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Forgiving Bill Cosby

Charges of sexual assault have been formally laid on Bill Cosby, as of Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

It revives the sense of outrage and betrayal that people are feeling about Cosby.

About a year ago, when my book The Deal came out, I wrote an article about this issue for Pickthebrain.com.

A link to the article is to the left. I'd be interested to hear what you think of it. Read More 
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Conceptronium and Perceptronium

I've just come across this item (see link at left, "Consciousness as a Property of Matter") and think it's interesting enough to comment on.

There are some problems with it: I always raise my eyebrows when I come across peculiar neologisms such as "conceptronium" and "perceptronium." But I do think it's valuable that there  Read More 
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The Fearless D. Patrick Miller

Over the last few days I've been back in touch with my old friend and colleague, D. Patrick Miller, author of The Way of Forgiveness, A Complete Guide to the Course, (A Course in Miracles, that is), and any number of other works. He also has his own publishing imprint, Fearless Books.

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Incredible String Theory

The Scientific American article to the left describes some of the controversies of string theory, one of the latest attempts to create a Grand Theory of Everything from a scientific point of view.

I am in no way qualified to make any pronouncements about the validity of string theory, but in its exquisite ingenuity, it’s starting to resemble another piece of theoretical ingenuity: the epicycles of Ptolemy’s geocentric theory.
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God and the Great Angel

Several days ago I posted a link to my article, "The Strange Identity of Jesus Christ," saying that the Christians who wrote the New Testament didn't think that Jesus was God incarnate. They thought he was the incarnation of the Great Angel, Metatron, the "archangel of many names," as Philo described him. Some of these names were the  Read More 
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The Strange Identity of Jesus Christ

So who did the early Christians--I mean the ones who wrote the New Testament--think Jesus really was?

The answer is a bit surprising. See my article to the left for more details. It was published in the fall issue of Quest magazine and has just gone up online now.

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The latest particle

It's gotten fairly common to read announcements of the discoveries of new subatomic particles. The latest example is the article (link to the left) on some possible new version of the Higgs boson.

Of course I am in no position to comment on these things scientifically.

I wonder, though, where it is all leading.

What is matter, after all?
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Contradictions in Scientistic Materialism

The third word in the title is not a typo. I want to distinguish scientism, an ideology that views science in quasi-religious terms, from science per se.

Scientism (a.k.a. scientific materialism) is the worldview behind current mainstream Western thought. It’s not so much a doctrine but a collection of usually unstated assumptions that dictate much of what we read and hear — and believe.  Read More 
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UFOs, part 2

It’s dangerous to write about UFOs in any but the most contemptuous fashion. Even a reasonably even-handed treatment of the subject, as I tried to write, makes one suspect.
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The UFO conundrum

Yes, he was joking. Yes, he was laughing. All the same, these are very strange jokes for a sitting president to make.

I refer to a conversation between President Obama and Jimmy Kimmel on Kimmel’s talk show about UFOs. This took place in March 2015. (See the link in the column to the left.)

As for revealing the alien presence, Obama said, “The aliens won’t let it happen. You’d reveal all their secrets, and they exercise strict control over us,” he added. “I can't reveal anything.”
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