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Michael William Clark, Ph.D.

I was born in 1962, the TV / Space Age. One early memory is sitting in front of an archaic B&W TV, playing with the knobs and bunny ears, trying to get the best picture. Sitting that close probably did some irreparable radiation damage. But we didn’t think about stuff like that back then!

Always curious, as a kid I asked the big questions: How did we get here? What’s infinity? What will the future be like? 

My parents were of good Protestant stock. My Mom’s father was a much-loved country doctor and provincial member of parliament. On my Dad’s side, there’s a long history at the University of Toronto. My great grandfather James Loudon was President of the U of T. And my uncles Gilbert and Bruce made significant contributions in math and literary criticism, respectively.

Baptized as an Anglican, I didn’t think much about God or spiritual beings as child. My summer haven was Georgian Bay and my winter wonderland, Collingwood ON. A lot like Sigmund Freud, I saw the biblical “God” and “angels” as human projections. And like many people, I naively believed that science had a monopoly on truth.

Graduating from high school at NTCI, my beliefs evolved. I did an Honours B.A. in Psychology/Sociology at York and Trent U; a M.A. in Philosophy and Religion at Visva-Bharati, India; and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (now Classics and Religious Studies) at UOttawa. My Ph.D. deals with Carl Jung‘s concept of synchronicity and Michel Foucault’s mature views on discourse theory.

After my Ph.D., I became more interested in studying mythology, the arts, science, and the history of ideas.

Around that time, I learned some basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript because the idea of earthpages.org and the manuscript behind earthpages.ca had taken root. I also purchased countless reference books from remaindered and secondhand bookstores. This was before Wikipedia and I just wanted to know everything.

In the early 1990s I was drawn to the spiritual power and beauty of Catholicism, and converted in 2001. So in love with what I’d found, I explored both priestly and monastic vocations. But after some time I sensed the many issues now making the headlines, and it dawned on me that I had to discern my own path.

More recently, I delved into the world of MIDI. Music production is an art like any other. It takes time, talent and dedication to get it right. So let’s just say, I’m still working on it!

Among my main interests (guitar, piano, songwriting, music listening, sci-fi, photography, news,  media) my primary focus is God, whom I understand as wholly other but immanent.

I enjoy connecting with web people whose wavelength meets mine. So pls don’t hesitate to reach out through Facebook, Twitter, TumblrTumblr 2, Pinterest, Flickr, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, SoundCloud or through my Contact Form.

Thanks for visiting. 🙂

MC — September 2017

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18 thoughts on “About

  1. Of interest. Based on the final conclusions of Jung and Pauli,
    regarding number symbolism, synchronicity, etc.

    http://www.groundreport.com/article.php?articleID=2837166

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  2. HI Michael. I too am graduated from Trent 1978 and also was born and raised in Canada. I arrived here via the tag Manic-Depression and clicked on the link http://earthpages.wordpress.com/2007/11/06/hendrix-jimmy/ that showed up under tags associated with Manic-Depression. Would love to know more of what your doing.
    Kind Regards,
    Michael Pokocky

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  3. Hey Michael… what you see here on the web is pretty much what I’m up to! I was going to publish “Think Free” as a book but decided last summer to blog it. Comments from people like yourself make it far more interesting. Am hoping that it will grow and I can go into a more commercial model, or possibly a charitable org. model. I see from your post on Branson (elsewhere) that you’re skeptical of philanthropy. Well, I guess that’s a complicated, many sided issue. My view is that the world won’t really change radically overnight, so any little bit of good probably helps!

    Be well and thanks for your interest in my endeavors.

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  4. Well thanks Michael for writing. I got a sense and a very good one of your background and I must say it is indeed a pleasure to see such positive affirmations from so many people who know you.
    What I see here is thus another extension of curiosity a trait that I admire and feel it is the key to going beyond one’s reach without expectation and find an Ahh! moment over and over again.
    As far as Philanthropy I never thought about it that much. I did write a the Salon Article in one of my moods, so the flavor you get one time may change due to my curiosity and mood at any given moment.
    Please take a moment to see my personal site at http://www.michaelpokocky.com and I point you specifically to The Sophistica Manifesto. The back story for this is something else but that was written and after reading it I still stand by it.
    Let me know which links to use for my blogPsche+ at http://philosophis.wordpress.com because I want to include you there and as well I want to feature you in the category featured profile+. A picture would be nice too. This is what I like to do: feature people and bring a smile to their faces. Its not about me; its about giving unconditionally. For that I remain integral and committed.

    Kind Regards,
    Michael Pokocky

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  5. I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction. Links and such.

    Have you seen any large studies that measure the percentage of children who convert from their parents religion?

    Also, is there a convenient summary of the major religions which lists their basic belief, the rewards they promise to the faithful, and the penalties for the non-believers?

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  6. I would like to ask a question. Where can I do this?
    Thanks!

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  7. Hi Susan, thanks for your interest. It depends on what type of question.

    I should have a link on this blog to earthpages’ contact form:

    http://web.ncf.ca/dy656/earthpages/contact.html

    If this doesn’t sufficiently explain, feel free to follow up.

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have some interesting stuff here…

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  10. Hi Michael,
    In addition to our sociology studies being in common, I am a huge fan of Jung and his concept of synchronicity. I also quite enjoyed my religious studies while getting my B.A. So I suppose one could say that our meeting is synchronous! Take great care.

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  11. Thanks Laurel… I appreciate your stopping by. Jung and others, like Colin Wilson, believed that the more aware we become, the more synchronicity becomes a part of daily life. So for them it was normal, not paranormal.

    Interesting… 🙂

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  12. I am very glad our paths have crossed here today. I am a fan of Jung, jazz, and asking questions.

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  13. Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox Michael. hope you are finding lots to entertain you and maybe making some discoveries. If you haven’t visited for a while check it out again. Please feel free to add comments. I see you have a fascinating and well articulated blog here! Regards Thom.

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