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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 to reach reality better than other species? Do we have a purpose? Are we closer to the gods because of that? Because humans represent so radical…
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 a huge drought during its existence and drove the local homo…

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.

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…
“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 the main…
Perspectives on mysticism
Many projects that seek to understand human activity have in common that they try to build a unified theory that includes both the bizarre experiences and the mundane world we normally perceive. They do not see these two worlds as separate but…

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 have great respect for Alan Watts (1915-73), who is widely known for his books and speeches on Oriental philosophy. He speaks simply and clearly always with the goal of getting the listener to understand the essence of his message. And I think he…
Early scientific experiments
Early scientific experiments with psychedelics were well documented. They showed how the human mind changes, although the real causes of the effects could not be determined. These results are easy to understand just by accepting that the psyche of modern man is…

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…
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Richard Dawkins and the nuisance of religion
Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist and a well-known advocate of scientific thinking, seems to criticise religion and belief because these are based on mass hysteria and the use of fear as a political tool. Science seems to work in another way: science is…
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. As such it is not about life skills nor it is an ethical guide either, but…

Articles from the book