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The Mormon

June 27th, 2016 · No Comments

It’s been an interesting journey, the past several years. This blog is now more than 9 years old, dating back to a time when I was unpacking, deconstructing, the worldview I had grown up with, in search of a healthier predisposition towards our existence on this planet. The story didn’t stop, although regular posting did. […]

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Religions are not “Viruses of the Mind”

August 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Sue Blackmore was a champion of the idea that religions are “memeplexes” that act purely in their own self-interest, to the detriment of the population whose minds they infect. She wrote a couple of books on the topic, to explore the extend in which this theory could be true. I recently stumbled on an article […]

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We all practice Belief, and it Matters

August 10th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Daniel Dennett famously criticized “belief in belief” in the past: he pointed out that there are many things that many of us no longer believe, but that we still believe it to be good to believe in those things. Consider a series on The Guardian on the question of Should we believe in belief? But […]

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Thanksgiving, saying grace, and “dominion” over other lives

November 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Today is Thanksgiving in America. From what I read, this holiday is also celebrated in a secular manner, though it has its roots in religious and cultural traditions. I think this aspect of our traditions is beautiful and valuable. Similarly I have wondered about the benefits of the tradition of “saying grace” at every mealtime. […]

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Faith and Unbelief in the context of Zen Buddhism?

November 23rd, 2013 · 2 Comments

Plum Village in France is a Buddhist meditation center. I stumbled over a post titled 51 Mental Formations which is simply a set of lists: “Universals”, “Particulars”, “Wholesome”, “Unwholesome” and “Indeterminate” mental formations. Being tagged with “trancription”, my guess is that it is material covered in a talk by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh? What […]

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Contemplating Dust

September 28th, 2013 · No Comments

On 23 September 2011, just over two years ago, I saw a bird on the ground in a hospital parking lot. It wasn’t moving. Much. It was still breathing though. 16:05, the time of my first photo. I paused for a moment. Not sure what I was doing there, or what the point was; it […]

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“Religious”, I do not think it means what you think it means

July 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

Dale’s now writing a book on the “religious/non-religious mixed marriage”. What I love about his work is that it is positive. Anyway, he writes short daily journal entries while working on his books, the first for his new book points out the problem with our terms. Contrast: Most people think of someone as religious if […]

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Stories for Children with Leukemia

June 9th, 2013 · No Comments

This example is about helping kids fight their Leukemia: I’m hoping there aren’t people that try to argue that the general principle is a case of lying to children. Comic books are universally understood to be stories. Even when a child wears his Batman costume and says “I’m batman!” The stories provide a mirror for […]

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Our Lives are Stories

May 20th, 2013 · No Comments

It matters not what your worldview is, whether you be Christian or Muslim, Buddhist or “Tom Cruise, Scientologist”, whether you’re atheist, Hindu or Orthodox Jew… if you are living a meaningful life, you are living a story. These stories of ours are not a matter of physics, not a case of chemical reactions, these stories […]

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Brief (Unshared) Reflections on Six Years…

January 27th, 2013 · No Comments

Scary how the years fly. The sixth anniversary of this blog passed a few days ago. Consequence of the strain of thought-exhibitionism I exhibited especially in the early years, this blog serves as some interesting indirect documentation of a journey that has taken me on roads I did not anticipate. And some weeks before the […]

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