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Psi – Good, evil, real or fantasy?

Psi (Ψ, ψ) is a Greek letter that today names frat houses and also denotes the idea of paranormal phenomena. Coined by Bertold P. Wiesner, “psi” was appropriated in 1942 by Drs. Robert Thouless to indicate ESP.¹ Psi later became an umbrella … Continue reading


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Phrenology – A case of science overextending itself

Phrenology is a word popularized by Johann Caspar Spurzheim (1776-1832) to describe a pseudo-scientific theory developed by Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828). Gall hypothesized that different brain regions are responsible for specific functions. Today, the details are debated but this model … Continue reading


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Willard Quine – My unapologetic simplification

Willard Quine (1908-2000) was an influential American mathematician and philosopher who rejected Kant’s analytic-synthetic distinction¹ and advocated a form of holism. Quine argues that empiricism contains “two dogmas.” One dogma is the distinction made between intellectual constructs and facts. The … Continue reading


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Rona and other myths undercut our cosmological arrogance

Embed from Getty Images In Oceanic mythology Rona is a fierce female cannibal who eats her beautiful daughter’s lover.¹ Another Oceanic myth tells of a male god, Rona, who fights the moon to rescue his abducted wife.² According to this story, … Continue reading


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Religion – As diverse as peoples of the Earth?

Embed from Getty Images What is religion? With so many different religions out there can we come up with a concise or, for that matter, comprehensive definition? It seems not. In fact, there are many different definitions of religion in … Continue reading


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Structuralism – another ‘religious’ belief?

Structuralism is an approach found in the Social Sciences. Its adherents maintain that human beliefs, practices and interactions follow natural, universal patterns.¹ In psychology, structuralism is usually contrasted with functionalism. Structural approaches also appear in anthropology, linguistics, sociology and religious … Continue reading