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The spiritual life of Siri (as in the new iPhone, not Tom Cruise’s kid)

Siri, is the intelligent agent embedded in the latest iPhone. She will tell you the meaning of life, the universe — and God knows what

SPIRITUAL IQ QUIZ — If she’s in the right mood, Siri, the intelligent agent embedded in the latest iPhone, will tell ask you the meaning of life, the universe, and everything (the answer, of course, is always the number ‘42’).

Will artificial machines do a ‘Terminator: Judgement Day’ on us? Or will our machinery of thought help mankind sustain a harmonic code with the universe?

We better hurry up and figure it out, because Siris shows that machines are becoming inexorably more intuitive. The big question: will they ever become truly spiritual, too? Test your spiritual IQ — and Siri — using the radio buttons below:

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A psychotherapist diagnoses Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab, Season 3

Does the Vh1 reality series do anything for un-famous addicts, or is it just voyeurism?

The cast of Celeb Rehab 3

BY DAVID RICKEY — One only has to watch the intake interviews for Celebrity Rehab, the reality show on the VH1 cable channel hosted by Pasadena-based Dr. Drew Pinsky, to see that cast members like Dennis Rodman, Tom Sizemore and Heidi Fleiss have more issues going on than just addiction, either to drugs and alcohol, or certain patterns of behavior. (Exhibit: country singer Cindy McCready, who was addicted to an abusive boyfriend).

This points, then, to the major drawback of Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab — and rehab in general.

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Addiction: 9 Causes and Cures

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Paris Hilton grants The Power of Now a second life

SOUL’S CODE — Here we were about to do a post about Paris Hilton and the psychological phenomenon called “object constancy” — you know, Tinkerbell, her addictions, her revolving door of lovers — and she throws us this perfectly spiritual curveball.

During her comings and goings to prison, paparazzi have photographed Paris several times conspicuously carrying the Holy Bible and — wait for it — Eckhart Tolle’s cross-over spiritual self-help hit, The Power of Now. This week Hilton told Barbara Walters on ABC’s The View that she’s reading the books to cope with depression and doing time, adding that she has experienced an epiphany about the superficiality of the life she’s led.

Well, let’s offer a prayer to Paris to hold that new awareness.

Meanwhile, the endorsement momentarily boosted The Power of Now’s sales ranking on Amazon from 5,000-and-something back into the top 200.

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