Anti MysticismwithJames Tunney

Books Mentioned In This Interview

james tunney blue lies september james tunney ireland i don't recognize who she is ayn rand the virtue of selfishness ayn rand the fountainhead leonard peikoff objectivism: the philosophy of ayn rand annie jacobsen operation paperclip paul kurtz skepticism and humanism: the new paradigm sigmund freud studies in parapsychology sigmund freud the future of an illusion gary lachman jung the mystic christopher isherwood ramakrishna and his disciples martin luther king strength to love frederick douglass narrative of the life of an american slave patrick geoghegan liberator: the life and death of daniel o'connell quentin tarantino once upon a time in hollywood charles dickens a christman carol charlotte craft king midas and the golden touch charles dickens hard times wilson van dusen the presence of other worlds liam clancy the yellow bittern ivor browne music and madness anthony clare in the psychiatrist's chair steven naifeh van gogh: the life douglas smith rasputin: faith, power, and the twilight of the romanovs

James Tunney, LLM, is an Irish Barrister who has lectured on legal matters throughout the world. He is a poet, a visual artist, and also author of The Mystical Accord: Sutras to Suit Our Times, Lines for Spiritual Evolution. In addition, he has written two dystopian novels — Blue Lies September, and Ireland I Don’t Recognize Who She Is. His website is

Here he discusses various elements of society that are antagonistic to mysticism. He notes that the objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand, while antagonistic to religion, and therefore mysticism, ought not to be — since it emphasizes individual freedom. However, objectivism has strong rationalistic and scientistic elements that tend to view mysticism as a dangerous superstition. Similarly, psychiatry also tends to confuse mysticism with psychopathology.

(Recorded on January 18, 2020)

James Tunney, Ireland I Don’t Recognize Who She Is —

Patrick Geoghegan, Liberator: The Life and Death of Daniel O’Connell –

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (video) –

Liam Clancy, The Yellow Bittern (video) –

Anthony Clare, In the Psychiatrist’s Chair (audio book) –

Published on March 19, 2020


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