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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Eliminating Faith and Truth: The Failure of Psychological Science

“Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. Bribery and corruption are common and there are signs the world is speedily coming to an end.” The latest doomsday prognostication from the Mayans? Not exactly. A statement allegedly lifted from an Assyrian tablet dated 2800 B.C.

It’s clear mankind has been on the wrong path for some time, but what specifically are the steps we’ve taken off the straight and narrow? At least some of the blame can be laid at the feet of Freud and Marx and other schools of psychology. Professor Karl Jaspers, arguably humanity’s greatest psychological scientist, said that some psychologies and sociologies have performed perversions in society and exerted devastating power.

Let’s look at how these ideas have helped us corrupt our planet and ourselves. Eliminating Faith and Truth: the Failure of Psychological Science, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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Corruption: It’s Not Just Out There Anymore

Corruption. Some government official with his hand out or a doctor accepting an all expenses paid fishing trip in exchange for promoting new pharmaceuticals, or a baseball player betting on his own team. It’s part of doing business in some countries, and whispers of it are always present wherever big events, like the Olympics and the World Cup, are held.

But corruption is not reserved only for corporate boardrooms or secret meetings of the world’s power brokers – although it’s certainly in abundance there. It’s also inside all of us who corrupt ourselves without knowing how, or why.

We’ll look at corruption in all its forms today, on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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Liberation of the People: Going Beyond Materialism, Power and Media Manipulation

It was Jefferson who first realized the necessity of a free press in America. “Media is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being,” he said eloquently. Prominent journalist, Bill Moyers, has suggested that there’s nothing more important for a democracy than ensuring an independent and free media.

The loss of this, then, is of great concern to any who seek to live in freedom. Media has become at best a kind of sideshow and at worst, completely irrelevant, because it doesn’t tell us what’s going on. We’ll look at that and consider the implications of this for the liberation of the people, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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Liberation of the People: Going Beyond Materialism, Power and Media Manipulation

It was Jefferson who first realized the necessity of a free press in America. “Media is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being,” he said eloquently. Prominent journalist, Bill Moyers, has suggested that there’s nothing more important for a democracy than ensuring an independent and free media.

The loss of this, then, is of great concern to any who seek to live in freedom. Media has become at best a kind of sideshow and at worst, completely irrelevant, because it doesn’t tell us what’s going on. We’ll look at that and consider the implications of this for the liberation of the people, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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Romance, Ideals and Transcendence: Living a Meaningful Life

We have become inured to the huge levels of injustice and corruption perpetrated by our political/economic system today, and this needs to change. The current disturbing levels of apathy appear to be the reason for the success of Stéphane Hessel‘s Cry Out! – a French publishing phenomenon. This 13-page pamphlet encourages youth to recapture the French spirit of resistance by rejecting the “insolent, selfish” power of money and markets and by defending the social “values of modern democracy.”

Norberto Keppe‘s, Liberation of the People, written the the mid 1980s, offered a call to all idealists, all who believe in goodness, truth and beauty, to unite so a new society could be built, the Kingdom of Man on Earth. Keppe foreshadowed Hessel’s admonitions, and he goes deeper, too, explaining how we got so off track and offering concrete solutions to fix things.

We explore how that’s more than idealism and actually approaches true romance, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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Sex, Lies and Real Deadly Sins

The feeding frenzy arising from the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn stimulate analysis. How we in the public rise up in collective indignation at suggestions of sexual impropriety while hardly looking up from our breakfast cereal at revelations of the lies that pushed us to war! Not to diminish the charges in any way, but there’s more going on here than first glance would tell us. Deeper explanations are needed … and fast.

Especially when we consider Strauss-Kahn’s prominent role in criticizing the global financial system while moving to reduce the importance of the dollar in IMF negotiations.

How to look at this terrible situation with consciousness, humility and even wisdom? We’ll conduct an Analytical Trilogy psycho-socio analysis of the DSK affair, and consider what real malfeasance goes on around us all the time unnoticed and even supported.

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