A Call for Waves; or, Why Ripples Aren’t Enough

by David King on September 16, 2013

As I sit down to write this, there are approximately 7,179,353,020 people living on the earth. By the time I finish writing these two sentences, that estimate will have changed to 7,179,353,128. That’s about a hundred more people in just a few seconds.

There is an interesting belief circulating the world – the belief that ripples are enough. In a previous office space, I had one of those motivational posters stuck on the wall. It depicted a water droplet striking calm water and creating ripples. Below the image was the word ACTION, and below that a phrase – It only takes a single thought to move the world. This poster sums up the belief to which I’m referring. It is the perspective that mere thoughts, simple cognitions of positivity, are enough to change the world. This belief has been … 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

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