The Deep Roots of the Arts

Today began with the solemn televised pageantry of Ronald Reagan’s funeral, and then many radio stations across the country segued into extended play of the marvelous music of Ray Charles, who died yesterday. Two completely different rituals thus beautifully celebrated the two lives at death. We humans mark culturally important transitions through shared rituals replete…

The Nature/Nurture Collaboration

Our some 30,000 genes are our parents’ initial gift at conception—the set of instructions on how to construct and operate our body. It includes useful directions on such basic things as gender, body organization, skin/hair/eye color, and temperament. About nine months later our parents discover how their combined genetic directions turned out, and they’re usually…