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James Brody
Joseph Carroll
Chris Cassidy
Jennifer Cazenave
Ewa Chrusciel
Monica d. Church
Kathryn Coe
Tim Cole
Frank Craig
Greg Darms
Wyatt Ehrenfels
Dylan Evans
Adrian Flange
Miriam Fried
Herbert Gintis
Glenn Geher
Julie O'Leary Green
Bjorn Grinde
Nancy W. Hall
Keith S. Harris
Tania Hershman
Bradley Earle Hoge
Tim Horvath
Paul Hostovsky
Elizabeth Insogna
John A. Johnson
Megan J.Z.
Calla Jones
Robert Kelly
Laura Kipnis
James V. Kohl
Sharmagne Leland-St. John
Jason Letts
Phillip Levine
Alden Marin

 

 

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spring/summer  2006

truth AND lies

poetry 
for real  BILL YAKE
lying JULIE O'LEARY GREEN

annunciation xxxiii;
would fire be so gentle
EWA CHRUSCIEL
in praise of abstraction ALDEN MARIN
a healthy fantasy life
JASON TANDON
 embryology ILYA BERNSTEIN

stories

 the neoplastic surgeon ROBERT PERCHAN
my name is henry
TANIA HERSHMAN
 
come on JASON LETTS
arcana imperi G. KRISHNA VEMULAPALLI
the argument  ZACHARY P. NORWOOD

d
iscourse
  in praise of self-deception DAVID LIVINGSTONE SMITH
intimacy, deception, truth and lies
TIM COLE
an evolutionary basis to behavioral differences between cats and dogs? GLENN GEHER
 honesty and ecstasy DAVID PEARCE
on deception and self-deception
JOSEPH CARROLL, HERBERT GINTIS, IRWIN SIlVERMAN

reviews
why we lie KEITH S. HARRIS
cunning JEFF MILLER
 
brain fiction ZACHARY P. NORWOOD
why truth matters KEITH S.HARRIS

 meta reviews
re-reading the signposts DAVID MICHELSON
boggling the mind? WILLIAM A. TILLER

 art

red boned bodice
TANYA MARCUSE
 hands in eyes ELIZABETH INSOGNA



 


 

Tanya Marcuse
Chris Metze
David Michelson
Jeff Miller
Rich Murphy
John A. Musacchio
Jenny Nelson
Zachary P. Norwood
Craig Palmer
Jill Parisi
David Pearce
Irene Pérez
Ronald Pies
Megan Pinch
Gretchen Primack
Marnia Robinson
Jason Ronstadt
Jennifer Ryan
Natalie Safir
Ellen Salle
Jay Santini
Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb

Rupert Sheldrake
Joseph Shohan
Irwin Silverman
David Livingstone Smith
Iva Spitzer
Todd I. Stark
H.D. Steklis
Jason Stern
Lynn Strongin
Paula Superti
Jason Tandon
William A. Tiller
David Tucker
George Wallace
George Williamson
Jannie Wolff
John Wymore
Pauline Uchmanowicz
G. Krishna Vemulapalli
Lindsey Vona
Bill Yake

 

                                    

              

truth AND lies      spring/summer 2006, no. 7


poetry

Entelechy is very pleased to welcome poetry editors
Tim Horvath
and Jason Ronstadt

 

 

 

For Real
 

bill yake

 




                                       


 

 

  

This trail seems entirely compelling: everything angling down into a ravine arrayed in three, pitch-perfect dimensions.

Take the creek-bend at the bottom: apparently authentic dark water, graded gravel and cobble. Completely persuasive; I’m impressed.

And the acoustic enfolding replete with gurgles, white noise, subtle


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Lying

 julie o'leary green

 

 

 

They fall like droplets to the bedspread,
finding one another like mercury.

He tells her ten times she is beautiful
and then sleeps.

