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Frankenstein Book Review

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 11:45 AM by ghostexorcist
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Frankenstein Book Review

3/5 Stars

By Jim R. McClanahan

I just finished reading Frankenstein (1818) for the first time. The novel was nothing like I expected. The movies Iíve seen took great liberties with the actual storyline, and having read the novel, I can see why they did it. The book is for the most part boring fluff. Itís almost like Mary Shelley, the author, was running short on length and decided to beef the narrative up with overly long descriptions...
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The Archaeological Origins of Man's Dominion Over Animals

Posted May 16th, 2017 at 03:51 PM by ghostexorcist
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The Archaeological Origins of Man's Dominion Over Animals

By Jim R. McClanahan

Genesis 1:26 states:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
This passage has long been cited or paraphrased by people claiming man is superior to animals. However,...
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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 03:46 PM by ghostexorcist
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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West

05-15-17

By Jim R. McClanahan

This will be an informal survey of facts I find interesting about the famous Chinese Classic Journey to the West (1592) (JTTW, hereafter). It is based on a series of posts I've made on a Facebook group page dedicated to the novel's main character, the immortal monkey demon-turned-Buddhist guardian Sun Wukong. The point of the original posts was to enlighten people who have surely...
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The Literary Precursor of Journey to the West

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 09:27 PM by ghostexorcist
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The Literary Precursor of Journey to the West

By Jim R. McClanahan

The great Chinese classic Journey to the West (西遊記, Xiyouji) was anonymously published in the year 1592 and has since then enjoyed the adoration of readers for the last four centuries. However, not many people know that an earlier version of the novel exists that predates the popular narrative by some three hundred years. Titled Master of the Law, Tripitaka of the Great Tang, Procures the Scriptures (大唐三藏取经诗话,...
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Interesting Facts About the Tyrannosaurs

Posted July 2nd, 2016 at 06:34 PM by ghostexorcist
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Interesting Facts About the Tyrannosaurs

By Jim R. McClanahan

I normally read about East Asia studies or primate behavior and evolution. However, it's fun to branch out every once in a while. I recently purchased a fascinating book by David Hone titled The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs (2016). Below are some facts that I've culled from the first nine chapters (or 36% of the book according to kindle). I'll continue to post updates as I go...
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