On the Primacy of Nondisprovable Hypotheses, Part III

Returning to the question of how the Divine can protect us without damaging our free will. Suppose it is the “Finger of God” that reaches in to flip the switch, collapse the quantum equation, to end or preserve the cat’s life. Such an intervention is absolutely undetectable. We could never know whether it had happened or not. The event must always appear to us to be absolutely random. Suppose there is a golf ball flying directly at one’s head. Suppose… Read more

On the Primacy of Nondisprovable Hypotheses, Part II

The eccentric Russian philosopher George Gurdjieff, thinking about the contentious interface between “science” and “religion,” introduced a principle that has been called Gurdjieff’s Partition: whereas the scientific method can deal with only disprovable hypotheses (for convenience, DH), religious beliefs must instead be considered nondisprovable hypotheses (for more convenience, NDH). That is, if a statement could be falsified by any conceivable fact, whether that fact has been discovered or not, then that statement falls in the turf of science. A scientific… Read more

On the Primacy of Nondisprovable Hypotheses, Part I

The subgenre of philosophy called epistemology is concerned with what we know—or think we know—and how we know it, which, of course, enlarges into the issues of the nature of consciousness, the differences and relationships between knowledge and belief, and the nature of reality—insofar as we are aware of reality, as distinct from what we think is reality. Lately there have been some well-publicized “debates” between proponents of doctrinaire positions on “science” and Creationism. These exchanges have been as inconclusive… Read more

Sam Wagar’s The Uses of Ecstasy is a masterpiece

It is easily one of the ten most important books ever written about the Craft as a religion. For that matter, it is high on my list of the most important books ever written about religion in general. And it is one of the very few books on the Craft that present a serious theology. Sam argues that the Craft movement consists of two different, although interwoven, versions of Witchcraft that in practice are distinct religions. One is the Outer… Read more

My Current Titles Are Now Available on Kindle

Getting them on there has been a technical problem. More precisely, it has been me having problems coping with the technology. But at last it’s done. Getting the novel, Aradia and the Books of the Sacred Marriage, up there is a relief. It had been growing for 45 years. Now it is done, released, finished. I can move on. Hippie Commie Beatnik Witches: A Social History of the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn has been available on… Read more

It is encouraging to receive good reviews

It is a pleasant surprise to find that someone has been saying good things about you behind your back. I don’t often look at my book listings on Amazon to see if there’s a new review. Not every day. Or every week. Or every month. Hardly ever, actually. So it made my day to discover, by accident, Mr. Newmoon’s praise of my work. I found him on FB, friended him, and thanked him. It also occurred to me that it… Read more

Announcing: Aradia and the Books of the Sacred Marriage

Finally, after 45 years of working on the raw materials, and twenty of thinking of it as a story, I have finished a very strange novel. I would not want to write any other type. (I know I announced this bck on Nov. 13, but since then I’e been fighting with technical problems.) Reading again through some of Jung before falling asleep (I realize that’s not everyone’s cup of bedtime tea), I came upon a passage where he distinguishes between… Read more

About Fragments as Materials for Art

Aradia and the Books of the Sacred Marriage, which I have now released through the benefits of POD technology, is a novel in the form of nonfiction, woven from the fragments of information we have about historical Witches, and about the “Gnostic” and other varieties of Christianity that existed before the Council of Nicaea gave governmental power to the Roman church. It is one volume in a trilogy that will include The Road of Excess, in the form of autobiography,… Read more

Announcing: Aradia and the Books of the Sacred Marriage

It’s done. After 45 years of working on the materials that went into it, it’s done, published, and let go. Off my conscience. I put out a shorter version of it about 4 years ago; that was Goddess Murder. Recently I put a companion volume, using the rest of the materials, up on Amazon, titled The Books of the Sacred Marriage. As soon as I had, the Muse began whacking me about the head, saying, “No, integrate them into the… Read more

Around Some Lines of Wordsworth

  I saw that splendor in the burning roses, the radiating trees on that day of ultracolors. We cannot know what alien sensations Our words blind us to, censoring our senses Down to the world we make by our beliefs, Always that sense of having seen the incomprehensible reality Behind the machinery that makes the world All but a few believe to be all there is.   I remember the haunted look in Natalie’s eyes, Returning home from the asylum… Read more

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