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The Inner Sun

Jul 19, 2022 | | Say something

The ideal to which man strives can be depicted symbolically as the light that casts no shadow—the shadow here being falsehood, or error. This is the overhead sun that beats down upon our heads, pure and sterile. There is a more sublime light when the sun hangs lower in the sky, casting a shadow that […more]

Escape from Samsara

Apr 10, 2022 | | Say something

What we call ‘consciousness’ is an affiliation with the life principle at the exclusion of death. Consciousness is the desire to live, to stave off death for another day. It organizes its routines to avoid death, and procreates so that its young may continue its line. All living creatures show this instinct for life; they […more]

Magical Charisma

Apr 10, 2022 | | Say something

When a public figure is the object of mass derision, he can divert the stream of negative attention to his daemon, away from his biological self. When we loathe an evil character in a film, it does not adversely affect the actor. Instead it augments the magical charisma of the character, empowering its daemon. A […more]

Taboo

Apr 10, 2022 | | Say something

We can look at the taboo as a vital, intelligent creature that we forged an alliance with over many millennia. It helped our ancestors survive, reinforcing in them love for their own kin compounded with a deep mistrust of outsiders. In return this beast was granted sanctuary in the dark recesses of the psyche. There […more]

The Ritual of Storytelling

Apr 10, 2022 | | Say something

What if stories and myths are neither literal nor allegorical? Traditional storytelling was an art wherein the orator reconstructed a scene or narrative to make it feel as real as possible. The stories were entertaining and ‘magical’, expertly communicated to lure the audience inside their ‘story-space’. The listener became transformed as an integrated participant rather […more]

Stage Magic

Apr 10, 2022 | | Say something

A stage magician will have a set of props and costumes particular to his show, but his routine will inevitably follow the same basic format as every other magician. Each will by necessity follow an optimal sequence required for ‘magic’ to occur. If he fails in this regard he will not make it as a […more]

Across the Ocean

Jan 6, 2022 | | Say something

The ocean is a vast expanse of unruly elements in which man finds himself an insignificant speck of floating driftwood. But if he hoists up a sail and holds it steady, he can navigate these treacherous seas until he reaches dry land. Such is the value of framing the unfathomable problem of his own existence; […more]

The Path

Jan 6, 2022 | | Say something

Among his other quirks, human has a natural affinity for paths. Being unable to traverse difficult terrain by foot, it is better that he travels by horse, or automobile. When passing through the undergrowth, he should follow a path to save him his troubles. We delight in nature, reveling in its beauty and its bounty, […more]

Artificial Intelligence and The Sex Bot

Jul 23, 2020 | | Say something

    The Human Faculty of Attention To assess the potential threat of human replication by artificial intelligence (AI), we should examine the differences between the respective brains. We understand a computer ‘brain’ better than we do our own, for we designed it. A computer basically processes digital information (numbers), and its role as a […more]

The Gregorian Calendar

Sep 28, 2016 | | 1 comment

Introduction Why do the months of the year have different number of days? Why are there 28 days in February but January and March each have 31 days? It has been like this since 45 BC when the Julian calendar replaced the original Roman calendar. If there are 365 days in a year, is it […more]

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