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    Back to Basics: Good and Evil

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFevre One of the best studies of good and evil by an American writer is Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd.” If you haven’t...

    Thought Is a Single Stream

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve It’s near dusk, and the parkland seems to be full of Cooper’s hawks. At one point on the path, a large,...

    The Unmet Sorrow of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve Here we are again, 65 years and tens of thousands of nuclear weapons later, commemorating the dropping of the atomic bombs...

    What Is Human Freedom?

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve A few friends and I have been asking: Are there choices in life, but is the chooser an illusion? If so,...

    Creative Destruction and Man’s Destructiveness

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve The American media, even the progressive media, are promoting the idea that most of the life on Earth has been wiped...

    Knowledge, Truth, and Growth

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve The branch of philosophy concerned with the nature of knowledge, especially with reference to its limits and validity, is called epistemology....

    The Urgency of Psychological Revolution

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve The foundational philosophical investigation to which I devoted my youth flowed from this question: Why are humans generating increasing disorder and...

    July 4th, 2010— Dunghills From Diamonds?

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve This weekend Americans are celebrating the 4th of July, the date that commemorates the birth of the United States 234 years...

    Where There’s Will, There’s No Way

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve A neuroscientist named Benjamin Libet made a remarkable discovery at the University of California, San Francisco in the mid-1980’s. Placing electrodes...

    The Observer In an Infinite Regress

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve Is the brain capable of observing without an observer? What is the observer? What part does it play in the division,...

    Beyond the Matrix

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve Set to the lyrics from Willy Wonka’s “A world of pure imagination,” the business ad invites participants into a brave new...

    May Tibet Never Be Forgotten

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve The Dalai Lama has said that he may not reincarnate again, and if he does, it will not be in Tibet....

    The Scientific and Religious Minds

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve Though the rain didn’t begin until mid-morning, by mid-afternoon the park that runs through town felt like a wild place. A...

    The Dark Night of Man’s Soul

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve After some strong insights and strange events with a friend, I go to the parkland for a sitting and walk. The...

    Technology Is No Mystery

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve In America at least, we are still in the ‘new toy’ phase of high technology. Every new gadget that comes out...

    Barack Lets Bashir Walk

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve Omar al-Bashir, the President of Sudan who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, has been...

    Another Kind of Consciousness

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve It’s near dusk, and the parkland seems to be full of Cooper’s hawks. At one point on the path, a large,...

    A Growing Tide of Anger, or Compassion

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve Sometimes, fewer than a thousand words are better than a picture, or a video. For example, the image of a San...

    The Light of Insight

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve A recent conversation with a Buddhist teacher from India turned to the Buddha’s illumination. “The Buddha,” he said, “was attacked by Mara,...

    The Intrinsic Intent of the Universe

    Featured Columnist – Meditations Martin LeFerve As I see it, human consciousness is an unexplained contradiction in the infinitely dynamic order of the universe. Consciousness is not...

    Meditation, Illumination, and Revolution

    Contributor – Meditations Martin LeFerve The shirtsleeve weather of the previous few days suddenly shifted last night. Rain fell in the valley and snow fell in...

    The Emergence of Intelligence

    Contributor – Meditations Martin LeFerve Fog enshrouds the town as I enter the mountain community from the valley below. With a few hundred meters more of...

    Killer Whales and Killer Apes

    Contributor – Meditations Martin LeFerve Orcas (“Killer Whales”) are probably the smartest animals on earth other than humans (“Killer Apes”). A caged and exploited member of...

    Wellsprings of Insight

    Contributor – Meditations Martin LeFerve After a couple of beers at the local brewery, my atheist friend made the oft-heard claim that Jesus never existed. When...
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