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Here are a few of our most read, shared and commented on articles and essays:
Chela Davison leads the pack with I Heart My Vagina: Vaginoplasty and the Spiritual Circumcision of Women. Self-explanatory title, I'd say.
TJ Dawe explores the significance of why men so seldom ask women questions, in Ask Women Questions.
Chris Dierkes applies his considerable cerebellum to a popular movie sequel in Tron Legacy: a Postmodern Reinterpretation.
What's with all the yoga studios everywhere? Guest writer Gail Hochachka tells us in Enacting a Post-Secular Spirituality, or Why Yoga Is So Cool.
Vanessa Fisher explores the significance of the career and public persona of Sasha Gray in Pop Culture, Porn Stars, and the Misguided Revolution: A Window into the Rebellion of Postmodern Young Women.
Guest writer Emily Roy (nee Baratta) examines the spiritual toll of our acceptance of leaping into bed with In Defense of Chastity.
Guest writer and active Beams & Struts commenter Bonnitta Roy offers an in depth view of the term "evolution" in Integral Philosophy, and how it stacks up with scientific research in Evo-Devo and the Post-Postmodern Synthesis: What Does Integral Have to Offer?
Guest writer Jason Digges wonders Why Isn't Integral More Popular?
Here are a few Beams staff favourites:
In Being Erica, Being the Ego: The role of Psychotherapy in Relation to the Spiritual Path, Chris Dierkes looks at a Canadian TV show whose main character undergoes psychoanalysis and time travel every episode.
In The Taliban Tightrope: An Argument for Intolerance, Bergen Vermette links the Taliban to the Bonfire of the Vanities, and argues a new term, 'inspired intolerance'.
Scott Payne dialogues In Conversation with Steve McIntosh about the possibilities for post-postmodern politics.
Juma Wood urges us not to forget the latter half of the phrase "transcend and include" in Why Talking about the Weather Matters.
Andrew Baxter charts the link between sports and the way we live our lives in Replays and the Game of Life.
Guest contributor Jim Baxter tackles religion, spirituality and the ineffable in A New, Very Old Take on God.
TJ Dawe (that is, your humble narrator) looks at our capacity for increasing levels of complexity, as seen in the worlds of literature, music, movies, TV, comic books and video games in The Fugue Fugue.
We've also got a podcast section:
Listen to Chris Dierkes interview Thomas Hubl on the nature of creativity and its role in the spiritual life in Thomas Hubl: Downloading the Future.
Listen to Bergen Vermette In Dialogue: with Michael Richardson-Borne about the Renassiance Project, a platform for micro-documentaries, art, music, technology and culture.
TJ Dawe conducts a Totem Figures Interview with Lindsay Robertson about who would be on her Mt. Rushmore, namely: Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Bessie Smith, Martin Tielli and Bob Marley.
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