All posts by Jeffrey Howard

Jeffrey is the founder and editor in chief of Erraticus, as well as an educator and former mental health professional. He writes on culture, psychology, religion, and history. He has been published by Valuewalk and the Foundation for Economic Education, and resides in Cascadia.

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Kierkegaard, Knausgaard, and the ‘Kingdom of God’

Karl Ove Knausgaard often uses religious language in his fiction—but as religion recedes, does he think literature can create ecstatic experience?

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How CBT Strengthens Political Life and Untruths Which Weaken It

Many in the US are experiencing emotional unwellness, while our foundational institutions are rattling. CBT can help with both.

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‘Awakening the Soul’: One Man’s Challenge to the Post-truth World

A new book protests the postmodernist refutations of shared truth and grand narratives—we struggle because we lack story and soul.

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Depression Isn’t Caused by a Chemical Imbalance

The prevailing theory for depression focuses on an alleged chemical imbalance in the brain—meta-researchers are now dispelling this narrative.

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‘History of White People’ and Dealing with Race Theorists

Nell Irvin Painter's book identifies some of the roots of the inequality we see today, which are based on the antiquated "science" of race theory. We can use the social construct of race to address social injustices, but what do we do with the mixed legacies of race theorists?

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Agape Restaurants Could Revive Toleration and Multiculturalism

Debates surrounding tribalism and bigotry abound, many focused on biased media or public policy. Agape Restaurants conceptualize food as a cultural force for realizing toleration and nurturing community—all while dining with strangers.

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Urban Youth Use Myths and Drums to Become Men

Drawing power from mythological stories and self-disclosure, this award-winning mentoring program transforms teens into community leaders.

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Funerals Are Vital Spaces for Emotional Learning

We dishonor a person's memory and do ourselves a disservice when we don't also acknowledge the dead person’s flaws, faults, or missteps—in other words, embrace their whole humanity. Whether we want it or not, funerals are spaces for emotional learning, not just grieving or reinforcing cultural norms.

Breaking Free of Societal Systems in Order to Revitalize Them

Jeff Savage, a non-academic-minded-academic, discusses the challenges of growing beyond three stagnate and authoritarian systems—academia, schooling, and the organized religion of his youth.

Lead with the Destination, Not the Engine

Raj Balkaran, a scholar of Religion and Mythology, and personal coach, uncovers the power of myth as an engine for individual growth.

In Two Worlds

In Two Worlds: A New Podcast

A podcast on how we, as creative creatures, make meaningful lives and how we can best tackle the challenges of existence. Join the discussion as Jeffrey Howard interviews a wide gamut of guests, drawing from their expertise in psychology, education, religion, and history, to explore how we thrive as individuals and in our communities.

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First Impressions of an Unschooling School

Envision a school that is not compulsory or coercive, that is a completely student-directed educational environment, whose primary aim is to develop emotionally intelligent children who can live meaningful lives.

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As Atheists and Believers, We Need Deeper Reverence for Mystery

Throughout most contemporary discourse about God and practiced religion, God is conceptualized as a literal being, leading believers to harm, vilify, and limit the potential of other people. While atheists ridicule the religious for believing in such a temperamental God, they have also limited their own potentials.

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Is Jordan Peterson an Antidote Against the Pitfalls of Postmodernism?

Synthesizing neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, literature, and mythology, Peterson distills a message of individual responsibility, and how we can find meaning in the balance between chaos and order.

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We Can Never Know Whether Something is Good or Bad, and That’s Okay

This Taoist parable highlights how our obsession with evaluating outcomes can be a deceiving diversion that distracts us from action and inner peace.

For Love’s Sake, Let’s Reclaim the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

For Love’s Sake, Let’s Reclaim the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a deservedly maligned Hollywood trope. But, she hearkens to an ancient archetype which can unlock a deeper understanding of love.

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Building a Faith Community Without Belief in God

Tranquil chaos surrounded me, but I fervently believed that the humanities could offer answers to the big questions. Could a commonwealth of non-believers offer the same benefits of a faith community?

Peter Pan, Existentialist Fairy Tale?

Peter Pan, Existentialist Fairy Tale?

For all its silliness and sentimentality, Peter Pan serves as a precautionary tale for those who fear the responsibilities of living, and the uncertainties of dying.

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Should Parents Admit Having a Favorite Child?

Whether parents admit it or not, most have a favorite child, though they should heavily consider whether admitting it would be in any child’s best interest.

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Elvish Has Been Spoken for Centuries In This Small Swedish Community

Experts estimate that one language goes extinct every 14 days. When a language dies, we lose history, culture, and a unique way of viewing the world.