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More on Osho link

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Osho link I meant to post this at The Gurdjieff Con, but it is relevant here. Few see the strange connection of the new atheism to the original Rajneesh discourses on Christianity. Few people have been the object of so much propaganda as Rajneesh, probably because he created a new religion for a new age […]

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Tags: New Age · religion

Zen slammer for Harris

October 25th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Sam Harris Believes in God The neuroscientist and rationalist has made his name attacking religious faith. Who knew he was so spiritual? We have discussed this issue several times here: Sam Harris is a closet New Ager who has backed himself into a corner, having made his interest in such taboo subjects as Vedanta a […]

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Schopenhauer and the New Age

May 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments

MBFM comment on Karmapa MBFM raises the issue of the right ‘Buddhist dharma’ to pursue in the modern world. Original Buddhism is so elegant and simple that the steps would seem transparent, but they are not. Westerners rarely succeed at meditation, while Indians seem to know it all first hand. Deepak Chopra talks a good […]

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Tags: Kant · New Age · Schopenhauer

Bennett on (human) evolution

April 4th, 2010 · No Comments

TAG for Bennett’s The Dramatic Universe selections scanned for The Gurdjieff Con Although I won’t allow the material on this blog due to its slightly outrageous New Age evolutionism character, I nevertheless think it is worth reviewing J. G. Bennett’s postdarwinian construct, now more than a generation old,

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

Bennett on human evolution

March 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Update (read the original post first, below): James’ comment on UFO’s (which I must shy away from) minds me to consider a related issue: the clear implications of transcendental idealism, Platonic ideas, and the potential to ‘exist’ in some sense in a body of consciousness of some kind. The latter science fiction idea appears on […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

Gopi Krishna, neuroscience and evolution

January 30th, 2010 · No Comments

The saga of Gopi Krishna and further posts: http://www.gurdjieff-con.net/index.php?s=gopi+krishna Gopi Krishna (at the risk of cynical attacks by devotees of scientism) lived a unique saga on the subject of kundalini and is one the surprising corners of New Age thought of the last generation. I went to debunk his work at The Gurdjieff Con, and […]

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Tags: Evolution · neuroscience · New Age

Human evolution and consciousness: the New Age literature

January 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Bennett: DU volume four… I am thinking of pursuing an extended commentary of J.G. Bennett’s The Dramatic Unvierse, if only as a partial expose of some confusing and potentially exploitative ‘New Age’ material. But the ‘exploitation’ lies with all the people hovering around his work, not so much Bennett himself, who was a fool to […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

At least Wilber is a postdarwinist

November 18th, 2009 · No Comments

As a critic of many New Age confusions, I am ham-strung by the false idiocy of Darwinists taking on New Age figures, who quite rightly see the problems with Darwin’s theory: Wilber on Darwinism False Darwinian attacks on Wilber

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

Chopra

October 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Happiness, Inc: Deepak Chopra’s Path to Inner Peace Thoroughly Modern Guru Says Daily Meditation Helps Him Avoid Stress

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Tags: New Age · Science & Religion

Another Danielou book

September 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Over at The Gurdjieff Con we have been looking at the writings of Danielou on Indian religion, and here’s another such book: Shiva and the Primordial Tradition This perspective can throw external students for a loop, as they might feel less disoriented with the later, streamlined traditions of Buddhism (and the confused Hinduism) or Vedanta, […]

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Tags: atheism · New Age · religion · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

J.G. Bennett on the evolution of consciousness

September 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Consciousness and evolution in Bennett Over at The Gurdjieff Con I put up some material from J. G. Bennett’s The Dramatic Universe on the issue of consciousness and human evolution, material so far from standard science as to be New Age science fiction, material I don’t accept, but whose very existence provokes a realization of […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

J.G. Bennett on mind evolution

September 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Human evolution and the problem with mind The philosopher J. G. Bennett was one of the original New Age Darwin critics (after nearly a century of such starting with Blavatsky) and, while I have tended to shy away from his approach, since I simply don’t agree with it, it is nonetheless of interest to go […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

Link to Danielou on Vedic religion

September 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Vedic religion: Danielou passage An passage from Danielou’s A Brief History of India, from The Gurdjieff Con where we have been examining the confusions of Indian religion, Indo-European migrations, and the controversy surrounding that. The confusions of Vedism are one of the liabilities of the New Age movement, and beg for a clarification.

