Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Toward the End of the World: Three Trends




It used to be that talk of the end of the world was the specialty of the religiously deranged.  Nowadays, it’s common for informed, cool heads like that of Noam Chomsky to speak in public about the onset of global catastrophe and the extinction of humans.

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Manifesto for Self-Healing: Nine Steps




Dr. Kelly Turner lost a young friend and an uncle to cancer early in life, which eventually prompted her to become a psychotherapist and researcher specializing in integrative oncology.  She wanted to focus on cases of spontaneous remission.[i]  She quickly discovered there were more unexplained remissions than at first she imagined were possible.

She also discovered that most physicians were unwilling to discuss or even be reminded of unexplained remissions.  One reason for this resistance was the alleged fear of arousing “false hope” in patients they thought were doomed.  On the other hand, anomalistic healings–like anomalies in other branches of science–might contain clues to new insights and even new healing paradigms.   

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Notes on Self-Transformation



From conception to death, we are constantly changing. The universe keeps changing, starting with its mysterious birth about 13.7 billion years ago. Along the way the atoms were born and the galaxies spawned, and about four billion years ago planet Earth saw the huge change called life, which began a new history of changes. That led to another whopper in the universe called consciousness, and then I wrote this and you are reading it.  

Okay, that was fast. But you get the idea. Against the backdrop of this cosmic spectacular, it shouldn’t be too hard to imagine that we can with a little effort change and improve ourselves.  In fact, I get giddy thinking about what we might become, we whom a poet called  “the paragon of animals (and). . . in apprehension how like a god!”

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Poetry of Quantum Mechanics

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The great epochs of cosmology have produced great poets. The atomism of Democritus and Epicurus inspired On the Nature of Things by Lucretius.  Medieval Christian cosmology found its voice in Dante’s Divine Comedy.  What about the modern cosmology of relativity and especially quantum mechanics?  Where are the poetic voices?

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