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The Sahara before the Sand

BY PETER KING

The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world. At 3-1/2 million square miles it is as large as the United States and covers a third of all Africa. One of the hottest, driest places on earth, temperatures reach an almost intolerable 135 degrees and the humidity can be as low as 2%. Only two humans, on average, inhabit every three square miles and we perceive the place as a desolate and barren wasteland. According to conventional anthropology, a million years ago wandering bands…

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Passing the Torch

PATRICK MARSOLEK

Is the mystery and magic in our world diminishing? Are there still secrets or subtle esoteric teachings to learn by fol­lowing a metaphysical path of study? You may think that modern science has dispelled magic from the world, but if you look closer, you can see it exists in full view. The rituals we use to inaugurate a new President, to initiate a new member into a civic organization, or to begin a path of martial arts or spiritual study serve to make more concrete…

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