In This Here Place, We Flesh

In This Here Place, We Flesh

“In this here place, we flesh; flesh that weeps, laughs; flesh that dances on bare feet in grass. Love it. Love it hard. Yonder they do not love your flesh. They despise it. They don’t love your eyes; they’d just as soon pick em out. No more do they...
Freedom is the Path

Freedom is the Path

Natural Laws vs Social Laws Before cultures clashed, our social behaviors – rituals and traditions – would have seemed as natural as the seasons: each are controlled by the gods, or nature. So, there wasn’t really reason to question the social...
Critical Rationalism

Critical Rationalism

Schools & Traditions Essentially every civilization throughout history has created a dogmatic school in which the main task is to pass on the doctrine of its founder intact to each new generation. And, in the rare event a person criticized the doctrine or proposed...
Poetic Imagination

Poetic Imagination

The Magic of Wonder & Creativity I hope at least once in your life you’ve seen the Milky Way. The brushstroke of glimmering white light that cuts through the heavens is breathtaking. And to imagine, before all the light and carbon pollution, our ancestors simply...
The Power of Beliefs

The Power of Beliefs

By Way of Introduction It’s spring in Salt Lake City. I’ve been writing at my desk all day and my back’s painfully aware. I glance out the window and see that the morning’s storm has washed out the pollution and left a soft blue sky. I figure it’s time to give my back...
Concepts & Ultimate Truth

Concepts & Ultimate Truth

The Essence of Aristotle’s Arrogance The Failures of Ultimate Explanation The earliest Greek philosophers didn’t really ask ‘what is?’ questions. Rather than quibble over the meaning of words, they tried to solve specific problems by creating bold explanatory...
Everything Changes

Everything Changes

Impermanence & Suffering Some five hundred years before Christ, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus noticed a strange paradox: ‘The world appears to be filled with things. Yet all these things change in time, even if we don’t perceive the change directly. Winds...