No, Your Mind Can’t Be Uploaded to a Computer

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Sorry, folks, but digital immortality by upload is impossible … Like the song says, “everyone wants to be on a postage stamp, but nobody wants to die.” And lately, one of the hottest topics for those who’d like to keep the party going forever is mind uploading, the notion that we can transfer our consciousness […]

Why I Literally Taxed Myself, and Got Happier

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Plus, it made others happier, too … Can paying taxes actually make you happier? Well, yeah. Just think about it. How many things are you happy to have that you could never pay for if they weren’t funded by taxes? The roads, the parks, a justice system, universal education, a social safety net (’cause you […]

The One Sentence That Shatters the Trumpist Fantasy

By Paul Thomas Zenki

What Trump’s supporters refuse to understand … We’ve been to this rodeo before. What should be a crystal clear case against Don Trump’s betrayal of American democracy gets lost in a fog of distraction — while the news media keep churning the air.

Why I Stopped Forgiving People… and Maybe You Should, Too

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Forgiveness was turning me into a chump … Forgive and forget, right? I used to think that. I don’t anymore. Now look, I know I’m up against some real heavy hitters here when I say maybe you should stop forgiving people. After all, isn’t forgiveness a cornerstone of the major religions?

Why Science Should Take the Soul Seriously 

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Long relegated to the realms of religion, myth, and superstition, the soul is actually our most useful concept for a scientific approach to what it means to be a person …  In the spring of 2005, the Woodside Hospice in Pinnelas Park, Florida, became ground-zero of a national debate over life, death, human rights, and […]

Bottom Line

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Bottom Line by Pablo Neruda Translated by Paul Thomas Zenki I’m content with all the debts I’ve put on myself, in this life rounded up from odds and ends:

To a Foot, from Its Child — by Pablo Neruda

By Paul Thomas Zenki

To a Foot, from Its Child by Pablo Neruda Translated by Paul Thomas Zenki The child’s foot still doesn’t know it’s a foot, and it wants to be a butterfly or an apple.

The Turtle — by Pablo Neruda

By Paul Thomas Zenki

The Turtle by Pablo Neruda Translated by Paul Thomas Zenki The turtle who trod for such time and saw so much with her ancient eyes,

This Broken Bell — by Pablo Neruda

By Paul Thomas Zenki

This Broken Bell by Pablo Neruda Translated by Paul Thomas Zenki This broken bell wants to sing nonetheless: the metal is green now, the bell is the color of jungle, color of pools of water in the woods, color of the day in the leaves.

The Great Ocean — by Pablo Neruda

By Paul Thomas Zenki

The Great Ocean by Pablo Neruda Translated by Paul Thomas Zenki If your gifts and your destructions, Ocean, could bequeath to my hands one portion, one fruit, one ferment, I would choose your distant repose, your steel lines, your expanse sentried by the air and the night, and the energy of your white language that […]