Nights, her breath thaws and


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 photo: kris merola
                                     

 

 


 

 

Annunciation XXXIII
 



                         jen ifil-ryan, 2001
 

                      

ewa chrusciel

                           
                           

 

 


 

In the Mind’s Eye, a fractal is a way of seeing infinity.”- James Gleick, Chaos

You would prefer only the part of that tree
You would you would the part only
The part you would of that tree would
Its crown its bronchioles yet it grows
It grows and bifurcates until the whole
It grows it grows it grows the whole



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would fire be so gentle


First it was a mad love of electrons


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In Praise of Abstraction


      

alden marin

 

“You are abstract

For the sake of being abstract

And there is nothing concrete

Or lasting or meaningful

In your abstraction…”

This is what I tell myself

At the beginning of a poem;

What a way

To start the day —

Not exactly corn flakes
 


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A Healthy Fantasy Life

jason tandon

 


 

The high price of standing doesn't stop at stiff knees
The first sexy hillbilly eating baked beans
A shepherd protecting cows
one millionth his size
A recipe for an instant town
She could be a place none of us know
She could be one for the road


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Embryology


                                                             
ilya bernstein; self-portrait, watercolor, 1998

      

ilya bernstein 

 

How do bones grow in the womb? How do joint and joint

Discover each other?

 

You will find your way by tracing a line along the wall:

You will pass the blind

 

Watchmaker, you will struggle

With the invisible hand.

 

Books will grow in your wounds. Microscopic,
 

 

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stories

 

 

 

The Neoplastic Surgeon

First-prize winner of the Entelechy Biofiction Prize


 

robert perchan

Patient complained, typically enough, that her breasts didn’t quite match.  One was more pointy, the other more rounded, as if they had been modeled on the opposite ends of a hen’s egg. But this asymmetry this schizovimammarianism did not discomfit me.   More troubling in its way was the pride she took in her rump halves as if those perfect mirror images of each other were not kinetically a kaleidoscope of endlessly shifting possibilities.  I detect deeper symmetries where others claim to see


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My Name is Henry
 

Second-prize winner of the Entelechy Biofiction Prize

                  

tania hershman
 

 


                                                

 

January 2nd; 2pm
"My name is Henry. You can’t disagree with that."
"No, Henry, I don't disagree."
"Good, that's good. Henry. My name is Henry."
"Henry, do you know where you are?"
"Where I am. Of course. Where am I? Silly question."
"Where are you? Henry, where are we?"
Silence. 
"Henry. Where are we?"


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Come On


 


enduring; 22 x 30, oil on paper
elizabeth insogna, 2005
 

                        

jason letts
 

 

Charlotte found herself sitting in an Irish pub, playing with the umbrella in her drink, late one Saturday night. Her eyes glazed over the men and women at the bar talking, drinking, and flirting as she drifted off into memories of a few days earlier.

She had returned from her job in a gallery, where she worked to support herself while trying to make it as a painter, to find her boyfriend sprawled
 

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Arcana Imperi

A FABLE

                        

g. krishna vemulapalli
 

 

The fit was perfect. It was natural. It suited him. And he had known all along that it would. Even when he was braying and kicking the dust around, in the company of his cousins, he had the thought nay, the premonition that he wasn’t one of them and that he indeed was

 

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The Argument

  
 megalomania; 8 x 10, oil on canvas
elizabeth insogna, 2006

zachary p. norwood

 

 



Beliefs fall roughly into two categories: the real and the imagined. There are those who believe in fairies and dragons, usually children, and those who believe in death and taxes, usually adults. As for all-encompassing explanations of life, there are those who believe in gods, or some hyperphysical force, and those who do not. Soph was a believer, and she was about to have her beliefs sorely

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discourse 

 

In Praise of Self-deception

 

 

david livingstone smith 

 

 

 

 


                                     
 
                                     

Where shall I stand, when the text of my life deconstructs itself at every turn of the page? 
Bas van Fraassen

