On the Moral Implications of the Bell Curve

I spend about as much time as any other well-informed person being concerned about the problems America is facing and, like everyone else, not having a clue about what I can do to help ameliorate the situation. I feel that I should be doing whatever I can. I certainly agree with Edmund Burke’s observation that [Read More…]

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Jill Stein, you are betraying the Jewish people—and the rest of humanity—because Trump is a Nazi.

Everything you are doing and saying makes it a little more possible that this pathological narcissist might be elected. After your enviable career as a doctor and college professor, where is your conscience? (Am I the first to say this? Why do I even have to?) Have you read what Stephanie Cegielski wrote about him? [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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How I Pray

All sensible people pray, no matter what term they use to name what they do. I know that the Gods exist independently of humanity and that prayer works. (That’s know, not believe.) If you are certain that nothing divine exists and that prayer cannot work, then of course it can’t. But if you are at [Read More…]

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Blindsided by a Rabbit, Again

Just finished Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes. Every one of his books is like seeing through a tear in the fabric of reality, into another world, a world redeemed by enlightenment. Wish I could figure out how he does that. The best of all so far is his next novel, The Zahir. It cannot be explained [Read More…]

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The Search for Truth Is Endless—Don’t Get Sidetracked

Some people have accused me of being unfair to atheists in my recent blogs. No, I’m being critical of people who are closedminded about anything to do with religion, a crowd that includes many people besides atheists. Why am I bothering? For the sake of those who can still grow, and anyone who decides to can do that. [Read more…]

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Maybe a “Fellowship of the Spirit” could be a safe place to tell our true experiences

What if it became possible to talk more freely about these spiritual experiences? What if one had something like a support group where it was safe to open up and talk about what had really happened, about how that experience was a watershed, transforming experience in one’s life? [Read more…]

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How Atheism Kills Students

I’m sure that got your attention. I mean only a certain kind of atheism: if thinking that the First Amendment requires hostility to all religion and leads one to fight against implementation of support systems that could protect students from being overcome by social and psychological problems, then, in that sense, atheism can definitely kill teenagers. [Read more…]

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Of Blogging, the Virtues of Atheism, and the Epidemic Mental Illnesses That Are Destroying All Societies

I have not been posting much on this blog lately. My attention has been concentrated on getting out the first volume of the History of the Craft in America that has been growing for decades (and taking care of my family). My old friend Robert Matheisen, Professor Emeritus at Brown University, has been going over [Read More…]

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Aljazeera Is Radio Free America–and Remember Pete Seeger

I switched to Aljazeera, and found a panel discussion about the lasting importance of Pete Seeger’s 80-odd years of activism. And it struck me that Aljazeera is the only news source that tells the truth, because it is not controlled by US corporations. [Read more…]

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