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Says Gazzaniga. “A bird. A sick-looking bird—but I can't do birds either,” the young man explains with a rueful smile. ’ and he fumbles for a minute and he says, ‘Baltimore oriole? ’ So you have here the separate activities represented in the drawing: the right hemisphere picks the right color pen, draws a picture of an orange, does more than you ask, and then the right hand—from the left hemisphere—comes in and turns it into a bird, and then gives you an explanation as to why you have an orange-colored bird.

But as soon as major migrations or technological revolutions occur, so that the circumstances to which the myths refer live on only in the minds of those who knew Life Before the Change, then the trouble begins. The meaning and references of the Klamath tale were quite clear to the eighty-year-old Chief Lalek, who related it. From where he sat he could still look up at the remains of the dangerous mountain. Although technology was beginning to change with the coming of the White Man, the locale at least was still the same, so his interested young listener could see the evidence and understand it too.

D) Syrian winged sun-disk on stele of god El, Ugarit, ca. C. [After Weiss 1985, fig. ] (e) Cuneiform sign originating as AN, “star, sky”, that came to signify DINGIR, “deity”. (f) “Scorpion Man” inlaid on Sumerian harp from Ur, ca. C. [After Groenwegen-Frankfort and Ashmole 1977, fig. ] 28. Johannes Kepler's Great Trigon (from preface to his Mysterium Cosmographicum [1606]). 29. , Feb. 25, from position of Athens. ] 30. M. from the latitude of Greece or California) of the Dippers and Cassiopeia around Polaris.

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