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If Men Could Get Preggers

It seems to me the church with an unresolved child rape problem might be more circumspect about being so vocal about getting the first amendment wrong. Meanwhile, deep in space, in another galaxy, on another planet, evolution has worked to … Continue reading

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Found: Coleman Barks

Poet Coleman Barks

Several weeks ago I went searching on the net for Coleman Barks. Barks, a poet, is most well known for his versions of Rumi. In fact, to the extent Rumi is known by the English-speaking world, a lion’s share of the credit accrues to Mr. Barks and to his colleague and co-author John Moyne.

Having done this same search years ago, I knew there are numerous resources and media, but, one such resource at the CBC had been taken down, an interview with Barks and Andrew Harvey by Mary Hynes (as part of Ms. Hynes’ Tapestry Series.) I made an inquiry.

Lo and behold a few days later a nice gentleman from the CBC emailed me and asked if I would be interested in providing an introduction for this archival podcast. I jumped at the opportunity to help bring the interview back into circulation.

The podcast at the CBC is back, and listed here. (Direct download-mp3)

Coleman Barks interview at Lapham’s Quarterly. (mp3)

Video at Poetry Everywhere (PBS)


The Big Red Book is the newest exploration of Rumi by Coleman Barks. It focuses on Rumi’s relationship with Shams of Tabriz. One of the aphorisms of Shams is a touchstone for me:

Follow the perfume, not the tracks.

The following video provides a beguiling introduction to Rumi and Shams.

Jalaluddin El-Rumi & Shams El Tabriz from Raphael Rousseau Sason on Vimeo.

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Reality Has a Grander Magic of its Own

Interview with Scientist Richard Dawkins ‘Religion? Reality Has a Grander Magic of its Own’ SPIEGEL ONLINE: The American geneticist Dean Hamer postulated the God Gene hypothesis, proposing that humans are genetically hardwired for religious faith. Dawkins: I’d prefer to say … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoons: Two Gods

…would have been better without a caption. I don’t know for sure, but this could represent an element of the most widespread sense of God.

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May your gold perish with you

Glenn Beck has something major to do with another ambitious and tilted web portal, The Blaze*. Here’s a capture of today’s page. The ridiculous headline tops a truly funny/nutty video about some members, evidently, of the ‘professoriat.’ I’m okay with … Continue reading

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Mining Under the Common Ground

Separate truths It is misleading — and dangerous — to think that religions are different paths to the same wisdom [excerpt Boston.com April 25, 2010] Of course, those who claim that the world’s religions are different paths up the same … Continue reading

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What’s the Matter With Texas

Poll reveals Texans believe dinosaurs, humans coexisted By Collin Eaton Daily Texan Staff Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010 Nearly a third of registered voters in Texas believe humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time, according to a statewide survey conducted … Continue reading

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Is Bubba Really Gone?

I’ve been feeling my way around vampires because the Jung-Fire group has also been doing so. Whilst descriptions of vampires varied widely, certain traits now accepted as universal were created by the film industry. Where did vampires originate? Well, nearly … Continue reading

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The Medium Is The Message

I’m building up to a brief presentation based in a novel concept about the ongoing bumper car action between theists, atheists and new agers; soon enough. This video from attorney Victor Zammit has stand-alone appeal. One conclusion from viewing Zammit’s … Continue reading

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At Least, A Clear Statement

One thing I’ll give the Muslim creationist Harun Yahya credit for is that he states his sense of the facts of the matter courageously, whereas, the stateside Intelligent Design crew has come to do everything but state clearly, or do … Continue reading

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Who was Cain’s wife? Okay, old conundrum for the literalists in the monotheistic clans. Candidates: Eve–ruled out by all sister–must be considered Lilith (Adam’s first wife?)–must be considered pending one’s treatment of Lilith pre-adamic beings–why not? “If we now work … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t you like to ride in my beautiful balloon Wouldn’t you like to ride in my beautiful balloon We could float among the stars together, you and I For we can fly we can fly Up, up and away My … Continue reading

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More on the folk religion tip: the folk religion in this case being ‘free thinking’. Years ago when Judith and I started out by giving experiential workshops on transformative learning to the local noetics group, on several occasions during the … Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins. The God Delusion. Harrumph. Dawkins is aggravated at magical precepts and objects of belief. Moreover, as many are, he finds the religious game of king of the hill destructive. But, Dawkins is somehow prevented by the mote in … Continue reading

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It is remarkable, that the principles of religion have a kind of flux and reflux in the human mind, and that men have a natural tendency to rise from idolatry to theism, and to sink again from theism into idolatry. … Continue reading

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In the other direction, the foundationalism implicit in Intelligent Design is easy to identify. Although the ID cabal tries to ‘fuzzify’ and fudge this issue and insulate themselves from this obvious implication by severing a tie made by association, the … Continue reading

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I’ve been tracking the instigation of the Intelligent Design crowd in their play for attention in Dover v. Kitzmiller. The battle for the hearts and minds of impressionable high school science students seems to me to be no more than … Continue reading

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Here’s a web page is dedicated to the charlatan guru Osho. (Exemplifying our point of departure for this entry.) It’s hard to say his early Bagwan Shree Rajneesh persona covered up his later crazy tendencies, or those tendencies developed in … Continue reading

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Having conceived that nothing is impossible to you, consider yourself immortal and able to understand everything, all art, all learning, the temper of every living thing. . . . Collect in yourself all the sensations of what has been made, … Continue reading

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