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This will be the last poem I write (please restrain your cheering) until I‘m presented with neurophysiological outcome research evidence that they make a positive difference. So far, writing them has wasted my time and reading them has kept better men from dong the world’s work. This is unethical, unscientific, and grounds for...
The “willing suspension of disbelief,” is a phrase I have always associated with movie going.  And I have been a moviegoer and a movie watcher, since I can barely remember. Like Binx Bolling, the protagonist in Walker Percy’s novel The Moviegoer, I found re-enforcement by identifying with movie characters. In fact, they...
“The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.” -- John Lee Hooker Very true Mr. Hooker, very true. The blues are songs of the soul in pain, but its' own singing the pain flows out easing up the spirit that is within. A recent article, “Blues and Emotional Trauma” by Dr. Robert Stolorow, author and...
A SINGLE CASE STUDY I am an anomalous surge, a bioelectromagnetic burst. Study me with EEG topographic mapping (a great advance over phrenology), ferret out my subtle energies, record the markers of my emotion, sift my positive and negative ions for signs of virtue, and measure the build-up and collapse of my electric dipoles while I indulge my...
I have been interested in Existentialism for as long as I can remember.  As a college freshman I took a course on Walt Whitman and wrote a paper on the existential ideas presented in Whitman’s poem, Song of Myself.  Before I knew it, I was knee deep in existential concepts such as authenticity, existence precedes essence, freedom,...
Amy Winehouse
She had a brilliant, lovely and desperately sad life – but that could be said about so many others who don’t live the life of a star. There is really no real way of knowing what was going on in Amy Winehouse’s heart. There is no real way of knowing what is going on in the hearts and minds of those caught in the cycle of addiction...
Don Quixote (Woodcut by Gustave Dore)
In an extraordinary article in Poetry Magazine, poet Joshua Mehigan examines the popular link between “poetry” and “madness.”  After all, aren’t poets visionaries and eccentrics?  Aren’t they taken over by the muse and privy to the depths of the human experience? Well, maybe those last two.  But...
"Nobody’s original," says composer David Cope. Here’s what he means: there’s no such thing as "creativity," only endless copying, theme, and variation. "Everybody copies from everybody. The skill is in how large a fragment you choose to copy and how elegantly you can put them together." Cope is...
Did he owe all his success to his love life?
It’s a headline guaranteed to make any romantic smile:  “Love, but not lust, inspires creativity.” That’s the conclusion of a new study reported in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.  In it, researchers asked 60 university students to imagine either casual sex with someone they were attracted to but...
To thine own self be true ...
Ask most poets who the biggest influences on them are, and you’ll usually get a list of other poets – Byron, Shelley, Keats, Frost, Whitman, Plath, or Ginsberg. But when Tom Greening tries to think of the most important influences on his poetry, the two names he comes up with are psychologists. “Rollo May was a big influence,...