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 […]

Eccentricity, a bulwark against indoctrination and self-deception

In his piece “On Liberty”  philosopher John Stuart Mill valued eccentricity as a surprisingly close partner to authentic freedom, as if perspectives from the comic “far-side” are crucial for getting to the heart of any matter.  In his writings overall and in his blog, Haystack, Edward Hays’  post “Tending your little Spark,” beautifully confirms a similar […]

Mass Suggestion, How?

If you scan faces at a political convention, you will see some which don’t look very with-it; and others who seem very intelligent and alert.  Yet many, if not most, variously succumb to mass suggestion. Why? Perhaps because intellectuals can be controlled, as much as any of us, by unexamined assumptions, by fear, and by […]

Indoctrination, Self-Deception, and Lies

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg–indoctrination or self-deception? Are either ever justified as fair advocacy? Or are they always lies and unfair propagandas? Are they limited to words? Or are they also conveyed through narratives, films, stories, and pictures? Do they sometimes infect views which are cultural, political, religious, or economical–like trickle-down economics? […]