Month: December 2015

Explaining Self: The Most Dangerous Concept of Self

Before moving onward and upward to Paul Federn’s psychoanalytical innovations, I need to digress and discuss an extremely misleading and harmful concept introduced in the writings of post-Aryan India, the Mediterranean Neo-Platonists, the Occidental Hermeticists and Alchemists, the 19th century Spiritualism Movement in England and … Continue reading Explaining Self: The Most Dangerous Concept of Self

Explaining Self: The Autobiographical Self

Today, we continue our emergent evolutionary physicalist analysis of how people came to possess the feeling of being an independent self–both physical and aphysical. We start from biology so to avoid foolish and unfounded speculation as to the nature of the personal self. For seekers … Continue reading Explaining Self: The Autobiographical Self

Reality Series: The Paths of Work and Study

I would like you to take a few moments considering the methodologies utilized in the ministries of Jesus, the Christ and Gautama, the Buddha. Did either man indulge in pontificating theological and abstract nuances? Did either man discourse primarily with the learned scholars of his … Continue reading Reality Series: The Paths of Work and Study

Reality Series: Self and Not-Self v. Self or No Self

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone. This morning it crossed my mind that I need to clarify something for you. Often, readers presume that an author creates with a specific, concrete plan and distant goal. Such concrete plans and goals commonly underlie papers, theses, and books. But, … Continue reading Reality Series: Self and Not-Self v. Self or No Self

Reality Series: The Virtual Self (4)

After reading the existing set of blogs, I feel it prudent to discuss our understanding of the Buddha’s teachings upon the contentious matter of ‘self’ and ‘not-self.’ To appreciate the original teachings of the Buddha, one must consult the earliest doctrinal texts of Theravadins, the … Continue reading Reality Series: The Virtual Self (4)

Reality Series: The Virtual Self (3)

Yesterday, we introduced a rational neurophysiological explanation for the development of the ‘concept of self.’ Clearly, the development of our ‘individualized feelings of selfness’ is dependent upon psychoneurologic ontogeny; the Institute recognizes that psychobiological factors are insufficient to fully explain the ‘concept of self.’ The … Continue reading Reality Series: The Virtual Self (3)