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Friedrich Nietzsche – A Complicated Rebel and/or Rebel with a Complex?

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was a German philosopher and son of a Lutheran pastor. Many years ago, while researching in the public library I noticed some graffiti on the bathroom wall: Nietzsche: God is dead. And we killed him. God: Nietzsche … Continue reading


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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Pericles – A king without a crown

Pericles (ca. 495-429 BCE) was an Athenian general and statesman born in the wealthy and powerful Alcmaeonid family during Athens‘ so-called Golden Age. He had an unusually large head and legend has it that before his birth, his mother dreamed … Continue reading

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Rishis – Holy persons or good singers with too much time on their hands?

In Hinduism rishis are primal seers or sages mentioned in the Vedas. The rishis belonged to an elite class of male and female holy persons said to have received the Vedas through revelation. They “heard” and then passed on the sacred Vedas … Continue reading


Plato’s Republic – A far-reaching attempt to understand life and eternity

The Republic is a political, philosophical and literary work by the ancient Greek Plato. Written in dialog form around 380 BCE, it reads more like a play than a dry treatise on philosophy, maths, political theory or the arts. Plato writes … Continue reading


Reification – Are things always as they seem?

Reification is a sociological, philosophical and literary concept concerning language and symbolization.¹ For Marxist, Weberian and postmodern sociologists, reification also involves social power. It occurs whenever ideas, concepts or theories are falsely assumed to accurately represent some entity or thing. … Continue reading


James Randi – Skeptic, debunker of the paranormal

James Randi (1928-) is a Toronto born American citizen known for his skepticism and enthusiastic debunking of paranormal truth claims. In the past, Randi has demanded scientific evidence of paranormal abilities using science as he defines it. This was evident in … Continue reading