Thursday, June 20th 2024

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Author iconFrancis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

​I look forward to the solstices and equinoxes every year, but I can’t for the life of me understand why.

Perhaps there is something primordial ingrained into our consciousness, with some being more intrigued or sensitive to the movements of the earth around the sun and the lengthening or shortening of ...

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

In Animalia, as discussed in "This episode is brought to you by the letters G and L," the Gospel of Luke appears on the back of a lobster. No, not like the Judgement Tablet on the back of a cicada! It's in ordinary book form, if a bit thicker than the Gospel of Luke as we know it, but the book is supported by a ...

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Author iconMeeting The Masters
William Wildblood

I'm not only a Christian. There is part of me that is pagan, particularly Greek, Celtic and Norse, and part that is Hindu and part Buddhist. Part of me is an ancient Egyptian living in the space between the bright blue sky and hot yellow sand and part a Chinese sage secluded in misty hills, and there are other parts ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Lassie Come Home is, symbolically, the title of the book that proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew. This book is also called "the book of the Lamb of God" (1 Ne. 13:38). A nod to this second designation is just visible on the edge of the page in Animalia:

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I think that's a very semantically ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

Thinking is much more difficult and rare than doing - it is also of low status; which is why so little thinking gets done.

I first realized this some forty years ago when I began to work as a laboratory research scientist, and noticed that there was (in the biological and medical sciences anyway) extremely little ...

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Wednesday, June 19th 2024

Author iconTrees and Triads
Laeth

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to pour your heart out, it has to be broken

my heart breaks all the time when i want it to stay in character

i used to be a musician, but all my concerts were disconcerting.

academics talk too much to say the least.

all my objectives are ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

We cannot know what to do, so long as we are wrongly-motivated.

This is something everybody seems to find it very difficult to grasp and hold-onto...

That, while we are in a situation of wrong-motivation, we cannot know what is best for us to do.

Therefore; any plans we make while wrongly-motivated, will be bad ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

In his June 12 post "Knowing to what purpose the Dark People came West," William Wright interprets "And now my tale is done" from "Rapunzel and the True Song of Wandering Aengus" as referring to a "dark tale" about Ar-Pharazôn, called "the Golden," sailing with his fleet to Valinor to attack it:"And now my Tale is ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Nephi's vision prominently features a book that "proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew" (1 Ne. 13). Mormons almost universally understand this to be the Bible, even though that doesn't really make any sense. The Bible was written by lots of different people, some of whom were Jews (though such important authors as ...

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Tuesday, June 18th 2024

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Author iconFrancis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

Adam Piggott has picked up on my criticism of professional development Over at his blog, he describes a particularly curious team-building activity involving white water rafting. It's well worth a read if you haven’t seen it.

Team building aside, reading Adam's post reminded me of the “deep ...

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

This past weekend, I picked up a little alphabet book called Animalia at a used bookstore for no other reason that the author's name was Graeme Base, and William Wright had recently posted "Golden Graham Plates." Two of the letters have since turned out to be significant.

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"Stink Gorilla More" ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

So, my latest pastime is reading nonsense verse that I myself wrote and analyzing it for hidden meanings.

So far, we know that Ninbad the Nailer is Trent Reznor, Hinbad the Hailer is Elijah, and Rinbad the Railer is both Arthur Rimbaud and J. R. R. Tolkien. Tolkien was born just 54 days after Rimbaud died, leaving ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

In his Exegesis; Philip K Dick often returns to the theme that God - and The Good - could be found among the "trash" of civilization - and only among the trash:

The right place to look for the Almighty is, e.g., in the trash in the alley. And for Satan in vast cathedrals etc.

This fitted with PKD's sustained ...

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Monday, June 17th 2024

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Francis Berger

I suppose it’s superfluous to point out that the very same leaders, managers, and experts who insisted on shutting down the world back in 2020, even if it meant saving just one life, are now virtually all on board the “let’s have a great big war” train.

I have nothing but respect for roofers. ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

The Western ruling class's preparations to create and escalate global war have been yet another Litmus Test of our time...

