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In this article Morten Tolboll shows how the self-help industry has become the new authority in our society, and how it practices a kind of spiritual censorship. He also describes his own experiences with this and how he is trying to live a life without being forced to deal with them – which can be rather difficult.
Topics: Hermeneutics of suspicion, Treatment society, Victimization, Empowerment, Pharmaceutical industry,...
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Popular culture or pop culture is the entirety of attitudes, ideas, images, perspectives, and other phenomena within the mainstream of a given culture, especially Western culture of the early to mid-20th century and the emerging global mainstream of the late 20th and early 21st century. Heavily influenced by mass media, this collection of ideas permeates the everyday lives of the society. The most common pop culture categories are: entertainment (movies, music, television,...
Topics: The Devil, Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Cross of Saint Peter, Seven deadly sins, Lucifer Morningstar,...
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The emotional painbody contains all the pain you have accumulated in the past. It is the sum of the negative feelings which you have ”saved together” through life and which you carry. And it can nearly be seen as an invisible, independent creature. In this article I show that psychotherapy can´t heal it because of its root in original sin (negative karma), and why only a spiritual practice can heal it from the ground. I also show how “positive” thoughts/feelings can have their root in...
Topics: The emotional painbody, Religion, Spiritual practice, Meditation, Positive psychology,...
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Quantum mysticism is a pseudoscientific version of quantum mechanics. In this article I show the two central misinterpretations of quantum mechanics that have created a widespread web of lies, both in the postmodern intellectualism, as well as in the more popular movement of New Age. I also give examples on how the quantum mystical language of postmodern intellectualism has influenced New Age, for example in the New Age guru Deepak Chopra.
Topics: Quantum mechanics, Quantum mysticism, Fritjof Capra, What the Bleep do we Know?, Living Matrix, Law...
In this article Morten Tolboll shows how the self-help industry has become the new authority in our society, and how it practices a kind of spiritual censorship. He also describes his own experiences with this and how he is trying to live a life without being forced to deal with them – which can be rather difficult.
Topics: Hermeneutics of suspicion, Treatment society, Victimization, Empowerment, Pharmaceutical industry,...
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In internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll's amusement. In this article I show that the concept of an internet troll, is caused by the rise of...
Topics: Science, Philosophy, Spirituality, Meditation, Dream Yoga, New Age, Self-help, Coaching,...
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Metallica - The Pop Culture Files, where I seek to bring pop culture to philosophy.
Topics: Metallica, James Hetfield, alcoholism, anger, aggression, Heavy Metal, Pop culture, Popular...
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My inquiry (yes let´s use that word with emphasis) in this article is: why is it that Richard Dawkins is so praised in the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry - (Center for Inquiry (CFI) and Richard Dawkins Foundation are now formally merged) - where the main virtues (a defense of science, rationality and reasoning) only can be described as the precise opposite of, what I in this article will show, is Dawkins´?  I will show that it is because the underlying goal is ideology and neither science...
Topics: Richard Dawkins, Skepticism, Alister McGrath, Boghossian and Lindsay’s prank, Peter Boghossian,...
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NLP claims to help people change by teaching them to program their brains. We were given brains, we are told, but no instruction manual. NLP offers you a user-manual for the brain. The brain-manual seems to be a metaphor for NLP training, which is sometimes referred to as “software for the brain.” In this article I expose NLP as a pseudoscientific and existential shipwreck. I also give a description of a Tony Robbins LGAT seminar.
Topics: Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Large Group Awareness Training (LGAT), Tony Robbins, Hypnosis,...
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If you practice spiritual during a state of suffering, then the state can have a healing and transformational value, which can give your spiritual development a considerable lift upwards. In this article I show different kinds of existential suffering, and why it is valuable to have a religion as a frame of reference when practising spiritual in states of suffering.   
Topics: Religion, Suffering, Tibetan Buddhism, Christian mysticism, The emotional painbody, Anger,...
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People whose lives center on destroying other people's lives by disempowering them, who reduce their victims to dependent subjects to be lorded over, have been called spiritual vampires. Some of the therapists, ministers and gurus I've written about elsewhere in my articles and books could be called spiritual vampires, very aptly. In this article I try to describe the philosophical mechanisms under the thoughts, that create a spiritual vampire.
Topics: Science, Philosophy, Spirituality, Meditation, Dream Yoga, New Age, Self-help, Coaching,...
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Popular cultur e or pop culture is the entirety of attitudes, ideas, images, perspectives, and other phenomena within the mainstream of a given culture, especially Western culture of the early to mid-20th century and the emerging global mainstream of the late 20th and early 21st century. Heavily influenced by mass media, this collection of ideas permeates the everyday lives of the society. The most common pop culture categories are: entertainment (movies, music, television,...
Topics: David Bowie, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Death, Postmodernism, Pop Art, Andy...
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The Law of Attraction is a metaphysical New Thought belief that “like attracts like”, that positive and negative thinking bring about positive and negative physical results, respectively. In this article I show how New Thought redefines karma in a distorting way, why it ends up as a kind of black magic, and the numerous ethical problems involved. 
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Topics: New Thought, Law of attraction, Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, James Arthur Ray, Positive psychology,...
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To begin a spiritual practice is to begin a proces of awakening. In Zen it is for example said about the process of awakening: ”In the beginning mountains are mountains, and woods are woods. Then mountains no longer are mountains and woods are no longer woods. Finally mountains are again mountains, woods are again woods.” This refers to the three forms of states the wholeness can be in: sleep, dream, awake. The three states of spiritual awakening - sleep, dream, awake – can again be...
Topics: Spiritual practice, Akashic records, Astral Plane, Paranormal phenomena, Religion, Meditation,...