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Mastering the Craft – Three Perspectives

I often share comments like, “You might think we’ve covered this before, and to a limited extent, you’d be right!  But mastering the craft is all about covering the elements again and again, from different angles, so as to learn new things.”  I do this because no matter how many times we cover a topic, there’s always so much more to learn, not only about that particular topic, but also about how these topics integrate into a cohesive whole. Throughout history, trades such as carpentry, masonry, and plumbing codified various skill levels to ensure that workers would learn all the skills required at the lower levels before being allowed to learn, then be responsible for, the skills required at higher levels. The earliest guilds were associations of artisans or merchants who oversaw the practice of their craft in a particular town.  Guilds began with “frith” or “peace” guilds, groups who […]

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Our Evolutionary Heritage

Wow.  Where do I start?  Perhaps the monkey movies (Planet of the Apes franchise) have precipitated this ridiculous line of inquiry that I feel I must respond. So many evolutionary-believing folks would like to point out, erringly, that we are so very close to our primate brethren that it’s ridiculous we should exist in any sort of antagonistic relationship with them. Yeah, I’m sorry, but even humans discovered in remote locations engage in cannibalism, as have multiple ape communities, including those where individuals show clear signs that they strongly disapprove. Congratulations.  We humans are primates.  We feel, deeply, even for the fall of our closely related, even distantly related species We are not, however, apes,  for reasons different than their cute monkey-face cuddlisms (anthropomorphisms). Truth be told, some apes attack, kill, and devour other apes, even within their own local groups, the same as some of the more remote societies […]