Sigmund Freud once said that if he could live his life again, he would devote it instead to research into paranormal phenomena. His one time professional associate, later professional enemy, Carl Jung, said near the end of his life that he thought the biggest scientific event of the 21st century would be the beginning of … Continue reading Paranormal World
Recently I came upon a post by a Toronto journalist celebrating the many ravines in Toronto, the refuge of much local wildlife, valleys created by the rivers that run south through our city. As someone who has been exploring those places since the 1960s, I know them well and I celebrate them too. But when … Continue reading Wild New York
In my book, The Shyness Guide, I say that if you learn to accept your shyness you become less shy. It's true. When you're no longer concerned about being shy, you no longer suffer anxiety, so it's easier to talk to people. Simple as that. But that isn't all you gain from accepting your shyness. Once the … Continue reading Shy Confidence
Here is another post from my previous blog, Loner's Highway. In this case it's a review of the book, Party of One - The Loner's Manifesto, by Anneli Rufus. What a book! It's written with style and erudition, yet Ms Rufus comes across as if she's sitting on the other side of a table from you, … Continue reading Party of One | A review
Why are so few people interested in the universe?
In the Jan/Feb 20014 edition of Atlantic, an article by journalist Scott Stossel told about his life-long debilitating anxiety, and discussed the nature of anxiety. Look at this excerpt: Is pathological anxiety a medical illness, as Hippocrates and Aristotle and many modern psychopharmacologists would have it? Or is it a philosophical problem, as Plato and Spinoza … Continue reading What is Anxiety?
The biggest problem with autism is that no one knows what it is,or what causes it. That's why the debates about it are so confusing and unrewarding. People aren't talking about the same thing. I was very interested in autism when I was writing The Birdcatcher, and that continued as I worked on The Shyness Guide. In both books … Continue reading The Autism Matrix – a new vision
For years now I've been saying that shy solitary people are perfectly natural, that shyness and non-social behavior is common throughout nature. What better example is there than bees? Most people know that the honeybee is one of the most social animals on Earth. But how many know that of the approx. 25,000 species of … Continue reading Solitary Bees
Although I have had the domain alanconrad.com since 2006, and I hoped to continue with it here at WordPress, the location of its registration, it is proving to be problematic in the WordPress system and my access to the location of its registration is so poor, that I have decided that I must abandon it. … Continue reading Alan Conrad address change