Monthly archive for March2018

Music Friday – random one-hit wonder edition

Music Friday – random one-hit wonder edition

Yep, it’s Music Friday.  Like a true ’60s Refugee I will delve in to the 1969 BillBoard Hot 100 and deliver a one hit wonder from an American band that flirted briefly with fame and fortune: The New Colony Six.  Six guys from Chicago with a dream – and at least one decent song.  When I was in the 7th grade I probably heard this song on KROY or KXOA but I honestly don’t remember it from then.  I heard it recently on Sirius XM sattelite radio where you can come full circle and listen to AM radio all over again, just with better speakers.  I’m still hoping for cassettes to make a comeback BTW.

Like most groups in the 1960s, these guys had a schtick which was their colonial costumes similar to what Paul Revere and the Raiders wore.  I don’t know if they imitated PR&R or if it was the other way around, but Paul Revere and the Raiders were certainly more…popular.  Well known.  Successful? I guess, but that might have boiled down simply to better management rather than an advantage in talent.  Whatever. It’s all in the past now and probably most of these folks aren’t around anymore.  But they did leave us this.  I hope you enjoyed it.

Anthropomorphization – narcissism, or just a lack of imagination?

Anthropomorphization – narcissism, or just a lack of imagination?

Damn, I ask a lot of questions.

People like to anthropomorphize things around us.  Yes, I said “us”.  I am a people, too.  An-thro-po-mor-phize – attribute human behavior or characteristics to non human things.  Why do we do it?  Is it narcissism, or just a lack of imagination?

We customarily name inanimate things like storms and ships, we humanize products or services for marketing purposes.  Excessively so, in my opinion.  The pharmaceutical industry seems especially fond of this marketing angle, what with cartoon bladders and actors wearing  colon costumes.  Fortunately no anthropomorphized representations of erectile dysfunction – yet.

Is this a mechanism we use to try to understand certain concepts, and if so, why?  Does it further our understanding of tropical storms to think of them as angry women with a grudge against certain Carribean islands and coastal cities?  Do we really need dogs to speak to us for us to know that they like bacon?

What started me down this particular trail of thought was this article in Smithsonian Magazine entitled What will Extraterrestrial Life Look Like?  It seems that the way we imagine extraterrestrial life (at least in the movies) to be very much like us is kind of like the way we anthropomorphize the things around us.  In this instance the illustrator goes out of his way to avoid anthropomorphization by using a combination of science and imagination to come up with several possible life forms – none of which resemble humans in the least.  It’s as if he hasn’t seen Star Trek or Star Wars and doesn’t know all life forms are at the very least bipedal.  Of course I am being facetious – we all know the depictions of extraterrestrials in those shows are reflections of budgetary restrictions.  The same reason all the visited planets have Oxygen rich atmospheres.  But I digress (as usual).

To me, it’s one of those aspects of human nature that don’t make sense to me, but seems so universal that it must be built in and therefore there must be an underlying purpose that is served.  What it is I don’t know – do you?

I said I asked a lot of questions – I didn’t say I had a lot of answers.



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