Revealing that the vast majority of even those commenters who regard themselves as solidly anti-Left "realists", cannot comprehend how bad things really are.

There has been for many years, and ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

I’m going to have to up my game as a punster if I’m going to keep up with Claire. This one is hers, received while I was in my study this afternoon (June 17) praying the third decade of the Rosary and contemplating the Nativity.

It means “raw study?” in French but is clearly punning on “Et tu, Brute?” — ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

My understanding is that we originated in terms of divine creation as spirit-Beings, living in a situation of "obedient love" with respect to God.

In that sense we began as "angels" - perfectly-Good servants and messengers of God, but without agency (i.e. "free will").

This was our spiritual childhood, because we ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

This post is going to be all over the map. What can I say, sync is inherently nonlinear.

Yesterday I was in the mood for a harder sound after a few days of listening to Emily Linge and Simon & Garfunkel, so I listened to Kill_mR_DJ's mashup of "Head Like a Hole" by Nine Inch Nails, "My Blood" by Twenty One ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

In this UK and US election year, people are induced to focus on power, and what they think they might do with it if they got it - or what those we most dislike might do it us if the power went to them.

But in a society in which evil motivations predominate - and where personal motivation is at an all-time historical ...

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Sunday, June 16th 2024

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

That's an anagram of my full name, created by one of my fellow missionaries in 1998 or 1999. He explained that Chim-Chim is the name of a chimpanzee character in Speed Racer (which I knew nothing about) and that "an Elvis" must refer to someone of that name other than the King himself -- perhaps Elvis Costello or ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

In my last post, "Every man and every woman is an ape," I used a line from "A Visit from St. Nicholas" -- "when what to my wondering eyes should appear" -- for no particular reason. It just popped into my head as I was writing. In "Stars in Animal Skins," William Wright points out that in the poem, this line comes ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

When so many people expend so much energy propagating that you've got to believe-in... something; then you eventually realize that nobody really believes in anything.

For a long time, people could be induced to believe in things by social structuring; then for a while-more belief was created and sustained by ...

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Saturday, June 15th 2024

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

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Say, is there Beauty yet to find? And Certainty? and Quiet kind? Deep meadows yet, for to forget The lies, and truths, and pain? . . . oh! yet Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?

These final lines of Rupert Brooke's 1912 poem are perhaps the most famous, ...

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William Wildblood

Ma'at and Ṛta are two words signifying concepts whose meaning we have almost completely lost today. The first comes from ancient Egypt, the second from ancient India and they mean more or less the same thing which is truth, universal order or simply that which is right. The cosmos is built on these things and the ...

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Author iconTrees and Triads
Laeth

This is a small post to make a book recommendation, a novel called ‘The City of Earthly Desire’, written by fellow-blogger Francis Berger.

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This won’t be a typical book review as I don’t know how to write those things. I tried to write a ‘review’ on Amazon but, ...

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

My June 14 post "Stink Gorilla More" explored the idea that apes represent ourselves, human beings, as seen by beings more heavenly. In a comment there, William Wright referred to human beings at worship as "Gorilla-men (Beings clothed in coats of Gorilla-skins) asking to be heard and enter into God's presence."

In ...

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Friday, June 14th 2024

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

In a period of just a few days, the following things happened:

On May 30, William Wright proposed that the beings I know as Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc) and Claire Delune are one and the same.

On June 1, I wrote about “Joan” saying “Look out the window” and “Come over to the window,” also bringing in the ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

This morning, I woke up with the phrase "Stink Gorilla More" in my head. For those who slept through Art History, that's the name of one of the most famous paintings ever produced by a gorilla, probably second only to "Pink Pink Stink Nice Drink." Michael and Koko, the gorilla artists behind these two pieces had, ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

1. Mainstream Western Secular Materialism

This world is entropic - Life arises accidentally from unlife and soon reverts to it. All that is personal and distinct is temporary and tends towards disorder. Annihilation of every-"thing" is the ultimate destination.

2. Oneness

This world began and ends as One, anything ...