palm trees: "According to the Greeks, trees are alphabets. Of all the trees letters, the palm is loveliest. And of writing, profuse and distinct as the burst of its fronds, it possesses the major effect: falling back." R. Barthes, Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes. New York, 1977. p.41.

Knowledge is meaningless: “I think any reasonable person can conclude that the redemption of the world, if it’s to be achieved, can only be achieved through magic. It’s too late for science. It’s too late for hortatory politics.” T. McKenna.

Kali's necklace: "Shedding her golden dress, she took the form of an old hag. She was naked, her hair gleamed brightly, she had a lolling tongue and four arms. Her emaciated body was smeared with sweat and glistened like black fire. She was adorned with a garland of heads, was of fearsome appearance, and shrieked terribly. She blazed like millions of fiery stars and had the half moon as her crown." Mahabhagavata Purana. Bombay, 1913.

life may well: J. Hillman, The Force of Character. New York, 1999. p.xvii. "The idea that information is communicated by molecular messengers at rates that can be very fast (up to 120 meters per second in axon fluid) or slow (e.g., diffusion of peptides in cerebrospinal fluid) has opened up our understanding that the human brain has systems that are much more complex than we had ever supposed, communicating at different ranges, different velocities, and different methods." R.E. Cytowic, The Man Who Tasted Shapes. New York, 1993.

eating: "Many people claim to have observed sasquatches eating food that was provided by human activities. This includes taking fish off of drying racks, picking apples, and stealing chickens." G.S. Krantz, Bigfoot Sasquatch Evidence. Blaine, WA., 1999. p.160.

"As evidenced in anthropological research, the act of eating is commonly conceived of as a method of incorporating and becoming the other. Funeral feasts as well as most other forms of ritual consumption are directly linked to the notion of becoming-other, of harnessing the powers of the other (especially in the case of animals) by consuming its flesh." A.M. Lippit, Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife. Minneapolis, MN., 200. p.181.