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, insects, tiny … Continue reading Autism | Weak Central Coherence | Who can’t see the forest?
This week I learned that UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres says the stay-at-home policy invoked as a defense against Covid 19 has resulted in a “horrifying increase in domestic violence.” Was that a surprise to anyone? Well, it shouldn’t have been. After approximately 200,000 years as ‘Homo Sapiens’ (the 'wise hominid'), we ought to know ourselves … Continue reading Rescuing Reality|Covid 19|mental health and the consequences of ‘stay-at-home’
"Life is a shipwreck, but that doesn't mean we can't sing in the lifeboats," Voltaire once said. But the problem for people across the world now, because of the Covid 19 pandemic confined to their houses and apartments, sometimes in just shacks and tents - in our 'lifeboats'- is that there is not much to … Continue reading Rescuing Reality | Covid 19 |Quarantining the World
Yes, this week Toronto closed down our playgrounds and off-leash dog parks. Day after day our political leaders seem to be falling over each other trying to think up new restrictions. We're told that these things have to be closed down because medical experts say so. Well, show me the science that says a child … Continue reading Rescuing Reality|Covid 19 |Closing playgrounds and off-leash dogparks
The older I get, the more I realize how improbable I am. Each of us is a product of a meeting between two people. You might think the way in which people meet or don't meet, connect or don't connect, should be governed by chance, but something else often seems to be at work. For … Continue reading Paranormal World | How improbable are you?
Last night I watched Jake Tapper and Dr Sanjay Gupta on CNN discussing a video of people walking and jogging in the sunshine along San Francisco's seafront. They were deeply disturbed at what they perceived as a lack of social-distancing. In fact, most people were more or less 6 ft/ 2 meters apart most of … Continue reading Rescuing Reality |Is social distancing getting out of control?
Now that the Covid 19 corona virus outbreak has been declared a pandemic, stock markets are plummeting around the world, pro sports stadiums are closing their doors and face masks are proliferating in the streets, I think it’s time for a bit of a reality check. Look at these current estimated wild world populations of … Continue reading Rescuing Reality |Covid 19 corona virus pandemic
Though I've been reading C. G. Jung all my life, and though I'm still learning from him today, I find many of his 'Jungian' followers offensive. Some years ago I took a university course called Archetype, Symbol and Myth, which was supposed to be an exploration of world literature from a Jungian perspective. I wasn't … Continue reading Rescuing Psychology | C. G. Jung | Down with the Jungians
Recently I came upon Barbara Ehrenreich's 2015 book Living with a Wild God: A Non-believer's Search for the Truth about Everything. Although she was born a few years before me, Ehrenreich was a prominent anti-Vietnam activist and a key figure of the '60s enlightenment. She and I have been living in parallel for decades, each … Continue reading Paranormal World | Barbara Ehrenreich |Living with a Wild God