|Where Am I?
||The search for self continues, in spite of everything. (2/4/2008)
Dawkins vs. Ken Wilber
||Confronting the seeming differences between the material and the mystic (2/4/2008)
and the Anthropic Principle
||Yes, the evolutionary events that are us are incredibly improbable. (1/30/3008)
||Who we think we are isn't even half of it. (11/27/2007)
Could Have Been a Contender"
||Heroes and the American Dream (10/31/2008)
I Wish I'd Said...
||The mysterious forces that make us write (10/27/2007)
Up With the World
||The myths we harbor that often aren't true (10/11/2007)
||We have words for many things, but a lot that goes on inside us
remains unnamed. (10/11/2007)
of the Phoenix, Redux
||Reason and logic may have their place, but . . .
Power of Fog
||At the limits of language, how do we continue?
||Rational Analysis goes only so far in telling us what a work of art
really means (9/5/2007)
||More about Ken Wilber and the materialists (8/9/2007)
||Ken Wilber and the materialists, playing with my mind
||Beliefs and Meta-beliefs and human nature (7/26/2007)
||I don't like to feel I'm being put in a box (7/12/2007)
||Should Homer have protected his work? (5/20/ 2007)
||The difficulty of trying to classify people
by Paul Simon and Douglas Hofstadter
||Is there a me, or am "I" just a pattern?
Believe in Rainbows
||The Self, like the rainbow, may be an illusion (4/12/2007)
Can We Believe?
||Is the whole world just somebody's opinion?
Long, Drawn-Out Solstice
||Musing on an astronomical curiosity (12/24/2006)
- Part Two
||Some more thoughts about Sam Harris (10/14/2006)
Quest for Certainty
||Certainty is an illusion, and its quest is sometimes
the Ends of the Earth
||Boundaries that don't exist. (8/10/2006)
||It's about expectations and disappointments. (8/4/2006)
Meaning of Life
||An ever-receding question. (7/27/2006)
Hold These Truths...
||Powerful as it is for us, the Declaration of Independence is not the
word of God. (6/14/2006)
||Maybe the Neanderthals sang instead of thinking.
||A musing about why we feel bad. (5/22/2006)
Are Beliefs, and . . .
||Sam Harris's book has a near-fatal weakness. (5/4/2006)
||Thomas Friedman's new book, The World is Flat, gave me some
things to think about (12/9/2005)
||Diane Ackerman has a good idea; I wish only that she had had a better
Alchemy of Telling
||Diane Ackerman at her best, and writing about the mind -- I loved it!
||We're stuck with having them, but we're not stuck with particular
habits. (6/23/ 2005)
||We haven't left evolution behind, but the Big Game is now in our
court. (5/26/ 2005)
Joy of Science
||Fame and fortune may motivate scientific inquiry, but something else
is often more important. (5/19/ 2005)
Conundrum of Human Nature
||The nature-nurture issue, re-examined. Just because it's natural,
does that make it right? (5/13/2005)
the Computer Isn't Smarter than I Am!
||A bit of advice from a computer mentor (5/9/2005)
Rant on Religion
||About tolerance and truth (4/1/2005)
West Wing" Turning Right?
||It's only a television program, but there's something important about
it, and maybe it's time for a change (3/24/2005)
Geometry of Spring
||How come the winter sunrise doesn't change with the winter sunset?
And other musings. (3/11/2005)
||I love music, but I don't always understand it. (3/3/2005)
||Just because somebody says it is art doesn't make it true--or false
||There's something more to beauty than entertainment.
Don't Understand Us
||Osama bin Laden's attempt to influence the U.S. elections.
New God of Probability
||Statistics are taking the place of burning bushes (8/26/1994
Cost of Health Care
||The cost/benefit dilemma that will continue to grow.
Hackman as President?
||Fear seeks simple answers. (10/8/2004)
Lifted Out of the Ordinary
||or, "People who would be wonderful to know..."
