Category Archives: Illusion of the Separate Self and Free Will

Happiness is Just Chemistry, and Its Absence

(like everything on my blog, my graphics are covered by Creative Commons licence) What is it about us that we never seem to be happy, at least for long? What does it even mean to be happy? There have been endless studies … Continue reading

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Our Curious Propensity to Ignore New Evidence

What is a “belief” anyway, and how does it get “there”? The word belief comes from the old Germanic root that also gives us love and it originally meant something (impersonal) we care about and trust strongly.  I would argue that … Continue reading

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The Immanence of Everything

Tardigrade photo by Frank Fox at www.mikro-foto.de, from wikimedia CC-BY-SA 3.0 Recently I’ve been reading more of the work of Parul Sehgal, whose article laying out the dangers of stories inspired my last article on immanence, which is perhaps the … Continue reading

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No Possibilities and No Distance

Apologies — another long meandering contemplation of the message of radical non-duality. photo by Laitche at wikimedia, CC-BY-SA 4.0. Taken at Daisen Park, Osaka, Japan My “distinctive competency”, I have often been told, is imagining possibilities. This is considered to be … Continue reading

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It’s All Chemistry, Isn’t It?

This is #29 in a series of month-end reflections on the state of the world, and other things that come to mind, as I walk, hike, and explore in my local community. Chart above is my own invention, having studied the various … Continue reading

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Your Ikigai: A Self-Awareness Compass?

my synopsis of the some of the elements that might comprise one’s Ikigai; any misunderstandings about ikigai here are mine For those unfamiliar with the ancient Japanese concept and philosophy of ikigai, it is about the lifelong discovery, appreciation and … Continue reading

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Childhood: Conditioned to Pretend to Know

 New Yorker cartoon by the late Charles Barsotti When I was a young child, I would look at my parents and other adults interacting with each other, with a mixture of bewilderment and amazement. “Surely”, I thought to myself, “they … Continue reading

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A Blameless Explanation of Why Everything is Falling Apart, for Schoolkids

If I were invited to talk to a group of students (of any age) today, to explain why everything seems to be hopeless and falling apart, this is what I think I would tell them. When I was young and … Continue reading

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The Crag and the Chasm

Another annoying post about radical non-duality. But cool title, no? Dave’s four worldviews, 1951-???? Since I started listening to, and speaking with, the radical non-duality speakers shown on my blog’s right sidebar, eight years ago, I have started exploring the … Continue reading

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Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude

Since I’ve come to the (tentative) conclusion that we have no free will (and that in fact there is no ‘self’ to have free will), it’s utterly changed the lens through which I see the world. I now see that … Continue reading

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