Tolkien, Magic, and Ensoulment

Occasionally I have a desire to physically make an object - say, a pipe, a book or guitar - using the most basic set of tools necessary to accomplish the task without compromising quality. The idea is that modern manufacturing, in order to save time and money, is more and more automatic and computerized, and…

Thoughts and Prayers

The declarations against magic are abundant in the Bible. Sure, there are very problematic aspects to this condemnation, which we will be discussing. To begin with, we can appreciate why this anti-magic stance within the Bible is problematic by envisioning a debate between a Christian and a Mage while an atheist watches. From the perspective…

Heisenberg and Atwood Compared

Here are some remarkable points of identity between Heisenberg's Physics and Philosophy (1954) and Mary Atwood's Suggestive Inquiry (1850). It is worth pointing out that Heisenberg is no minor figure in modern physics, but contemporaneous with the remaining eminent figureheads of 20th century physics, i.e. Einstein, Bohr, Schr√∂dinger, Planck, Bohm, etc. Atwood is known for…

My very loving and Christian friend,¬†it is a simple, childlike way that leadeth to the highest wisdom: the world knows it not; you need not seek for wisdom in remote places, or travel into strange countries for it, she standeth at the door of your soul and knocketh, and if she shall but find an…

"I remember once sitting on a sofa smoking and looking at an ashtray. It was an ordinary copper ash-tray. Suddenly I felt that I was beginning to understand what the ash-tray was, and at the same time, with a certain wonder and almost with fear, I felt that I had never understood it before and…

There and Back Again

The chief purpose of the conscious mind is the focusing of its contents. The common wandering of the mind's thoughts may call into question this declared purpose, and yet we are familiar with the expression of 'having a sharp mind', and the relationship between something being sharp and something being focused is illustrated by the…

"Bohr, Kramers and Slater revealed one essential feature of the correct interpretation of quantum theory. This concept of the probability wave was something entirely new in theoretical physics since Newton. Probability in mathematics or in statistical mechanics means a statement about our degree of knowledge of the actual situation. In throwing dice we do not…