The Myth of Free Will



Dear Friends,

For the past two years, I've wondered about Free Will: Do I have it or don't I? What is the latest thinking on the subject? I sought the opinions of the world’s most brilliant philosophers and neuroscientists. Who are they and what do they know? Finally, I published my findings in a short, easy-to-read book. You can read about it by clicking on "books" at the top of this page.

The Myth of Free Will

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Quick Recipe Tips
•  To make soups creamy, add a few tablespoons of raw tahini.
•  Serve popcorn with olive oil, nutritional yeast and sea salt.
•  Fill pita pockets with steamed greens and a layer of goat cheese.
•  Bake salmon in coconut milk topped with grated ginger.

Beware of Nonstick Cookware
Four brands of nonstick frying pans were tested and high amounts of gaseous toxins (perfluorooctanoic acid and fluorotelomer alcohols) were released into the air. I tossed out my nonstick pans and can breathe easier.

How to Stay Mentally Fit
A chemical found in turmeric (curcumin), an ingredient in curry, may help prevent our mental decline. So eat lots of Indian food. This spicy tip is from Science News

Religion: Zeus Strikes Again!
A court in Athens has lifted the ban on worshipping classical Greek gods. These bans were laid down when Christianity was declared the state religion of the Roman Empire by the Emperor Theodosius on February 27, 380. A series of discriminatory laws followed. Will we see the return of Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite, and the rest of the Greek pantheon? I certainly hope so.

Definition of “Woo-Woo”
Woo-woo refers to ideas, products and techniques based on flimsy evidence. It also refers to the folks who sell this stuff (and rip us off). Woo-wooers rely on a supernatural world teeming with angels, guides, ghosts, ancestors, and so on. I used to be woo-woo. Now, I’m a freethinker. “Freethought” is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of evidence.

What’s with Near-Death Experiences?
Darkness, tunnels, and light are wondrous phenomena sometimes reported by the dying, as well as those recovering from near-death trips. Today these experiences can be explained by the body’s responses to oxygen starvation. Other associated experiences, such as out-of-body experiences, can also be explained by changes in body function. These experiences have been reported since antiquity.

My Nonfiction Book Picks
•  Don’t Believe Everything You Think by Thomas Kida
•  Crimes Against Logic by Jamie Whyte
•  The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
•  Why Choose This Book? by Read Montague
•  Six Impossible Things before Breakfast by Lewis Wolpert

Exfoliate, Exfoliate
My friend Janet Luhrs, publisher of the tip-filled newsletter Simple Living (simpleliving.com), says, “The simplest way to exfoliate is to make a paste of baking soda and water and, after washing your face, use it to gently exfoliate in a circular motion.”  My niece Erica says, "If you really want soft skin, mix lime juice, sugar, and a spoonful of honey. This natural scrub leaves your skin unbelievably soft. Try it!"

I Adore YouTube.com
Watching videos on the computer is such fun. Just type the name of your favorite celeb or guru into the search box. For starters, try “Byron Katie” and “Charlie Rose.”  Roughly 70,000 videos are uploaded daily. Don’t type my name, yet.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this newsletter. Have a wonderful winter.
Joy,
 

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