Interpreting the Mystical World of David Bowie’s ‘Quicksand’

The song Quicksand from David Bowie’s album Hunky Dory is loaded with mystical references and metaphors that reveal the musicians own relationship to mysticism. Today I asked an online friend, who we will call Mirabella, what she thought the following lyrics from the song were about: “Don’t believe in yourself, don’t deceive with belief; knowledge …

How Pokemon Go Will Help Change the Very Nature of Reality

Right up front, I have never played Pokemon Go and this is not an endorsement for the popular augmented reality game that has spread like wildfire the past week, causing speculations of conspiracy among even the most straightforward tinfoil hat accusers. And while it may indeed be a CIA plot to distract us from police …

Why Atheism Is A Belief & Its Unacknowledged Claims

Atheists in their Almighty Snark like to make absolute statements and poorly constructed arguments that their worldview does not constitute a belief. They are also keen on insisting that their statements and arguments contain no claims, and are rather just a rejection of the unsubstantiated claims of non-atheists. The problem that generally arises from this …

Transsexuals, Transgendered, Transvestites and Materialist Dualism

I have always found transsexuals, transgendered, transvestites and other human anomalies to be pretty fascinating. I have never been opposed to them emotionally, intellectually or morally in any way. Yet in the last decade some of the Social Justice Warrior rhetoric regarding these individuals had become so absurd that I began to question the phenomena in …

Towards A Non-Materialist Theory of Artificial Intelligence

While true believers like Ray Kurzweil tell us that the artificial intelligence singularity is just around the corner, critics argue that we will never be able to replicate consciousness because we are unable to create the required complexity from which it arises. A common thread between the believers and non-believers is that consciousness is an …

Intelligent Selection: Rethinking the Way We Evolved

I am not a scientist. This article is not an attempt to create a scientific hypothesis. I am a shaman, and the following ideas are a philosophical exploration combining the paradigms of evolution and non-duality. Evolution is change over time. Non-dualism is the idea that mind and body are one substance. Materialism, the current metaphysical …

Packaged Death: The Perils of Mindless Consumerism

I spend quite a bit of time writing about the problems of philosophical materialism, that is, the idea that the universe is essentially nothing but matter from which consciousness just emerged out of dumb luck. While some people dismiss these concerns, not because they support philosophical materialism but because they think it is a non-issue, ideologies …

The Quran Drugs

In his upcoming book More Than Allegory: On Religious Myth, Truth and Belief, Bernardo Kastrup continues his fascinating exploration into the depths of the human mind and nature of our existence. His newest work focuses on the importance of religion in creating and weaving together the symbolic narratives of existence into the fabric of our …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Employs Same Reasoning As Every Bigot In History

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a household name. His is one of the most well known faces in the western world. He is an icon for those who prefer to get their understanding of science through television and internet memes and pop science tropes. People hold him and his word as final truths on just about …

Scientistic Literalism

Literalism- 1: adherence to the explicit substance of an idea or expression 2: fidelity to observable fact – realism Literalism is the belief that we can know the deepest truths about our existence by examining only a small perspective of the shallowest facts. When we think about literalism we are often reminded of monotheistic fundamentalist …

The Problem of Predeterminism

From Wikipedia ‘Predeterminism’: “Predeterminism is the idea that all events are determined in advance. Predeterminism is the philosophy that all events of history, past, present and future, have been already decided or are already known (by God, fate, or some other force), including human actions.” of predeterminism is a very old one, prevalent throughout the …

Scientism

Scientism is the worldview which holds that only science is capable of making meaningful statements about all phenomena. It is a philosophical extension of materialism and logical positivism. Unlike science, scientism is a belief system with no rational basis which depends entirely on the faith of its adherents. McScientist: Any individual who regularly engages in …

Some Far Better Reasons To Boycott Star Wars

A recent social media campaign calling for a boycott of the latest edition to the Star Wars film series claims the movie promotes hatred of and violence against white people. While these incendiary charges are full of interpretations that are at best hyperbolistic, there are far better reasons to boycott the entire franchise. Franchise would …

Game Metaphor: Predeterminism, Free Will and Non-Player Characters

This is the first in what will be several articles regarding the Game Metaphor, so let me start by explaining that. It is really simple, actually. Just imagine the world, the universe and all of reality is the most complex game in existence. Not literally, but metaphorically. Not that this existence is an actual game, …

The Problem of Predeterminism

From Wikipedia ‘Predeterminism’: “Predeterminism is the idea that all events are determined in advance. Predeterminism is the philosophy that all events of history, past, present and future, have been already decided or are already known (by God, fate, or some other force), including human actions.” The question of predeterminism is a very old one, prevalent …