Eldon Taylor - Author, Radio Host, Mind Power Expert and Philosopher
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In today’s spotlight I would like to discuss the power of suggestion. I have often addressed the various sorts of primes that can influence our decisions, such as the presence of a hand sanitizer. This is how it might work. Provide a computerized test designed to measure conservative or liberal attitudes, wait a few minutes after the subject finishes the test, bring the subject back into the test room on the pretense that there was a computer glitch, and have them take the same test again, but this time with a jar of hand sanitizer on the desk where they ...

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Believe or Not

In today’s spotlight I would like to discuss something I have been working on recently—the idea that I Could Have Been An Atheist. Every week I interview some of the brightest and most informed people on our planet and I consider myself lucky to have such an opportunity. Very often our guest is a well qualified scientist, and/or an expert in their field, and they inform us that the notion of a god is but a left-over from a time when folks failed to understand the world they live in—a supernatural story that replaces the failure of understanding. Science and ...

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Sins of the Father

In today’s spotlight I would like to address the notion often referred to as “sins of the father.” The Bible informs us according to Exodus 20:5, “You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.” However, later in the Bible we can find many verses such as this one from Deuteronomy 24:16, “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put ...

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Freedom In Forgiveness

Many years ago I was asked if the technology I developed, InnerTalk, might be used with an incarcerated population to lower aggression and hostility, and otherwise assist in rehabilitation efforts. As such, in the mid 1980s, together with two colleagues, we set up the first double-blind study of it’s kind to test this idea. Hypothesis The hypothesis was straight forward: change the way people think, their self-talk, and you’ll change their expectation, and that will lead to changing their behavior. Little did I know at the time how remarkably true this simple hypothesis would turn out to be, but as ...

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Lie, Cheat, Steal–and the Shame of It All?

Today’s spotlight is all about deception and shame. If I haven’t already told you about Steven Pinker’s book, Blank Slate, let me recommend it now. The subtitle to this wonderful contribution is The Modern Denial of Human Nature. Pinker essentially shows that the idea of the mind as a blank slate and the notion of the so-called noble savage are gross errors that have led to many misunderstandings and political fallacies. I have no intention of stealing any of his thunder, so let me just say—this is an important read for anyone interested in understanding both the human condition and ...

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In this week’s spotlight I would like to take up the idea of ambiguity. If you give any serious thought to this, you must wonder how it is that our minds are equipped to recognize an ambiguity let alone decipher it. Think of artificial intelligence (AI) for a moment. Machine learning (ML) experts recognize that the world we live in is messy, full of uncertainty and ambiguity. Brian Ziebart, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has suggested one working solution for this. His solution, “. . . feeding systems messier data in the lab ...

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