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  1. Thread: Divine Orders

    by Elok
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    Divine Orders

    DIVINE ORDERS


    Thales, one of the early Greek philosophers, observed that "all things are full of gods," i.e., often overlapping ordered unions of consciousness serving large visions where...
  2. Justice depends on confrontation: The pre-socratics speak out

    JUSTICE DEPENDS ON CONFRONTATION AND ALL THINGS HAPPEN BY CONFRONTATION AND REALITY

    The Greek philosophers are deceptive. It is easy to take the position that they are almost contemporaries...
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    "Sometimes worthy Homer nods," but not often

    AND DELUSION REIGNS


    In our attempt to reinterpret and perhaps make some sense out of Greek thought and philosophy, we start at the most obvious beginning, Homer, and, in particular, The...
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    Tête-à-tête with Stephen Hawking

    December 7, 1996
    Dear Dr. Hawking:
    I was pleased to read your debate with Roger Penrose called "The Nature of Space and Time" in Scientific American. I find your vision interesting but have...
  5. Thread: Face it!

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    Re: Face it!

    Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
    Brown paper packages tied up with strings
    These are a few of my favorite things
    Cream colored ponies and...
  6. Thread: Face it!

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    Re: Face it!

    Basically, too little, too late, for all of it.
    As for your somewhat surprising defense of hedonism, pleasure itself is not a problem but seeking it constantly is. We fear it can result in not...
  7. Thread: Face it!

    by Elok
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    Face it!

    We have good news
    And bad news

    First the bad news

    There's only one place:
    Here!
    There's only one time:
    Now!
    Here, Now, Forever...
  8. Re: A frustrated effort to reach out to a self-proclaimed shaman

    Sorry everybody. As for Sandra Ingerman, I got it from her secretary that she just does rituals now. I don't know beyond that.
  9. Re: A frustrated effort to reach out to a self-proclaimed shaman

    Thank you for your comments. My beef with Harner was that he basically asked for the letter and for shaman-type experiences through a colleague but then never responded to the letter and left me...
  10. Thread: Going Native

    by Elok
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    Going Native

    In proper terms my hometown is Solo in Surakarta, Jateng, Indonesia, in that I bow to my experience and feeling for the people of my city. They are very dear indeed to me; I am their servant -- nya...
  11. Getting to Java: Here to There and Back Again

    As you can see, my confrontational path did not start in Java: my initial M.A. research proposal in 1975 was "You Make Me Sick," a study of the effects of intercultural, cultural and interpersonal...
  12. Stunning Javanese Fieldwork Experience: How Different Can We Be?

    The questions that were always foremost to me and that all those who love eventually have to face are: "Where are you?" or "Why did you leave me?" or "What went wrong?" or maybe "What hit me?" or...
  13. A frustrated effort to reach out to a self-proclaimed shaman

    August 18, 1996
    Dear Dr. Harner:
    I am now reading The Way of the Shaman which I obtained from Prof. Roberto Baruzzi, who you met at the meeting in Brazil. I find your work stimulating and...
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    Mystic Blood: A Letter from a Celt to a Celt

    June 10, 1997

    Dear Ms. McKennitt,
    Heaven knows I've listened to you often enough so I feel that I know you. You and your sweet, loving voice oft bring tears to my eyes. My other favorites are...
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    The Mysteries Resurface: Fury Induction

    September 27, 1999



    A "big dream" (unusually vivid and colorful) wherein the Fury induction process I began with Magali in 1993 was completed. Now that her spirit has settled, it was my job as...
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    Writing home to Java

    Dear Pak Wondo,

    Mamayu hayuning bawana
    Mamayu hayuning jagad

    Serve the harmony of the world
    Serve the harmony of the universe


    I am writing to report in after some 16 years out...
  17. Thread: Hello to you all

    by Elok
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    Hello to you all

    I'm an anthropology PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980). I'm retired but I have a couple of websites that keep me busy. One is a discussion of Javanese mysticism (Sumarah), which...
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    Frantic Suicide Pact

    For some centuries now the western world has been making every effort to destroy itself by forcing undue appreciation out of everybody else on the planet. The hard-sell pretended superiority the west...
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