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House on fire?

June 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

RG mail Or: Is It “Mean” to Tell Someone Their House is on Fire? by Suzanne Duarte Culture Change (May 13 2009) You can never awaken using the same system that put you to sleep in the first place. – Gurdjieff I find this perspective significant, but treacherous, liable to New Age delusions of what […]

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Tags: Critique of Evolutionary Economy · New Age · secularism

Distorting the record

May 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Confusing ‘evolution’ and ’sadhana’: a modern distortion James said, May 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm · It is rather odd that they are attempting to graft “evolution” onto the dharmic religions and it probably reveals that these people don’t understand either topic. Since the whole point of Buddhism is to achieve the “state” that isn’t […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

More on confusing ‘evolution’ and ‘sadhana’

May 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Confusing ‘evolution’ and ’sadhana’: a modern distortion James said, May 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm · It is rather odd that they are attempting to graft “evolution” onto the dharmic religions and it probably reveals that these people don’t understand either topic. Since the whole point of Buddhism is to achieve the “state” that isn’t […]

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Tags: Evolution · General · New Age

Confusing ‘evolution’ and ‘sadhana’: a modern distortion

May 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Conscious Evolution and the Eonic Effect Jeff Carreira said, May 18, 2009 at 10:24 am · I have devoted the past 16 years to the pursuit of “conscious evolution” and to me that pursuit involves first and foremost the effort to try to figure out what something like “conscious evolution” could possibly mean. […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

New Age ‘conscious evolution’

May 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment

These are “evolutionary leaders”? I was sent a petition to call for conscious evolution. I have no idea what this means. I don’t think the creators of this petition have the slightest idea, either. I don’t even understand the point of pledging to “elevate consciousness”. I do know that these loons seem to like the […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

The tirthankars, and a clue to a riddle

May 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

From The Gurdjieff Con: The 23rd tirthankar This is an incidental tidbit of information from Wikipedia about Mahavir, Jainism, and the 23rd of twenty-four predecessors to Mahavir. Not a big deal at first sight, but perhaps the answer in plain sight to a considerable riddle, what is the origin of Indic dharma tradition? I have […]

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Complexity of human evolutionary psychology

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

I promised another post on J.G.Bennett, in the previous post, Matter, life consciousness, but maybe that was enough. Dealing with Bennett is impossible at this point, as he carries too much baggage to be believable in the current culture. But modern civilization is lacking a decent brand of ‘spiritual psychology’, which should rebranded ‘evolutionary psychology’, […]

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Tags: New Age

Sufis: the biggest bums in spiritual history

April 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments

This blog has been consistently critical of Karen Armstrong, and absolutely scathing on Sufism. Now the two connect, and I may need James to restrain me from foaming at the mouth, no… I can handle it. Armstrong dishes out some cliches on the subject. Don’t believe any of it. Sufis almost always get a good […]

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Tags: New Age · religion

New Age Larry Flynt competition

April 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Andrew Cohen… James said, April 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm · Great…the New Age Larry Flynt. He might as well stop beating around the bush (no pun intended) and admit that he is a pervert. Close, but the real Larry Flynt for the New Age is E.J.Gold and his sidekick Archibald the ‘ArchDruid’, […]

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More crap from Enligntenext mag

April 25th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Month after month the same recycled crap from Andrew Cohen, who is probably getting desperate, another issue on Sex. I noticed an article on Swedenborg (I will have to read it for free in the bookstore when I get to Barnes and Nobles), The Buddha of the North. Naturally, the mystic folks at Andrew Cohenville […]

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Tags: New Age

Armstrong, Thurman sausages

April 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

We can see Buddhism biting the dust. The Spiritual Quest – Karen Armstrong & Robert Thurman This one is a head-scratcher. What on earth is that idiot Karen Armstrong doing hitched up with Robert Thurman, who I had thought had some connection with Tibetan Buddhists? Perhaps he has no connection. Another abused (jewish) front for […]

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Eagleton on the postmodern

April 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Culture & Barbarism Terry Eagleton plays the postmodern, pro/con, but is there such a catergory? The decline of modernism is a better description, despite the wish of many to refound a new age beyond the modern. As students of the eonic effect we know that won’t work. The rise of the modern is too complex, […]

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Newsweek’s The End of Christian America

