Faith and Fear

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” —Thomas Aquinas “Faith means not wanting to know what is true.” —Friedrich Nietzsche “Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of scienceContinue reading “Faith and Fear”

An Apple Pie From Scratch: Demystifying Mysticism

I’m going to let you folks in on an important secret about mysticism. This is long overdue and crucial to the development of our species and both its religions and sciences, so I hope you will pay very close attention and try to really grok the distinction between what I am going to say andContinue reading “An Apple Pie From Scratch: Demystifying Mysticism”

All Is Mind: A Fresh Look at Spinozan Panpsychism

“So then, who are you? The organism is inseparable from its environment, so you are the organism-environment. You are no less than the whole universe. Each one of you is the universe expressed in the place you feel as here and now. So when you feel that you are a lonely, isolated, little stranger confrontingContinue reading “All Is Mind: A Fresh Look at Spinozan Panpsychism”

Why Ricky Gervais is a Dangerous Fundamentalist

I have a long history of being annoyed by Ricky Gervais, going back way before I saw this meme — but only in his chosen context as a commentator on religion, not his animal rights activism nor his show business persona. I think he’s a comic genius, and I have always loved his work onContinue reading “Why Ricky Gervais is a Dangerous Fundamentalist”

Fellow Inmates of the Asylum: Poffo Ortiz

Poffo Ortiz –author, artist, philosopher, and resident Biopantheist– opens up about his background, history and life experiences in this “unofficial” autobiography. I’m an ex-Christian, one-time aspiring youth minister, with an extensive, self-taught knowledge in biblical studies, history, theology, psychology, philosophy, mythology, folklore, metaphysics and the occult. I also have a strong background in science, astronomyContinue reading “Fellow Inmates of the Asylum: Poffo Ortiz”

The Forever All, by Guyus Seralius

This is an introductory video expressing some of the core ideas of my philosophical views. I believe the universe has always been here and always will be and that all things in the universe are ultimately connected. I believe that the universe is infinite and indestructible. I believe it is balanced and conserved. Below IContinue reading “The Forever All, by Guyus Seralius”

Further Thoughts on Pantheism by Poffo Ortiz

“Pantheism first and foremost is about AWARENESS.. awareness of the natural world and our true place within it. We are not above Nature, we are part of Nature, and Nature is a part of us. As many have aptly stated, the earth and everything in it is sacred and we are all connected. The GodContinue reading “Further Thoughts on Pantheism by Poffo Ortiz”

Aldous Huxley and the Perennial Philosophy

by JP I will let Wikipedia handle the finer details of Aldous Huxley’s biography, and stick with the themes most pertinent to our inquiry. Though most famous for his early satirical and pacifist writing (“Brave New World” being his signature work), and later for his pioneering experiments in opening “the doors of perception” through conscientiousContinue reading “Aldous Huxley and the Perennial Philosophy”