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Reductio ad absurdum – An old school way of saying “take the flipside” or “take it to the limit”

Reductio ad absurdum [Latin: “reduce to the absurd”] is a method of argumentation said to prove a statement to be true by demonstrating the contradiction, absurdity and therefore impossibility that would result if it were untrue or prove a statement to … Continue reading


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Rastafarianism – The “evil weed” becomes “incense for the flowers”

Rastafarianism is a Jamaican religious movement. Some of its adherents see blacks as the chosen people and Haile Selassie (1891-1975), the former Emperor of Ethiopia, is believed to be God, Jesus Christ or a manifestation of God (Jah from the Hebrew … Continue reading


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Erich Fromm and the “Mass Man”

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) was a German-born American psychologist and social thinker who is often linked to the Frankfurt school of critical theory. Fromm’s work combined different ideas from the works of Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and J.-P. Sartre. Like Carl Jung, he … Continue reading


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The Future of an Illusion – Freud and Beyond

The Future of an Illusion is Sigmund Freud’s work of 1927 where he states his psychoanalytic view of religion. Freud is a staunch materialist who sees all religious ideas as illusory: Freud defines religion as an illusion, consisting of “certain dogmas, assertions … Continue reading


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Original Sin – A powerful Western myth?

According to Christian doctrine, original sin is a state of alienation from God. It is present at birth and collectively inherited from the first sin of the biblical Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:4-3:24). In the Genesis account, Adam and Eve … Continue reading


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B. F. Skinner

Embed from Getty Images B. F. Skinner (Burrhus Frederic, 1904-90) was an American psychologist best known for his exposition and development of Behaviorism. Skinner followed in the tradition that began with the Russian Ivan Pavlov and which was helped along … Continue reading