Category Archives: Metaphysics

Johnny Appleseed preached Swedenborg????

That wasn’t in the Disney version! John Chapman (Appleseed’s real name) kept Swedenborg’s “Heaven and Hell” with the Bible in his cookpot hat. Arriving at a house on one of his walkabouts, he would greet the inhabitants: “Will you have … Continue reading

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Easy to ridicule . . . yeah. I know.

For the past several days, I’ve been mulling an op-ed piece that ran in last Friday’s Wall Street Journal titled If I Don’t See It, It’s Not There. The piece is written by Steve Salerno, a former Men’s Health editor … Continue reading

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Deepak, I hardly know ya’

Deepak Chopra is trying his hand at political commentary. With a metaphysical gloss, of course. Unfortunately he falls flat on his face. I’m kinda sorry about it, too, I thought he was sharper than this. Palin’s pluck has been admired, … Continue reading

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So who is driving the bus? Really?

More evidence that our rational self isn’t really the self that’s in charge: as described in a piece by Robert Lee Hotz in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, research suggests that when we “decide” to do something, we’re not really deciding. … Continue reading

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Seeing is believing

At some point in fifth grade, I noticed the blackboard in Mrs. Marshman’s math class was blurry. I mentioned it to my parents, and within a few weeks had been fitted with my first pair of glasses. I didn’t submit … Continue reading

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The body electric

I expected something different from Candace Pert’s latest book, Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d. For starters, the title’s a bit of a bait to the text’s switch. You aren’t going to find that promised Everything here. In … Continue reading

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The way out is up

Can’t solve a problem on the level at which it were wrought. So. Anyway. This is kind of cool: If human speech is recorded and played backwards, mixed amongst the gibberish at regular intervals can be heard very clear statements. … Continue reading

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This sort of love, that sort of love

A lot has been said about writing as an act of creation, so much so that we’ve probably become more jaded than we realize. Articulating experience via language is, after all, so simple a child can do it. And self-proclaimed … Continue reading

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“Whatever she could lay her hands on”

I’m fascinated by the idea of transformation: the idea that a person might be born one thing, and then through intention, will, perhaps practice, become something else. If it happens at all, true transformation is exceedingly rare, although to appreciate … Continue reading

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“Secular sermons”

In the New Statesman, John Gray critiques both Wolpert (Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast–I blogged about that book yesterday) and Daniel C Dennett, Breaking the Spell: religion as a natural phenomenon. [tags] religion, spirituality, belief [/tags]

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