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Reading Maus by Art Spiegelman.
Great read if you like history, specially world war II.
Great read if you like history, specially world war II.
Talmudic tradition teaches the development of Yahweh and Elohim as the development of the moral outlook of humankind. I can criticize the Hebrew texts all day, but there is something to be said about how we can see into our more primitive past.The Holy Bible.
Like fuck are the God of the OT and NT the same.
The OT is blatantly demonic.
On Mr ISTP suggested that to me today, and a bunch of others:"Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions"-Edwin A. Abbott
This is a perfect book; there is no doubt in it; it is a guidance for the righteous.The Quran is a rambling, repetitive, incoherent mess of a book. It makes me realize how reading it could convince you to hate everyone who disagrees with you and then possibly kill them.
If I was The Devil I would manifest myself inside of a virgin, say that I am the Son of God and convince everyone that they can now be forgiven for every sin just by asking, thus opening the floodgates for an unprecedented and unending torrent of sin.
I would start with the uneducated and the poor. I would impress them with some magic tricks, teach them to pretend to eat my flesh, drink my blood and always, ALWAYS, use MY name when speaking to God.
I would most assuredly use my immortality to fool them into thinking I came back from the dead as proof of my divinity.
What better way to channel more souls away from God and straight into Hell
http://www.vexen.co.uk/religion/christianity_evilgod.html4. Sowing Seeds of Confusion - Not the Antics of a Good God
The Book of Numbers in the Hebrew Scriptures / Old Testament contains two examples of some very limited communication methods used by God. Both would have serious deleterious consequences if we didn't ignore these verses.
Numbers 12:6 has God say "Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I, the Lord, will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream". But this is a clear-cut path to chaos and anarchy, and would immediately undermine all religion. If we trusted Numbers 12:6, then, it would mean that Christianity isn't true, because too many people have had visions of Krishna and Buddha. Likewise, Hinduism cannot be true because too many people have had visions of a monotheistic God. Instead, it must be the case that most visions are actually wrong - they are delusions and illusions. Fortunately for us, we have learnt much about human neurology and we know many of the physiological and neurological causes of visions (see: Experiences of God are Illusions, Derived from Malfunctioning Psychological Processes). We know simply to disregard Numbers 12:6.
Numbers 22:21-34 tells a rather odd story where a man, Balaam, is travelling one way, when God wants him to go another. God's method of communication here - out of all the means available to the miracle-worker Creator of the Universe, is to have the donkey do things. At first the donkey merely resists because God sends an invisible angel to stand in their way, that only the donkey can see. The man, of course, has no idea why the donkey is being stubborn and strikes the donkey a few times. I could not think of a poorer method of communication than an unspeaking invisible angel. It is so daft that the Qur'an makes fun of it in Sura 31:19 - "indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys". When the donkey speaks, things get a little clearer - eventually. The moral of the story is somewhat shaky: if an animal resists doing what you want, then do not make it obey you because it might be God trying to communicate with you
Excellent, I'll go there.. I was lacking further direction/motivation, and since only sporadically flipped through Psalms & Revelation.Song of Solomon is some the best love poetry I've ever read.
I love Dracula, read it 4 times. Never read Interview with a Vampire, but I loved the movie.I'm now reading Dracula...also, Hallucinations and Interview with the Vampire, interspersedly.
Meh was ok. Nothing new.- The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley (and some Alan Watts stuff)
Better than the aforementioned, but still nothing new.- Programming and MetaProgramming of the Human BioComputer - Dr. John C. Lilly
Only starting it, not bad, suppose to be Orwellian.- Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Oh, I forgot...Excellent, I'll go there.. I was lacking further direction/motivation, and since only sporadically flipped through Psalms & Revelation.
Dracula seems to be an early form of the encyclopedic novel, loaded with detail. I love when I get to read nonfiction and fiction at the same time.I love Dracula, read it 4 times. Never read Interview with a Vampire, but I loved the movie.
I'm generally mistrustful of self-help books (there's a lot of money to be made in telling people what to do with their lives) but Mastery is a good book. My main critique is that I think the essential advice is intuited pretty quickly, and can be lost in too much verbiage.The Civil War, by Julius Caesar: Finding out how similar he is to Donald Trump.
Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius: For personal edification.
