2020

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Simplicity

According to Occam's razor, all other things being equal, the simplest theory is most likely true. In other words, simplicity is a meta-scientific criterion by which scientists evaluate... read more..

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What have all these people in common?

Putin, Erdogan, Xi Ping, Sisi, Khomeini, Kim Jong Un, Lukashenko, Salman, Modi and all others, et al? Answer: Fear is what they have in common. I'm sure the list is longer, but this is just to make a... read more..

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Forerunners of the four horsemen of the apocalypse

Four figures in the Book of Revelation who symbolize the evils to come at the end of the world: The figure representing conquest rides a white horse; war, a red horse; famine, a black h... read more..

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Remembrance Day

Today, the 8th of November, Remembrance Day is celebrated in many countries. Wikipedia describes it as follows: "Remembrance Sunday is held in the United Kingdom as a day to commemorate the contribut... read more..

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I want to be happy!

Isn't that what everybody says? Isn't that what we all strive for? Every action we make is ultimately for the perceived benefit of the feeling of happiness that the action should, in our estimation, l... read more..

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Neti Neti (Not this, not this)

I've been reading a lot of "religious" texts lately, including the Koran, the Torah, The Gnostic Gospels, The New Testament and a number of Hindi texts and Scriptures. In all of these texts, there is ... read more..

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Are today's politicians crooks or just plain stupid?

The image that keeps occurring to me to describe the current situation is the world, is that of the ship "Titanic". The world is the ship and it's slowly sinking; meanwhile - because there is no compe... read more..

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It's never too late for consciousness

The image used includes the following description: Memento Mori mosaic from excavations in the convent of San Gregorio, Via Appia, Rome, Italy. Now in the National Museum Bath of Diocletian, Rome, ... read more..

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I just don't get it!

There is so much bad news about our environment available. Nobody can escape it. from the devastating heating up of the environment as seen by heatwaves everywhere - even the permafrost is melting - t... read more..

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My Blog has moved

Just a brief note to let you know that I've consolidated everything on my personal website : https://davidjakob.com Happy reading! David J.... read more..

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Love thy neighbour...

... as thyself. A version of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. First found in the Old Testament. Jesus tells the parable of the Goo read more..

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The two wolves

Prem Rawat likes to tell the story of the two wolves. "In a village far away, a boy was puzzled by the behaviour of the villagers and went to the chief and asked if he could ask a him a question. The... read more..

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Comparing religious organisations v religion

As I wrote elsewhere, there is a great deal of difference between Religion as I use the term and the organisations which claim Religion as their own.   So, what is Religion? To me, it's the pat... read more..

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What's the point in living?

Listening to the news - not always the most helpful activity - I'm reminded of something my friend Jon said in the 70's: "The only good things in the world are atomic weapons and cancer." A bit drasti... read more..

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Justice v. Law

I had a look to see what justice means with Google. Interestingly, I found the following list of interpersonal skills required by the State of Ontario for the selection of a Justice of the Peace  ... read more..

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Love is......

Yes, good question: what is love? It's a word that is used in so many different situations that the question is definitely worth spending time on.I'm sure it's not what I hear in the Blues; or what I ... read more..

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Clearly we know nothing about parenting

One thing that never ceases to surprise me, is the number of parents who seem to believe that the children belong to them, in the sense that they believe that they have not only the responsibility for... read more..

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Civilisation is the wrong word to associate with humanity

The phrase "Civilised Society" is often used to point out the faults of "uncivilised members of human society". When I look at the current state of the evolution of humanity as a society, then I see v... read more..

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The absurdity of War

During the current pandemic crisis, we have seen innumerable acts of kindness, generosity, and help from individuals for individuals. That is so inspiring to see and read and makes me realise that "th... read more..

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Start with Answers, not Questions

To me it's completely obvious, but apparently I'm in the minority, that I am a human being, the result of billions of years of evolution of the universe. As such, I also recognise and respect my fello... read more..

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Sitting up Mud and Lying down Mud

In the 60's, Kurt Vonnegut published the story called "Cat's Cradle". In this fictitious world, Kurt invents a religion called Bokonism. At one point in the story, there is the death ceremony. I found... read more..

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Planet Earth: home for the clinically insane

Every day demonstrates that almost all people are crazy. Look at the stuff we do! Look at how we treat each other! And why? because we're nuts, that's why. And why are we nuts? Because we don't have ... read more..

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What is religion anyway?

As readers may have worked out, my interest is focused on my inner life and self-consciousness, rather than the external world of the senses. So inevitably the word "Religion" crops up, along with "Sp... read more..

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What's the difference between Adults and babies?

Stupid question? Well, there are differences, which I find fundamental today and which - had I or my parents realised this earlier - might well have helped me to become a more fulfilled person in this... read more..

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What makes us human

 What makes a human being human? We have a lot of attributes, but which one are the ones that are part of our basic nature?  I find this Video which Prem Rawat made on the 19th of April 202 read more..

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Frightened of death? Why?

I've been listening to a radio programme, where there was a discussion about the fact that for many people the Corona virus has confronted them unavoidably with the reality of their own mortality. And... read more..

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The blame game using the example of the USA

In order to avoid responsibility, you have to be able to pass it on to someone else who accepts that responsibility or, alternatively, you don't look for someone willing to take on the responsibility ... read more..

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Love as modern slavery

As the lockdown for Coronavirus continues, so the domestic violence crimes are increasing. Of course, only those reported are in the statistics, if a all. So why is that? To me, the answer can be fou... read more..

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Greed is a sickness based on duty

Greed follows us everywhere. And it never leads to anything better, but tends to become satisfied at the expense of others. I once had a boss, who told me that the objective was that "somebody else do... read more..

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Do rituals help me become conscious?

Where is the world awake? In the senses. People want to eat and drink and have children, and then they die a dog's death. ... They arealways awake for the senses. Even their religion is just fo read more..

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