeo-Christian civilization. For example, Ernst Haeckel, the leading apostle of Darwinism in Germany, dismissed in typically robust fashion the notion that evolution might entail “a subversion of all accepted moral law and a destructive emancipation of Egoism”; rather, he, like a whole host of scientists and philosophers, sought to formulate “a system of Ethics erected upon the indestructible foundation of unchanging natural law.” A moral sense could no longer be regarded as the sole prerogative of Man, for all social animals appeared to demonstrate a “sense of duty,” a willingness to sacrifice themselves for the greater good of their community. Nonhuman systems of ethics represented merely a stage in the gradual refinement of those noble instincts and patterns of cooperative behavior that provided the best adaptive response to the demands of a given environment. In short, evolution was envisaged as a moral process—the progressive development toward ever more perfect expressions of altruism, compassion, and love. FIN