Month: August 2018

  • The problem of mind

    Any study of modern theories of philosophy of mind makes for rather depressing reading. Modern philosophers are of the view that the mind is not separate from the body and that our intuitive feeling that the mind is something apart the brain is misleading. Some of these ‘explanations’ seem to describe the mind only in…

  • How to use your intelligence

    People use intelligence wrongly. They push their intellect in front of them and use it to look ahead and predict or plan what will happen and what they are going to do. It’s rarely correct. If you look at what you predict and what actually happens you will find that when you predict the future…

  • How to control the busy mind

    Do you do things that you don’t want to do? For instance you may smoke or eat too much, you want to exercise more or you have other habits that you think are bad. If you are a smoker for instance, it is as if there is a part of you that wants to smoke…

  • How we cause ourselves to fail

    Politicians often say that they are ‘concerned’ about an incident. This concern is often political speak and means that they haven’t done anything about it and don’t intend to, but they don’t want to convey the impression that they don’t care. This syndrome is not confined to politicians. There is a subconscious tendency in some…

  • Scientific impartiality

    There is a view which is expounded, predominantly by Atheists, that science is objective and impartial. I was told by a member of a skeptics association that peer review guaranteed that science was impartial. Apparently Richard Feynman said that Philosophy of science is as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds. Of course the difference is…

  • Time and mindfulness

    To understand the idea of mindfulness it is important to understand the concept of time. Whenever your attention is not on the present moment, it is in the area of the imagination, not on reality. The only reality is the present. The Past: The past exists as memories, assumptions, conditioned responses etc We construct the…

  • You are not your past

    On March 6th 1987, only a mile from the port of Zeebrugge off the coast of Belgium, the Townsend Thoresen ferry ‘The Herald of Free Enterprise’ left port with 459 passengers, 80 crew and around 130 vehicles. The door through which the vehicles are loaded was still open. As a result the ship keeled over…

  • Scientific impartiality

    There is a view which is expounded, predominantly by Atheists, that science is objective and impartial. I was told by a member of a skeptics association that peer review guaranteed that science was impartial. Apparently Richard Feynman said that Philosophy of science is as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds. Of course the difference is…

  • The Girl with the X-Ray Eyes

    A TV documentary from the Discovery Channel examined the case of a girl in Russia, Natasha Demkina, who claimed to treat people by seeing into them. (She says she can “look deep inside people’s bodies, watch their organs at work and spot when things are going wrong”). Natasha volunteered to be examined by CSICOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation…

  • The till roll and the Turkish carpet

    Religion in the West is a dying concept. Even many Christians don’t seem to live their lives on the assumption that they will be accountable to a creator. In fact, most people in Western society perceive life as like a till roll. An event happens, then another and so on until we run out of…