About TLP

Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the Shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.

— Carl Jung

This is a blog about current events, science, human potential, and nerd stuff. Basically all of the things that I am interested in. I am a philosopher, although I find psychology to be much more useful in that pursuit than most of what passes for philosophy these days. I am as likely to quote Jung as to quote Aristotle, and much more likely to quote Louis CK than Derrida. I do my best to look for the less seen viewpoint about any given topic and expand on it. Unless somebody else on the interwebs already did that, then I’ll just put up a link and relax.

There are a few recurring features and topics in focus:

Progressive/nerd/parent Reviews

There is a lot of talk about diversity and violence in TV and movies and there are a lot of reviews of TV and movies online, yet rarely do the two things overlap. Here at TLP, diversity is the first thing reviewed and (somewhat-objectively) scored on a TV show or movie. There is also some parenting notes provided at the end of each review for folks who are ambivalent about whether or not to let their kids see something. In the middle, I cover highlights and low points as I seem them. I do not do full length recaps of plots in my reviews because it takes forever and because I trust you to be smart and remember what you have watched.

Reax Posts

I was an avid reader of The Dish for 7 years. Of the many things I miss from Andrew Sullivan’s blog, the one I have decided to attempt to reproduce is the occasional post that gathers up different online reactions to a significant political or cultural event. Examples include a presidential primary debate or a small rebellion in Oregon.

Link Love

I read a lot of the internet. I save links and think “I should blog about this.” Often, that does not happen. Once in a while, I clean out my collection of not-blogged-about links and include the best of them (with excerpts) in one post.

Psychology stuff

The masthead mentions politics, psychology, and nerd stuff. The politics and nerd stuff are pretty apparent, but so far no posts about psychology. What’s up with that?

I see the bar for posting about psychology “in a good way” to be higher than for posting about politics or nerd stuff, and I haven’t figured out exactly how to do it yet. I am not licensed and don’t have any credentials in psychology. I have a mixture of formal and informal education on the subject along with a great interest in its value to philosophy. This is the internet after all, so I will probably start by just complaining about other people’s psychology posts and go from there.

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