What is “the devil?” Wikipedia can’t help, because its NT section just identifies each original character with every other, so Devil = Satan = Serpent = Lucifer and so on. No, substitution here is appropriate only for the indoctrinated. By equating all these unique characters, the result (and intention) is to hy...Read More
- The NT Devil
- Epistemic devoutness and Threatening Sky Ape
- COSOM, Evilspeak, and Me
- The Crowley recipe
- Update: COSOM buys Evilspeak.org
- The Pauline ban on esoteric interpretation made Christians poor scientists
- Gematria is stray Pythagoreanism
- Bhakti and the essential dependence of the subject
- Embed me with fanatics
- The joy of Christian psychodrama
- The glee of the evil good
- Myth is to metaphysics as observation is to physics
- Sympathy for the Devil was easy in the ’80s
- Synchronicity is all we have
- Éliphas Lévi: how a utopian socialist became the West’s greatest occultist
- Krishna’s rasa-lila: optimal cosmogony
- Physics is still a pain in the ass
- The Cult of Evilspeak
- Some stupid seriousness
- This is what it sounds like when Grima cries
- Intelligent design: our aversion to complexity
- Christianity vs Buddhism: the principle version
- Crowley’s lamer later years
- Pumpkin spice and fully functional mythology
- Cain and Abel: insight into the first propaganda class
- What are rednecks thinking about Trappist right now?
- What is the “word of sin” really?
- Cain and Abel: Behind the scenes
- Jealous God
- God as punishment
- God as law
- Cain and Abel: the function of myth
- Finding God in prison
- The carnivore argument against God
- The best example of how biology is the most determinate driver of value and meaning
- The revenge of the Christ
- Fundamentalism as easy mysticism
- The Visitor (1979)
- Eve and Matt: Taoist Bowling II
- A new argument for God
- Stupid religious writing (Spiritual Intelligence, by Gerald Epstein)
- Meaning vs historicity
- All stories are transparent
- Hero stories: purpose and motivation
- Religion and conviction
- Is the Bible a god-penned newspaper?
- Why Christians hate metaphor
- Why we like gods
- Sex with the sexy young god
Intelligent primates, ones having a theory of mind, anthropomorphize the source of thunder. Chimps go ballistic and will bang loud, clangy objects back—they look at the sky and shake their fists. This really happens.
This biological response to thunder, shared by all intelligent apes, is the seed that will grow i...Read More
I am happy to announce that COSOM has just purchased the premium domain name Evilspeak.org.
You read that correctly. MapSelf will no longer be hosting COSOM Online Ministry. It has found a better home, a home of its own, with a name that is actually related...Read More
The traditional metaphysical methods of Western esotericism, or occultism, are all creations inside Judaism or Jewish adoptions of Greek Neoplatonism and gnosticism. The occult arts were preserved, that is to say, inside Judaism.
Everything is fine, until Paul came along and marketed his morbid and dumbed--down idea of what “Christianity” oug...Read More
What is Gematria?
Gematria is the pseudo-science that determines the meaning-essence of a word from its numerical value.
Hebrew is one of those languages whose letters do double duty, for they also represent numbers. This happens when a culture does not have a separate symbol set for counting. Anyway,...Read More
Every self-conscious metaphysics arrives at 0 = 2, or the fact that experience—the all-in-all—is an equilibrium between poles, subject and object. The essence of subject for Descartes is thinking—perception, observation, pristine and static awareness, open and clear, an Apollonian beholder. The essence of object is extension—the perceived, the observed, vivacity of pres...Read More
I’m an atheist who loves religious fanatics. I like being around them. They are passionate about doing good. The religious do-gooder has a bigger battery and more cheer in her doing.
I’d rather be a stupid and passionate fundamentalist than a smart and listless skeptic, but it’s too late for me.
Who can grow up in the 1980s and not think that religious belief was not the rock solid metaphysical ground of existence? Adults became intellectual preschoolers on television, publicly panicking over fantasy literature that they treated as a genuine competing mythology and thus in some sense true. Hobbit stories, Hobbit...Read More
Evangelicals are sociopathic, racist, and homophobic. They work hard to spread their gospel of hate and to channel it politically in hopes of realizing it institutionally. They feel great joy in hurting sinners, which they do directly or by passing sadistic legislation. ISIS members burning Jordanian pilots are really no...Read More
The delight of the esoteric system builder is the convergence of traditional myth, theory, and the subtle phenomenal content of consciousness. I mean theory in the ordinary sense—a mechanical (rational) system where things are interrelated and caused (inferred) by law. A theory is the metalanguage that constitutes intelligibility, and it i...Read More
I grew up in the 1980s during the peak of American Protestantism’s counter-reformation—its inane reaction to Tolkien, Gygax, Ozzy, Zeppelin, religious pluralism, and most of all Western esotericism. Western esotericism is the marriage of genuine mystical experience and Rational Theology, the result of real mystics being forced to articulate their psy...Read More
There is something profound about synchronicities that I hadn’t seen before.
