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Postmodernism – Not necessarily absurd or without wings

The term postmodernism became popular in the 1970s and 80s but has roots reaching back through the centuries. Social theorists usually try to define concepts through a key set of ideas and parameters. Postmodernism challenges conventional perceptions of “the definition” … Continue reading


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Freud’s Pleasure Principle – Missing the point of spiritual healing?

Sigmund Freud believed that human beings begin life by seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. This “pleasure principle” initially takes the form of relieving instinctual tensions generated by the id through activity or hallucination. When one grows older and the ego matures, … Continue reading


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Persephone – What can we learn for her plight?

Persephone [Greek Persephone: maiden] is a Greek fertility and underworld goddess, born of Zeus and Demeter. She is also called Kore [Greek: the girl or maiden]. In Roman myth her equivalent is often cited as Proserpina, with her mother Demeter … 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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Particles – “I want to be a particle of your light”

Embed from Getty Images A general view of ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) cavern and detector during a behind the scenes tour at CERN, the World’s Largest Particle Physics Laboratory on April 19, 2017 in Meyrin, Switzerland. In physics … Continue reading


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Participation Mystique – An alternative to secular materialism

Participation Mystique is a psychological and spiritual idea proposed by the anthropologist Lucien Lévi-Bruhl. It concerns the alleged mystical relationship that so-called primitives had with objects in their environment. In Lévi-Bruhl’s own words: In the collective representations of primitive mentality objects … Continue reading


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Freudian Slips – Glitch in the machine or key to countless possibilities?

Parapraxis, the Freudian Slip Parapraxis is an obscure word for a pretty common idea—The Freudian Slip. The founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, was the first to try to analytically explain its occurrence. In the Psychopathology of Everyday Life Freud says parapraxes are unintentional … Continue reading


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Panentheism – The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Panentheism is a religious studies term coined in 1828 by the German philosopher Karl Christian Friedrich Krause (1781–1832). Today, it belongs within the umbrella term, pantheism. However, Krause’s concept is more specific. Panentheism refers to the belief in an eternal … Continue reading