George Bernard ShawI’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way.

I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.

Welcome to iThinkTank, a home for all that are hungry and thirsty for more—and those who want to get there. I am Ralph Rickenbach.

I do not believe in producing when there is no revelation, but when I produce, the articles tend to be meaty and a bit longer than average—just to warn you. But I hope you profit as much as I do.

I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue.

Martin Buber

I like the idea of dialoging with others. I strive to discover knowledge or wisdom I can share with the world. But I can struggle when it comes to directly expressing my judgments. I am more comfortable exchanging ideas by way of dialogue than I am in delivering harmonious monologues. I can also become impatient with those who are slow to understand my ideas. I often expect others to learn as quickly and independently as I do. For these reasons, I am ill-suited for teaching (with the exception of highly motivated individuals and small groups) and better off sharing my insights less directly, such as through writing.

But I am working on it.

What you can expect from this page: it does show a journey from a rather traditional teacher in the early days to a radical thinker as of late.

I love the idea that Iain McGilchrist has formulated:

The process is one of enlarging potential and collapsing it into actuality, unfolding what is particular into a now enriched greater whole, which never stops. So the cosmos is an endless process of consciousness coming to know itself or of God coming to know God’s self.

Iain McGilchrist


There is coffee in that nebula.

Captain Janeway

So let’s go on a journey together.

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.

Carl Gustav Jung

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