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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Religion

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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

Get in the Grey…

by David King on June 13, 2013

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I’m not fond of the night. The darkness is withholding, suffocating, and I get lost in it – lost in the emptiness, lost in the agony and apprehension over morning’s coup. I’m not fond of the day either. It’s too revealing and sensational. Over-illuminated, exposing what the night did well to conceal. I prefer the musings of dawn and dusk; the greyness and uncertainty of twilights and daybreaks. My mind thrives in the transitions. My heart beats in the potentials. It is a life lived in ideals and in-betweens, a life lived in conception.

All metaphors aside, a black-and-white thinker I am definitely not. I remain dedicated to the grey, and happily so. Yet I live in a world of black-and-white thinkers; dichromatic dreamers and the sort.

That’s not entirely true of course. By no means am I alone out … 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

I’ve avoided writing about the gay marriage debate because I thought my stance was too obvious. I’m gay, and more importantly, I’m a human being in favor of equal rights – and so I obviously support gay marriage.

And I do. But this debate has become a distraction of sorts, particularly in North America.

Historically, marriage actually started out as something much closer to civil union, particularly in Ancient Greece and later throughout Europe. Hereditary lines and property rights were the priorities of the times. Until the late 16th century, even Christian marriages required only mutual consent and physical union, without the presence of a priest or witnesses.

Appropriately, a verbal promise between the parties took place, called the verbum. It could be stated privately, without witnesses: “I marry you.” It was binding, legally, and recorded as such … Keep Reading Here

Spirituality or “Reconnectuality”?

by David King on June 9, 2009

So in thinking about modern spirituality, I have come to the conclusion that perhaps it has forgotten what it’s all really about. It is quite clear to me that, shrouded in new age fantasies and home-grown theories about the origins of life, there exist three fundamental goals of spirituality (admittedly, among others): (1) to reconnect with one’s natural environment, (2) to reconnect with deeper, core aspects of one’s self, and (3) to live in the moment and/or experience sensations of “flow” in one’s daily reality. What has me bothered? The fact that all of these things are regularly experienced by practically all other species on Earth. The first of these is a given: Other species have no need to REconnect with the natural environment because they are already connected and innately intertwined, thriving on their ecological interdependence. The second goal … 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