Unless otherwise stated all articles are by Tad Boniecki. You are welcome to copy, print or quote from any of these essays, unless otherwise specified. If quoting please acknowledge the source.
The film Spotlight highlights the sexual abuse of children by priests. Why did the Catholic hierarchy consistently conceal these crimes? Written and posted in March 2016.
What do we all have to be grateful about? Written and posted in November 2015.
Are there any advantages to getting older? Written and posted in November 2015.
A short opinion piece on Charlie Hebdo and the fundamentalsits. Written and posted in February 2015.
How do we think? Do we use words or images, or something else? Written and posted in July 2014, updated in February 2017.
People talk loosely about having passions, but what is this thing called passion? Written and posted in June 2011.
What makes a joke funny? Written and posted in July 2007. Updated in May 2014.
What's new and promising in psychotherapy? Here is an introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Worry and Stress. The first part deals with the practical and mental aspects of solving problems. The second part deals with the emotional aspects of solving problems and diminishing stress. Written and posted in November 2006, updated in October 2009. Part 2 was updated on 4 Dec 2007.
What was sin and what is it now? The classical Seven Deadly Sins were lust, anger, sloth, pride, envy, covetousness and gluttony. I define the modern equivalent as an offence against the self. My list: ego, guilt, self-pity, blame, negativity, Having Mode and not living in the present. 3 pages, 2258 words. Written in May 1990, posted on 4 June 2000.
Do we prefer heaven or hell? We like to think that what we do is for the best, but is that really so? I examine the proposition that the human mind is more oriented towards the negative than the positive, and that there is an essential asymmetry between these two factors in an objective sense. 8 pages, 4452 words. Written in November 1991, posted on 18 June 2000.
What is the Enneagram personality typology? The Enneagram classifies people into nine distinct character structures and can provide considerable insight into ourselves. 6 pages, 3647 words. Written in August 1990, posted on 4 June 2000.
What is the nature and purpose of dreaming? 6 pages, 3797 words. Written in March 1991, posted on 4 June 2000.
What is insanity? This is a distillation of a book by Emma Pierce, who went mad and came back to tell her story. It offers some first-hand insights on what makes people become unhinged and what helps them be sane. 7 pages, 3147 words. Written in 1990, posted on 4 June 2000.
Should one give advice? This article asks whether a counsellor (or anyone else) should give advice. 5 pages, 2632 words. Written in 1991, posted on 4 June 2000.
What is the unconscious? 2 pages, 1279 words. Written in April 1990, posted on 4 June 2000.
Was Heraclitus right that we cannot repeat an experience? Written and posted in September 2015.
Is being in the moment compatible with leading an inner life? About 5,600 words. Written in July 2013, posted on 15 July 2013.
Why do paradoxes arise and what do they teach us? About 2,000 words. Written in January 2002, posted on 13 January 2002.
Does washing your car make it rain? More generally, what are the paradoxes of material implication and how are they resolved? Written in January 2013, updated in May 2014.
What is Zen about? 7 pages, 4757 words. Written in December 1995, posted on 4 June 2000.
Has our culture lost its innocence? The West has lost its belief in religion, country and the social order which is common to all other civilisations. We know that human beings are causing nearly all the worst problems suffered around the world. Losing cultural innocence amounts to gaining awareness, thinking for oneself and hopefully, assuming responsibility. 15 pages, 6483 words. Written in April 1995, posted on 4 June 2000.
Ever wondered what New Age is all about? I take a very broad view. 5 pages, 2197 words. Written in 1992, posted on 4 June 2000.
Why does the moon appear larger when near the horizon? This illusion still baffles the boffins. Written and posted in November 2013.
What is non-Euclidean geometry? Written and posted in August 2009.
How was the secret Nazi code called Enigma broken during 1932 to 1945? Written in July 2009, updated in May 2014.
Have we run out of inventions? I argue that despite apparently rapid technological change, there are very few new inventions of any importance. Why is this so? 5 pages, 1903 words. Written in January 1991, posted on 4 June 2000.
How does one create a Website? 2400 words. Written in March 2006, updated 15 April 2011.
What are analogue computers? Written in February 2009.
The product I bought is called Organic Magnesium Oil, made by Amazing Oils. I got it for $40 from here. It can probably be purchased online more cheaply or you may find it in a pharmacy. I think that a magnesium tablet or powder would not be as effective.
Does post traumatic stress disorder last for life? Written by Jenni Falconer, posted October 2016.
I used to wonder about musical interpretation. How does a pianist interpret a Chopin mazurka? Here is a non-technical explanation. Written and posted in September 2015.
What is the point of Abstract Art? 23 printed pages, 7497 words. Written in May 2004, updated on 25 September 2011.
What are commercial movies? How are they different from so-called art films? 3 pages, 1282 words. Written in July 1990, posted on 9 July 2000.
What is the best music? 2 pages, 1119 words. Written in January 1996, posted on 9 July 2000.
Fractals are computer generated graphics based on mathematical equations. Nearly all the images on this site are fractals made by me. Are fractals art? 2556 words, written in January 2000, posted on 6 June 2000.
What is wrong with Marx? Written and posted in October 2016.
Is conservatism defensible? 3 pages, 1924 words. Written in June 1998, posted on 9 June 2000.
Should we spare the holy cows? 3 pages, 1008 words. Written in October 1997, posted on 16 June 2000.
Why were men invented? If you are male, you have never given this a thought, but instead are mystified why women fall for jerks. If you are female, you have probably pondered this question, but without success. 8 pages, 6156 words, written in July 1992, posted on 21 July 2000.
What are the root causes of sexism? Why have men suppressed women throughout history? 8 pages, 5469 words, written in August 1991, posted on 26 July 2000.
Why are men so hooked on pornography? 5 pages, 3240 words, written in August 1990, posted on 12 August 2000.
What's so good about prudery? 4 pages, 1918 words, written in October 1993, posted on 18 August 2000.