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“War of the worlds” – a harmless 1938 prank, or something else?

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.1 – George Santayana The usual man or woman, who listens to the “news” faithfully, is constantly (and inevitably) exploited by all kinds of shrewd people…2 – Not-Two Is Peace … Continue reading

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Gun control, Gandhi, and true peace

Prejudiced people will listen only to one side of a story. Swamiji had an open mind. He would take every point of view into account. He had a generous and forgiving heart. – Swami Turiyananda speaking of Swami Vivekananda1 My … Continue reading

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Darwin’s theory of evolution: good science or faulty philosophy?

When I was little I learned about evolution – the idea that as humans we evolved from lizards and microbes through a process of competition and violence, with the strong surviving while the weaker members of the species die off … Continue reading

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Gnosticism (“knowing reality”) and the false message of “The Matrix”

So I was thinking of watching a movie recently and I thought maybe I should put on “The Matrix” – the original from 1999.  It’s one of my all-time favorites. Uh oh.  I noticed something I never noticed before:  the … Continue reading

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Facebook: a garden of intimacy or a hotbed of anxiety?

Architecture determines the way you live.1 So I got back on Facebook recently, after taking about four months off. It’s kind of a weird feeling.  On the one hand, it feels great to see so many faces and names that … Continue reading

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Sacred ritual, empty ritual, and satanic ritual – a comparative study

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet When we were young, some of us attended religious rituals with our parents. The purpose of these rituals was often a social one … Continue reading

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J. Krishnamurti, Theosophy, and the fabrication of the new age movement

I recently attended a Mummery Book1 enactment, wherein the protagonist, Raymond Darling, is walking through the woods one day, and without warning, comes across a religion that is devoted to him as its symbol. Which of course he finds shocking … Continue reading

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