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Modern human is a remnant of Heidelberg man
What makes us human? Is it consciousness? Is it our ability to reach reality? And specifically better than other species? Do we have a purpose? Are we closer to the gods because of that? Because humans represent such a radical break with…
Where have we come from?
Meanwhile, in Africa Dry and cracked land where nothing grows anymore. Africa probably looked like this after more than 200,000 years of the Saale glaciation about 130.000 years ago. Ice age caused an extended drought during its existence and drove the local…

What is "Homo Reliquiae"?

This blog tries to convince you why we humans should be called homo reliquiae instead of homo sapiens (wise man). Homo reliquiae means a “surviving man". Deep down, we are not wise—sapiens—but just ancient remains and relics of our original species, homo heidelbergensis. This blog also tries to convince you that understanding ourselves is possible and that in addition to questions, there are also answers. After 20 years of studying, I have concluded that the emergence of modern humans +100.000 years ago virtually meant that we left behind, abandoned, and gave up [relinquere] an important feature, which used to make us mentally adults. Now all adults are just overaged teenagers. Because of this, we can't understand life and its various phenomena. I have no tools to prove this, but my articles offer interesting circumstantial evidence to support this hypothesis. I point out that almost all of my own arguments differ from the prevailing and paradigmatic views regarding man and his development. Otherwise, I guess there would be no idea to present them.

Why does the study of juvenile characteristics of humans have a bad reputation?
Humanity includes the assumption that we would not have developed differently and not even better as human beings. Man is a unique and superior organism created either by nature or by God. We even think of the rest of the world as…
“Magnum miraculum est homo”
Our modern worldview is based on the anthropocentric view of Renaissance philosophy. It highlights the uniqueness of modern humans: man is a great miracle, a Magnum miraculum. Not only better than other creatures but a species in its very own class. Man…
Walking with Neanderthals
About 20 years ago, I was fascinated by Neanderthal man and how it differed from modern man. I then wrote the text below to describe the speciality of our kindred species. Despite the poetic tone of the text, I find it beneficial…

FAQ

Have we lost our ability to have transcendental experiences as we grow up?
First, transcendental experiences belong only to adulthood, be they spontaneous or psychedelic. Already the young may get some idea of the subconscious, but our bodies naturally do not allow them to experience anything deeper than that. The young grow up as they…
What is being an adult? I don’t think there is an objective definition for this.
I am redefining mental adulthood as a consequence of my hypothesis. The mystical experience can only be understood, in my view, as a lost and suddenly re-appearing adulthood. So it is something very different from the ”social” adulthood we are used to.…
How did you reach your conclusions? Through the psychedelic state?
Not through psychedelics, but through a mystical experience. Mystical experience has been quite well described in Wikipedia, while it is not explained there as I see it. I am referring, in particular, to the rarely manifested version of it which is produced…
Worth watching
The real world by Alan Watts
I respect Alan Watts (1915-73), widely known for his books and speeches on Oriental philosophy. He speaks openly and clearly, always intending to get the listener to understand the heart of his message. And I think he only really had one, but all…
Early scientific experiments
Scientists documented well early experiments with psychedelics. The documents showed how the human mind changes, although the research could not determine the actual causes of the effects. These results are easy to understand just by accepting that the psyche of modern man…

Philosophy

What is wrong with philosophy
Why does philosophy often not help to understand the human mind and, on the contrary, obscure things? Why are questions of philosophy “eternal”? The “mother of Sciences” has influenced the entire way we read the human mind and see it…
“Mind at Large”
”We should do well to consider much more seriously... the type of theory Bergson put forward in connection with memory and sense perception. The suggestion is that the function of the brain and nervous system and sense organs is in…

Mysticism and Religion

Richard Dawkins and the nuisance of religion
An evolutionary biologist and a well-known advocate of scientific thinking, Richard Dawkins seems to criticize religion and belief because these are based on mass hysteria and fear as a political tool. However, science works differently. It is contemplating without being subjected to…
Mysticism and Philosophy
Mysticism and Philosophy is a book on mystical experience published by Walter Terence Stace in 1960. Stace's work is, as its name implies, a philosophical work. It is not about life skills, nor is it an ethical guide, but it clarifies concepts…

Articles from the book