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Spirituality, Religion and Psychiatry – Time for Better Integration

My doctorate was in Psychology and Religion, so this topic is very close to me. I’ve been advocating for better integration among several different fields for decades (see my initial thesis proposal, 1991-92). It’s nice when you see culture finally catching up.

English: Pink Floyd performing at Live 8 in London

Pink Floyd performing at Live 8 in London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was tempted to say “duh” at the end of the above tweet. But that’s only because I’ve met with such mindless, brainwashed and sometimes nasty thinking over the years on this topic.

Choosing to drop the cynicism, however, I just posted the tweet without the “duh.”

As the old Pink Floyd song goes. “We don’t need… no dark sarcasm in the classroom.” I have encountered my fair share. Don’t want to be “just another brick in the wall.”

Some folks become proverbial bricks in the wall out of ignorance. Other choose. In either case, it’s time to peacefully dismantle that ideological wall of ignorance.

 Album Review: ORPHANED LAND Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs (metalinjection.net)


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Oxford Grad vs. Upstart “Colonial” – One of the more interesting debates I’ve watched in a while

True, Cathy Newman – an Oxford grad – seems to repeatedly misrepresent and simplify some of Peterson’s claims. But isn’t he giving clinical psychology just a little bit too much legitimacy?

I started off in psychology but realizing how hokey it was, changed to sociology. As my undergrad supervisor of studies put it, “psychology is hindering your intellectual growth.”

She was right!

And when the insights from sociology began to run dry, I switched to comparative religion…

 A Rose by Any Other Name: (brothersjuddblog.com)

 What it’s like to be a conservative talking to progressives (saveamericafoundation.com)


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Trudeau won’t give you job money if you’re pro-life? – Choice should go both ways in a free country

I like a lot of what Trudeau stands for. His openness to all the cultures of the world makes Canada an exciting, vibrant place. But it seems on the pro-life ticket, he’s become authoritarian.

English: Pierre Trudeau speaking at a fundrais...

Pierre Trudeau (Justin’s father) speaking at a fundraising meeting for the Liberal Party at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, Québec – Wikipedia

I’m old enough to remember when his father was PM. Justin Trudeau obviously was well-groomed by his famous dad. He’s a born politician. Many thought he was too young and inexperienced to take the reigns, but he has proved that he can wow internationally, and that’s a good thing for Canada’s image.

In Canada, however, it’s a different story. We see headlines about Justin being the only PM who is more popular abroad than at home.

I think there’s some truth to this. Most Europeans love flash and style. Well, Trudeau’s got that. But substance? Seems the main substance he now has comes in little plastic bags that used to be called “dime bags” when I was kid. (I have no idea what they’re called now).

No, that not fair. A bit of a cheap joke. As I say, the new Trudeau does have a good attitude about many things. But he is out to lunch in other areas. Carbon tax, tyrannical views about pro-life, etc.

It’ll be interesting to see if Canada swings back to a more conservative leader next election. My guess is Trudeau’s charisma carries him through another term until his luck runs out and Canadians want a leader who remembers what freedom truly means.

 John Ivison: Trudeau’s stubbornness over summer jobs application defies common sense (nationalpost.com)


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For the insulting science bots at davidbowie.com

Just before David Bowie’s death I was active at davidbowie.com. At first, I thought I had found some interesting people. And some of the participants were. But others seemed like science bots, parroting trends without really thinking about them.

Being me, I mentioned the possibility outlined in the above tweet way before it hit the headlines (I tend to be like that). My suggestion was met with insults, ridicule, attempted shaming and scorn. For some, just thinking freely is a major sin.

It seems these lost followers of Bowie have become the Diamond Dogs, themselves. Easy living hypocrites saying all the right PC things while living the life that capitalism affords.

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AI – Should we fear, embrace or accept that the battle will go on forever?

I have a sci-fi novel sitting on my HD (external hard drive, so don’t bother trying to hack me, all you sad souls with nothing better to do than to live vicariously thru other people’s private lives) that deals with the issue of AI gone wrong.

Actually, it’s not so much about AI… more about the interface of biological and machine life. Clearly, this is the direction we’re moving toward as a species. But my novel is set thousands of years in the future. I won’t detail any more because, time permitting, I might publish installments at my personal blog.

One of the central themes of my book is that good and evil continue to battle it out through all time. The notion that we are morally progressing over the centuries is flawed because, as so many well-intentioned materialists don’t get, evil imo is real and never going away. Not in the creation of our matter/energy universe, at any rate. Maybe in heaven.

So for me the above tweet is a good, germinal warning of things to come. Or things that may come. Nobody can really know for sure.– MC


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Psychological WiFi – Fact or flaky?

I tend to think this is fact but most of us are not sensitized to appreciate how we are potentially connected on some level. If society – that is human beings – ever evolves so the majority recognizes this kind of subtle connectivity, then claims like this will not be listed under parapsychology but, rather, psychology.

Vincent Brown quoting Steve Jobs via Flickr

What is normal depends on the status quo. We are social animals. And if most human beings believe they are islands unto themselves, then those who see and feel subtle connections probably will be marginalized. Simple as that.

Vincent Brown quoting Albert Einstein via Flickr

I wrote about this for my PhD but had to hint at it through a study of synchronicity. My initial thesis proposal (pdf) was all about this kind of thing. The university accepted me (and my prestigious funding), and then narrowed me down to something more conventional. —MC


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Psi Spies – A different kind of dark web?

Psi Spies (back to top)

Psi has become slightly more mainstream over the past few years. I just wrote about psi and so far the piece has 8 likes. Not astronomical but better than none.¹

Most say that psi studies don’t produce reliable results. However, law enforcement agencies still consult with psychics in search of dangerous criminals.

The US government pulled the plug on a Remote Viewing project because, so the story goes, it didn’t produce results. But some of the faithful still practice and write about RV. Researchers say they are honing a technique that will enable anyone to RV.

In this case, seeing really is believing.

Backtracking a bit, an Oxford schooled Indian mystic…

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