Essays on Reality

Faith in Science

Faith in Science

It is a widely-held and growing conviction that science is a fundamental fact, a methodology which itself is true and unquestionable, and which, when followed, will inevitably lead to all ultimate truths: anything science can't answer now, it will...

Conscious

Conscious

I am certain of my consciousness. I am also certain of free will, for consciousness without freedom of thought is meaningless. Consciousness and free will cannot be fit into a model based solely on energy/matter, nor a deterministic cause-and-effect...

Lucid Dream

Lucid Dream

If you want to discover fundamental truths, you must identify and challenge your deepest assumptions - the ones you aren't even aware are assumptions. There can be strong social pressures against openly challenging such assumptions, but doing so can...

The Science Addiction

The Science Addiction

The foundation and core assumption of science is that physical reality exists, is mechanical, and can be understood using our physical senses. And yet - as I show in my essay Lucid Dream - our physical senses tell us nothing about the true nature...

Brainscraps

Brainscraps

Pondering the World Imagine you were to wake up in complete isolation, floating in complete darkness and silence, with no memory of your past nor of how you got there. No light, no sound, only the ‘sound’ of your thoughts. You are aware . “I am,” y...

Miscellaneous Essays

I Believe

I Believe

I first wrote this essay in 1997, with only minor modifications since then. It sets out a ‘location’ on my spiritual path — a story of where I was and how I got there — and it still reflects much of my belief. The most significant changes to my u...

St. Adelbert Abbey

St. Adelbert Abbey

In January of 2000, I visited the Saint Adelbert Abbey in Egmond, The Netherlands, for the third time. Previous visits were in January and February of 1998. St. Adelbert was a monk who, in the 8th century, played a very important role in spreading...

The Reluctant Carnivore

The Reluctant Carnivore

I used to  - and still do to some degree - feel it's hypocritical to eat meat unless one is prepared to kill the animal oneself. While I have killed fish to eat in the past, I couldn't see myself killing a sheep, horse or cow, or even a duck. Speaking o...

Work Ethic

Work Ethic

Some thoughts on IT, management, customers and vendors... Integrity is key to every interaction. Remain true to yourself. If you can't be yourself where you work, either change the employer, or change employers. Keep in mind that you a...

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