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Don't Think About a White Bear: Perverse Imps, Divided Minds, and Bad Sermons

Don’t Think About a White Bear: Perverse Imps, Divided Minds, and Bad Sermons

I think we can safely say that The Raven has come and gone without sullying our beloved Edgar Allen Poe’s name too badly (21% on Rotten Tomatoes is not exactly high praise…). We’ll nevertheless do our part in the rehabilitation of his reputation with a passage about “mental intrusion” from Jonathan Haidt’s social psychology tour-de-force, The Happiness Hypothesis. The first chapter, which opens with a quote from Galatians(!), deals with the divided self and contains a beautiful riff on the counter-productivity of exhortation when it comes to mental processes–he could have just as easily invoked Romans 4:15. You might say…

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PZ's Podcast: The Gothic

PZ’s Podcast: The Gothic

EPISODE 19

I’ve been thinking about this subject for 50 years, but only recently I think a little light has dawned.

In other words, I begin to understand now, in my head, what my ten-year-old Celine-Dion heart understood right from the beginning.

We’re talking about the Gothic, the “Gothic” strain in literature and movies — the spell cast by the Gothic on all who behold it with unveiled face.

What is the Gothic? Quoting The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales: “A Gothic tale will invoke the tyranny of the past (a family curse, the survival of archaic forms of despotism and of…

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