Facts, feelings, and science

Facts, feelings, and science

A healthcare scientist once said, “There are facts, and there are feelings.” I doubt that it is such a clear distinction, and so I responded, “A free-thinking human being, including a scientist, chooses what counts as a fact! The neuroscientist Antonio Damasio showed that our power of choice depends on our feelings. It’s circular!” Which comes…

Emotions ‘in the now’

Emotions ‘in the now’

Feelings of illness and fatigue are not the same as the physical disease process. The disease is physical; the feelings are our information about the disease. Likewise, feelings of emotion are information about our physical emotions. Why is this an important distinction? As a medic, I understand emotions as preparation states of a person’s physical…

Illness, disease, and system-illness

Illness, disease, and system-illness

As a medic I was trained to think about the body chemistry of health and disease. It is now widely known that the body’s immune system and the body’s brain talk to each other chemically about what they are doing. When the immune system is very active defending the body against germs, it tells the…

Living the Truth and releasing oneself from mental falsehood
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Living the Truth and releasing oneself from mental falsehood

I recently came across an interesting Sanskrit concept, mentioned by Prof. Louis Cozolino at a Play Therapy UK conference. He was talking about how the Western notion of mind as an individualistic possession is only one way to consider the developing mind. There is a social aspect to the developing mind that is ignored commonly in…

Breaking out of the chicken-egg conundrum

Breaking out of the chicken-egg conundrum

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? One answer is, “A chicken is how an egg reproduces itself.” This entertaining puzzler is solvable, however, if you start thinking about patterns of relationships in time. It becomes entertaining philosophy instead; when relatedness-time replaces linear-time. I’ll explain with a true story… A long time ago, when I moved from London…

Humanity-in-diversity
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Humanity-in-diversity

A bit challenging… How to introduce you to new angles on old ideas? The New Science (of our experienced order emerging out of quantum chaos by feedback learning) changes the context of our lives. It truly should alter our hopes for something better as the climate crisis and conflicts force population shifts around the world….

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