A Ho’ponopono Forgiveness Exercise from Ihalekala Hew Len

By Adam J. Pearson Photo: Overlooking Kalalau Valley from Koke’e State Park, where Nana Veary held retreats to teach hoʻoponopono. Ho’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. “Hoʻoponopono” is defined in the Hawaiian Dictionary as “mental cleansing: family conferences in which relationships were set right through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness.” Ponopono is…

The Dynamic Dance: On Appearance and Nonappearance

By Adam J. Pearson The mystic and painter Pema Lomos asked me today “what is the opposite of appearance?” I answered that the opposite of appearance is nonappearance. The opposite of a bird appearing in a given place, for instance, is a bird not appearing in that same place. When we take relative perspectives into…

Elegant, But Untestable: On the Unscientific Nature of the Drake Equation

By Adam J. Pearson Fig. 1.1 – the Milky Way Galaxy, the home of our solar system.  The Drake equation claims to be able to predict the number of detectable extraterrestrial civilizations within the Milky Way. The Drake equation, which was developed by Frank Drake, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa…

On Truths vs. truths

By Adam J. Pearson When I consider the matter carefully, I do not find any absolute, capital ‘T’ Truths in the world; I find only relative, lowercase ‘t’ truths. Relative truths are dependent on relationships between sentences and states of affairs (ways things are) in the world. Since most states of affairs in the world…

Beth’s Giggles: A Glimpse into The Wisdom of Children

By Adam J. Pearson Recently, I went to a dinner party and there was a 4 and a half year old girl there. Her name was Beth and she was adorable. She showed me how to play this game with blocks where you have to build pathways for a prince to walk across to his…

We Love Because We Have No Choice

By Adam J. Pearson With a thundering crack, We break down the middle and the light pours out, Splashing over everything. Is there nothing that cannot be loved? Our flaws are glorious features, To love and to adore. Uncaring about humiliation Or embarrassment, We dance around like drunken fools. The seekers spend hours with their…

Why is Logic so Vital to Human Life?

By Adam J. Pearson Today, Ernie Jacobo asked me a fantastic question. His question was “why is logic so vital to human life?” Logic separates invalid arguments from valid arguments. If the premises are true and the arguments are valid, then we have sound arguments. Sound arguments allow us to move from trustworthy premises to…

Our Roots Trace Back to the Stars

By Adam J. Pearson Photograph: A star-forming region of the Large Magellan Cloud. The image is from the European Space Agency. The early universe mainly contained two chemical elements: hydrogen and helium along with trace amounts of lithium and boron. All of the other chemical elements in the modern universe were synthesized within stars by processes…

Like a Grain of Sand on the Cosmic Beach: The Earth in Cosmic Perspective

By Adam J. Pearson Fig 1.1 – The Universe. Each white dot represents a Supercluster of galaxies.  Today, I started reading an amazing astronomy textbook entitled The Cosmic Perspective. The opening of the book really put the size of the Earth in cosmic perspective. If you think the Earth is the center of the universe and…