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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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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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Evil: Natural, Moral and Intrinsic

How we define evil is influenced by our core beliefs. Materialists and some scientists dismiss the idea of evil as if it were culturally inherited from a world once peopled by believers in magic and outdated superstitions. Today, violent criminals … Continue reading


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Obsessive Compulsion – Time for a Meeting of Psychology and Religion?

Psychology In psychoanalysis, obsession is a neurosis where one dwells on an issue, situation or another person to an extent that could be unhealthy and potentially destructive. In mainstream psychology, obsessive thoughts are usually regarded as irrational. At best, obsessive … Continue reading


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Occam’s Razor… and the Anti-Razor

Occam’s razor is a philosophical belief, associated with William of Occam (c. 1287-1347), that a proverbial razor should cut away all unnecessary variables of a given theory to attain the greatest degree of parsimony. This means that the best among … Continue reading


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A Look at Fate, Chance and Providence… From a Humble i3

In the early 1990s while thinking about converting to Catholicism I met with a Monsignor in the Church. Monsignor is an honorary title with no real power, basically for smart guys aware of ecclesiastical problems but not actively involved in … Continue reading


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Polyphonic chant (and a little polyphonic trivia for the digital age)

Polyphonic chant is a type of Christian devotional singing developed in the 10th century where two or more melodies or parts are sung together in a composition. As with anything new, not everyone approved of polyphony. Some believed that melodic … Continue reading


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Politically Correct – Beyond the definition

politically correct conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated political correctness noun First Known Use: 1934 “Politically Correct.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 4 Jan. 2018. … Continue reading