Category Archives: Consciousness

Defending A Life Of The Mind

Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. -Mathew 10:16 My last post, “Against A Life Of The Mind,” warned that pursuing a life of the mind is … Continue reading

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Against A Life Of The Mind

“Wisdom is knowing what to overlook.” -William James I recently published a post criticizing an article titled “Philosophy: A Diseased Discipline,” which offered as “wisdom” the suggestion that we would do well to overlook most of philosophy, as it is … Continue reading

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Some Reflections On The 2013 Julian Jaynes Conference

I just returned from West Virginia where I was privileged to attend the 2013 Julian Jaynes Conference, which I am hoping will put Bicameral Studies on the map as a potential source for a new synthesis in psychology/psychiatry. What an … Continue reading

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Freeze Sucka! Pt 2 – Two Kinds Of Fear

I recently ran into a discrepancy in the research on the human adrenal response: some sources suggest that the weak-kneed feeling is caused by tons of blood rushing away from your head and core and towards your large muscle groups, preparing you … Continue reading

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Freedom Aint Liberating

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” -Aristotle Samuel Johnson famously states that all experience is for the freedom of the will, all theory against it, but while this captures a great truth about causal reasoning/theorizing, it also obscures … Continue reading

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Sam Harris Leaves Me Speechless (well not quite…)

Last night I watched a lecture by Sam Harris that seemed unusually eloquent, even for him (though this is likely the result of his at least having read the back cover of Becker’s “Denial of Death”). Nonetheless, it contained the … Continue reading

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The Cult Of Personality Pt 2 – Ambiversion

“Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” -Walt Whitman In Pt1 of this series I meant to defend the notion of a mortal soul, as opposed to reducing the human being … Continue reading

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Freeze Sucka! On Cultivating The Fighting Spirit

Misunderstanding Fight/Flight: When I started my training I assumed that martial arts would teach me to fight instead of flee; would teach me aggression; would instill in me that killer instinct, that willingness to seize the initiative and attack. This … Continue reading

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The Cult Of Personality: Mistaking ‘Self’ For ‘Soul’

Personality testing or ‘psychometrics’ can create a rather disturbing misunderstanding of self perpetuated through a dangerous self-fulfilling prophecy. Have you ever heard the aphorism “believe you can or believe you can’t; either way you are right”? Well, the same applies … Continue reading

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Judgement Day

“I’m a fake hero…the joke the gods played on me.” -Jim Morrison When Jesus was on the cross he asked God to forgive his persecutors because they didn’t really know what they were doing. Crucial for the following discussion is … Continue reading

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