Category Archives: Religion

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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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: 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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Consciousness: Breakdown Or Breakthrough?

The reason for this is that humans are disposed to seek comfort and to redress a lost intrapsychic equilibrium using speech-thought, the very technique that created self-accessibility and the resulting predicament. -Zoltan Torey To Eastern eyes, Western Man might look … Continue reading

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The Powers That Be

“What is—is possible!” William of Ockham Whenever someone challenges me with a claim that something is impossible, I think of the above quote. If all that I see before me is manifestly possible, my seemingly unlikely existence included, then it … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence, Christianity, & Generative Death Anxiety

Daniel Quinn’s phenomenal book “Ishmael” had a deep impact on my worldview when I first read it some eight years ago. I could no longer look at the world in the same way again and soon found myself writing arguments … Continue reading

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A Solution To The Hard Problem Of Consciousness Pt 3

To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one’s being added to that being. -William James The Report Of Self This quote is clearly a description of double-mindedness. However, our awareness … Continue reading

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A Solution To The Hard Problem Of Consciousness Pt 2

The above picture of an Ambilight television should help illustrate the mental duality described in Pt 1. The TV screen represents one mind’s focus on the phenomenal field and the ambient light that surrounds it represents the emotional “coloring” of … Continue reading

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A Solution To The Hard Problem Of Consciousness Pt 1

In 1981 Roger Sperry was awarded a Nobel prize in physiology for his work with split-brain patients, which highlighted the dual nature of the brain. It is uncontested that the human brain shows unusually great lateralization of function between it’s … Continue reading

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