Radio Misterioso Reading List

Since I’m terrible at self-promotion and staying on topic, there were several times during my appearance on Radio Misterioso that we discussed some of my writings here without really summarizing what they actually said or saying where you can read them. If you’re curious, here they are. If this sort of thing turns your gears, then you will probably also enjoy browsing the full set of epiphanies.

Magick for Materialists

We talked a lot about how the brain percieves everything in terms of patterrns. Most of that discussion came from these essays, particularly this one.

The Cosmic Joke

This is the story of the hot air balloons. The BBC (No Relation) constructed hot air balloons from dry cleaning bags and released them over a city, with rather enlightening results.

The MIT Guide to Lockpicking

You can achieve enlightenment through the meditative practice of lockpicking.

Rebirth

I briefly talked about my salvia experience. Here is the story I wrote about it.

Atheist Morality

moralityI’ve long been amused by the belief of many religious people that you cannot be moral without believing in god. They buy Dostoyevsky’s load of crap that “without God all is permitted.” Atheists, apparently, have supernatural powers allowing them to ignore laws of physics, economics, social behavior, or natural consequences of any sort. Wait… am I alone in thinking that sounds downright awesome?

If only it were true. Morality can only come from free will. People who behave themselves because they fear punishment if they don’t aren’t acting morally at all. They’re acting selfishly, out of a sense of self-preservation. If you need some big guy in the sky to threaten you with eternity in Hell or whatever in order for you to play nice, then no amount of playing nice will make you an ethical person. Quite the opposite. You will likely remain immoral and fundamentally corrupted for the rest of your days. A prison does not turn criminals into saints.

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Things That Don’t Exist

Donald Duck in Grauman's Chinese TheatreFrom atheism to racism, there has been a lot of people declaring that things don’t exist lately.

This is entirely understandable, given than people have always lived in a reality that is based as much on imagination as physics. We applaud the healthy mental exercise of questioning perceptions and assumptions, no matter how accurate they may be, but are a but disappointed with the choices of things to declare into nonexistence. We have some better selections.

This is going to be a workout, so let’s start small.

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