Charles Clanton Rogers

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16 thoughts on “We are United by Truths Greater than Our Differences

  1. bbnewsab says:

    Indeed we are, dear music lover!

    Wonderful music for my ears and mind (brain).

    But tell me more about this music, please. I recognize it (= I’ve heard it before), but I can’t identify the composer.

    Anyhow, God Himself couldn’t have done it better or more enjoyable.

    Thank you very much, clanton1934!

    BTW, it’s easy to understand that musicality runs in your family. :o)

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      The music is: Canon in D by Pachibel.
      “Karl”

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      1. bbnewsab says:

        Aha! Read more about the composer here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachelbel%27s_Canon . And here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Pachelbel .

        BTW, clanton1934, do you think it’s a mere coincidence that so many physicians and mathematicians are known to be great music lovers? I myself think there’s a genetic explanation to that correlation. Cf. what i just wrote in another comment. That musicality seems to run in some families (like yours).

        Obviously a very contagious “disease”. So I must admonish you to wash your hands carefully – or else maybe the whole world soon will sing for joy instead of throwing stones like Santino the Chimp and our ancestors.

        What a “horrible” apocalypse that would be. :o)

        Or have I misunderstood something here and now?

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      2. clanton1934 says:

        It is scientifically proven that students who are successfully instructed in music are more academically successful in mathematics and science. Being comfortable with music instruction teaches students structure, organization and they learn that repetition (practice) enhances learning. My son teaches music to ages 7 – 18 years. His best music students are the more successful in other academic classes. “Karl”

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      3. clanton1934 says:

        I’m having a problem with publishing the whole text of “We are united…..” WP just published the sound track only. I’ve tried re logging it. I wrote you a reply about music and physicians. Best wishes. “Karl”

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  2. bbnewsab says:

    And here is something for my eyes – and yours, clanton1934: 50 marvellous pictures/photos that will rock your mind and world.

    Click this link: http://twistedsifter.com/2014/07/the-top-50-pictures-of-the-day-for-2014/

    Are you able to pick any favorites from those 50 pics, clanton1934?

    I guess you’re going to like at least photo #6. In some ways that pic reminds me of your beautiful zebra(s) photo you’ve chosen to show to your blog visitors, telling them (in a subtle and modest way) they are entering a quite extraordinary blogger’s home page (or maybe “sanctuary” is a better word to use here?).

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  3. bbnewsab says:

    Giftedness is a very intriguing topic. I think giftedness – like for example musicalit or intelligence measured by IQ-tests – is driven by both nature and nurture. It’s hard to tell what is most important.

    Anyhow, I don’t buy the “tabula rasa” concept, once launched by behaviorist John B. Watson. See http://www.simplypsychology.org/behaviorism.html for details.

    I rather find the case is strong – and getting stronger year for year – for believing the genes (genetics) have the upper hand.

    Here’s an interesting article penetrating the topic a bit more in detail: http://brainblogger.com/2011/11/07/is-giftedness-nothing-more-than-good-genes/ .

    Our Swedish tennis player Björn Borg (in the 1980’s) was a very talented athlete (he not surprisingly also won a couple of “Champion of all Champions” contests here in Europe).

    And Björn used to devote much time to practicing. As a teenager he could stand in front of the house wall at home from early morning to late evening practicing how to smash. serve and so on.

    BTW, clanton1934, do you believe this woman’s musical career was based on entirely giftedness for music and singing? Or was it also much practicing behind her “success”? In this YouTube video you can listen to Florence Foster Jenkins massacring Mozart. This is a real katzenjammer experience. Be ready to put plugs in your ears.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      I know Tabla rosa well. The psychologist fed me that in college (fifties). They were so wrong. They had not yet learned DNA and biological inheritance. It became obvious to me, quickly, that you study the reproduction of horses, cattle, dogs, tomatoes, corn,everything: when a female dog has a litter, out 6 or 8, one or two will be strong, one of the litter will quickly become dominant, there will be a runt; sometimes the runt fails to thrive. The progeny of any species vary! Some foals are worth millions; some go to the glue factory. Humans come out with different natural resources which then can be exploited by practice: e.g. Borg & Michael Jordan. Some are artist, some are mathematicians or engineers. Some become used car sales men or run for olitical office! ccr

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      1. bbnewsab says:

        CCR – does it stand for Creedence Clearwater Revival? *just kidding, Karl*

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  4. clanton1934 says:

    FFJenkins! That is PAIN!
    ccr

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    1. bbnewsab says:

      Oh, sorry, clanton1934!

      I’ve must have misjudged your music and song preferences totally. :o)

      Please listen to music by Johann Pachelbel to calm your nerves.

      I think I’ll do the same now – listen to his canon music once more – before i’m logging out from the internet tonight.

      Once again, thank you, Kung Karl, for the very nice, informative and at the same time amusing “conversation” we’ve had today. Who needs anti-depression pills when he or she has a cyber friend like you? (Look, there you’ve got an example of a rhetorical question, i.e. no answer needed).

      Good night from Sweden. Over and out. // BB

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  5. clanton1934 says:

    BB, can you tell? Did the long, excessively verbal text show up as a published blog? I think only the music was published ; then I tried to reblogged it.
    ccr

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  6. bbnewsab says:

    Yes, only your reblogging of your own article provided all the text.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Dear BB, Tuesday AM new post 07:20 EDT: poetry + music. ccr

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