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?
Monday, March 20, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
I recently made a podcast (http://ccoincidence.rnn.libsynpro.com/ ) with Dr. Bernard Beitman, a psychiatrist with a lifelong interest in coincidence, who has written a book I heartily endorse, Connecting With Coincidence (2016). We talked about certain kinds of coincidences that are thought to involve divine intervention. Dr. Beitman noted that many stories in the Old Testament (like the parting of the Red sea) may have been natural coincidences that were seized upon as miraculous.
Monday, March 6, 2017
I once made the acquaintance of a student of anthropology, Mrs. E.S. of Belleville, N. J. More than once she experienced being out of her body, she told me, for instance, during her second childbirth. Mrs. S. didn't claim much control starting her out-of-body flights. But once they had begun, she had control over where she went.
I casually suggested that she try "visiting" me in her out-of-body state. Nothing more was said of the matter. I certainly didn't expect anything to happen. I was wrong.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Belief in a mind greater than our own, an external mind that can relate to us in a helpful way, is a recurrent belief in human history. To honor this archetypal psychic entity, let’s just call it Big Mind.
Now, depending on time, place, and culture, people imagine Big Mind in different ways: as spirits and deities of magic, of shamanism, of polytheistic religions; as constructions of monotheism like God, Brahman, Wakan Tanka; as all kinds of angels or demons; as carefully defined philosophical agents or beings like the Hegelian Geist or Bergsonian elan vital; as entheogenic formations of consciousness; as hallucinations of various kinds that qualify as psychotic; and so on. In light of this historical proliferation of forms, I think we’re justified in forming the hypothesis of Big Mind: vague and general, I mean no more than something I could also call extended, subliminal, or transcendent Mind.