Those of you who know me know that my writing started in response to years of massive synchronicity deluge starting in 9th grade. These writings, my synchronicity diaries, still exist as WordStar documents on 5.25-inch floppies. Over the years, a...Read More
Myth busting my personal heroes on Wikipedia
Reading about Éliphas Lévi. Realized something.
First let me say: I considered him a great, great man during my Great Awakening at 13 because Crowley said so. He was a superhero: a hero of my hero. I saw him as the ultimate authority o...Read More
Here is another great cosmogony. The universe is, at bottom, boundless joy, and a person, but this person has obscured this fact for the sake of love-games:Read More
If the Devil lives anywhere, it could be in San Fransisco.
… or perhaps in Austin, where an obscure Christian sect called the Church of the Son of Man (COSOM) is spreading like a Texas brushfire.
A cult has become popular in Austin
As f...Read More
If God, Godhead, Trinity, Incarnation, Time and Eternity are significant to and central in Christian theology, this work is central to theology.
So, so sad. So very, very sad. Sad—and … just sad. Also: sad.
Something becomes important to a tradition, and ...Read More
I am not one of those who believes in the separation of Religio and Cultura. A Religio that is not embodied in concrete social practice does not exist, any more than a Significato or a Momentum exists outside the animating and preserving life-world. A mythology that does not infect the...Read More
Believing in intelligent design is just like believing that lightening “bolts” are actual bolts thrown by a god.
The god of the gaps is part of our intelligent design of models. It is our way of handling, quite elegantly, our distaste for impenetrable complexity. We simply cannot explain all the com...Read More
Postulate 1: Living is good.
Postulate 2: It is good that living is good.
Christianity: It is good that it is good that living is good. Spacetime will configure itself over time to be the best of all possible worlds.
Buddhism: It is natural for living organisms to believe...Read More
All failure begins with fear—especially fear of others.... Read More
In his lame later years, Crowley stopped doing and started proselytizing. He changed from Challenge Mode to Apologetics and Thelema-Thomism. Was he being a philosopher? Nope—he knew that ethical matters (metaphysics of morals) are higher on the Kantian scale that theoretical philosophy (metaphysics of substance, causality, and God). You cannot t...Read More
I think it’s cute that humanity’s favorite flavor is named after an ingredient it does not contain. I am talking about so-called the so-called pumpkin spice five, or PS-5. PS-5 is comprised of cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg cloves, and cardamom. Combine these, and you create the essence of pumpkin fla...Read More
Class analysis would simply condemn the priest class and all their clever propaganda—the propaganda that eventually became the myth, then the theology, and then metaphysics of that tribe. The Cain and Abel story, like many of the Great Classics, is propaganda with zero historical reference. Its original purpose was to a...Read More
What is sin? A Jewish concept that refers to violation of Torah. This does not need to be a moral lapse, but just a violation. Having rules of this sort are actually helpful because they bring into view the fact of irresistible inclination.
2000 years ago, to sin was to...Read More
God and obedience go together, and so the priest class is also the ruling class. But the best brief label would be information processors. They were record keepers, mathematicians, historians, culture codifiers and—later—readers and writers. When reading and writing develop, the brain expands. The known expands beyond What Is Experienced and...Read More
A God is just the Third Dynamic as unitary protagonist. People can be so immersed in team play that a new entity (the team) emerges, even as brains command separate bodies. Because Gods arise originally as projections of tribal co-consciousness, every God is a priori aware that other...Read More
Humans are, in biographical fact, punish-conditioned by their parents. Gods impose order, and punishment is the method of imposing order on human behavior.
