Month: July 2018

  • How to Tame the Mind

    Take a number, zero to ten. Zero represents a mind that is completely empty of thoughts. Crystal clear. I don’t know if you could even imagine such a mind. Ten is a mind so filled with thoughts it would be impossible to get another one in. Where are your thoughts on a scale of zero…

  • Science and Religion

    We are often told that science and religion are mutually incompatible. The reasoning goes that religion is based on faith and science is based on facts and experimentation. I’ve even heard it said that religious people should not be employed in scientific establishments because scientists endeavour to find the truth, whereas religious people simply attribute…

  • On Belief in God

    Belief in God is nowadays seen as an antiquated view. After all, hasn’t God been replaced by Science? Everything, so we are told, can be explained by science or if not it will be understood by using the scientific method. There was a time when people felt as if they were in the hands of…

  • Why do Bad things Happen? (2)

    In this series of articles I’m looking at the Atheists’ question ‘Why do bad things happen to good people’ or ‘If God is all good then how is it that He lets bad things happen’ or so on. The question takes many forms but in the end they boil down to one question: How can…

  • Why do Bad things Happen? (1)

    The Atheists’ question ‘Why do bad things happen to good people’ or ‘If God is all good then how is it that He lets bad things happen’ has been answered many times and in this series of articles I will go through the many answers to this question. The common answer that religious people give…

  • God is in the Moment

    We live on a tiny planet, revolving around a small star on the edge of a average-size galaxy. There are billions of stars in the galaxy and there are probably trillions of galaxies in the universe — many of them much larger than our own. This universe has existed for billions of years and will go on…

  • We Should Remove the Word Blame from our Vocabulary

    We should stop using the word blame. Not just as a linguistic sleight of hand, but as way of changing our thinking. I’m driving on a busy road and I need to drop into a shop very quickly. I park my car outside of the shop with the keys in it and dash in. I…

  • Thinking with Left and Right Sides of the Brain

    The functions of the left and right hemispheres are widely misunderstood, but in brief the functions can be interpreted as follows: The left hemisphere controls anything to do with space and time (most of what we call ‘thinking’ in the West). It is where we do our calculating, analysing and planning. It deals with pattern recognition.…

  • How we Model

    When we discuss such concepts as dimensions and time it is obvious that our diagrams are simply representations. In the way that a picture paints a thousand words, they are models which help us to understand some ideas better than simply using word would do, Its very easy to get beguiled by a model. As…

  • The Four Stages of Learning

    The four stages of learning have been described in many different ways but my own version of this is as follows: Stage 1. You don’t know that you don’t knowIn this stage you are so incompetent that you are unable to recognise your own inadequacies. Because you don’t realise that you know so little you are…