This page last modified 2017 September 23


LEVEL 0: Home Page Large Companion and Site Explanation

To get back to the small device home page, click HERE or use "Back" on your browser.

This site is about only Emanuel (Mike) Polioudakis and Nitaya Polioudakis (nee Patsanakrison). Mike makes the site, so "I" refers to Mike. "Polioudakis" is spoken "polio dah kiss" in English ("Poh lee-u tha kees" in Greek). Mike was an anthropologist but now is unemployed. Nit is a library assistant at Auburn University. Nit has done fieldwork several times.

To suit small devices, the main pages for navigation are small, containing mostly only links. Explanations for the small main pages are on companion larger pages that can be easily accessed from the small navigation pages and easily returned from. The large companion pages do not include links.

Many small docs, such as book chapters and essays, are in PDF, HTML, and-or Text. "HTML" is the first widespread language for making web pages, so here it is shorthand for "in single web page format". HTML usually automaticlly resizes to your screen and automatically "word wraps". If you don't like the font or size of any HTML or Text doc, usually you can use your browser to change font and size.

Not all HTML formats are readable by all browsers. If you use Microsoft Internert Explorer (MS-IE) you should not have any problems. Chrome by Google will not read some of my HTML docs because they were made in MS-Word in a MS format (technically: filename.mht). Firefox will read them but only by invoking Internet Explorer. Please allow Firefox to do that. When Chrome will not read an HTML doc, please view the doc in Text format. In the future, I will find an additional HTML format readable by all browsers.

Browsers vary in what they do with Text docs and in how to make the browser display text. Often browsers do not "word wrap". So, many of the lines are "out of sight". I give some advice below on common browsers but I can't guarantee general success.

Most of my formal papers are available only in PDF. Whole books and major book parts with several chapters are in PDF only.

So far, I (Mike) offer THREE FREE BOOKS, one on economics, one on "Jesus for Most People", and one on various stances and religions. I advise going to the main page for Books, then going to the main page for a particular book, where you can get advice about that book and its chapters and get links.

You may download any books or essays for free. The fact that the material is free does not mean it is poor. Just by writing any material, I get full copyright in it. By putting my writing on this website, I do not lose copyright. I assert all rights over my material. You may quote at any length from the material and you may use it for any educational purpose.

Please don't use my ideas and words without crediting me. Please don't steal. I am financially poor. I have had ideas and words stolen in the past, and it hurts not only the bank account but the heart.

If you like my work, please tell other people, and please ask them also to respect my authorship.

Likely I say the following more than once on this site: In a TV show about pickers, a seller tells them that you never regret what you do buy, you always regret what you didn't buy. I do regret all my blathering on but I regret more what I took so much for granted that I did not bother to say it. Too often, that is exactly the material that people do not share with me and that they most wish to learn. This oversight undermines what you do say. I try to correct these mistakes not in revisions of the material I have already written but in separate essays later. Sorry for any confusion.

Some "stub" pages have little content now but will have content in the future.

The site is organized into levels, from 0 through 6. The levels are set up in parallel between major topics. You can get a sense of the levels by going back to the small main page and going to the site map. The levels are set up so that each level plays the same role for each topic. For example, the "0-eth" level is the small main page and its companion large page; the first level is for Mike and for Nit; the second level is for projects of Mike and Nit; the third level has major "fields" of Mike such as books, fieldwork projects, and martial arts; and so on. Each level has a distinct color to its pages, and the level is announced at the top of the page.

Mike's email address for business is As of October 2017, my "snail mail" address is: 1449 Richland Road, Apt. 4N; Auburn, AL, 36832.

Shameless self-promotion: I gladly accept support from any private benefactor or benevolent agency, such as, but not limited to, the Macarthur Foundation, the Templeton Award, and the Center for Advanced Study. I assume that your support intends to allow me to continue my work without strings attached. Your generosity would support the high-quality work that is already on this site and future work of similar quality. I promise to report all donations to the IRS. I accept grants, cash, houses (my wife and I need one), land (a few acres would be delightful), and job offers from reputable employers. Please see the page on "Mike" for more material that I have produced and on plans for future writing.

To get active links to material, go back to the small main page, to which this page is the large companion page. Use "Back" on your browser or click HERE.


When creating a plain text doc from a doc in a word processor, almost always all the formatting goes away, which means underlining and bold go away. In the case of much writing here in text format, that means the obvious markers of section divisions goes away. You should still be able to see section divisions because they always start after a blank like, usually they are not full sentences, and usually they have many capitalized words. In some docs, secton headings stand alone as single lines below a blank line and above a blank line.

Internet Explorer: Click to open the text document. Go to View. Under View, click on Source. IE will invoke Notepad. Notepad will read the text document in its original word wrap format. When finished, close Notepad first (close what you are reading). That should put you in your browser looking at an unreadable text document. Then use Back on the browser to return to the page that controls the topic.

Firefox: Firefox does read MS HTML files, but does so by invoking Internet Explorer. Firefox says it automatically word wraps text docs. Firefox does word wrap for me but I do not guarantee it will do so on all systems.

Chrome: As mentioned above, Chrome (from Google) does not like to read files which are generated by Microsoft products and which are pretty much proprietary to MS. Chrome too should word wrap text files but I am not sure it always does. I don't know what to do when it does not. Chrome does have a procedure similar to that for IE.