2016: A Year of Political Insanity—or is it?

It is a year of unprecedented extremes in the climate of presidential politics. It is a year of terrorist attacks around the world, most inflicted by Muslims upon other Muslims. It is a year that has left humanity groping for answers to the perennial question: “Why?” Satisfying answers, however, are…

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An Audio Excerpt on Forgiveness from an Interview on Co-Creator Radio

This is a brief excerpt from an interview I did with Mary Adams on Co-Creator Radio. This segment deals with how I came to write When Gulls Fly Low, and why. It ends with my answer to her questions about forgiveness. Many people have seen the book as a class in forgiveness, even…

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Antioxidants: Myth or Malignance

In my post here, “The Parallax View of Thrill Seekers,” I cast light on the prejudice of scientists to intepret experimental and observational data to infer causal relationships where none are indicated. Today I read one of the few highly-visible examples of both that propensity, and its polar opposite. In…

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Because They Say So

As a freshman in college I took my first psychology course in which I was introduced to many new and interesting concepts. Among these was something called “consensual validation.” I don’t recall the precise definition given to this term, but it was something like: “granting validity to a belief or…

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Because They Say So

As a freshman in college I took my first psychology course in which I was introduced to many new and interesting concepts. Among these was something called “consensual validation.” I don’t recall the precise definition given to this term, but it was something like: “granting validity to a belief or…

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Co-Creator Radio Interview

Yesterday Mary Adams-Eck, co-owner of the Co-Creator Network, interviewed me on her weekly Internet radio show. We covered a wide range of topics, from forgiveness as I dealt with it in my novel When Gulls Fly Low, to fear and the craziness it engenders, as well as how to deal…

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Decoding Your Life

Have you ever felt like you were just wandering through life without a compass?   Many people secretly feel that way. They also feel like there must be some purpose to their lives, but they have not yet been able to determine what it is. At least not in a…

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Forgive Me Not

When I was in my early 20s, I developed a bad case of resentment about forgiveness. My reasoning was straightforward and fairly simple. I saw the act of forgiveness as being equivalent to saying: “Even though you are a bad person who does bad things, I, being a superior and…

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Forgiveness: a short course

Many readers of my novel When Gulls Fly Low have remarked that they found it to be a wonderful lesson in forgiveness. One even said it was the best book on forgiving she’d ever read. At first this mystified me, because I’d never thought of it as anything like that.…

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Guess who?

Would you spend a weekend with this man? Nearly half a million people once said “Yes!” Why would so many people put themselves through untold discomfort in the middle of August, just to hang out with him and a few hundred thousand of his (not really) closest friends? Well, some good music…

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It’s All Stories

What follows is an excerpt I recently found in my personal journal. I wrote it Friday, November 25th, 2005, the day after Thanksgiving. It offers the reader a chance to peek inside my mind as I consider some new ideas that I found extremely compelling at the time, and far…

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Life on the Less-traveled Road

Albert Einstein is alleged to have said, “Great spirits have always encountered violent oppostion from mediocre minds.” Over forty years before I read that, I expressed a similar observation at a deeply personal level in this poem: In dead of night I skulk about my secret to pursue. This lonly…

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Ned B. Johnson on Co-Creator Radio

I’m overjoyed to announce that I will be interviewed by Mary Adams-Eck on Monday May 25, 2009 at 8:00 AM PDT (-07:00 from Greenwich, 10:00 CDT, 11:00 EDT) on Co-Creator Radio. After a long discussion about the topic we wanted to focus on, we decided that the best approach was…

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Reality as Rorschach

As a clinical psychology instructor at the U.S. Army’s Medical Field Service School, in San Antonio, my job was largely involved with teaching a wide variety of forms of psychological testing. The famous Rorschach inkblot test was among them. It is a specific example of a category of test called…

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Rules Of Engagement

Full and effective communication is the most important single factor in any human interaction.  This is especially true in a loving relationship.  It is easy to overlook the fact that the information that is being communicated, even non-verbally, does not tell the whole story.  Nor is it necessarily the most…

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Technology

Although the term technology has become closely bound to science, even the word science itself has its roots in a time long before the scientific method was formalized. Basically, it means the search for knowledge. Technology is the application of that knowledge, presumably to one’s advantage. So technology can be…

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The Birth of All That Is

(excepted from The Seth Material)  Now, and this will seem like a contradiction in terms—there is nonbeing. It is a state, not of nothingness, but a state in which probabilities and possibilities are known and anticipated but blocked from expression. Dimly, through what you would call history, hardly remembered, there was…

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The Global Internet: its human dimension

Excerpted from “Magic Mail” by Ned B. Johnson October 1993 The capacity for tool making was long considered the signal characteristic that made human beings human. It was, that is, until Dr. Jane Goodall and others began documenting the behavior of chimpanzees. They soon discovered that at least this branch…

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The Nature of Personal Twitterverse

In 1975 Jane Roberts published the second volume of the series that came to be known collectively as “The Seth Books.” It was entitled The Nature of Personal Reality, and it was the closest thing to a combined owner’s manual/Chilton book for human beings I have ever seen. It’s basic pitch was…

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The Night the Cold War Died

In 1961 the East German government started work on the Berlin Wall.  Not long afterward The Chad Mitchell Trio recorded their first album.  Remember The Chad Mitchell Trio?  The Mitchell Trio?  Maybe this will help.  When namesake-tenor Chad Mitchell left the group, his replacement was another blond tenor, Henry John…

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The Parallax View of Thrill Seekers

In an article in New Scientist magazine, neurobiologist David McCobb, of Cornell University, says he has found evidence linking a preference for extreme sports to a pair of proteins in the adrenal gland. Adrenaline is secreted by the adrenal gland through tiny channels made up of two types of protein…

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There’s No Such Thing as Failure

“Perspective: use it or lose it.” Richard Bach, “Illusions” It is always a matter of perspective. Perception, if you like. But what it really comes down to is that anything that can be called a failure, can just as easily be called a success if you stand in the right…

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Where do tsunamis come from, Mommy?

How many times has that question been asked, in various forms, since the Indian Ocean’s belated Christmas present arrived in South Asia? And children aren’t the only ones asking. Most people, even those who are thousands of miles away, are trying to come to grips with the magnitude and impact…

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