Chapter IX | Horror Fiction

The case for horror literature

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Parcel

parse v. 1 resolve (a sentence) into its component parts and describe their syntactic roles 2 Computing analyse (text) into logical syntactic components -Origin C16: perh. from ME pars ‘parts of speech’, from Fr. pars ‘parts’ syntax n.1 the combination  of words and phrases to create well formed sentences > a set of rules for or an analysis of this 2 the structure of statements in a […]

Look up avalanche?

The World’s Worst Disasters. Season 1; Episode 4-Alpine Avalanches. Lazy Saturday of indulging in ‘this type of show”, when this episode’s discussion included an explication of the types of avalanches, gave me the “hey, I never noticed that” experience and also triggered a memory. I’m a native, English speaker who grew up exclusively in the […]

Catch a Cold/Be Depressed: The Cartesian Bias in our Illness Model-separating mental health from physical health

Psychologists deal with the slippery subject of mental states. Now, your general practitioner, who you see for your annual physical check up, can flirt with the treatment of mental states. She or he may prescribe you something for low-level anxiety or sleep but they generally only provide medication or a referral.  That is the standard […]

Mediating Anthropology’s Feuding Factions

The radical cultural relativism popular in contemporary anthropological thought presupposes that cultures are incommensurable* with one another.  On one level, this is true, on a higher level, it is a truism–they are still both ‘cultures.’  Cultures, as considered here, is a fundamental psychological mechanism that is included in the homo sapiens adaptive package.   This […]

Religion & Science- Can’t Parse This? 

The word ‘paragon’ entered the cultural consciousness in the 16th Century. par·a·gon ˈperəˌɡän/ noun noun: paragon; plural noun: paragons a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality. “it would have taken a paragon of virtue not to feel viciously jealous” a person or thing viewed as a model of excellence. […]