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Comment by Ian Mason on May 20, 2014 at 11:57pm

I've had a very good week away: seen the sights of Istanbul - Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Museum of Archeology. Mosaics Museum, Museum of Modern Art - plus taken a couple of trips, to Gallipoli and to the ruins of Troy. Also took a walk to Taksim square where many demonstrations have taken place. When I tried to get close to the monument in the middle to see what it was I was politely told to leave by plain-clothes coppers. When I lookes round I could see that there was a large police presence around the square. The penny dropped. They were afraid that the coal-miner protests were going to spread.

Gallipoli was very moving.  It made me think of Hamlet:

"We go to gain a little patch of ground/that hath in it no profit but the name"

1,500 ANZACs and 3,000 Turks died in 3 days of fighting for a position the size of 3 football pitches at Lone Pine; at The Nek 450 ANZACs died trying to capture a piece of ground the size of 2 tennis courts. In all, 37,000 Allied troops and over 80,000 Turkish were died in a pointless campaign, Churchill's biggest f*** up in the meat-grinder that was WW1.

Lone Pine Memorial:

Comment by Ian Mason on May 20, 2014 at 11:28pm

That particular cake is almond, eaten with tea while looking out over the Bosphorus from the Topkapi Palace museum.

Comment by booklover on May 20, 2014 at 10:37pm
I signed it Patricia.
Comment by booklover on May 20, 2014 at 8:32pm
Ian, you were in "Istanbul, not Constantinople, now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople, been a long time gone Constantinople, how did Constantinople get the works? That's nobody's business but the Turks..." I love that song by They Might Be Giants. :)
Glad you are back, and the food looks delicious!
Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2014 at 7:17pm

Gaaaaaahhhhh!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2014 at 6:57pm
Spud, it is important that we understand that we do NOT have free will. That is a construct of religious dogma telling people they have choices in how they feel, think and act. Their god gets off the hook when people behave in ways unacceptable to their clan rules.
There are influences in our genetic code of which we are not aware that create feelings that are based on things from our historic past. We have no control over those feelings because they come from the code.
I am not saying a person is not responsible for their actions, I am saying people are not responsible for their feelings.
Robert Sapolsky speaks to these influences from each individual's past. When his statement sturck a nurve in you, it was a perfect example of which he speaks. In the case of Holland's Winter of Hunger, there was a genetic change that can be documented through DNA tests. Who knows how many of us have stress related DNA changes caused by things that happened in generations previous to ours.
The skill required is to recognize the stress and anxiety that we feel that comes from the brain's amygdala, learn how to manage the stress with our reasoning mind, and make decisions and take action with those cognitive processes.
Sam Harris speaks to this,
"Sam Harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life."
Comment by sk8eycat on May 20, 2014 at 6:02pm

The only tricksters I enjoy are stage magicians, illusionists, and sleight of hand artists.  I love to sit there wondering, "How the *bleep!* did they DO that?" 

People who pretend, or believe, they can contact spirits, or read minds, or whatever annoy me.  Especially so-called pet psychics. 

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Welcome back, Ian.  Now please tell me what that dish is; I'm hungry.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 20, 2014 at 3:09pm

Hello everyone. I'm back from a week in Istanbul. Had a great time and here's the reason why:

Comment by booklover on May 20, 2014 at 1:59pm
Exactly Partricia! She was making a fool of herself! Lol
Comment by k.h. ky on May 20, 2014 at 1:23pm
Good one Booklover.
 

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