Paranormal World | Children who talk of Past Lives | Reincarnation?

If you had asked me fifteen years ago what I thought about reincarnation, I would have told you that I had no thoughts about it at all. It just seemed too improbable that evolution, starting with single-celled animals, could arrive at something like that. But one morning in February, 2007, drinking coffee at a Toyota … Continue reading Paranormal World | Children who talk of Past Lives | Reincarnation?

Shy Silence

Nothing seems to bother non-shy people more than the reluctance of shy people to talk. "What's the matter with you?!! Speak up! Be assertive! Stop hiding from us!" - that's their common refrain, especially in workplaces, at school, etc. Why are social people like that? I think it's starts with their instinctual need for communication. … Continue reading Shy Silence

Introverts and Extroverts into the abyss

Well, I say we're falling into an abyss because decades ago most of us went over the cliff edge of understanding when we accepted introvert/extrovert as fundamental to human personality. The way introvert/extrovert is understood today is very different from what psychologist C.G.Jung intended when he introduced those terms into psychology a century ago. He … Continue reading Introverts and Extroverts into the abyss

Rescuing Nature | Leave the Goldfish alone!

This week on the Weather Network website I encountered another of those diatribes against people who release goldfish into public waters. It was the usual thing. The goldfish are an invasive species competing with native species, overwhelming them, etc. People should realize that releasing their goldfish [here it was specifically flushing them down the toilet) … Continue reading Rescuing Nature | Leave the Goldfish alone!

Autism | Weak Central Coherence | Who can’t see the forest?

    In her 2008 book, Autism – A Very Short Introduction, psychologist Uta Frith discussed the "weak central coherence" theory. This is related to the tendency of autistic people to focus on detail. Walking through a forest an autistic person will see the trees and things on the forest floor – ferns, horsetails, fungi, … Continue reading Autism | Weak Central Coherence | Who can’t see the forest?