Conscious Decision Making

one way/other way street sign

The universe supplies us with the materials to create possibilities.  Many physicists such as Fritjof Capra and Amit Goswami contend that consciousness, rather than matter, is the basic building block of our existence.  Goswami explains the situation thusly in his book The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World, as quoted in Daniel Pinchbeck’s […]

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How Virtual Reality and AI Are Changing Us

two boys on smartphones

In SimCity, people get the opportunity to live a simulated existence in a virtual civilization, an ironic sub-reality.  Facebook’s Farmville users play the role of virtual farmers, planting crops, tending to livestock, and harvesting produce. People now have the time and means to sit around and farm for entertainment, while they buy their groceries at […]

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Reconciling Technology

balancing stones by a lake

The proliferation of technology has sped up exponentially with time.  As our lives become more intertwined with machines, attention spans and personal interactions have continued to diminish.  In response to a nonstop stream of information, our minds are more scattered than earlier generations of people. There is no evolutionary or historical precedent for our current […]

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Memorial Day

gravestones of soldiers

I remember, as a child, my parents taking me to Main Street in the little village of Sherman, NY every year to see old men marching in tight pea-green and ash-grey uniforms with rifles resting on their shoulders, but they were not what interested me about Memorial Day.   What excited me, were the pretty […]

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The Pledge of Allegiance Part 2

Civil War cannon

The first version of the pledge of allegiance was written by Captain George Thatcher Balch, a Union Army Officer during the Civil War.  One can imagine the impact of the words, “one nation” at the time.  But the fact remains that a pledge is part of the totalitarian practice of putting interests of the state […]

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The Pledge of Allegiance Part I

The Pledge of Allegiance Part I

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…   The flag is a symbol that represents the embodiment of a country. Our spangled banner is a symbol of democracy, freedom, and constitutional equal rights. We pledge our allegiance to the flag, we sing to it, we raise it in glory, and […]

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