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?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Coincidence and the Expansion of Consciousness



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

An Out-of-Body Night Visit From a Lady



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.

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