David King, MSc, PhD
Writer, Teacher, and Health Psychologist


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"We need not to be let alone. We need to be
really bothered once in a while. How long
is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something
real?" (Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451)
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Faith

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As an adolescent, I had a very strong disdain for all things religious. My bet was always on science, and as far as I was concerned, that meant that life had no place for religion. Evolution was my creation story; the primordial sea was my Garden of Eden. And God? Well, let’s just say I was a critic.

It wasn’t until my early twenties that I would have my first spiritual experience. It changed me, as did others that followed. Years later, when I studied spirituality as part of my Master’s degree in psychology, I would finally gain an intellectual appreciation for the important distinction between the religious and the spiritual. Although often related, each can exist altogether independently of the other. Religion is based on preconceived ideas and a prescribed set of practices. It also tends to be … Keep Reading Here

Bound to Others, Broken in Script

by David King on February 7, 2013

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The challenge in life is not to give into rules and regulations; to abide by some call of duty; or to follow script. We are not bound to such social devices. We are bound only to each other, and to the moment.

To give into this reality is the challenge.

I knew early on in life that I was someone who did not take well to rules. I was not a rebel by any means. In fact, detentions and grounding were uncharacteristic of my youth. At an early age, however, I was somehow confident that rules and regulations were in place for people unlike me.

Pretentious, perhaps. Self-righteous, probably. But I don’t care how it sounds. I don’t need to be told that stealing is wrong, or that it’s dangerous to speed through a school zone. No manslaughter? Got it. … Keep Reading Here

Intelligence Abandoned

by David King on August 13, 2012

Six years ago, while searching for a topic of research for my Master’s thesis (in the area of psychology and multivariate statistics), I stumbled across an ad in a magazine that offered occupational training in the area of spiritual intelligence. Although I had been previously educated on the topic of emotional intelligence, I had not heard of this particular construct. I was intrigued – so much so that it became the topic of my Master’s thesis and two subsequent publications in academic journals.

My supervisor and I were both aware of the risk I was taking. Topics like spiritual intelligence are not subjects of mainstream psychology (or science, for that matter). It is not what successful psychologists do, plainly stated, despite William James’ very successful and poignant 1902 publication, The Varieties of Religious Experience. I was explicitly warned … Keep Reading Here

Complexities of Faith, Casualties of Logic

by David King on May 26, 2012

I am not religious – at all. Nevertheless, I have a lot of faith.

I have faith in the knowledge that what I’m doing right now is exactly what I should be doing, because I’m doing it. I have faith in people, generally speaking, and I believe that the masses will eventually become intolerant of any particular injustice. I have faith in nature, and in evolution, understanding that there is a time-tested system in place. I have faith in love, and in following my heart, because trusting my heart has always led me down the right path, even if I can’t grasp it in the moment.

I have faith in my instincts. I have faith in my intuitions. I have faith in my ability to reason. I have faith in myself.

I have faith in the universe, and in some … Keep Reading Here

Science vs. Religion vs. Our Fate

by David King on June 5, 2009

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So I return to the issue of fate, but with an entirely different frame of reference: Our fate as a species (as well as that of the planet, with which ours is completely entwined). In recent years we have witnessed an explosion of scientific evidence that climate change is real and nearing a tipping point. We also know that we are currently in the midst of the Sixth Great Extinction, the causes of which are irrefutably and undeniably linked to human behaviour. And there are a number of other related issues being brought to the forefront: privatization of fresh water, predicted increases in environmental refugees, rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, lack of commitment to green technology by major industries, oil dependency, overfishing, overplowing, genetic modification, soil erosion, etc. (and that’s a BIG etc.). It is only natural, then, to … Keep Reading Here

Global Warming? God did it!

by David King on April 10, 2009

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No, I don’t really believe that God (if it or something like it exists) has caused global warming…

I do, however, believe that modern religions (particularly Christianity) have failed the planet and the environment miserably. Despite the popular Christian belief that life exists nowhere else in the universe, I have yet to hear of any religious leaders, Christian or otherwise, who are too concerned about saving “the only life supporting planet in the universe.” Why not? This is, perhaps, one of the most perplexing ironies of Christianity (and often creationism) that comes to mind: God creates the one and only Earth, God creates Man, Man witnesses the destruction of the one and only Earth and does nothing about it.

Perhaps Man is simply too busy worrying about pro-choicers and the gays than to worry about the fall of the most … Keep Reading Here