Have you ever seen the classic movie Network? Do you remember the iconic scene when the crazy broadcaster Howard Beale (played brilliantly by the late Peter Finch) tells his audience to open up their windows and start yelling out to the world: ‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore’?
Why do we get cancer, and how do we survive it? Ask the American Cancer Society, and they will point to genes or environmental factors, like smoking or Teflon, booze or red meat, being too fat or being exposed to plutonium, even to too much sun.
Like most Americans, I’d been forced to revisit the horror of September 11, 2001, on every anniversary for the past 19 years, as every television channel relentlessly replayed the familiar sequence of events, from the too-blue cloudless September sky to the slow-motion concertina of the two towers within a half hour of each other into […]
I’ve been thinking a great deal about time, as you know – the idea that there is no real time out there – even in our heads. The Roman poet Lucretius once said, ‘Time by itself does not exist,’ and most modern physicists like Carlo Rovelli agree that the flow of time and a difference […]
Several weeks ago, in my blog When intention goes backward, I shared the story of Israeli professor Leonard Leibovici’s strange research into retro-prayer. When it was published in the Lancet, it caused a sensation: the study that showed we can go back and change the past.
One of the most basic assumptions about intention is that it operates according to a generally accepted sense of cause and effect: the cause must always precede the effect. If A causes B, then A must have happened first. This assumption reflects one of our deepest beliefs, that time is a one-way, forward-moving progression. This […]
I’ve been reading Margaret Attwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and her follow-up The Testaments (now of course, a four-part series on Hulu), largely to understand both the conditions and the thinking that need to occur for a totalitarian government to take hold of a liberal democracy.
Our brain stubbornly refuses to operate according to our current notions of reality. Not only does it have difficulty working out the difference between a thought and an action, it also appears to be an organ without an understanding of time as a forward progression.