If there is one thing that undermines Darwinian evolution, that is, the insistence that random mutations and natural selection are the singular keys to the origins of life and species, it would be the cell’s ability to “think,” make decisions, and alter its DNA accordingly. This idea is implied in the works of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1809) and it resurfaced as “directed mutation” by Cairns et al. (1988). The cell’s active participation (instead of a passive recipient) in its evolutionary direction is unthinkable for many researchers mainly because it undermines randomness and natural selection and extends change potential to the cell itself. How much of biological evolution is random and how much is directed or purposefully initiated by the cell? How does this relate to consciousness and the cell’s ability to “think,” make decisions, and alter its DNA? These are issues the academic community must take seriously.
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Have you ever wondered-
What is the origin on the domesticated cat, Felis catus? What is our ancestral relationship to cats? Do cats have anything to do with our fear of the dark? Why has the domesticated cat (Felis catus) changed so little over the past 12 thousand years, when compared to other domesticated animals like the dog? What are the dietary needs and behavioral patterns of Felis catus? Why can they not digest vegetable material, often added to commercial cat food? And the big question, why do we keep them around in the first place?
Cat Tales answers these questions and many more for all cat lovers and anyone interested in cat and human evolution.
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If you ever had questions about evolution, this is the book to read. Using research from the fields of statistics, cell biology, zoology, and genomics over the past 50 years shows random mutations and natural selection inadequate to explain the origins of species let along the origin of self-replicating life forms. New data coming from studies in epigenetics, symbiosis, hybridization, quantum biology, topobiology, and the Sugar Code hold promise for revealing the scientific process of speciation if not the origins of life. The Neo-Darwinian model of random mutations plus natural selection leading to new species is an idea, a hypothesis that has never been tested using materialistic science (math, chemistry, physics). In fact, it is impossible to test this hypothesis because any test constructed would be through human design eliminating any sense of randomness. Neo-Darwinism incorrectly claims that you, all your experiences, and the physical world came about randomly, without a purpose, to remove any notion of intelligence beyond that of the human animal. Darwin’s ideas led to social Darwinism, a political statement that sprung from a belief that there is a superior group of people – the elites, the intellectuals, who should rule everyone else and that all the rest were inferior. This progressed to eugenics, socialism, Nazism, and communism and misery and death for millions of people. Darwin and his followers were racists – in the extreme. Furthermore, given that there is no scientific basis for their claim, Neo-Darwinism is a misrepresentation of science. If you are looking for a light to shine on this corner of science, you’ve got the right book!
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There can be no doubt that our ancient ancestors used mind-altering substances to commune with the other side, the ancestors and eventually the gods, and sometimes demons. Mind-altering substances, evidenced by liver enzymes and receptor sites in the brain, have been with human kind for many millions of years, and these experiences are at the base of shamanism and every – what is loosely called – “religion” in the world. Decision-making and thus cultural directions for our ancestors, as in today’s world, are closely connected to the use of a wide variety of mind-altering substances and yet these substances are left out of the discussion.
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The Mushroom in Christian Art analyzes the prevalence of a certain motif — the mushroom — in Christian art, proposing that this image is evidence of the true foundation of Christianity and the Catholic Church. Examining Christian art from 200 CE to the present, author John Rush argues that Jesus was not an acutal, historical person, but a personification of the Holy Mushroom Amanita muscaria and the mycstical experience brought about by the ingestion of psychedelic plants and fungi by early, experimentally minded Christian sects.
Drawing on primary historical sources, Rush traces the history — and pictured face — of Jesus, which was constructed and codified only after 325 CE. In the process, he shows how the mushroom was very much apparent, though often disguised, in the early years of Christian art, thus revealing the nature of the original Christian cults, rites, and rituals — including mushroom use. The Mushroom in Christian Art emphasizes Jesus’s message of peace, love and spiritual growth, asserting that his murder was a conspiracy by powerful reactionary forces who replaced his message with the oppressive religious-political system that endures today. Rush’s brilliant exposition of Amanita muscaria use by early Christians challenges mainstream views of Western religious history and is both provocative and persuasive. The included DVD contains 252 striking color images of Christian art, the symbolism of each discussed in detail in the book.
