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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


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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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The Numinous and Numinosity – Seeing The Light Beyond All Lights

I can’t remember when I first encountered the English term numinous; most likely while reading a Jungian work or something by Carl Jung himself. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung (1875 – 1961), the founder of analytical psychology, circa 1960. The … Continue reading


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Freud, Objects and People – Why this elevator never reached the top floor

For Sigmund Freud, the object is something a subject directs energy toward in an attempt to gratify instinctual desires. Just how a person relates to the object depends on their psychological maturity. In Freudian theory the object usually refers to another … 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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Q – It’s okay to be uncertain

The Catholic Monk Thomas Merton once said that the Bible is a difficult, perplexing work. It doesn’t make sense. It has contradictions. And its Old Testament often portrays God as an immature, violent ogre. But with his hallmark Christian optimism, … Continue reading


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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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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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Who’s got the power?

Way Back The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle defined power in a way that remarkably prefigures Sir Isaac Newton‘s three laws of motion. Aristotle says power is The agent causing a change in something The ability or potential in an object enabling … Continue reading


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Pelegianism and authoritarian personalities

Preamble: Why I’m not too enthusiastic about Christian theology  (skip to main entry, Pelegianism) Reading over material for this update, I came to feel that Pelegianism is a great example of why I’m not overly enthused about the history of Christian … Continue reading