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Sailing?

Embodied and mortal consciousnesses together–7 billion of us!–subject to pain, held to the rocky surface of a sphere by gravity in a vast cosmic ocean, beacon lights (such as they are) random and far away. The Earth is our Titanic, … Continue reading

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Neuroscientist David Eagleman calls himself a possibilian. What’s that?

A possibilian? A recent profile of neuroscientist David Eagleman explains what that is: Eagleman rejects not only conventional religion but also the labels of agnostic and atheist. In their place, he has coined the term possibilian: a word to describe those … Continue reading

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Freud’s Oceanic Feeling Associated with Brain Damage!

During meditation or prayer, have you ever had what Freud called (picking up the term from Romain Rolland) an “oceanic feeling“? In other words, have you felt your “little self” (the shrew of your ego) submerging harmoniously into the “Big Self”—the Atman—or the universe? Well, … Continue reading

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Dreaming about UFOs

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Poem for Summer Vacations

Passage O soul to India! Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor! Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail! Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough? … Continue reading

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Poem for a Weekend: Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Fish”

I caught a tremendous fish and held him beside the boat half out of water, with my hook fast in a corner of his mouth. He didn’t fight. He hadn’t fought at all. He hung a grunting weight, battered and … Continue reading

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Creation v. Evolution Watch: Fossilized Transitional Ancestor of the Seal Discovered in Canada

A missing link between seals and land mammals. The animal is named “Puijila darwini”: The official Canadian Museum of Nature website exploring this new find is here.

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Walt Whitman: “To be indeed a God!”

O to attract by more than attraction! How it is I know not—yet behold! the something which      obeys none of the rest, It is offensive, never defensive—yet how magnetic it draws.   O to struggle against great odds, to … Continue reading

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“Popcorn”: A Poem by Santi Tafarella

  At dusk, above the heads of   two hundred movie goers standing   bored and perhaps too politely in line,   two-thousand egg-shaped leaves   cupping ten-thousand unbuttered   white blossoms,   salting in the ocean air

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