“A Critique of Religions, mostly Islam and Christianity” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.

A few days ago I saw a video on YouTube with The Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur. He was talking about how as a student he got very excited about philosophy and thought of majoring in the subject. When he went to talk with his professor, the professor asked which philosopher he wished to study. … Continue reading “A Critique of Religions, mostly Islam and Christianity” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.

Getting Out of Your Own Light: Aldous Huxley on Mind-Body Integration and How You Become Who You Are

By Maria Popova (brainpickings.org) Aldous Huxley (July, 26 1894–November 22, 1963) endures as one of the most visionary and unusual minds of the twentieth century — a man of strong convictions about drugs, democracy, and religion and immensely prescient ideas about the role of technology in human life; a prominent fixture of Carl Sagan’s reading list; and the author of … Continue reading Getting Out of Your Own Light: Aldous Huxley on Mind-Body Integration and How You Become Who You Are

Reincarnation now

Modern mindfulness strips Buddhism of its spiritual core. We need an ethics of reincarnation for an interconnected world Photo by Martine Franck/Magnum Avram Alpert is a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program and the author of Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki (2019) and A Partial Enlightenment: What Modern Literature and Buddhism Can Teach … Continue reading Reincarnation now

Free Will Astrology for week of April 22, 2021

Paul Gauguin became a full-time painter only after serving the French navy and working as a stockbroker. (Shutterstock) Gemini, take a moment to ponder if there’s a turning point in your future ROB BREZSNY Apr. 21, 2021 1:30 a.m. (SFExaminer.com) FEATURES ARIES (March 21-April 19): Blogger Emma Elsworthy wrote her “Self-Care List.” I’ll tell you … Continue reading Free Will Astrology for week of April 22, 2021

Phantasia: Imagination is a powerful tool, a sixth sense, a weapon. We must be careful how we use it, in life as on stage or screen

Paul Giamatti is a theatre, film and television actor living in New York City. Some of his notable performances feature in the HBO TV series John Adams (2008), the Showtime TV series Billions (2016-), and the films American Splendor (2003) and Sideways (2004). Stephen T Asma is professor of philosophy at Columbia College Chicago and a member of the Public Theologies of Technology … Continue reading Phantasia: Imagination is a powerful tool, a sixth sense, a weapon. We must be careful how we use it, in life as on stage or screen

Donald Hoffman on the fundamental nature of consciousness

“I screamed!” –Mike Zonta, BB editor Theories of Everything with Curt Jaimungal July 30, 2020 Donald Hoffman a cognitive psychologist and Professor in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. The interviewer is Curt Jaimungal, who has a background in mathematical physics, making this an eminently scholarly and technical talk (relative … Continue reading Donald Hoffman on the fundamental nature of consciousness

Book: “Reflections on Gender and Science”

Reflections on Gender and Science by Evelyn Fox Keller  Why are objectivity and reason characterized as male and subjectively and feeling as female? How does this characterization affect the goals and methods of scientific enquiry? This groundbreaking work explores the possibilities of a gender-free science and the conditions that could make such a possibility a reality. … Continue reading Book: “Reflections on Gender and Science”

Poet and Philosopher David Whyte on the Deeper Meanings of Friendship, Love, and Heartbreak

By Maria Popova (brainpickings.org) “Words belong to each other,” Virginia Woolf asserted in the only surviving recording of her voice. But words also belong to us, as much as we belong to them — and out of that mutual belonging arises our most fundamental understanding of the world, as well as the inescapable misunderstandings that bedevil … Continue reading Poet and Philosopher David Whyte on the Deeper Meanings of Friendship, Love, and Heartbreak

The Book That Should Change How Progressives Talk About Race

Opinion Heather McGhee writes that racism increases economic inequality for everyone. By Michelle Goldberg Opinion Columnist Feb. 19, 2021 (NYTimes.com) When Heather McGhee was a 25-year-old staffer at Demos, the progressive think tank she would eventually lead, she went to Congress to present findings on shocking increases in individual and family debt. “Few politicians in Washington … Continue reading The Book That Should Change How Progressives Talk About Race