Rescuing the Past and/or Anthropology and/or Psychology |How reading and writing preceded Talking

In one of my books – not sure if it's in The Shyness Guide or my first novel, The Birdcatcher (could be both) - I said that reading and writing are older than speech. That's an idea that I have never seen anywhere else. But this week, re-reading the James Hillman/Michael Ventura book, We've Had … Continue reading Rescuing the Past and/or Anthropology and/or Psychology |How reading and writing preceded Talking

Is Anxiety Natural?

In the Jan/Feb 2014 edition of The Atlantic, journalist Scott Stossel told about his own lifelong debilitating anxiety, then discussed the nature of anxiety, ending with this: Is pathological anxiety a medical illness, as Hippocrates and Aristotle and many modern psychopharmacologists would have it? Or is it a philosophical problem, as Plato and Spinoza and … Continue reading Is Anxiety Natural?

Paranormal World | Children who remember past lives | Gopal Gupta

In my August 4/2018 post, I presented psychiatrist Ian Stevenson, who spent decades investigating children who speak of past lives. Here is the first of those children, the first in his book Ten Cases of the Reincarnation Type in India. Gopal Gupta was born Aug 26, 1956 in Delhi. One day, age 2 and a … Continue reading Paranormal World | Children who remember past lives | Gopal Gupta

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!