Robotic Thinking

In the celebrated film Space Odyssey 2001 the spaceship and its crew symbolize humanity. The ship’s computer, Hal, steals more from them than their navigation and destiny. He robs them of their consciousness. To expand this myth, Hal stands for all forces, like indoctrination, propaganda, and self-deception, which rob human beings of their ability to […]

Economic and Political Myths

While myths are often associated with some religious beliefs or narratives, like the creation of the universe in seven days, they also operate in other subjects like politics, story-telling, or economics. An example of an economic myth is “trickle-down economics.” Whatever wealth accrues to corporate or individual billionaires is said to overflow into the hands […]

Story-telling Myths

Story-telling myths exist in fictional realms which point to ideals in real life.  The tale of Cinderella and the prince signals, for example, an ideal happiness wished for every loving couple.  Visits to earth by aliens from other planets express human longing to interact with other life-forms beyond earth’s lonely orbit. “Sherlockian” powers of acute […]

Planet Earth

A PHOTO OF PLANET EARTH was taken in 2013 from a Cassini satellite camera orbiting Saturn. It shows earth at a variable distance of about 746,000 miles from the orbit of Saturn. At first sight planet earth looks dimmer and smaller than a tiny star. Also, it looks like an insular and lonely speck in […]

Does the Universe Emerge from Nothingness or from Intelligent Design?

Does the universe or multi-verse emerge from randomness, nothingness, or intelligent design (ID)? Does complexity, for example that of DNA, point to ID or not? Although the majority of scientists seem to exclude the existence of ID from the data in their specific expertise, some leave open the possibility that ID exists from the perspective […]

Higgs Boson Particles, Belief, & Science

Recent Nobel prize awards to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their theory about Higgs boson particles prompt us to review whether the existence of one or more universes stems from some boundless, intelligent source or by random occurrence. Either answer, intelligent design or randomness, may evolve from cultural indoctrination, propaganda, and self-deception–or by critical […]

Ideology, Rigid Authoritarianism, & Papal Elections

Ideological thinking should not be included among criteria for papal elections. Neither should electoral criteria include factors like race, gender, geographical location, marital status, ethnicity, and so on. Of all incorrect criteria, ideological closed-mindedness is the most pivotal one to be avoided. These erroneous factors date not from charismatic sources of the first three Christian […]