Zika and the Mentality of Control

Posted on Mar 3, 2016
Zika and the Mentality of Control

The ruling institutions of this world are quite comfortable with a virus. First with SARS, then H1N1, then ebola and now the Zika virus, mainstream media and official organizations have been quick to recognize and counter the threat with travel advisories, quarantines, research funding, vaccine development, and heightened levels of vigilance. Yet information about other […]

In a Rhino, Everything

Posted on Feb 20, 2016
In a Rhino, Everything

This article has been translated into French and Russian.   I received the following email from a young woman, a student at an elite law school. I want to quote it in full, because it cuts so deep to core issues so many change agents face. I don’t cry very often. But this week I cried […]

The Waters of Heterodoxy: A Review of Gerald Pollack’s “The Fourth Phase of Water”

Posted on Nov 1, 2014
The Waters of Heterodoxy: A Review of Gerald Pollack’s “The Fourth Phase of Water”

A translation of this essay into Chinese can be found here.   In The Fourth Phase of Water, Gerald Pollack offers an elegant new theory of water chemistry that has profound implications not only for chemistry and biology, but for the metaphoric foundation of our understanding of reality and our treatment of nature. Let me […]

Gateway drug, to what?

Posted on Apr 1, 2014
Gateway drug, to what?

  You’ve probably heard about those addiction studies with caged lab rats, in which the rats compulsively press the heroin dispensing lever again and again, even to the point of choosing it over food and starving themselves to death. These studies seemed to imply some pretty disheartening things about human nature. Our basic biology is […]

Synchronicity, Myth, and the New World Order

Posted on Dec 15, 2013
Synchronicity, Myth, and the New World Order

This essay has been translated into Chinese. Looking out upon the horrid ruin we seem to have made of the planet, in spite of the kind hearts and good intentions of the vast majority of human beings, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that some nefarious force has hijacked civilization, driving it towards ends […]

Fear of a Living Planet

Posted on Nov 7, 2013
Fear of a Living Planet

Does the concept of a living planet uplift and inspire you, or is it a disturbing example of woo-woo nonsense that distracts us from practical, science-based policies? The scientifically-oriented nuts-and-bolts environmental or social activist will roll her eyes upon hearing phrases like “The planet is a living being.” From there it is a short step […]

The Cycle of Terror

Posted on Apr 17, 2013
The Cycle of Terror

There is a Dutch translation of this essay.  You can also read this article auf Deutsch.   In the wake of terror attacks, politicians are fond of proclaiming, “We will not be intimidated.” By this they seem to mean that we won’t cower in fear, but will boldly root out the terrorists, visit upon them […]

The Cynic and the Boatbuilder

Posted on Apr 10, 2013
The Cynic and the Boatbuilder

This essay has been translated into Spanish.   A few days ago in Stockholm I was walking by the water and was accosted by a youngish man from Ireland who shouted out my name. This is not something that happens to me often –– apparently he is among that small subset of humanity that has […]

Rituals for Lover Earth

Posted on Dec 10, 2009
Rituals for Lover Earth

The medicine man enters the outer vestibule of the sacred healing chamber. He dons the ceremonial vestments and performs the ritual ablutions, purifying himself for the healing ritual that is about to commence. Putting on identical masks, he and his acolytes enter the chamber, to which all others are forbidden entrance. The man they are […]

Money and the Turning of the Age

Posted on Dec 7, 2009
Money and the Turning of the Age

This article is fourth in a series, and draws on background covered in “Money: A New Beginning,” Part 1 and 2, and “Money and the Crisis of Civilization.” A German Translation of the essay is also available.   As the economic meltdown proceeds to its next phase, we begin to see the unreality of much […]

A Gathering of the Tribe

Posted on Dec 7, 2009
A Gathering of the Tribe

Once upon a time a great tribe of people lived in a world far away from ours. Whether far away in space, or in time, or even outside of time, we do not know. They lived in a state of enchantment and joy that few of us today dare to believe could exist, except in […]

Wood, Metal, and the Story of the World

Posted on Jun 10, 2009
Wood, Metal, and the Story of the World

These were my worst subjects in Junior High, when we were forced to take them. I regarded these class periods with dread. For one thing, I was really bad at them. I regarded the big machines and power equipment with terror. To make matters worse, my classmates would exact revenge in shop class for being […]

Money and the Crisis of Civilization

Posted on Apr 7, 2009
Money and the Crisis of Civilization

This essay has been translated into Spanish and into Romanian.   Suppose you give me a million dollars with the instructions, “Invest this profitably, and I’ll pay you well.” I’m a sharp dresser — why not? So I go out onto the street and hand out stacks of bills to random passers-by. Ten thousand dollars […]

Invisible Paths

Posted on Dec 7, 2008
Invisible Paths

This essay has been translated into Serbian. You can find a audio-file download of this essay here. “You are here because you know something. You don’t know what it is, but you can feel it. Something is wrong with the world.” — Morpheus, The Matrix   As the age turns, millions of people are pioneering […]

A 28-year Lie: The Wrong Lesson

Posted on Apr 24, 2007
A 28-year Lie: The Wrong Lesson

The New York Times reports today that M.I.T. admissions dean Marilee Jones has resigned after admitting she fabricated her educational résumé. Apparently, she did not even have an undergraduate degree. M.I.T. is, according to Chancellor Philip Clay, “taking a big lesson from this experience,” in which it made little effort to check her credentials. Hmm. […]

From Opinion to Belief to Knowing

Posted on Dec 8, 2005
From Opinion to Belief to Knowing

It all started when I was living in Taiwan, 21 years old, having just graduated from Yale with a degree in mathematics and philosophy. Of course I did what most people do with such a degree—I got a job in a bar. One day on my way to work I attempted to kick-start my motorcycle. […]

A State of Belief is a State of Being

Posted on Mar 9, 2005
A State of Belief is a State of Being

This essay was published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, Fall 2005. Please don’t be turned off by the academic language and format… skip the abstract if you want and start on the first paragraph. Abstract “When students in a university classroom are invited to share anomalous stories, the “skeptical” tactics used to debunk them […]