'Know thyself' is one of the most successful slogans in history. Thales of Miletus a philosopher who flourished in the 6th century before Christ, is credited with having coined the phrase, and Plato tells s that it was inscribed at the entrance to the temple of Apollo at Delphi, and it is still popular today, over 2500 years later. 'Know thyself' sounds terrific in theory, but how feasible or desirable is it in practice? According the Roman writer Diogenes Laertius, who wrote a popular, gossipy book six centuries later called
 

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Intimacy, Deception, Truth and Lies
 


         
photo: alice andrews


 

THE PARADOX OF BEING CLOSE


  
                 

tim cole

 

 

 

Our romantic relationships are seldom what they seem. We all want a relationship that is built on openness, intimacy, and trust. But, in truth, our relationships do not always work that way. Secrecy and deceit are just as essential as truth and honesty, when it comes to matters of love and romance. 

Viewed in this light, our intimate relationships can be seen as a paradox: People tend to be more truthful and more deceptive with those they love. 

Telling the Truth is Necessary

Our intimate relationships are designed to create many rewards including both physical and emotional support. But, in order to obtain the benefits that  


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An Evolutionary Basis to Behavioral Differences

Between Cats and Dogs?

AN ALMOST-SERIOUS SCHOLARLY DEBATE

 


                                             
illustration: michael bernier

 

glenn geher

 

Do Innate Behavioral Differences Between Dogs and Cats Exist?

A Debate Between the Esteemed Canine Constructionist Psychologist, Dr. ArfArf Anythinggoes of Sheppard State University and the Renowned Feline Evolutionary Psychologist, Professor MeowMeow Immutable, of Carnivore College

Moderated by Celina the Seemingly Centrist Squirrel

Celina:
Thank you all for attending this important debate. Of course, this debate is extremely topical in light of the recent comments of President Pawinmouth of Carnivore College which suggest that dogs and cats may have different general

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Ecstasy and Honesty


david pearce

A society based on E-like consciousness would be an honest society of honest people.

 

Today, most of us lie and dissemble. We tell white lies and, on occasion, total whoppers. Most of us lie many times in the course of a day, whether to friends, family, colleagues or as necessity or


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Three Scholars on Deception and Self-deception

CARROLL, GINTIS, AND SILVERMAN

 



Irwin Silverman:

Deception and self-deception are the cornerstone of human sociality, and probably have more to do with the evolution of our big brain than solving the block design test. See Why We Lie (D.L. Smith, 2004) or just rent Liar, Liar with Jim Carrey.
        


Herbert Gintis:

This is a gross distortion. Truth-telling and honesty are the cornerstone of human sociality. Deception is only possible because messages are generally accurate. This is just elementary biology.
 


Joseph Carroll:

The cornerstones of human sociality appear to be affiliation and dominance. Deception comes in because conflicts in fitness interests occur in all intimate human social relations. As a species, humans are peculiarly, uniquely self-aware and aware of others. They project public


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reviews
 

Deceiving is Believing

A REVIEW OF DAVID SMITH'S WHY WE LIE: THE EVOLUTIONARY ROOTS
OF DECEPTION AND THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND

 

 keith s. harris
 

 

 

 

 

 

As its provocative title suggests, this book undertakes to demonstrate, describe, explain, and even justify our capacity to deceive our ability to lie, that is. We fool not only other people, but ourselves as well, the author asserts. As we all know, deceit is everyday fare in the social arena, and in its self-prescribed form is bread-and-butter for psychotherapists. 

According to the author, the first aim aim of this book is to give readers an overview of how deception and self-deception fit into, and derive from, evolutionary theory. The second aim is to reconnect cognitive psychology to

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 Why Be Good?

