The Scope of Biology

By Adam J. Pearson One of the many values of the science of biology is that it opens our eyes to the hidden connections that link human beings to all other living things. Humans/animals (Animalia), plants (Plantae), Protists, and Fungi all have something in common; we’re all made up of cells with nuclei. In the terminology…

Fractals and the Structure of Reality

By Adam J. Pearson Photo: the visual representation of the Mandelbrot set, one of the most famous fractal images of all time. Click here for a short video of what we see as we zoom in on the set.  In The Fractal Geometry of Nature, mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot (1982) defines a fractal as “a rough…

The Majestic Paradox of our Being [in English and French]

By Adam J. Pearson Here is the majestic paradox of our being: The fact that we have no ‘ isolated, separate, and permanent ‘self’ means that our true being is equivalent to the entire universe. If there is nothing that separates me and isolates me from the rest of the universe, then I can see…

On Energy and the Cosmic Dance of the Universe

By Adam J. Pearson Adam Pearson:  What is energy? Physicists give energy the somewhat abstract definition of ‘the ability to do work’ and see ‘work’ as shifting energy from one system to another.  Energy can exist in many different forms. All forms of energy are said to be either kinetic or potential. The energy associated…

On Space as Connecting Us

by Adam J. Pearson Adam Pearson: Our common sense notion says that space divides things. I suggest, instead, that it connects them, helping us to recognize relationships. Matter is not separate from space; this is most obvious at the level of massive bodies like planets, which are so large that they curve the fabric of…

Thought is my Friend and Companion

By Adam J. Pearson Nowadays, I notice, many people express antipathy towards thought and thinking in general. This is understandable because superficial thinking can make us suffer and frustrate and confuse us to no end. If we are too caught up in our thoughts, we can miss out on many of the wonderful experiences and…

Rage

By Adam J. Pearson RAGE RED CRUSH SMASH FRUSTRATION UNHEARD DESTRUCTION SHRIEK FUTILE UNHEEDED BROKEN VOICELESS ANGER RED SHATTERED TEARS Silence. *** [Commentary: This poem attempts to express what it is like to be in the midst of the emotional experience of rage.]

Emotions are Physical in Nature

I have heard a lot of spiritual teachers attempt to claim that emotions are ‘astral’ or ‘spiritual’ in nature. By ‘spiritual’ in nature,’  they usually mean ‘pertaining to ‘spirit’ as traditionally understood, namely, as a nonphysical substance separate and distinct from matter.’ However, we know from the findings of affective neuroscience, neurobiology, and neurophysiology that…