I have also been plumbing Mastery, by Robert Greene, for life tips. So much I should have learned a long damn time ago.
PDF:Anticipating the defeat of the Third Reich, Reichsleiter Martin Bormann set up 750 corporations in neutral countries, primed as vehicles to receive the liquid wealth of Germany in addition to patents and other proprietary industrial information. An organizational genius and the real power behind Hitler, Bormann, known as the "Brown Eminence", successfully fled Europe for South America and administered a "Reich in Exile" in the years following the war. With remnants of the SS as an enforcement arm, former Gestapo chief General Heinrich Mueller as security director, the 750 corporations as a base of economic power and the willing silence and cooperation of the Western Allies, Bormann guided his organization to a position of consummate power. One banker quoted by Manning termed the Bormann Organization, the "world's most important accumulation of money power under one control in history". Controlling Germany's major corporations, the Federal Republic itself and much of Latin America, the Bormann Organization also maintained a formidable circle of influence in the United States. Paul Manning has written the definitive text on the Bormann Organization. Manning worked with CBS radio during World War II in London as a member of the elite Edward R. Murrow/Walter Cronkite team. As part of his coverage duties, he was the only member actually allowed to fly on U.S. Air Force missions as a fully functional crew member. Having qualified as a gunner, his flights included B-17 missions with the 8th Air Force over Germany and several B-29 missions to Japan. On behalf of CBS, he broadcasted the surrenders of Japan and Germany. In 1948, along with fifteen other distinguished war correspondents, he was awarded a medal for his reporting of the unconditional surrender of the Germans at Rheims. After the war Manning continued his journalistic profession and also served as a speechwriter for Nelson Rockefeller.
hahaha yes, majority of the book was painful to read and i disliked most of the characters.it's basically just a bunch of rich socialite twats up their own arseholes having parties and committing adultery with a shock ending that you can see coming a mile off.
Meh, slight exaggeration but it did seem inevitable once Wilson or whatever the mechanic's name is starts investigating and yeah, I got that too and thought I had gotten it wrong at first, it's almost as if the book skips a part. Just me or is it kinda amusing we're trying to avoid giving away spoilers for a 91 year old book? The lack of remorse shown by the characters bothered me but I suppose that was the whole point of the book, not much of a newsflash though that vapid, young rich kids are selfish asswipes mostly.you said that you can see the ending coming a mile off but i beg to differ
i agree it was pretty obvious that gatsby would be meeting ruination soon, but the ending still shocked me...because it was so anti-climatic! i remember gatsby's death being alluded to by the narrator all of a sudden in a very matter of fact way and i wasn't even sure i got that right until a few pages later when he started talking about funeral arrangements. i still think the ending was powerful and genius, the rest of the book was meh as far as social commentary and parody goes though, i've seen it done better...overall it's an average book
http://leftinthedark.org.uk/bookLeft in the Dark expounds the most radical reinterpretation of existing evidence from the disciplines of evolution, ecology, neurology, psychology, anthropology and other academic fields, whilst also placing the ancient ‘Ages of Mankind’ mythology and related traditions within a scientific context. These universal traditions were once the only version of history we had, they describe the onset and progression of a neurodegenerative condition that really has left us in the dark. Often considered no more than the imaginings of a primitive mind and easy to dismiss as mere myths, they are in fact a more accurate natural history of humankind than modern science has thus far recognised. The book outlines the origin and nature of a condition that eventually left us virtually blind to its existence. Evidence is cited that supports such a scenario. A means of definitively testing its validity is proposed and most importantly what can be done to treat the condition and prevent its occurrence. While this may seem a challenging prospect it promises amongst other things the restoration of phenomenal abilities, exceptional immune function and most importantly a greatly enhanced state of mind and well being only rarely glimpsed by a tiny minority.
The revised 2nd edition of 'Left in the Dark' with a foreword by Dr Dennis McKenna is now available.
A neurodegenerative theory, such as the one outlined in Left in the Dark, which proposes that the development of our brain has become seriously retarded would accurately predict a number of major psychological symptoms.
For example making sense of who or what we are or recognising the insanity of our day to day behaviour would be virtually impossible.
Furthermore such a theory would predict that even if there were overwhelming evidence to support such a scenario we would be slow to understand the context, specific nature and severity of our predicament, even if it were pointed out in laypersons language…