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Rakshakas – Hindu and Buddhist demons

Embed from Getty Images Ogoh ogoh, demon procession during Balinese New Year’s Eve in Ubud. In Hinduism, Rakshakas (or Rakshasas) are demons appearing in the Puranas (sacred scripture laden with mythic stories) that are capable of shape shifting. Females are … Continue reading


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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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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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Psychosis – Toward a humble, intelligent and ethically sound approach

Psychosis is usually described within psychology and psychiatry as a fundamental break with reality. Current theories say this apparent break is caused by biological and environmental factors, resulting in a breakdown or disintegration of the personality where normal judgement is … 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


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Wave-Particle Duality – Micro concept with macro implications

The wave-particle duality refers to a contradiction that arises when we try to understand the nature of light. Light can be either a wave (energy) or particle (matter), depending on the way we observe and interpret it. Some even try … Continue reading


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Looking through a glass darkly – The paranormal, normal and bias

The Latin prefix para means beside or beyond. Like the word supernatural, paranormal refers to any phenomenon that eludes explanation through normal science or conventional wisdom. Paranormal can be a misleading term because what is ‘normal’ is open to debate … Continue reading


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Panpsychism – The Future Calls?

Panpsychism is the belief that all things possess consciousness. Some extend this belief to say that the type of consciousness matches the complexity of a thing’s organization. The idea goes back to ancient times and has appeared around the globe. … Continue reading


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Ants in the Anthill – What’s Missing in the Multiverse?

Most of us have probably heard the term multiverse. But what is it? Well, that might depend on who you are and how you look at things. In the most general sense, the multiverse is a hypothesis that describes many … Continue reading