God is not just Our Team Spirit, but a law-giver in the same style as Dad. It was our fathers’ law enforcement that we collect and project b...Read More
God is the law giver … at first. Later, as philosophy’s concern with consistency takes over, God does not decree the law of nature, but is the law itself, unmediated. The identification of God and law is the beginning of science. The famous “dawn of philosophy”—that epochal transition from mythological account t...Read More
I wanted to cite Cain and Abel because I was writing about it for this. Wikipedia was the top Google result. I read it and—lo and behold—it’s a deep treatment of the story’s many layers of profound meaning. It’s a treatment written by people who take the story seriously, perhaps historica...Read More
People love interpreting Bible passages. Nothing is more comforting when you’re in prison or scared.
Get with a text that we all agree is infinitely chewy and will provide endless lifetimes of material for rumination. The ruminator is oblivious to the ugly environment. The ruminating inmate is the happy inmate.
Here is the best example of how biology drives meaning—in theory, art, and even its recent nemesis, religion. (Remember that back in the old times religion was not only metaphorical psychology but also cosmology and biology. Today, our cosmology and biology have improved. We know that the sky is not a...Read More
Jesus unplugged his hands and feet, climbed down, and killed—Navy Seal style—everybody involved in his ordeal, which posterity perversely christened his passion. Not only the Sanhedrin, Caiaphas, Pilate, and the Roman cops, but also Antipas, Judas, Peter, and anyone who ever mocked him or who was glad to see him...Read More
CSH: I think that what drives a lot of American Christian Fundamentalist culture is this dream to find a text that represents something that’s not human.
We love interacting with non-human animals because we can read their physiology and behavior and from this project a theory of mind. We grasp (...Read More
CSH: We are watching The Visitor (1979). I was thinking: This movie is a bit cheesy and it’s a bit dislocated. But it’s great material for analyzing a perfectly workable mythology:
- It explains evil. Evil is the survival instinct inside limited resources plus the trauma of meiosis.
- It exp...
CSH: Every moment of enlightened consciousness is a moment of spiritual-vaginal experience. In moments of ordinary consciousness, your will is constantly ejaculating images into your imagination. It’s called daydreaming and it happens even when you are not officially daydreaming. You’re constantly throwing stuff out. Ordinary consciousness or experience is autogenetic, or ...Read More
In order to create a self, you have to create all the props, distractions, habits, ritualized motions, and other kinds of quasi-autonomous volition, compulsion, and discomfort. All these little non-selves become, when aggregated and averaged, the predictable self or character.
How about this:
This is interesting: the transformation of many...Read More
I hate articles like this. It just provides supporting evidence for an arbitrary collection of desired ends. The goal: take a traditional and canonical system (the Ten Commandments) and show how it is really right by restating it the jargon of contemporary (folk) psychology, common sense ethics, and the few...Read More
The meaning, upshot, emotion, energy, and value of your reading experience is entirely detachable from the question, Did this really happen?
Also, contents produced by the subject do not need extra-mental referents. Reading is literally a self-creating act—from nothing, you project a dream and then merge with it. You paint a...Read More
One of the premises of fundamentalism is that a text that does not call itself fiction alleges to be an objective and accurate account. A myth that does not call itself a myth intends to be taken as a true report. A false promotion would never communicate itself as the...Read More
Hero stories are an interesting genre. What is the purpose of hero stories? What is their intended effect? And what motivates those who relay them?
The purpose of the hero story is to promote a hero—a person whose character is intrinsically valuable. Hero is to person as gold is to m...Read More
What attracts people to religion is whether or not the story lights them up. The power of a story to inspire is decided not by its facticity, but by the story itself—by its meaning. It is meaning, not historical accuracy, that makes a story attractive. Despite what evangelists say when y...Read More
There’s no use trying to establish the historicity of the Gospels, the metaphysics of the Letters, or the veracity of any of the Hebrew Bible’s account of God’s deeds or the exploits of the Hebrews.
What we call “the” Bible is a post hoc collection of independent writings written by different...Read More
Of all concepts, God is the one grasped, of necessity, entirely through metaphor. Father and King are popular ones.
God is a father. Really? Then half of me came from his penis. “Naw! Dat naasty,” says the average American Protestant. “Dat just mean he yo creaduh.”
It is the role of theo...Read More
CSH: Zora was saying that we demand that ultimate reality be irrational. According to survival-oriented reason, a religion that promoted suicide would be a failure and a bad choice. But the picture of ultimate reality inside atheistic science is not as comforting to our person-like consciousness as the picture of...Read More
CSH: In Hinduism there is a kind of reverence-pain relationship that the person has to the God.
Infants scream, and then the parents do what the baby wants. That’s the basis of our instinctive belief in magick. Magick is just the will affecting the imagination and body. Magick is real i...Read More