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My Goedel Is Killing Me

My Goedel Is Killing Me

Archetypes, Art, awareness, Challenge, Chaos Theory, Christianity, Christianity/Catholicism, contemplation, Cosmology, Creation, Creativity, critical judgment, culture, curiosity, Epiphany, Four Quartets, Goedel's Theorem, Literature, mathematics, mind, movement, Mystery, Neo-Platonism, paradox, Philosophy, physics, Science, Scripture, Uncategorized, Universe
Have you ever had the experience of noticing a certain pattern in a wild variety of contexts, a pattern that occurs so consistently that you feel it simply has to mean something … but you have no idea what? I say “in a wild variety of contexts” to rule out cases of patterns that occur within the same context, even though, at the time, you may have no idea of the cause. I remember back in the early 1960s, when I was in junior-high school, I went on a “geology jag”. I spent several months reading books on geology, geophysics, and volcanology that noted with perplexity the mysterious – in the early '60s – pattern whereby volcanic activity tended to be concentrated around the circumference of, e.g., the Pacific Basin, what we today call the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” and similar places. G
17 September — Constitution Day

17 September — Constitution Day

abolition, autonomy, Civil War, community, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Education, emancipation, Enlightenment, Ideology, inclusive, mind, mindfulness, Minorities, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Religious War, republic, Science, Skeptic, slavery, Spirituality, Theology, Tolerance
*************************************************************************** I normally do not "recycle" posts, but every year on or about 17 September, I re-publish this "Skeptic's Collection" column commemorating the completion and signing of the US Constitution by the 55 members of the Constitutional Convention, gathered in Philadelphia from 25 May through 17 September of 1787.  So I am making an exception to my "no-recycle" rule and republishing a chapter of my recent e-course on the history and  foundations of the US Constitution. The Constitution is an imperfect document, and the original, pre-Civil-War version especially so. In fact, that antebellum Constitution was pretty explicitly pro-slavery because of provisions like the "3/5 clause", the prohibition against interfering w
Mindful Monday: When a sensation is just a sensation

Mindful Monday: When a sensation is just a sensation

awareness, body, Buddhism, mind, mindfulness
Conditioning doesn’t just hijack the mind, it hijacks the body as well. What is the body’s experience of pain or cravings without the mind? Could such a thing even be possible? When something happens that we believe is “the body,” we look to the body. Perhaps looking to the mind might be more illuminating. - Cheri Huber What are you noticing about how the mind affects the body's experiences? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "reflecting minds," Jaume Escofet, 2013.