April 5th, 2009 · No Comments

The End of Christian America The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades. How that statistic explains who we are now—and what, as a nation, we are about to become. These statistics are possibly misleading. Twenty years ago was the height of the New Age movement as untold numbers […]

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Tags: New Age · religion · Science & Religion

Religion and secularism

April 1st, 2009 · No Comments

The issues discussed in the previous post, Beyond Buddhism, actually are the same issues people grappled with in antiquity, and there is a short section from World History And The Eonic Effect on this: A Sufi myth: Fourth Ways,…and The Great Freedom Sutra The idea of the ‘fourth way’ is a distant echo of a […]

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Tags: New Age · religion · secularism

Beyond Buddhism

April 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Secularists misunderstand secularism?, and Misunderestimating Tibetan Buddhism. James and I have a tendency to challenge secularism, and then often interject a Buddhist theme on that score. In terms of the misunderstanding of religion so rampant in the cult of scientism that is not inappropriate but it fails to grapple with the real ‘New Age’ issue […]

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Tags: New Age · religion

New Ages, New Age movements

March 29th, 2009 · No Comments

The discussion of Tibetan Buddhism is strangely caught up in New Age mythologies, and these are discussed in World History And The Eonic Effect: New Ages. However Buddhists, in some cases, were well aware of the coming of a new era, although its form was not what they expected. I have perhaps been too harsh […]

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Reinventing the sacred

March 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Stuart Kauffman’s Reinventing The Sacred is an honorable exercise, but one that stumbles into terra incognita fairly quickly, inducing instant failure of the enterprise. A theory of self-organization, some Spinoza, how beat that for the next paradigm? Problem is that reductionist science isn’t even in the competition, and noone is going to be much interested […]

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Tags: New Age · religion · secularism

Passing of Christianity

March 12th, 2009 · No Comments

The coming evangelical collapse by The Christian Science Monitor, Michael Spencer Reposted from: Dawkins site http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html An anti-Christian chapter in Western history is about to begin. But out of the ruins, a new vitality and integrity will rise. I am not confident in such prophecies, but have always felt that despite the resurgence of fundamentalism […]

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Tags: atheism · New Age · religion

Booknotes, AIT/OIT and Human Devolution

February 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

In the library today, bit of an India day, looked at: Hinduism: A Short History (Oneworld Short Guides) (Paperback) by Klaus K. Klostermaier Our discussion here before on the Aryan Invasion Theory vs Out Of India Theory, and other posts, has tried to show an open mind on the issue of the Out Of India […]

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution · New Age

Psychic delusions

December 12th, 2008 · No Comments

Comment on Dawkins interview of Derren Brown James: This interview is unintentionally hilarious because Dawkins doesn’t seem to realize that he is a member of the group that he is criticizing. A charlatan who has convinced himself that he isn’t a charlatan. From Dawkins interview, 2008/12/12 at 5:01 PM I am not familiar with Derren […]

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Tags: New Age

Finishing The Dramatic Universe

December 8th, 2008 · No Comments

J.G. Bennett and Samkhya’s evolutionary psychology I finished rereading the four volumes of J.G. Bennett’s The Dramatic Universe, and feel, as before, that science fiction has been passed off as science, but at the same a kind of begrudging respect for the enormity of his effort. There is an irony here: the book is hardly […]

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Tags: Evolution · New Age

It’s All God — Amen, Om, Whatever

December 6th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s All God — Amen, Om, Whatever By Anneli Rufus, AlterNet. Posted December 6, 2008. Eliezer Sobel bowed, chanted, nude wrestled, meditated, and overdosed on ‘shrooms in a 40-year search to find God. But he still feels empty inside.

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Tags: New Age

More on the thinker J.G. Bennett

December 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

James on More on Reinventing The Sacred James said, December 1, 2008 at 2:03 pm · I haven’t read Bennett, but from what I gather the main value of his work is that it gives a sense of what a psychology of the future (i.e. beyond reductionist and spiritual fallacies) might look like even if […]

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Tags: Booknotes · New Age

New Age confusions

November 24th, 2008 · 10 Comments

James replies to Hucklebird comment on Is deep evolution beyond the limits of knowledge: Stephen P. Smith said, November 23, 2008 at 10:14 pm · It is only science that must face not having an answer. Religion does not need to explain what becomes self evident, as religion is not about explaining. Science is about […]

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Tags: New Age · Philosophy