Welcome to Trogholm, a planet all its own, a little bit homey, a little bit alien. Anything that catches my interest might appear here, but most of it will have to do with history and with the ways in which our collective reality changes through time.
The Dance of the Visions.
For many years, I have been developing a theory that human
history has been shaped by a succession of visions of the nature of
existence. This is my best attempt to lay out the basics of that
theory in concise form. More on the subject can be found at my blog.
A Merritt and the Soul of the Twentieth Century. Merritt's The Moon Pool (1919) has exercised a great unacknowledged influence on science fiction to this day, and it was one of the first stories to set forth many of the themes that our culture has been wrestling with for the last century.
The Paleolithic Indo-Europeans.
The distribution of the world's major language families seems in general to
present a snapshot of human expansion towards the end of the last ice age, but the
languages of Europe are conventionally thought to have arrived in their
historical locations much more recently. Here I argue for an
Worlds of Wonder The more I learn about the past, the more convinced I become that our own world and its history are as strange and magical as anything to be found in fantasy or science fiction -- and it is only the residual prejudices of the 20th century that blind us to the marvels around us.
The Secret History of the Twentieth Century When viewed from the proper angle, recent history can appear as full of dark corners and unplumbed mysteries as the remote past. Certain things have been concealed or cosmetically altered for political reasons, others because we find it difficult to acknowledge just how alien our parents and grandparents were to present-day ways of thinking. But we are living in the Twenty-first Century now, and it is more than time for the secrets of the Twentieth Century to be revealed.
The Geek History of the Universe From the start of human history, there have been geeks, patiently designing the infrastructure of the world we know today. Paleolithic geeks explored the mysteries of fire and water and the subtle properties of stone. Neolithic geeks made friends with plants and animals, invented pottery and metallurgy, and charted the movements of the sun and stars. Geeks designed the pyramids and the great cathedrals. Their engineering talents made possible the Roman Empire and the repeated discoveries of America. Geeks have revolutionized the world over and over again but have never been given proper credit.
Genealogy Where I embarked upon my first attempt at a a website, back
the 90s, I began with family history. This section is a little out of date in places -- watch out for
dead links! -- but it contains years of research on ancestors and distant cousins, including
many colonial New England, New York, and
Pennsylvania families, along with single-family studies of the descendents of John and
Hannah Padgett of Oxford, NY and John and Agnis Scott of Blandford, MA.
Over the course of history, particular styles of clothing have
followed one another in a regular sequence.
This is one aspect of the succession of historical visions that I
have been discussing at my blog, but it has some unusual features of its
own. This is the start of an attempt to lay out the characteristics
of that sequence.
Speculations on the Tarot. The cards of the Tarot feature images that appear to derive from a range of mythologies stretching from Egypt to India, but that were brought together by some unknown genius to create a unified whole.
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