1. Overcoming Fear of Failure (Part 4) (Get Things Done! #20)


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    • Thinking Beyond the Primitive: Exclusionary rhetoric and cosmological blind spots in Parapsychological history - Darryl Caterine


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      Despite his central role in establishing the discipline of psychology in the American academy, William James is today remembered primarily for his work in philosophy, rather than for his theories of the human mind. The excision of James from the field of psychology was part of a larger political and rhetorical struggle for the discipline to establish itself as a legitimate science in the Progressive Era. As this struggle unfolded, James’ detractors branded him as an apologist for a “primitive” worldview that scientists of the day saw themselves as working hard to erase. The critiques focused specifically on James’ psychological theory of the subliminal mind, a concept he had borrowed from his English friend and fellow psychical researcher, Frederick Myers. In short, James dethroned the supremacy of human reason as the sole arbiter of truth by suggesting, along with Myers, that legitimate insights into the nature of the world could be accessed through the promptings of intelligent cues originating from within the unconscious mind. In taking seriously claims of non-rational knowledge, James left himself open to charges of siding with the enemies of reason; he was cast, in effect, as a mouthpiece for the primitive. James’ exclusion from the canon of normal science cast a long shadow over subsequent parapsychological research in the United States, as this field, too, was spearheaded by his efforts and driven by a quest to understand non-rational ways of knowing. Resistance to parapsychology within academic science is commonly analyzed in and through Thomas Kuhn’s model of disparate scientific paradigms. But the critically important rhetorical dimension of branding parapsychology as a threat to scientific reason—in short, as a species of primitivism—remains understudied. This paper will analyze the linkage between primitivism and the dominant narrative of normal science among the detractors of James. Following the analysis of Bruno Latour, I will argue that the idea of the subliminal mind, by virtue of its challenge to rationalism, constituted a species of “uncivilized” knowledge during the Progressive Era. I will also critique those nineteenth-century metaphysical narratives that left James vulnerable to charges of primitivism. Through complex narratives of cultural evolution, Spiritualism and Theosophy alike framed mediumship and psychic abilities as ways of knowing that had been anticipated long ago by a number of primitive or prehistoric races. In my conclusion, I will suggest that in order for parapsychologists to break out of their deadlock with normal science, they must think beyond the model of paradigm wars. Both normal and parapsychological sciences constitute “acts of writing,” to use Jeffrey Kripal’s illuminating phrase, and as such are deeply invested in cultural efforts to imagine cosmological order. The positive findings of parapsychology offer deep challenges to notions of linear time and racial hierarchies implicit in the dominant cultural narrative of normal science. They also invite researchers from a number of fields to resume the unfinished business of imagining truly post-modern cosmologies, an act of writing that nineteenth-century metaphysicians attempted but ultimately failed to complete. --- PAPER PRESENTED AT EXPLORING THE EXTRAORDINARY'S 6TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN GETTYSBURG, 2014. For more information about Exploring the Extraordinary's annual conferences, please go to http://etenetwork.weebly.com For more information about Dr Darryl Caterine, please go to http://www.DarrylCaterine.com

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      • William James Sidis Biography


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        https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamalonzi/genius-the-series An audio piece with a few pictures, a precursor to a larger collection of videos on history's greatest geniuses I have been planning for some time. The entire transcript can be found here: http://cool-flickers.blogspot.com/2013/10/bits-from-my-william-james-sidis.html

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        • Four Strangers (New Musics Works / CAGE 950)


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          “Piece for Four Strangers” is an exploration of two types of connection between knowing, thinking, people. The first type is the social introduction—the connection formed in the culturally prescribed arena of a party or meeting. It produces the chance to say that you have “met” someone (in the literal and figurative sense of meeting, including “coming into contact with,” and “being acquainted with”…). In this piece, performers (ideally strangers), must follow a tight itinerary of speaking and listening, in order to make social introductions during the performance; in so doing, the piece tries to amplify or magnify the feeling of our cultural formulae for those meetings. The second type of connection is what William James calls a “co-conscious transition”: the inner perception of one thought transitioning to another in the flow of awareness. James defines this connection—not between people but between thoughts in succession—as the most intimate way that any one thing can be with any one other thing. Like other difficult musical scores, and especially those involving some amount of improvisation, “Piece for Four Strangers” demands a heightened attention to the movement of concepts through our minds, and from others’ minds into ours. I wrote this piece for the Cage Centennial symposium, as part of the iLAND, “Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance” 2012 conference. I hope that detailed and collaborative forms of indeterminacy might help us learn about, and teach about, our sensitive roles in urban ecologies, which are deeply active and fluid even when they appear passive or constrained on the surface of our awareness.

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          • Between Two Friends


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            Invoking the manly arts of William James, Between Two Friends is a lyrical portrait of manhood at Harvard in 1910. Starring Evan Austin, Alexandra Bandow, Aaron Call, Evan Eckstrom, and Nathaniel Grant. Directed by Michael Van Devere. Cinematography by Brynmore Williams. Music by Ben Cosgrove. Color by Tim Montgomery. Fabular Films, 2013

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            • I Still Believe: A Conversation With Frank Turner


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              Tired Hearts Press spoke with Frank Turner a few weeks back via email about music, inspiration, survival, the road & more. This photo essay combines the conversation with pictures from his July 31st show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Interview + Photography by Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory www.tiredhearts.com www.tiredheartspress.tumblr.com facebook.com/tiredheartspress www.frank-turner.com facebook.com/frankturnermusic

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              • Luther, Tolstoy, Molino


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                Luther, his teacher, Molinos, Kierkegaard, and Tolstoy were all conscious of their sins in a Christian way. They knew they couldn't do what they wanted to do but did what they didn't want to do. They hadn't come to an understanding with themselves and with God about what they wanted to do. All of them approached God from an intellectual perspective and had to give it up to find their true self. This video explores the "how", for them, how self-understanding can lead to self-direction toward an eternal goal rather than continually striving for the finite. The audio is courtesy of Librivox.org from a reading of "A Variety of Religious Experiences", by William James published in 1902 (lectures 6-7 "The Sick Soul"). http://csp.org/experience/james-varieties/james-varieties6.html#6-14 http://archive.org/details/religious_experience_1008_librivox Almost all the quotes from Kierkegaard come from his book "Either/Or". This is a link to an article about that book. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Either/Or

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                • What is Sensus Divinitatis?


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                  Ian Huyett for Coherent Faith Apologetics.

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                  • Genuine Reality by Dr. Linda Simon


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                    Skidmore Professor and nationally recognized William James Scholar Dr. Linda Simon discusses her book "Genuine reality: a Life of William James".

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                    • Untitled


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