Because I've been paying close attention to dreams since I was a boy, every now and then I think it's time for me to write my own book about dreams. But each time that happens I immediately think of psychologist Robert Van de Castle's monumental book, Our Dreaming Mind and I change my mind. For … Continue reading Dreams | Psychologist Robert Van de Castle and Our Dreaming Mind
For some reason the fate of Alek Minassian continues to haunt me. How is it, I ask myself, that someone who killed 10 people and injured 16 more, some permanently, running them down in his rented van here in Toronto 15 minutes walk from my home, now convicted and awaiting sentencing, continues to elicit sympathy … Continue reading Autism |Toronto’s van rampage 4 | Alek Minassian convicted – what now?
Alex Minassian's trial finally took place and, to no-one's surprise, he was convicted.
Few people talk about this - the strange interaction you sometimes see between dreams and the real world. To show you what I mean, I'll give you a simple example of my own. A few years ago I had a series of dreams, night after night for about a week, in which I dreamt dead … Continue reading Paranormal World | Dreams entering reality
Here is something peculiar. Many autistic people report that they are visual thinkers. Temple Grandin, the famous animal behavior scientist/engineer, has written about 'thinking in pictures'. From early on in life I was like that too. When I was a small boy I read comic books before I could read (Donald Duck, etc). I … Continue reading Autism vs the Camera
Here is something interesting. Among my new posts, those on autism draw the most visits to this site. But with older posts, those about Ian Stevenson and his investigation of children who talk of past lives get more traffic than all the rest put together. Why? Well, all paranormal phenomena are interesting, but these children … Continue reading Paranormal World | Children who speak of past lives | Veer Singh in the after-life
That question sounds simple and straightforward, but it isn't. Some dreams are meaningful, some aren't. I'm convinced that there are dreams where the mind is just 'doodling' with images and events, with no intention at all. Other dreams hint at meanings, but finding them is harder than solving a Rubic's Cube. Some defy any explanation, … Continue reading Dreams | What do they mean?
From 2006 to 2016, I ran a website that I called Shy Highway. During that time I produced my second book, The Shyness Guide, then revised it, doubling it in size to what it is today. Along the way though, I got interested in autism. At first I tried to avoid the autism debate. It … Continue reading Is this the Autism Highway?
Nothing about shyness bothers 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 in workplaces, at school, etc. Why are social people like that? I think it starts with their instinctual need for communication. Never … Continue reading Rescuing Shyness | Resist the hostility of the social world