A Restorative Response to MH17

Posted on Jul 23, 2014
A Restorative Response to MH17

  Aren’t they awful? Aren’t they appalling? How could they? They must be monstrous, evil, inhuman. The only way to deal with such people is to stand up to them, destroy them, send them a message, take a stand, deter them, show them it isn’t acceptable, hold them to account. Any other response is soft, […]

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 […]

De Kringloop van Terreur

Posted on Jan 16, 2014
De Kringloop van Terreur

In de nasleep van terreuraanslagen verkondigen politici graag dat “We ons niet laten intimideren”. Daarmee lijken ze te bedoelen dat we ons niet angstig terugtrekken, maar de terroristen uit zullen roeien, ze berechten en ter verantwoording roepen. “Laat daarover geen misverstand bestaan”, zeggen ze dan. Er wordt hard en doortastend optreden beloofd, waarmee verhoogde beveiliging […]

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 Lovely Lady from Nestle

Posted on Oct 6, 2012
The Lovely Lady from Nestle

At a conference recently I happened to overhear a conversation between one of the speakers, a vice-president of Nestle Corporation, and a college student who was questtioning the VP’s glowing portrayal of Nestle’s social and environmental policies. The student bravely interrogated the VP about their leading beverage category, bottled water. “Do we really need such […]

The Way up is Down

Posted on Feb 29, 2012
The Way up is Down

Something is happening to us. Trying to make sense of their awakening experiences, people troll the Internet and discover the idea of “ascension” – the doctrine that humanity is on the verge of a process of spiritualization, a transition to a higher, and less material, dimension. Implicit in the term is the concept of rising […]

Mutiny of the Soul

Posted on Oct 7, 2008
Mutiny of the Soul

A Croatian translation of this article can be found here,  a Finnish version here, and a German version here. It is also available in Hungarian.   Depression, anxiety, and fatigue are an essential part of a process of metamorphosis that is unfolding on the planet today, and highly significant for the light they shed on the […]

The Miracle of Self-Creation

Posted on Jan 10, 2008
The Miracle of Self-Creation

This essay is Part 1 of 3. The other two can be found here and here. What should I do? What must I do? What can I do? We allsense the possibility of a more beautiful state of being, a more joyful stateof being for ourselves and the world. Indeed, we have all heard about […]

Human Nature Denied

Posted on Sep 10, 2005
Human Nature Denied

Have you ever had the desire to be generous but stopped yourself with the thought, “I cannot afford to”? One of the key themes in The Ascent of Humanity is the program of control. Applied to nature, control is technology; applied to human nature, control is culture. Culture, that is, in the sense of “acculturation”—everything […]

Don’t Should on US

Posted on May 9, 2005
Don’t Should on US

In class last week I had my Penn State students read a horrifying article on tree death in America, and then polled them on their gut response. The four choices I offered were: A) This is terrible, and I’m inspired to do something about it. B)Yes, this is terrible, and I care, but I’m not […]

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 […]