Terrorists admit propaganda is a goal

Terrorists in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East openly proclaim that not only physical violence but propaganda itself is one of their main goals. The effects of physical violence are not merely physical. They also function as threats whose predominant and long-range effects are predominately psychological and function as long-range indoctrination which suppresses critical […]

Has Stephen Hawking disproved intelligent design?

Stephen Hawking, in his best seller, A Brief History of Time, concluded too hastily that the universe emerged from nothingness entirely and randomly by itself, without any force of intelligent design. This assertion can be neither proved nor disproved by logic in itself. Intertwined with chaos in the universe, design does seem to be present, […]

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 […]