 

jeff miller




 

In the vocabulary of most virtue ethicists, cunning has a particularly distasteful flavor. But why? After all, cunning is only a slightly exaggerated or perhaps slightly more truthful word for what grounds much of how we achieve what we want in the world: instrumental rationality. Cunning is instrumental rationality taken a bit too far: the pursuit of goals at the expense of friends, country, religion, love; the ruthlessly efficient means to an end. 

 Niccolò Machiavelli was the first modern thinker to emphasize the role instrumental rationality plays in politics, though Don Herzog, author of the new book Cunning, would be quick to point out that the roots for a philosophical discussion on cunning go back at least to

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Neural Cartography and Confabulation

A REVIEW OF WILLIAM HERSTEIN'S BRAIN FICTION


zachary p. norwood


 

 

 

 

The true nature of the present revealed itself: it was what existed, and all that was not present did not exist. The past did not exist. Not at all. Not in things, not even in my thoughts. . . . Now I knew: things are entirely what they appear to be — and behind them ... there is nothing. — Roquentin, from Sartre’s Nausea

Imagine that your uncle suffers a stroke, resulting in severe brain damage. Alarmed, you visit the hospital to check on his status. "Are you all right?" you ask. "I've never been better, why?" he answers, unexpectedly. "Because you've suffered a terrible stroke, and I'm worried about you." "Nonsense! Why would you say such a thing? I had a mild blackout, that's all. Nothing's the matter with
 

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 Truth and Consequences

A REVIEW OF BENSON AND STANGROOM'S WHY TRUTH MATTERS

 

 

keith s. harris

 

 


 

Strangely enough, truth itself has become a controversial subject, and not just among stodgy philosopher types but also among news reporters, beer-hall sophists, social and political scientists, and even among physical scientists.

Certainly, dispute about the best way to approach truth has raged for at least a couple of thousand years; but the external-to-humans nature of truth itself, as truth, was not seriously questioned. That is, the existence of objective, factual, empirical truth
 

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meta reviews
 

Re-reading the Signposts

A RESPONSE TO WILLIAM BENZON'S BOOK REVIEW "
SIGNPOSTS FOR A NATURALIST CRITICISM"




david michelson

 

William Benzon recently reviewed (in this journal) two books presenting novel approaches to literary studies: Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History by Franco Moretti, and The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative, a volume of essays edited by Jonathan Gottschall and David Sloan Wilson.

Of the two books, Benzon’s review explicitly favored Moretti’s use of quantitative methodologies, plot diagrams and evolutionary processes for understanding literary history. Moretti uses these diverse methods to explore three fascinating
 

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Boggling the Mind?
 

 

william a. tiller

A RESPONSE TO TODD STARK'S REVIEW OF MY BOOK
S
OME SCIENCE ADVENTURES WITH REAL MAGIC

 

I really liked Stark’s thoughtful and critical review (Entelechy, 6) of our most recent “psychoenergetic science” book Some Science Adventures with Real Magic.(1) I found it to be of significant value to me and my thought processes, however, he missed a few key points that I would like to bring to his and the reader’s attention.
The research work discussed in this book and its immediate precursor, Conscious Acts of Creation: The Emergence of a New Physics,(2) involves both (1) the use of a type of device that acts as a transportable host for human consciousness which
 

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art

(It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of self-deception. - Robert Motherwell (ref))

 


 

Red Boned Bodice

tanya marcuse

From the series, Undergarments and Armor, 2002-2004
 

 

 






While visual and conceptual dichotomies are clearly present in the relationship between the undergarments and armor (male/female, hard/soft, outside/inside, armed/disarmed), no one simple reading is possible. A bustle is an industrial contraption, while a breastplate is delicately adorned. In the 14th century the term corset was used to refer to a breastplate as worn by a soldier. And though one might expect the feminine undergarments to be alluring, they often appear clinical, even dingy, divorced from the body’s lingering presence. On the other hand the armor often conveys an aggressive sexuality, both gorgeous and cruel. Yet in both cases the garments are
transformative.

