Everyone Has an Origin Story

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“There’s nothing stupider than a smart person who went wrong”

“There’s no appreciation on the part of the intellectual elite for the pathologies of rationalism. There’s nothing stupider than a smart person who went wrong. I’ve seen this in my clients, if I have a particularly smart client who is particularly disordered in their personality, that’s so difficult it’s almost unimaginable because they’re so good at rationalizing.”
— Jordan Peterson

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Malevolence, Forgiveness, Acceptance, Buddhism and Christianity

Panel of hell (detail), Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1480-1505, oil on panel, 220 x 390 cm (Prado)

Jordan B. Peterson is known for an ostensibly uncontroversial position: the reality of malevolence and malevolent people. This position seems at odds (he says as much) with Buddhism’s perspective that Evil is essentially ignorance. Buddha taught (quote TBD) that evil is born out of ignorance, and that perspective instructs us on how to vanquish evil (knowledge!) Might Jesus Christ agree with Jordan, that Buddhism is fundamentally flawed because it casts evil as an epiphenomenon rather than fundamental to the nature of humanity?

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

— Luke 23:34

Christ here strongly suggests that malevolence is born out of ignorance, which is his justification for the need for forgiveness.

It is a reasonable proposition that Christ and Buddha were saying the same thing in different ways.

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Super Human: eBook FREE on Black Friday

Super Human

What are the upper limits of human potential?
What if someone told you the answer is way more than you think and could show you the way?
What if someone offered to show you how to tap into your deep well of potential and be exponentially more effective?
Would you take them up on their offer?
Would you decline out of fear or doubt?
Would you defiantly defend all of your current limitations?
If this knowledge came with deadly risks, would you still do it?
Once you had that knowledge, would you share it or hoard it?
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Mac OS X vs Windows XP

Back in 2002, I created xvsxp.com, and when I shuttered the site in 2005 (due to personal matters), the downloadable pdf of the site had received over a quarter of a million downloads, and that’s just the pdf. Continue reading

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Does Competency-Awareness Drive Serotonin Levels?

Back in 2013, I wrote what I didn’t know would become my all-time most popular blog post, Serotonin and Social Status. In that post, I posed this question:

“Are there mindfulness strategies that might moderate against ‘societal’ influence on serotonin? Meditation? Yoga? Is there such a thing as self-confidence that does not peg its worth to external factors, and might that help? Such strategies would put me at greater command of my serotonin levels, rather than being solely at the mercy of others regard for me.”

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Super Human Now in Paperback

Just in time for Christmas!

Hardcover and Paperback

Super Human is now available in paperback ($12.95) from Amazon:

Super Human

If you prefer eBooks, you can pick it up for just $2.99 from Amazon and Apple Books. If you prefer hardcover, message me.

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Coming Back Around

As an oil painting BFA candidate in 1987, I made this painting. It no longer exists, because a senior student shamed me for liking comics; I’m pretty sure I painted over it. The world is not worse off that this painting is no more, but it struck me that the Super Human theme was capturing my attention way back then. Then, ostensibly, I lost interest in it until just this year. Or did I? Maybe it’s been percolating in some deep recess of my brain for all this time. Or, if you are inclined to believe in precognitions, perhaps way back then on some level I knew this would become significant to me.
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Super Human: Out of Time

This week I started working on my new novel Super Human: Out of Time, the sequel to Super Human.

The idea for the sequel was born out of a recent tragedy. Anxiety is a theme in the first book, and it explores the reframing strategies I’ve used with some success in my life. A childhood classmate of mine read Super Human and told me she wanted her young adult son to read it because she thought he’d find those strategies helpful. Tragically, since that conversation, her son unexpectedly passed away.

I cannot pretend to understand what her family must be going through, but the news hit me hard. I wanted to extract some meaning and value from this horrible event; I hope I can facilitate something good coming from something very, very bad. So, Out of Time will examine human despair, hopefully in a way that sparks useful thinking.

If you haven’t yet checked out Super Human, treat yourself to some thought-provoking, inspirational science fiction today:

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Lying Down on the Job

I think my editor is in bed with Staples.

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Speaking of Staples, I want to thank Dawn and Arianna, managers in Staples Printing Services in Stratham, NH, for their excellent customer service. Your efforts have helped me achieve my dream, publishing my first novel, Super Human:

You can also find it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superhumanbook/

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