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Robert N. McCauley, George Graham and A. C. Reid

. (Careful scripting, of course, may well appeal to people with ASD .) Although they are not uncontroversial, implicit measures on balance are probably better means for gaining insight about participants’ intuitive understanding in any domain. The additional reason raises the third feature of interest about

David Bimler

number of languages in the WCS lexicalize red and yellow without needing to balance either BCT with its complement. Thus it is worth considering the possibility that we over-emphasize these color axes (that is, the phenomenal Hering axes; the importance of the physiological axes of color processing is

Kimberly Jameson

polarity and symmetry, which in this case at least, can be described as universal principles of cognitive organi- zation. Second, pressures to regularize and balance the spatial area of category partitions strive for an e ffi cient information code. Third, it allows for shared cultural agreement to serve the

Agents of uncertainty

Mysticism, scepticism, Buddhism, art and poetry


John Danvers

Through an analysis of many different examples, Danvers articulates a new way of thinking about mysticism and scepticism, not as opposite poles of the philosophical spectrum, but as two fields of enquiry with overlapping aims and methods. Prompted by a deep sense of wonder at being alive, many mystics and sceptics, like the Buddha, practice disciplines of doubt in order to become free of attachment to fixed appearances, essences and viewpoints, and in doing so they find peace and equanimity. They develop ways of living with impermanence and the unexpected by letting go of adherence to dogmatic beliefs and by suspending judgement. In common with many artists and poets they act as agents of uncertainty, actively disturbing the routines and habits of day-to-day thought and behaviour in order to demonstrate how to maintain a sense of balance and spontaneity in the midst of life’s difficulties. Topics explored include: being and self as process; mysticism and language; scepticism and dogmatism; Buddhism, interdependence and emptiness; Daoism and impermanence; dialectics of doubt in art and poetry. Written in a lively and accessible style, accompanied by drawings and photographs by the author, this volume is aimed at scholars, artists, teachers, and anyone interested in philosophy, religion, art, poetry and ways of being.


Lourens Minnema

Evil is like the romantic "sublime": it is beyond the limit, beyond the range and limits within which human nature can cope with reality and find balance. Evil generates a disproportionate lack of human balance. But the responses it evokes are disproportionate as well. They have been contaminated by the disproportionality evil brings about. The evil to which Hamlet is exposed in Shakespeare's Hamlet consists of fratricide, illegitimate succession, and incest. The coping strategy Hamlet is expected to practice is revenge. Does revenge represent a coping strategy that has the potential to balance the political, social, moral, and psychological wrong brought about by human evil? Shakespeare's work, and Hamlet in particular, tells the story of evil's complexities. Twelve literary critics will shed their light on Shakespeare's sense of tragic revenge.

Comparative Theology

A Critical and Methodological Perspective


Paul Hedges

hermeneutics should not reinforce the malestream elite which can silence subaltern voices; it requires a balancing act. It is possible to get bogged down in the quagmire of theory, counter theory, and conflicting opinion that marks the territory of contemporary hermeneutical discussion and its discontents