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Star Trek’s Prime Directive – A lofty idea with a few wrinkles

In the fictional world of Star Trek, the Prime Directive is a core regulation of Starfleet. To understand what the Prime Directive means, we have to know how Star Trek depicts its moral universe. Star Fleet officers usually see themselves … Continue reading


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Pythagoras – A lot more than a triangle

We’ve probably all heard of Pythagoras. In junior high the Pythagorean theorem is a mainstay of math class. For a right-angled triangle, the square of the length of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the … Continue reading


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Possession – Another spiritual idea largely ignored by consumer culture

The idea of spiritual possession is found in many different cultures. Some see it as entirely involuntary, unwanted and evil. Others take a less extreme view. Depending on the cultural context in which it is found, possession may be considered … Continue reading


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Politics, Political and Politically Correct

Politics According to the Oxford English Dictionary the first English use of the word politics can be traced back to 1450: Aristotle..componede..the book of Etiques and of Polettiques. A distinction is often made between small-p and large-p politics. Small-p politics … Continue reading


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Dr. James Martin Peebles – A hundred years of theory meeting practice?

Dr. James Martin Peebles (1822-1922) was an American medical doctor, spiritualist, author and Universalist minister who later became a Theosophist. He believed he received inspiration and guidance from a “band of angels,” as he put it. Some of these alleged … Continue reading