Posted in January 2009

New Systems…

This century will see less frames and more rivers, streams and flows. At last, the sciences will redeem themselves; taking organic shapes to handle organic systems. Yes, the rigid structures which once peered down upon the Earth and its features will now topple down, falling into the messy nature of streams and rivers. There is … Continue reading

Exploring the question, “Does God exist?” Part 2

Now that we’ve clarified 2 things: 1) there is a perennial spiritual experience underlying all religious traditions, and 2) this is an experience, not merely a belief system, we can ask: Does this spiritual dimension or reality exist? I do not believe that we are scientifically capable of answering that, not in any definitive way at least. … Continue reading

Does God Exist?

The argument goes back and forth between the ages, with equally plausible and rational arguments on both sides. I wonder, however, if both sides are partially true. Can two opposing views be true, to some degree? I would like to believe so, because the argument has always implied a simplistic case about theism: Either God exists, or … Continue reading

Religion evolves, because we evolve

In some contemporary philosophies, it’s been easy to dismiss anything spiritual and religious. Why is this the case? Because, more often than not, the spiritual is viewed as and reduced to the primitive and the irrational. Either it’s a relic from ancient societies, or it’s merely brain states, empirically describable (which sounds fine, except for … Continue reading

What is contemplative science?

It seems that my previous blog would not make sense unless I described what a contemplative science is, and if it is possible to really have one. Contemplative science might be defined as a study of our inner world; psychology, well being and understanding the nature of consciousness. This can be done in two complimentary … Continue reading

Reflections on Sam Harris

What the world most needs at this moment is a means of convincing human beings to embrace the whole of the species as their moral community. For this we need to develop an utterly nonsectarian way of talking about the full spectrum of human experience and human aspiration. We need a discourse on ethics and … Continue reading

Thoughts on the spectrum of intelligence, human nature

Often in our society, we judge one’s intelligence by their pragmatic and logical skills. How well can you perceive logical patterns, adapt to mechanistic and structured systems? School is mostly catered to what is often called “left brain” thinking skills (although it is by far more complicated and intricate than that). Math, science, grammar and … Continue reading

Particulars, Unity and Relationship

On my way back from Chelsea market, I was listening to some Alan Watts. As usual, he said something that was strikingly eloquent and revealing about the world: You start from noticing all the particular things, and being baffled by their multiplicity, and dealing with the multiplicity of things, but as you go into this, … Continue reading

The validity of spiritual experience

“The mystical experience is indeed ineffable, or not capable of being entirely put into words; like any experience—a sunset, eating a piece of cake, listening to Bach’s music—one has to have the actual experience to see what it’s like. We don’t conclude, however, that sunset, cake, and music therefore don’t exist or aren’t valid. Further, … Continue reading