                                 
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Hands in Eyes
 

elizabeth insogna


Ink and gouache on paper, 2005



 

 

The paintings are inner realms which may evoke or depict calm traumas. These paradoxical places are sometimes overwrought with other sensations erotic, submissive and sometimes aggressive in nature. 


The way it breathes, natural impulsive contradictory trajectories of paint and thought and whole-body balancing, mind balancing in presence, absence, lost memory, lost first impulse then suddenly, as if by chance  the following of something new and mysterious.


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editors

 

 

alice andrews   |   editor/publisher

 

 

Alice Andrews (with philosophy and psychology degrees from Columbia University) teaches psychology with an evolutionary lens at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she is helping to implement an Evolutionary Studies program modeled on David Sloan Wilson's EvoS program at SUNY Binghamton. She is an editor and writer (books and magazines), and was the associate editor of Chronogram from 2000-2002. She is also the author of Trine Erotic, a novel that's been used in various college courses nationwide because of its exploration of evolutionary psychology. Alice is currently working on a book (based on her essay with the same title, published at Metanexus) called An Evolutionary Mind (to be published as part of Imprint Academic's series: "Societas: Essays in Political and Cultural Criticism"), and plans to begin writing another novel in the summer of 2006.

 


                       
           

                                     
photo: rick lange

 

 

MUSINGS:
Playing with Myself: On Trine Erotic

An Evolutionary Mind
Meta Review: Reactions to a Review of The Blank Slate
Being Brave: In Defense of Naturalism and Essentialism
Biofiction
The Semiotics of Shoe Shapes
Beyond Paradox: A Review of The Paradoxical Primate
Meta Study: Reactions to a Study on Female Sexuality
Attention: On Love
Unstandardized Minds

Narrowcasting Entelechy
Love Leaves
 


 

 

tim horvath   |   poetry editor

 

 


                       
           

                                    

 

Tim Horvath received his MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and will soon finish his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire. He taught high school English for nine years, and currently teaches Creative Nonfiction at UNH. Tim is a three-time finalist in Glimmer Train's New Writers Competitions, and recently his story "The Understory" won the 2006 Raymond Carver Prize sponsored by Carve Magazine. His interest in cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology has led him to give talks at various conferences, including ones with co-editor Jason Ronstadt on the dreaming brain and literature. He is currently working on a novel, tentatively entitled Spectra.

 

 

 

 

MUSINGS:
By Way of an Introduction
The Understory

 


 

 

 

  jason ronstadt   |   poetry editor
 

 

 

 

Jason Ronstadt teaches Freshman Writing and Screenwriting at New Mexico State University, and is a staff editor for New Mexico State’s literary magazine, Puerto Del Sol. He studied poetry with Charles Simic at The University of New Hampshire, and is the recipient of numerous creative writing awards including the John Scott Douglas Award, and the Thomas Williams Memorial Scholarship. He received an MA in Creative Writing from The University of New Hampshire and is currently studying with Robert Boswell, Kevin McIlvoy and Antonya Nelson at New Mexico State University. He continues work on his first novel and recently gave a presentation at the Poetics-Cognitive Science Colloquy, which was hosted by the Dactyl Foundation in New York City. This April, Jason and Tim Horvath gave a presentation at the First Annual Literature and Cognitive Science Conference at The University of Connecticut.


                       
           

                                    

 

 


 

 

contributors

Ilya Bernstein  |  embryology



Ilya Bernstein's collection of poetry is called Attention and Man (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003). His poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in Ars Interpres, Circumference, Fulcrum, 6x6, Persephone, Moon City Review, and Res. He is the editor of Osip Mandelstam: New Translations (UDP, 2006). He translates for a living and lives in New York City.