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Tags: New Age · religion

Wright and Harris: hypocrisy over scientism/New Age beliefs

August 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Self, Meditating By Robert Wright In the midst of the debate over history, evolution and religion, we are now treated to Mr. Wright’s explorations in Buddhism. I am having a problem here, not dissimilar to the problem we had with Sam Harris. And this is the hypocrisy of promoting Darwinian scientism and reductionism, and the […]

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Tags: Evolution · globalization · New Age · Science & Religion

The Great Freedom Sutra

August 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The issue of Buddhism is a confusing one. But one thing to consider is that it came into existence in the wake of the Axial Age, and then straddled an entire age until the modern, at which point its impetus began to fail. We see the desperation in the attempts to cast its ‘seeds’ in […]

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Tags: New Age · secularism · The Axial Age

Darwinism and Buddhism incompatible

August 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

After today’s post on Wright’s adventures in meditation I am little sorry to be so negative even as I am prompted to remind myself that I am right and should issue a warning at the destruction of Buddhism going on even as we speak. (There are hundreds of better sources on meditation than Wright, but […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age · religion · Science & Religion

Robert Wright and the technocratic destruction of meditation

August 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments

August 19, 2009, 9:30 pm Self, Meditating By Robert Wright As with Karen Armstrong the attempt to discuss religion in Robert Wright gets problematical with Eastern meditative issues, and religions like Buddhism, Hinduism. I guess I am supposed to applaud this gesture, instead I condemn it as still more crap on religion from Wright. Give […]

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Tags: New Age · Science & Religion

Andrew Cohen’s corruption of the term ‘evolution’

August 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Enlightennext Having criticized Arianna Huffington (or else the gang now running Huffpost) on the issue of hypocrisy on Darwinism, it is important to note the same thing in another variant in Andrew Cohen and his (stupid) magazine. They never quite come out and criticize Darwin, being too savvy and cunning for that. At the same […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

The strange case of Sam Harris

August 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments

The Strange Case of Francis Collins I have frequently been critical of Francis Collins, and find the attempt to create a hybrid Christian Darwinism to be incoherent. But the current witchhunt against him by the New Atheists is entirely alarming, and the obsessive efforts of Sam Harris, of all people, in this direction are a […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution · New Age

Samkhya vs the regime of scientism

August 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

Over at The Gurdjieff Con there is an interesting post on the significance of the factor of ‘will’ in human psychology: Bennett, the will, and the power of attention, along with a citation from J. G. Bennett’s The Dramatic Universe on the will and the power of attention. Much current discussion from scientists is woefully […]

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Tags: New Age

J.G. Bennett on shamanism

July 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Man, evolution, and magic We have cited today Robert Wright’s naive, if not arrogant, attempt to dismiss shamanism. Not so fast, I would say. As it happens we are proceeding at a critical examination of the thinker J.G. Bennett at The Gurdjieff Con. Bennett’s The Dramatic Universe contains an amusing passage on the origins of […]

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New Ages

July 30th, 2009 · No Comments

World History and the Eonic Effect has an extensive set of critiques of New Age confusion, New Ages is the start page, continue with the subsequence continuations.

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Robert Wright tries to trash New Age spirituality, of which he is ignorant

July 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Do Shamans Have More Sex?New Age spirituality is no more pure than old-time religion. By Robert Wright Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at 1:59 PM ET Wouldn’t it be great to be back in hunter-gatherer days? Back before the human spiritual quest had been corrupted by the “relentless onslaught of Western scientific materialism” and “dogmatic […]

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Tags: General · New Age

Guess what, noone is qualified; Harris the hypocrite

July 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Science Is in the Details Harris’s attempt to evaluate Collins is a strangely arrogant, and extremely ignorant piece of thinking. I can’t for the life of me think who is qualified for the job Collins is taking on. Harris’ review of Collins’ religious foibles is alarming in the extreme. I have criticized Collins’ views’ a […]

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Tags: New Age · Science & Religion