In 1970 John Allegro (The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross) informed that Judaism and Christianity coalesced around the use of the sacred mushroom, Amanita muscaria. Out of political correctness the academic community ruined his career. Since that time many books have appeared giving indirect support to Allegro’s position. Finally Dr. Rush reveals startling evidence, proof positive, that Jesus is the mushroom, the portal to the spiritual life. Rush goes on to question scholarly interpretations of the “life and times of Jesus,” and he sees the Old Testament, New Testament, and Qur’an as mythical charters representing political—not religious—traditions. This is a must read for all interested in religion and the development of Western Civilization. This work is bound to cause debate.
In The Twelve Gates, clinical anthropologist John Rush embarks on a spellbinding journey through death rituals in various cultures, centering on the ancient Egyptian philosophy of death and resurrection. The first part of the book provides an overview of different rituals, encouraging readers to confront their feelings about death and to reevaluate their lives. The author details his own experiences preparing for death, including a painful tattooing process inspired by the ancient Egyptian Books of the Netherworld. He then guides readers through the Twelve Gates of the Underworld, symbolic ritual stages during which they can figuratively experience death and rebirth. A set of full-color tarot cards, designed by the author, is included as an aid in passing through each of the Gates. These ancient rituals, performed by pharaohs and priests for thousands of years, help ease the way toward a peaceful, conscious death.
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Say “body modifications” and most people think of tattoos and piercings. They associate these mainly with the urban primitives of the 1980s to today and with primitive tribes. In fact, as this fascinating book shows, body mods have been on the scene since ancient times, traceable to as far back as 1.5 million years, and they also encompass scarification, branding, and implants. Professor John Rush outlines the processes and procedures of these radical physical alterations, showing their function as rites of passage, group identifiers, and mechanisms of social control. He explores the use of pain for spiritual purposes, such as purging sin and guilt, and examines the phenomenon of accidental cuts and punctures as individual events with sometimes-profound implications for group survival. Spiritual Tattoo finds a remarkable consistency in body modifications from prehistory to the present, suggesting the importance of the body as a sacred geography from both social and psychological points of view.
What is counseling and therapy? How are individuals “cured?” What are the techniques involved? How do marriages get back on track? What are the similarities between therapy in our culture and others? What are High Risk Messages, and where do they come from? What does ritual termination and social reintegration (for the most part lacking in Western psychology and psychiatry) have to do with the healing process, and why are they so necessary? What is the single most important element in any therapeutic setting?
Emotional problems often interfere with physical healing and there are few works that specifically address this issue with an easy to understand model (or process) and techniques. In this easy to understand and elegantly presented work, and using an Anthropological model, Dr. Rush leads the reader through the processes and procedures for dealing with emotional problems and conflict in one’s self, family, work place (including government agencies), anywhere!
In this work Dr. Rush avoids the unproven assumptions in depth psychology and concentrates on how and why we stress our selves with specific types of information and then reveals how you can “immunize” yourself. His approach is easy to understand and, unlike most models of cause in Western psychology and psychiatry, verifiable. With this information and techniques you can truly take control of your life and help people take control of theirs. This is one of the most important book you will read!
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This unique book applies concepts from the field of anthropology to clinical settings to result in a powerful and dynamic model/theory of clinical anthropology. Clinical settings could include hospitals, police and probation situations, individual and family counseling, as well as cross-cultural issues and governmental policy. The model presented in this work allows individuals and groups to reduce stress and move toward personal and group health. Although a textbook, the style is easy reading. What others have said about this work:
“John Rush’s is no ordinary medical or applied medical anthropology book of the 1980’s or 1990’s. It is a refreshing antidote to the narrow scholarly specializations and narrow interests that have made anthropology over at least the past two decades so parochial a field. I know of no other clinical/medical anthropology work like it.”
Howard F. Stein
Professor of Family Medicine
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
The terms “Clinical Anthropology” and “Clinically Applied Anthropology” have been in the literature for many years. Until now, however, there was no model that would set this field apart from clinical psychology, psychiatry, or Western biomedical practices. Using an information processing model, Dr. Rush presents a unique process for understanding both social/emotional illness and physical illness; this makes Clinical Anthropology distinct from the other disciplines.
Combined with his companion works, Healing the Self & Others, Aging and Nutrition, and soon to be released, The Holistic Health Practitioner: Clinical Anthropology and the Return to Traditional Medicine, the professional, as well as parents, educatiors, anyone, will have a process and tools for dealing with many social/emotional and physical problems.
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