Head and the Heart
||I have always felt two kinds of pull at me, my intellectual curiosity
and my emotional hunger for—something. (6/5/2004)
||The words came to me as if they had been spoken aloud. But of course
they weren't. (5/26/2004)
Poetry and Meaning
||True meaning often comes to us, when it does, by a side door.
||"Truth is not elusive," he says. But clarity is obscured by
our own filters. (4/23/2004)
||Just because something feels true doesn't mean necessarily that it
||Opposite Sex, Same Sex--isn't the commitment the important thing?
is a Right-Brain Activity
||Humans are a rational species, but . . . (3/3/2004)
||As a writer, I want to protect what's mine. As a citizen, sometimes,
. . . (2/8/2004)
In Control Here?
||Mostly, we are confident that we're in charge. Sometimes,
||Words cannot be more than metaphors for real
experiences--or people. (12/24/2003)
||Much confusion--and heartache--surrounds this word.
||Music, above just about everything, touches us beyond
||The process of "transcend and include" is not
just a spiritual event. (11/6/2003)
||It's not enough to be tolerant of other
||How is a sense of the self important--if the
self is only an illusion? (7/31/2003)
||How do we talk about transcendence? (7/3/2003)
||The Good, the True, and the Beautiful--which
is truly important? (6/12/2003)
as Larger Mind
||Intuition, wisdom--and even
enlightenment--come from mindful living (6/4/2003)
||A not-taken-very-seriously assignment in my
writing group (5/2/2003)
Power of Words
||In the best of relationships, sometimes words
separate us (4/10/2003)
||Falling stars and other objects.
of the Union
||After hearing President Bush's 2003 address.
||It’s the mystery of emotions that give them
such power over us. The mystery and the awe. (1/20/2003)
||Right and wrong, ideals, and e-mail. (1/16/2003)
||Some more poking around in
of My Mind
||Who's in charge here? Me? (11/8/2002)
||The Baby Boomers had their important insights.
But they got stuck somewhere. (10/17/2002)
||We like to think we make the important
decisions, but . . . (9/26/2002)
||What's one life, more or less? (8/29/2002)
||It seems to be built into us, but sometimes
things interfere. (8/22/2002)
||"Six degrees of separation" between
us and them. (7/18/2002)
||Some things, I may understand and deal with;
others, well . . . (6/29/2002)
||I don't know where all my words come from,
but I'm working on it. (6/20/2002)
as a higher level of consciousness
||Does insight have to be so serious?
Sometimes, everything goes wrong, but before it goes
. . .
||Bad breaks may not be the worst thing that
can happen (4/21/2002)
||If only I weren't so limited by words! (1/31/2002)
||I wrote this some time ago for another Web
site, but it belongs here (2/10/2001)
Practice Makes Perfect
|(Subtitled: A Nerd's Eye View) My
current answer to "Why do you meditate? (11/20/2001)
||September 11 inspired this one (9/28/2001)
||The changing nature of reality (8/10/2001)
Reach . . .
||About photography—and relationship
||I can't know everything about everything, of
course. But sometimes . . . (June 9, 2001)
|Don, the Romantic
||Music does it again. A memory. (written
5/6/99, revised 3/16/2001)
Guy in the Blue Saab
||Another wondering about my own behavior
(1/31/2001, written in May, 1995)
Sound of Silence
||My love-hate relationship with it (12/13/2000)
is an Intimate Act
||On choosing not to eat meat (11/28/2000)
of Spiritual Capacity
||What seems to be reason to hope, although we might
Cloning and Other Experiments . . .
||Thoughts on what we ought to do.
and Psychic Phenomena
||A small "Aha!" while reading.
in My Life
||A disquieting thought about my own growth--or lack of it. (3/1/2000)
|My Difficulty with Aaron
||What "the spirit world" does for me--and doesn't. (1/23/2000)
|Mindfulness and Mysticism
||Must there be a connection? (5/21/99)
|The Taste of Irony
||I wrote a kind of book review even before I had finished
reading the book. It will be interesting to me to go back to this after
I've read it all. (1/12/99)
||Trying to understand the ideas of Ken Wilber
|Music Appreciation Class
||I don't know what prompts a lot of my writing. I try not to
let the impulse get away without my doing something about it.
This suddenly grew out of an experience I had. (1/14/99)