Favorite Web Sites

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Integral Studies, Media Gleanings, Philosophical Debris, Reviews

One of the benefits of retirement is a more leisurely schedule and the ability to explore information on the Internet.  There are a number of web sites that I’ve come to visit regularly because they offer an opportunity for me to learn new things and read interesting points of view.  I’d like to summarize a few of them here for those who may be interested.  Obviously, many of these sights end up being resources and inspirations for posts on this Blog.

For years now, a regular place for me to visit as been John Scalzi’s Whatever blog.  This long running blog was the source of material for the book, Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a pithy book of opinion.  In the past year or two it is clear that Scalzi has offered less pithy opinion and more pictures of sunsets and reviews of SciFi novels.  It still has the occasional insightful post and since I am a fan of his books, I continue to read it.

A second regular haunt is Pharyngula, put out by P.Z. Meyers and the Free Thought Blogs.  It is a web site that can best be described as Fundamentalist Atheism.  Right now they are featuring a daily presentation entitled “Why i am an atheist.”  They are very anti Creationism and pro Evolution, and regularly point out the insane antics and claims made by fundamentalist Christianity and other religions.  In all of these things, I feel they’re accurate and entertaining to read.  The problem is, as I’ve said before, that the stand is totally Orange (rabidly so) and there is no consideration or discussion of any kind of trans-rational questions.  It’s a typical example of Rationalists feeling entitled to be the top of the pyramid.

As a person interested in Integral Politics, but leaning a bit to the Left, I’m constantly looking for good, balanced sites that present news and opinion in a balanced way.  There aren’t many.  Partisanship seems to rule.  The Huffington Post is clearly a liberal slant on things but usually tends to keep it’s perspective reasonably objective.  On the Right, one site that I respect while not always agreeing with is The Prince and The Little Prince, clearly referring to a balance between Machiavelli and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  This is a blog by conservative moderate Kendrick Macdowell, who has Right Wing opinions and perspectives worthy of respect.

TED is a site which offers daily videos on a variety of interesting topics.  There is a catalog of video fare that has often kept me up way past my flexible bed time.  It is cutting edge ideas.  If you haven’t checked it out you owe it to yourself to do so, especially if you are a fan of documentaries.  One of the great things about it is that all of the videos are between 10 and 15 minutes.

These have been the more obvious ones which have a more general appeal.  But there have been others which have attracted my more esoteric interests.

Most people who read this Blog know that I am a fan of Integral Theory and Ken Wilber.  I finally sprang for the paid membership in Integral Life, the principal site offering resources in this field.  It was well worth the payment as, not only does it give access to hundreds of resources in this are, that I’ve barely scratched, but also is a conduit to many other resources which often are free.  It is the nexus of a great resource network.  If you have an interest in this field, check it out as a small fraction of the resources are free access.

Recently, one of the most exciting sites that I discovered through Integral Life was the Big Mind / Big Heart site by Genpo Roshi.  This is a practice related to Zen Buddhism, but incorporating the Self Dialogue psychological work of Hal Stone.  I was a fan of Hal Stone’s methods over a decade ago and to find them used in this new approach to Zen and Spirituality was a true revelation.  One of the interesting things about this site is that it contains a huge library of teaching videos, many of which are very lengthy, so be prepared to sit for a while.

Another site I’ve just begun to explore is Worldwide Tipping Point, which offers new interviews with interesting people almost every day.  You have to sign up for it, but there is no cost and so far I haven’t been harassed by the people at all.

Most recently I’ve discovered a site called Thrive.  This one looks a little cosmic muffinish, but it’s worth some exploration.  I’m always suspicious of anyone who quotes David Icke.  I’ll get back to you on this one.

Well, for those interested, that ought to keep you busy for a while.


  1. […] you’re bored, try checking out some of the Favorite Web Sites that I cited a few weeks ago.  In particular, you’ll find the THRIVE website full of […]

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