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Ben Dench graduated valedictorian of his class from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in the Spring Semester of 2007 with a B.A. in philosophy (his graduation speech, which received high praise, is available on YouTube). He is currently enrolled in the Pebble Hill School of Sacred Ministry, where he is studying to be an interfaith minister. His interests include all forms of experiential and technique oriented spirituality, especially shamanism and the out-of-body-experience; social justice, including environmentalism and building a sustainable global community; and the study of how to live effectively and maximize human potential.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Interview with Stuart Hameroff An interview of Stuart Hameroff by Ben Dench about the nature of consciousness.

Thursday, August 13, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Illegal Aliens and Workers' Rights How can we fight against worker exploitation?

Monday, August 3, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Interview with Richard Carrier Published historian and philosopher Richard Carrier talks with us about the future of Christianity and religion in general, problems with academic philosophy, the Jesus Project, secularism and human happiness, and his idea for a truly representative congress.

Thursday, July 23, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Science Phantasy Imagine what the future of technology may hold for humanity.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Robot Surveillance Mites (or Panopticism Canceling Itself Out) What if everyone had access to knowledge about what everyone was doing?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Robot Proletariat How robots will change the world.

Sunday, July 19, 2009 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Spirituality A discussion of spiritual maturity.

Saturday, July 18, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Sexuality A discussion about sex and sexuality. Abstinence is not the answer. It is not the love of sex or the body that is perverted but the hatred of these-that is perverted.

Friday, July 17, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Education A discussion of education options.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Family A critique of the nuclear family model and an argument for the more traditional tribal model.

Saturday, July 11, 2009 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The "War with Islam" What is the nature of the U.S. "War on Terror", and in what way, if any, is fundamentalist Islam as an ideology involved?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Religious Moderation Problems with religious moderation in general and liberal Christianity in particular.

Monday, July 6, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Two Trees Comparing Christianity and Taoism.

Saturday, July 4, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Categorical Value of Suffering What does suffering always provide us with?

Friday, July 3, 2009 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Christian Atrocities: Humanity's "Sin" or God's? Have Christian atrocities been the result of individuals corrupting "God's message" or "God's message" corrupting individuals?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

On Upaya A discussion of the Buddhist concept of Upaya.

Saturday, June 27, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The ADPAS Categories A discussion of the four quadrants of the Angyal-Dench Paradigm Assessment Schemata, complete with examples.

Thursday, June 25, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

On Miracles Is the concept of a miracle coherent?

Monday, June 22, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

On Duality On the ambiguity of opposites.

Friday, June 19, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Topsy Turvy A discussion of what Nietzsche called the first great error: confusing cause and effect.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

On the Will to Power What is the nature of the world and morality?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

On Masochism What is the nature of self-destructive behavior?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

On the Death of God What does the phrase "God is dead" mean?

Monday, June 15, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

On Love What is the nature of love?

Thursday, June 11, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Paradigm Assessment Schemata (Part 4) The fourth of a four part discussion of a holistic model for evaluating different worldviews for their effectiveness and structural integrity.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Paradigm Assessment Schemata (Part 3) The third of a four part discussion of a holistic model for evaluating different worldviews for their effectiveness and structural integrity.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Paradigm Assessment Schemata (Part 2) The second of a four part discussion of a holistic model for evaluating different worldviews for their effectiveness and structural integrity.

Monday, June 8, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Paradigm Assessment Schemata (Part 1) The first of a four part discussion of a holistic model for evaluating different worldviews for their effectiveness and structural integrity.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Philosophy of Best A discussion of motivation and value.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 (78 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Everything Is Perfect Is it possible to sin?

Monday, May 25, 2009 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

On Nature What is the relationship between God and nature?

Thursday, May 21, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Gender Is male dominance universal?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Race Does race exist?

Thursday, May 14, 2009 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Some Words on Method How can we come to common understandings about the nature of existence?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 (40 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Violent Jesus Was Jesus really a teacher of peace, or was he in reality violent?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 (17 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Is It Right to Speak Up Against Christianity? Is it right to speak up against Christianity?

Monday, May 4, 2009 (83 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

How We Know That Christianity Is Not True Is Christianity true?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Yahweh Where did the concept of the Jewish god come from?

Monday, April 27, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Exodus What is the historical truth (or falsity) behind the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Origin of Hell Where did the Christian concept of Hell come from?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Origin of Satan Where did the Christian concept of Satan come from?

Monday, April 20, 2009 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Origin of Sin How did the concept of sin come about?

Saturday, February 28, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Tools for Countering Fanaticism and Promoting Enlightened Reasoning How can we escape falling victim to old dogmas?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

On the Importance of New Technologies How technology can save us.

Saturday, February 7, 2009 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Danger of Anti-Drug Laws What is the real basis behind anti-drug laws, and are they fair?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Recommendations for Prison Reform How can we improve the prison system?

Monday, January 12, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The Three Discussions The different types of discussions we have and how we can become confused about them.

Saturday, January 3, 2009 (13 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

A Methodology for the Mature Spiritual Seeker An attempt to move humanity's spiritual discourse forward.