 


 

Joseph Carroll  |  on deception and self-deception

Joseph Carroll teaches English at the University of Missouri St. Louis. He has written books on Matthew Arnold and Wallace Stevens and has produced an edition of Darwin's Origin of Species. In Evolution and Literary Theory (1995), he integrated concepts from Darwinian social science with concepts from traditional literary study, and he used that set of ideas as a framework within which to criticize and reject poststructuralist literary theory. In subsequent essays (collected in Literary Darwinism: Evolution, Human Nature, and Literature, 2004), he has continued to develop methods for Darwinian literary study. Most recently, he has been engaged in collaborative work for the statistical analysis of motives and traits in hundreds of characters from Victorian novels. Many of his essays are available on his website. His piece "Literature as Social Interaction" appeared in Entelechy's issue 5.
 

 


Ewa Chrusciel |  annunciation xxxiii; would fire be so gentle

Ewa Chrusciel is a poet and translator currently completing her PhD in poetry and cognitive poetics at Illinois State University. She holds an MA from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow. In 2003, Studium published her first book of poetry in Polish entitled Furkot. Her poems and translations have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies in the United States, Poland, Hungary, and Italy, such as Studium, Zeszyty Literackie, Chicago Review, Lyric, Spoon River, ClanDestino , Il Giornale,and Przekladaniec. Other poems from her new collection, A Life, have been published in XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics: Streetnotes 2006, Pebble Lake Review, and are forthcoming in Mandorla and American Letters and Commentary.
      
photo: julita siegel


   


Tim Cole |  intimacy, deception, truth and lies: the paradox of being close

Tim Cole received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1996 and is now an associate professor of communication at DePaul University, where he teaches courses on close relationships and deceptive communication. He is also a contributor to  Truth About Deception  – a nonacademic website that examines lying, cheating, and deception when it comes to love and romance.   
 


Glenn Geher |  an evolutionary basis to behavioral difference between cats and dogs?: an almost-serious debate

Glenn Geher received his PhD in social psychology at the University of New Hampshire in 1997 under the mentorship of Becky Warner. His dissertation, which won the university's Sigma Xi Outstanding Dissertation Award, addressed adults' perceptions of romantic partners and intimates in light of social-perceptual biases (such as self-enhancement).
He is currently associate professor of psychology at
the State University of New York at New New Paltz and is chair of the University's Evolutionary Studies Program Development Committee, which is working to implement an interdisciplinary undergraduate concentration focusing on evolutionary principles applied across disciplines. This program is modeled closely after an existing program at Binghamton University (directed by David Sloan Wilson). At New Paltz, Glenn teaches courses in evolutionary psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, statistics, and research methods. Glenn has more than 20 publications on multiple topics in social and personality psychology. His newest research, on the topic of mating intelligence, seeks to synthesize mating-relevant constructs from evolutionary social psychology with extant research and theory on the topic of intelligence. In addition to his current empirical work on this topic, he is co-editing a book on mating intelligence with Geoffrey Miller (of the University of New Mexico) titled Mating Intelligence: Theoretical and Empirical Insights into Intimate Relationships. Glenn is also the lead guitar player for one of the only all-faculty punk-rock bands in the country: Questionable Authorities.
 


Herbert Gintis |  on deception and self-deception



Herbert Gintis is on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and is Professor of Economics, Central European University, Budapest. He is the author of Game Theory Evolving.

 
 

 


Julie O'Leary Green |  lying

Julie O'Leary Green received a BS in communication from Cornell University and an MA in English from Ohio State University; she is currently a PhD student in English at Ohio State, where she studies 20th-Century American Literature, fictional representations of place/space, and cognitive approaches to literature; and teaches writing, literature, and film courses to undergraduates. Julie writes poetry, screenplays, and fiction, and her poetry has previously been published in Shenandoah


 


Keith S. Harris  |  deceiving is believing; truth and consequences

Keith Harris is a psychologist and chief of research at the Department of Behavioral Health in San Bernardino County, California. His interests include behavioral informatics, the shaping of human nature by evolutionary forces, and the possibilities of human agency.


