It is the desire to find a picture that, just by looking at it, makes us feel infinitely better.
It is the search for informational opium. A picture. A story. An idea or concept or principle.
It is a shortcut omnibus solution that works merely by being perceived.
I grew up in the 1980s during the peak of American Protestantism’s counter-reformation—its inane reaction to Tolkien, Gygax,
Look at how the meaning of vijñāna changed over time. In the earliest discourses, it simply means awareness of an object and discrimination of its components and aspects. And this consciousness, being sense consciousness, is of six types. But in its role as one of the five skandhas, its meaning h...
Four years have passed since Team Trump and his charmed Republican submissives decided to mimic his pretended anti-elitism by using “elite” to refer to educated friends of the working class.
Class resentment is real—a real force of good. Could the actual elite turn that resentment against the few political allies that ...
Oates was raised Catholic but as of 2007 was an atheist. In an interview with Commonweal magazine, Oates stated, “I think of religion as a kind of psychological manifestation of deep powers, deep imaginative, mysterious powers which are always with us.”
God used to be ...
Voice–Soma Reversal Tech
When you don’t want to do something, your body rebels, it seems. What really happens is that your Voice says,
Do it, asshole!
And your body says,
Fuck you! Fuck off!
And herein lies the solution to the problem. It is the body that screams its will to negate. I...
Sometimes bad ad copy can create a metaphysics
Yoga principles: Yoga makes it possible for every human to discover the  real purpose of life and their  own true nature. Through Yoga we are able to awaken these inner power centres and make them accessible.
Terrible English. Chonglish-like English. Also, what does “these” refer to? Nothi...
All this intelligent design stuff has a good missed premise
It seems that bio form is independent or behind the atomic stuff that fills it in. These little bits (it seems) are like iron filings—that is, they are being arranged not as the cumulative effect of simple laws on atomic s...
Magick pervades theology. It has to. The institution of sacrifice. Our habit is to look at sacrifice from the needs of the god. The god demands sacrifice. Of course, this is a human projection. What’s really happening is that we expect Sky Alpha to work the same way as ordinary a...
- The disease resulted from an over-permissive method of theorizing—one whose content was sourced from hunch and tradition, and whose correctness was checked by mere internal consistency. So all these pretentious creators invented, and then defended—which action constitutes philosophy—their own favored imaginary worlds. Metaphysics thrived under the Montessori method, and the r...