Thursday, April 16, 2015

History: The Year is 1559

I've uploaded year 1559 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

Scientists Discover Sex... Scientifically -- Anatomy as a science is just getting started so a couple of scientists are figuring out what parts go where and why. Why didn't they do this before? The way people figure things out is changing. The human mind is changing.

Teresa of Ávila Meets the Choir Invisible and Lives -- Christian mysticism is being defined. I also recommend the book, "Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystic East".

A Hurricane Hits the Pensacola Colony -- Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, I must be from Spain!

Scientists Discover Sex... Scientifically

The study of anatomy has always been hobbled by religious prohibitions against damaging the corpse which was once a vessel for the soul. As the Renaissance has progressed, dissection of corpses for study and practice for surgery has become more common, especially in Italy. Realdo Columbo and Gabriele Falloppio have written papers regarding various aspects of a women's reproductive system. The Fallopian tubes are named after Gabriele Falloppio who describes them but does not realize what function they serve. He also coins the word "vagina" and has already developed the first condom made out of linen and tied on with a pink ribbon. The condom is designed to prevent syphilis, and the color of the ribbon is chosen to appeal to a woman's color sense. Columbo and Falloppio will also discover the clitoris. [1] [2] [3] [4]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
It seems unbelievable that scientists have waited until now to classify and understand sex after generations of scientists have been born without much study at all. There is something changing in the way people think. As literacy increases and people write things down, it frees the mind to think of other things. Body modesty is a secondary consideration in a world where one uses chamber pots or the woods as one's personal outhouse. Women's fashion consists of rather elaborate nun suits, but what most people don't realize is that women are managing to "flash" the guys by using strategically placed slits down the sides of their garments. Is anyone shocked? Spare me. The so-called sexual revolution was no revolution. It was part of yet another pendulum swing from excessive conservatism to excessive liberalism. None of this was approved of in the 1500s but it happened nevertheless.

Teresa of Ávila Meets the Choir Invisible and Lives

Sister Teresa of Avila has an invisible vision of Jesus and later she will have a vision of an angel which will stab her with a spear. It is quite a painful experience. These visions will continue for two years and although her friends are worried for her, her father-confessor assures her that she is on the right track. She and her protégé John of the Cross, are writing down their mystical experiences which will become the basis for modern Christian mysticism. In her writings, she focuses on her personal insights and experiences in mysticism which makes her writings more approachable. [5] [6] [7]
For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. -- Saint Teresa. [8]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Just FYI.... if you have read the Bible carefully you know that angels can be dangerous. I don't understand how some people can call their children "little cherubs". Cherubs are angelic warriors carrying flaming swords. For the purposes of this history segment, I read a few selections from St. Teresa's writings. I judge that she was experiencing something genuinely mystical. I can see why Christian mystics would follow what she has to say. As always, I warn that mysticism should not be pursued alone. Find someone to teach you, but before you do, make sure you are well versed in mainstream religious thought. You will need a baseline for comparison so that you don't go astray. It is easy to mislead yourself into strange and sometimes dangerous situations. I suggest reading "Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystic East" by Gita Mehta for amusing and at times frightening anecdotal evidence of pop mysticism gone terribly wrong. [9] [10]

A Hurricane Hits the Pensacola Colony

King Philip the 2nd of Spain has decided to expand the colonization of what will one day become the southern states of the United States. He has appointed a man named DeLuna to lead the expedition to colonize what will be Pensacola, Florida. However, due to problems with Indians in previous colonization attempts DeLuna leaves his ships anchored off shore and does some exploring first. That exploring will last two months. Remember when the Spaniards were hit by a storm and washed up on Galveston shore? This time a massive hurricane hits Deluna's ships while they are fully loaded with equipment, supplies and colonists. Most of them go right to the bottom. The survivors will carry on, but the handwriting is on the wall. This colony will fail. [11] [12] [13]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
There is something to be said about being too cautious. DeLuna didn't want to get caught out by the Indians or French raiders but he was so cautious as to be foolish. Regarding hurricanes, modern day people don't realize how wonderful satellite pictures are. Despite the many failed predictions of the paths of hurricanes, the weather scientists are saving thousands of lives simply by publishing the pictures. Without satellite systems there is insufficient warning for any meaningful evacuation of the coast. And calling weather reports a "prediction" is misleading. Weather scientists can certainly say something intelligent about what a storm might do, but they are NOT making predictions as if they have a crystal ball. This is nature and at some level nature is unpredictable.

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Year 1559, Wikipedia.

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