“To Sir, With Love”?: On Grounding Protests in Skeptical Politics

by Brianne Donaldson The duty of tolerance is our finite homage to the abundance of inexhaustible novelty which is awaiting the future, and to the complexity of accomplished fact which exceeds our stretch of insight. —Alfred North Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas, 65 As visitors filled Discovery Green in Downtown Houston on Sunday for pre-Super Bowl festivities,…

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A Hearse On the Highway

by Brianne Donaldson The enjoyment of power is fatal to the subtleties of life. Ruling classes degenerate by reason of their lazy indulgence in obvious gratifications. —A. N. Whitehead Adventures of Ideas, 106 Today an empty hearse cornered sharply onto the street ahead of me, speeding toward the highway ramp. I could not recall ever…

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Becoming Christ-like Heathens

by Ann Pederson “What is done in the world is transformed into a reality in heaven, and the reality of heaven passes back into the world. By reason of this reciprocal relation, the love in the world passes into the love in heaven, and floods back again into the world. In this sense, God is…

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Boa

by Charles Bowie Youth is a fascinating time. It is a time of firsts. We encounter several objects without too much mental baggage. Those encounters get stored in memory and we carry them with us for a lifetime. Today’s reflection is on one of those firsts for me. It was my first encounter with a…

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Process Theology or Process Yoga? Part 3a of 3

by Darren Iammarino Point 3: (Too Christian) There is no good reason why Process thought ought to be so tightly linked to Christianity. In fact, all this has achieved is confusion and a dilution of the greatness of the Christian tradition and the Process tradition. If you keep Process under the banner of Christianity as…

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Prehension and Friendliness: Creative, Dynamic Peace

By Dr. Arlette Poland Whitehead coined the term prehension. In his opus, Process and Reality, starting at page 19, he begins to unfold what prehension means in his complex and thorough biological model of existence and becoming. Prehension has two aspects that can be understood as subjective and objective, both. This fits with one of…

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PEACE? BAH HUMBUG – OR NOT

By  Arlette Poland What is peace, anyway? Is it even real or possible? Is it the opposite of war? Or is it the opposite of life? I suspect that Whitehead believed that peace should not be any more concrete than war. In other words, when we use a term, practice a system, there must be…

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FACTS AND FALLACIES

By Arlette Poland Years ago, as an attorney, I had to use ‘facts’ in evidence. Now, as a Professor and Whiteheadian philosopher, I teach that we humans, in our drive to give meaning to things, tend to make our meanings too concrete. We decide what a ‘fact’ is with certainty and then proceed as if our…

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