Tania Hershman |  my name is henry

Tania Hershman is a science and technology journalist originally from London and now lives in Jerusalem, Israel. She is working on a collection of science-inspired short stories, two of which have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, with several others published or forthcoming in publications including Route's Wonderwall anthology, the Orphan Leaf Review, Front & Centre and Spoiled Ink. Tania recently won Creating Reality's Flash 300 competition for a 300-word short story.


Elizabeth Insogna | hands in eyes; enduring; megalomania
 

Elizabeth Insogna received her BFA in Sculpture at the State University of New York at New Paltz and has received a diploma from the Lorenzo De Medici School of Art in Florence. She is a painter and currently lives and works in NYC. Her paintings have appeared in Entelechy's issues 4 and 6.

 


Jason Letts | come on

Jason Letts is in the MA English program at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he works as a teaching assistant. With his class, he explores questions pertaining to evolving self-perceptions in relation to social influence and past experience through a variety of scientific, theoretical, and religious frameworks. "Come On" represents his first attempt to ponder these issues in fiction from the perspective of evolutionary psychology.


Tanya Marcuse | red boned bodice




Tanya Marcuse has received awards and honors including a 2002-3 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2003 Anson Kittredge Grant, a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Dutchess County Arts Council. Her photographs have been exhibited widely, and her work has been written about in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Village Voice, Artnews, Photo-eye, Photography Quarterly, Art in America, PDN, Art Issues and Artforum. Her photographs are in the collections of the Corcoran Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Yale Art Gallery, The Library of Congress and numerous private collections. Tanya currently teaches photography at Simon's Rock College of Bard. A book of her project, Undergarments and Armor, has recently been released by Nazraeli Press. The project is the recipient of the 2005 JGS book project award. She earned her MFA from Yale University School of Art.

 

 


Alden Marin | in praise of abstraction

Alden Marin is a resident of the Pacific Palisades and Malibu, and was educated locally, as well as at Stanford and the Sorbonne. He's published four chapbooks: Paddling to Misto,  Counting to One Thousand, Asparagus on Toast, and Illusions of SweetnessHis poems have also been published by LA Weekly and Stanford’s literary magazine Sequoia.


David Michelson | re-reading the signposts

David Michelson is a graduate student in English literature and evolutionary studies at Binghamton University. His academic interests include evolutionary approaches to narrative function, the history of literary theory, and individual differences in reader-response.


Jeff Miller | why be good?


Jeff Miller is an assistant professor in the Political Science and International Relations department at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he also directs the Honors Program. He teaches political theory and conducts his research on fourth-century BCE democratic theory. Jeff is also featured in the Editors' Musings section of this journal; see "Meta Review: Reactions to a Review of The Blank Slate."
 

 


Zachary P. Norwood |  the argument; neural cartography and confabulation

Zachary P. Norwood graduated from the University of New Mexico with degrees in research Psychology and English literature. Come this fall, he is pursuing his PhD in literary studies, most likely at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His dissertation will explore the relationship between affective neuroscience and literary semantics.


Robert Perchan |  the neoplastic surgeon

Robert Perchan was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up there. Educated after a fashion at Duke and Ohio Universities, he taught for the U.S. Navy’s Program for Afloat College Education (PACE) on ships deployed in Rota, Spain, the Mediterranean Sea and the Western Pacific Ocean before moving, in his words, “onward and awkward.” His poems, stories and essays have appeared in scores of literary journals in the USA and abroad and a number of them have been included in anthologies published by Dell, Black Sparrow, City Lights and Global City Press. In 1991 Watermark Press (Wichita) brought out his prose poem novella Perchan’s Chorea: Eros and Exile, which was translated into French and published by Quidam Editeur (Meudon) in 2002. His poetry collection Fluid in Darkness, Frozen in Light won the 1999 Pearl Poetry Prize and was published in book form in 2000. Most recently his poetry chapbooks Mythic Instinct Afternoon and Overdressed to Kill won the 2005 Poetry West Chapbook Prize (Poetry West, Colorado Springs) and the 2005 Weldon Kees Award (Backwaters Press, Omaha) respectively. He currently resides in Pusan, South Korea. Bob's poem "Late Blooming" appeared in Entelechy's issue 6.

