People keep telling me I’m anti-vax, though I have been diligently avoiding the subject for years. I lost two friends this year over the matter (one because I’m clearly too stupid to be worth the bother, the other because she is) and a recent review of my first book noted how I “dismiss pretty much all modern medicine, especially vaccination”. The writer then devoted half of his review to correcting my misunderstanding. Thanks Dave!

The word appears twice in 190 pages (six times less than in the review), and the offending comment describes how “deaths from tuberculosis, scarlet fever…

Cannabis and other drugs among the Ancient Israelites

Cannabis residues have been identified on the altar of a Judahite shrine in Israel dating from the 8th century BC according to the Tel Aviv Institute of Archeology.¹ This is not the first time it has been found in the area — in 1993, archeologists found cannabis at a burial tomb near Jerusalem in forms suggesting medical application by both fumigation and oil massaged into the skin.² …

[Part 1 of the series is here]

“Microbial organisms are tightly interwoven into the ecological fabric of this planet and on this planet there is no escape from global ecology. This virus, and a great many other things, are trying to explain our error to us. They will get more insistent.” - Stephen Harrod Buhner

Lady liberty gazes over the harbour at a city on lockdown being ravaged by the Angel of Death. “It’s over whenever you have a vaccine,” announces Governor Andrew Cuomo, echoing the hopes of people all over the world:

“We want to use New York as…

[Read part 1 here]

Crisis was a medical term before it was applied to the crises of middle-age and Cuban missiles. From krinein, “to separate, decide, judge”, it is the stage of a disease that precedes either recovery or death.

We have lived with crises since before we were human but our capacity to extract meaning from them changed in the Upper Palaeolithic, when humans started thinking figuratively (see part 1). Once we had ‘figured out’ what we were, we could also imagine what we might become.

Judging by cave paintings of flying figures and hybrid human-animals, the drive to…

We’re theologically all over the place at my house, but the most regular practice of our family cult is to get drunk over Friday night dinner and read a Psalm or two while pounding the table. Psalm 90 is acutely apt for our present pandemic, and not just because of the famous reference to our allotted “three score years and ten”. I quoted it to my 77-year-old mother (don’t worry, I politely waited until the worst night sweats of her COVID-19 infection had passed).

Where else but the Psalms does a nostalgic lament for one’s homeland end with the gleeful…

Chapter 6 of Science Revealed

‘Ka ga imasu!’ I complained, as the monk led me into a sparsely decorated temple hall. ‘There are mosquitoes!’

‘Imasu ne,’ he said sagely. ‘Indeed, they exist’, but I wasn’t getting any sympathy from him, nor any smalltalk. He bade me sit down in lotus facing the wall and picked up the ‘kindly stick’, a wooden rod used to strike Buddhists on the shoulder if they become distracted. …


In a Moscow lab in 2017, three years before the outbreak of COVID-19, a nematode worm emerged from a deep sleep into a world much changed — but then a lot can happen in 42,000 years.¹

The Upper Palaeolithic was just getting going when the worm bedded down into a cosy ice sheet. The love affair between Homo sapiens and the Neanderthals was coming to an end with the complete annihilation of the latter, leaving just a few strands of DNA intermingled with our own. The world was changing, with the earliest known examples of figurative cave art being produced…

Danny Nemu

Hi-brow banter at the End of Days. Author of Neuro-Apocalypse & Science Revealed.

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