Read Fiction & Embrace Discomfort

“A trio of University of Toronto scholars, led by psychologist Maja Djikic, report that people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call “cognitive closure.” Compared with peers who have just read an essay, they expressed more comfort with disorder and uncertainty—attitudes that allow for both sophisticated thinking and greater […]

Sophistaced Saturday: Bukowski And Huxley

If it has not yet been apparent, I love posting quotes from various people — authors, writers, comedians, musicians. I love quotes because I am an overwhelming fan of language and how people communicate and how different people acknowledge different means to reach the same end goal. It’s comforting to know there are others out […]

The Doors of Perception Are Now Open

“Our goal is to discover that we have always been where we ought to be.” — Aldous Huxley   Huxley’s short but quite influential book, The Doors of Perception, explores how taking mescalin changed his life and his vision of how such drugs can alter human behavior in a very positive manner. Besides attacking alcohol drinkers, cigarette […]

Nature: A Human’s Sanctuary — The Works of Emerson and Thoreau

  To describe the significance of nature is as difficult as attempting to figure out the source of our creation.  So extreme in its abundance, the effects of nature confront us every minute of every day.  The sky, animals, the trees that overlook our paths…these are all a part of nature and have a profound […]