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Rethinking Our Imagined Reality: The Way Ahead

In Featured, Reasoned Thinking by Dave Gaddis

At the beginning of this article series, I made a single assumption. There is only one Absolute Reality (AR) or Truth. We each experience and conceptualize AR differently, but the underline components of our existence are universal. In Illusory Separation from Nature, we looked at the underlying constituents of existence and how they are interconnected and whole. We discussed Neil deGrasse …

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Rethinking Our Imagined Reality: Our Imaginary Constructs

In Featured, Reasoned Thinking by Dave Gaddis

How many times have you or a friend claimed to have limited or no imagination? For everyone that thinks that is the case, I offer that you are sorely mistaken. Our lives are awash in imaginary constructs. They are not only pervasive, powerful, and immersive but also collective. Let’s consider some examples. Does the United States, Australia, or South Africa …

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Reasoned Mindfulness

In Featured, Reasoned Spirituality, Reasoned Thinking by Dave Gaddis

I was discussing mindfulness with a fellow deist and it dawned on me that most of us have an incomplete understanding of mindfulness itself. I spent some time researching the Buddhist concept of mindfulness and from that research I developed my concept of Reasoned Mindfulness, which I present below. Mindfulness is comprised of three elements: (1) a frame of reference; (2) directed alertness; …

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Philosophy Trumps Science and Religion

In Reasoned Thinking by Dave Gaddis

We didn’t ask for it. Life happened to us. No matter how hard we try, we will all lose the game of life. Death is the price we pay for birth, a bargain we never made. We are born without knowing why we are here or why we have an insatiable desire to stay. Life is a constant struggle against …

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On Reasoned Thinking

In Reasoned Thinking by Dave Gaddis

Introduction We are all born knowing only life, which is the experience of our outer and inner worlds. Experience of the outer world comes through our five senses. Our inner world is the accumulation of emotions and thoughts. They are inextricably connected. Touching someone we love can bring immense joy. Seeing the suffering wrought on humanity by fundamentalists of any …