 


 Irwin Silverman |  on deception and self-deception

Irwin Silverman is Emeritus Professor and Senior Scholar at York University in Toronto. His major early interests were in social psychology and psychological theory and methodology, but in the late 1970s he began to focus on the relationship of ethology and evolutionary theory to human psychology. With his students and colleagues, he has published research articles and book chapters applying Darwinian and neo-Darwinian theory to a range of topics, including ethnocentrism, sibling incest, maternal bonding, facial expression recognition, mate preferences, and spatial abilities.
 


David Livingstone Smith |  in praise of self-deception

David Livingstone Smith teaches in the department of philosophy at the University of New England, and is founding director of the New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology. He earned his MA from Antioch University and his PhD in philosophy from the University of London, Kings College, where he worked on topics in the philosophy of mind and psychology. David's books include Freud's Philosophy of the Unconscious (Kluwer, 1999), Approaching Psychoanalysis: An Introductory Course (Karnac, 1999), Psychoanalysis in Focus (Sage, 2002) and, most recently Why We Lie: The Evolutionary Roots of Deception and the Unconscious Mind (St. Martins Press, 2004).  His next book Where War Lives: A Journey into Human Nature will be published by St. Martins Press in 2007. His current research interests include deception and self-deception, the evolutionary psychology of war, incest and incest-avoidance and various aspects of analytical philosophy. David's essay "The Architecture of Self-deception: Why Freud Is Still Worth Taking Seriously" appeared in Entelechy's issue 3.


Jason Tandon |  a healthy fantasy life

Jason Tandon's poems are forthcoming in Bayou, Broken Bridge Review, Eclipse, Euphony, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Poet Lore, the strange fruit, and RE:AL, and have recently appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Cairn, Coe Review, Epicenter, Folio, Four Corners, and Vox, among others. He teaches First-Year Writing at the University of New Hampshire, and he is an intern poetry editor at the Paris Review.
 


William A. Tiller |  boggling the mind?


William A. Tiller, as Fellow to the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, is Professor Emeritus of Stanford University’s Department of Materials Science, and spent 34 years in academia after 9 years as an advisory physicist with the Westinghouse Research Laboratories. In his conventional science field he has published over 250 scientific papers, 3 books and several patents. In parallel, for the past 30 years, he has been avocationally pursuing serious experimental and theoretical study of the field of psychoenergetics which he thinks will become a very important part of "tomorrow’s" physics. In this new area, he has published to date, an additional 100 scientific papers and two seminal books.

 


G. Krishna Vemulapalli |  arcana imperi

G. Krishna Vemulapalli is an emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Arizona where he taught from 1967 to 2002. His interests are in physical chemistry and in philosophy of science. He's published a textbook of physical chemistry (Prentice-Hall) and has several articles in technical journals. His recent philosophy of science articles appeared in Annals of New York Academy of Science and Boston Studies in the Philosophy volume.
 


Bill Yake |  for real



Bill Yake's first full-length poetry collection is This Old Riddle: Cormorants and Rain. His poems appear widely in environmental publications (Wings, ISLE,  Wilderness Magazine, The Bear Deluxe), as well as literary magazines (Fine Madness, Willow Springs, Puerto del Sol, and The Pedestal). With degrees in Zoology, Environmental Science, and Environmental Engineering, Bill worked for years for Washington State’s environmental agency investigating the distribution of toxic contaminants in soils, sediments, waters, fish and shellfish. Now he travels, writes and serves on the boards of the Olympia Poetry Network and the Washington Butterfly Association.

 

 


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