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...
The Faceless See-er

The Faceless See-er

Awareness & the Nature of Self We all spend a lot of time thinking about ourselves. We think about whether we’re happy or sad, loved or hated. We think about what we want and don’t want, where we’ve been and where we’d like to go. We worry...
The Essence of Aristotle’s Arrogance: The Failures of Ultimate Explanation

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 theories. And, if critical discussion revealed that an explanation drew untenable...
Space of Possibility

Space of Possibility

The Space of Possibility contains every friend and loved one, every beast and critter, every gizmo and gadget, every feeling of love and compassion, every child’s laughter and newborn baby’s cry, every taste of coffee and smell of freshly baked bread, every thought...