I’ve just finished reading this fascinating book on the origin of the English language and during the read discovered rather interesting perceptions of the 1st millennium CE, the Middle Dark Ages.
The author has a website on which he has additional information at http://www.applied-epistemology.org.
Harper’s thinking and analysis is radically different from the mainstream, as it is not confined to the limitations imposed by inculcated dogma; thinking outside the box is the best description of it. I’ve also been guilty of thinking impermissible things, and it’s nice to discover kindred spirits that are definitely not ‘religious minds’. The problem with those who are characterised by the possession of a religious mind is the problem of being brain dead, because no matter what dissonant fact appears in their intellectual space, their minds remain unaffected by it. A living mind would adapt to novelty, and we call that type of mind as scientific.
But ‘brain-dead’, that’s an apt characteristic of those with religious minds, or who, for that matter believe in the various creation myths, for such myths do not require any thought.