Ghost in the machine is a phrase coined by the Oxford philosopher Gilbert Ryle in Concept of Mind (1949) to pejoratively describe René Descartes‘ (1596-1650) dualistic view of the mind-body relationship. The phrase has been used by Arthur Koester in his 1967 book The Ghost in the Machine and also by the pop band The Police… Read More “Ghost in the Machine” – A famous phrase that never went away
Hubris (Greek: hybris) is a term often found in literary criticism to denote some kind of tragic flaw that brings disastrous fortune to a character or group. The idea has a complex history in anci… Source: Hubris – Do criminals really want to get caught? – Earthpages.org Opinion: I wrote about hubris a few weeks ago… Read More A little more on the idea of Hubris | Opinion re Toronto Mayor affair
Hubris (Greek: hybris) is a term often found in literary criticism to denote some kind of tragic flaw that brings disastrous fortune to a character or group. The idea has a complex history in ancient Greek culture and crops up in the Old Testament Proverbs, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”¹ In… Read More Hubris – Do criminals really want to get caught?
According to legend, the Holy Grail is the chalice that Christ and his disciplines drank from at the Last Supper. Joseph of Arimathea is said to have caught drops of the crucified Christ’s blood in the Grail before taking it to Glastonbury. In Arthurian lore, the cup is named Sangreal and was pursued by the… Read More The Holy Grail in History and Legend
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) was a former bookseller and antiquary born in Württemberg who became an influential writer and friend of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. Hesse’s literary work deals mostly with the psychology and spirituality of characters who influence each other’s perceptions and personal development. His novels Steppenwolf and Demian involve Jung’s idea of the… Read More Hermann Hesse – Mysticism for a few?
Hi everyone, this is a pretty long revision of a Think Free entry. Feel free to skim and zoom in on parts that may interest you. I tried to punctuate the text with images that explain what’s going on. — MC Depth psychologists and New Age enthusiasts often talk about the idea of the hero.… Read More The hero revisited – Do they all come out good?
As a student in the 1980s, I came across a young person in a pretty bad situation. For convenience, I’ll call them Sam (not their real name). I had volunteered to host the weekly movie night at the psychiatric wing of a hospital. Sam was an in-patient and one evening we got to chatting after… Read More A touch of wisdom can work wonders
In Greek mythology, Hermes is the son of Zeus and Maia (the daughter of Atlas). In his youth, Hermes is regarded as a prankster. In Homer‘s Odyssey, he is depicted as a mature messenger of the gods and conductor of souls to the afterlife realm of Hades. Hermes, in fact, has many functions within the… Read More Hermes – A link between different realms?
Two persons were arrested after they had glued their hands to the frames of two world-famous paintings by Spanish master Francisco de Goya in Madrid’s Prado museum on Saturday. Source: Climate activists glue hands to Goya painting in Spain, block private jets at Amsterdam airport Opinion: Oh, that’s original… Reminds me of something I have… Read More Climate activists glue hands to Goya painting in Spain, block private jets at Amsterdam airport
Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek demigod and incredibly strong Heracles. He is the son of Jupiter (in Greece, Zeus) and the mortal Alcmene. Generally regarded as a ‘divine hero,’ he was born a destroyer par excellence. Hercules vanquished two snakes while still in the cradle and as a boy killed a lion.… Read More Hercules – The Roman counterpart to Heracles