RT @BBCInOurTime: John Stuart Mill, philosopher, was born #OnThisDay 1806 https://t.co/8UtxVUKD5h

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@petersagal “The Overstory” by Richard Powers, “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan

May 18, 2018

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The attempt to turn the question of gun violence into a question of mental health is obscene. Of course, people who kill children en masse are crazy. That’s the given… this says nothing; every country contains mentally ill and potentially violent people. Only America arms them. https://t.co/tyqui2nSkA

May 18, 2018

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RT @tpmquote: Let us not pretend to doubt in philosophy what we do not doubt in our hearts.–Charles Peirce

May 18, 2018

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“All mean egotism vanishes” when walking dogs, no psychedelics required. @michaelpollan https://t.co/UlIQ3MzNFx

May 18, 2018

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May 18, 2018

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All mean egotism vanishes

May 18, 2018

May’s already more than half gone? How time flies when your family’s expanding!

We met Pita and Nell at the Nashville Humane Association on May 1. The place was closed on May 2. We were there waiting for the doors to open on May 3. It’s been a blur ever since, they’re the highest-energy canines I’ve ever been around. But life feels right again. Life is just better with dogs.

Better and busier, and disruptive of my old early-morning writing routine. But among the many lessons I’ve learned from dogs is flexibility and resilience, in the face of loss, disappointment, or just change. A change would do you good, as we heard Jeff Trott sing last night at a terrific Bluebird-style benefit show. (He wrote that Sheryl Crow hit, along with Soak Up the Sun, If It Makes You Happy, and lots more.) Fun night!
Did somebody say resilience? That’s just another word for returning to life, bouncing back, making a new plan, getting on with it, and maybe sometimes changing your mind.
I’m in the middle of Michael Pollan’s remarkable new book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. Toying in chapter four with the notion that mind-altering organic compounds might actually trigger noetic experiences with a profound spiritual dimension, but uneasy about “spirituality” that’s not been disentangled from discreditable supernaturalism, he quotes Emerson’s famously strange line:

Standing on the bare ground,—my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into
infinite space,—all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball.

And then Pollan speculates that genuine spirituality just may be that condition of egolessness, the transparency of vision without an overbearing sense of subjective selfhood, however arrived at. I’m with him on that. I’ve stood on the bare ground of transparency myself, not catalyzed by mushrooms or acid or toad venom (!) but by the footsteps that carry me away from all mean egotism.

I’m always carried by my own footsteps, for sure, but am happily accompanied again now by my four-footed companions’ pawsteps as well. We three don’t need psychedelics to change our minds.

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@rachelheldevans Bringing my “Evolution in America” students to the Scopes reenactment in July. What else is there to do in Dayton, besides the Monkey Town brewpub?

May 17, 2018

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RT @foe_us: Scott Pruitt has to go and we’ll keep sending that message any way we can. #FirePruitt https://t.co/kZSV7Rzpva

May 16, 2018

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RT @tpmquote: Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.–John Dewey

May 15, 2018

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