A Letter From Tyrone

Rare it is, in this “the modern era,” that one receives correspondence via the mail, like we used to.  I knew something was up the moment I saw the envelope facing down in our black, plastic mailbox.  My anticipation only grew when I noticed the familiar left-handed penmanship that has come to mark a message from my father used on my mailing address.  The envelope had the customized and accustomed return address label, but just above that, in red ink, “Pops.”  This must be serious, he is referring to himself in the nicknamed third person.  As it happens, my intuition proved true.  This would be a very serious letter.Read More »


Biosophics Anonymous Step #7: Humbled by Change

Welcome to step #7. What a journey it has been thus far. We have been working hard to wrap our heads around this new type of thinking, and for many of you, I am sure you are unconvinced or don’t see the point. Well, this is no surprise to those of us who have already been through all the steps. Free will is one of those addictions that seem impossible to shake at times. People talk about quitting smoking being tough, and it is. Heroin, kicking can be one of the most painful experiences a mind and body will be put through. This habit is no different from those two except for the fact that it is in our minds already. The illusion is so complete, and its effects so devastating to our perception of reality, we have a hard time coming to terms with how to exist without it. There is almost no support out there for us. Even those who might agree with out efforts will still point fingers and refuse to let go of events they wish attributed to their own or someone’s personality or behavior. “That person is toxic,” or “they’re just mean,” will come up in conversation or in a mind, and those folks will just run with the thoughts. We don’t judge them for their thoughts; we know the genesis of such shortcomings, as they were our shortcomings just a few short weeks ago.Read More »

Biosophics Anonymous Step #5: Admission to Ourselves and Another

We now work our way into the middle of the list. With Step #5 we will begin to engage others in this quest to come to terms with dissolving the addiction to free will and the “self” it has generated. To do this we’ll have to put more thought into our next move, or more accurately, we’ll need to use a method of “playback” discussed in Step #4 for observing the dialogue we all have running in our heads. This is the most powerful step for eliminating shame thus far. Read More »

Dangerous Psychology and Changing Perspectives

I’ve spent some of this morning reading blogs and articles from various psychology with a tag of of “psychology,” and I find myself disturbed.  Not disturbed in a way the band name is suggesting or in a way that many of the psychology sites might seem to suggest.  No, I am disturbed in a way that one is disturbed when watching a Die Antwoord video.  Inspired and put off at the same time.  What is the reason for this disturbance.  In a word, perspective.Read More »

A Religious Illness

Are the religious fundamentalists of our time and throughout recorded history ill?  Research conducted over the last few decades may suggest as much.  It is well documented that religious fundamentalism is often used by violent criminals, societies, and abusive individuals as the motivation to behave in socially detrimental ways.  Whether the example is of Deanna Laney, who killed two of her children by bludgeoning them to death with a rock, or of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik of the San Bernardino shootings in early December last year, the high cost of violent and abusive behavior seemingly motivated by a deep-rooted religious belief is, at this juncture, historical.Read More »

Does Anybody Really Believe in Free Will Anymore

Working on a book about facts is something that has me concerned. “Facts” are one of those terms that everyone “knows,” but as soon as one tries to pin down some “facts” which fly in the face of a deeply held opinion, many will look to subjective interpretation of data. The fact-line becomes blurred during these times. In my opinion, no subject seems to fall prey to this more than the worlds of philosophy and neuroscience concerning the issue of free-will. Before you bolt to close this window, know that I had planned to write a “Quotes Revealed” entry, but when I went looking for Biblical quotes about human having free-will, I came up empty—and I mean empty. Read More »

Biosophics Anonymous Step #3: Determinism for Shaping Cognitive Bias

Now that we’re off and running, it is time to start applying our new-found methods of seeing the world into action. The first two steps have readied our minds to start making hard changes. Our addiction to free will has led to potentially dangerous misunderstanding of the world around us and even of our own behaviors. That’s why we are participating in this program—better living through a more clear understanding of our own lives.Read More »

Biosophics Anonymous Step #2: Determinism is More Valid

Last installment, we went over step #1 of Biosophics Anonymous. Today we will add to this with step #2. This step will remind us that our brain is just as vicious of a deceiver as much as a boon to accurate observations, if not more so. When we condition ourselves to be more and more open to a deterministic view, we further open the door to freeing ourselves from the limited confines of our own minds and flawed subjectivity.Read More »