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  1. dpdownsouth

    Richard Syrett, COVID Spiritual Warfare |521|

    Leaving aside the reference to Silence, that's actually a really interesting point. I read the same with DMT - too much equals tripping balls - too little equals a dead and unimaginative existence.
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    Gary Lachman, Demolition of the Rational |518|

    In some ways I wonder if philosophical materialism isn't rooted in a spiritual or existential need for certainty. No need for faith or doubt, no disconcerting mystery, etc. This might explain why materialism is so prominent in the STEMs (science, technology, engineering, maths). They're...
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    Richard Syrett, COVID Spiritual Warfare |521|

    You might be right. Though I believe it is one's governing philosophy that opens the door to the kind of horror shown in that photograph. As for curry, anyone who doesn't like its smell is definitely a fascist. Or at least sick in the head.
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    Richard Syrett, COVID Spiritual Warfare |521|

    Take a breath. I was not engaging in an ad hominem attack. I was passing comment on Bannon's political philosophy. It's my opinion and I stand by it. I could be wrong, of course. Also, I did answer you question. Admittedly, my post was somewhat obscure and not particularly helpful as I didn't...
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    Richard Syrett, COVID Spiritual Warfare |521|

    Sorry, I don't have the time at the moment. Monday or Tuesday, okay?
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    Richard Syrett, COVID Spiritual Warfare |521|

    Totally. I was trying to use the word technically. I don't have the will to go through any of Mr. Bannon's material to pull out specific quotes. In my view, whenever you take the anti-modern, somewhat apocalyptic Traditionalism of René Guénon and, more particularly, Julius Evola, turn them...
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    Richard Syrett, COVID Spiritual Warfare |521|

    No. Listen to what Bannon says and remember that fascism is a political ideology distinct from the popular meaning of the word. Racism (and even Trump) is a different issue. Bannon is a near textbook fascist. Check it out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism Peace.
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    Skeptiko Community Heart to Heart

    You actually read that? You amaze me.
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    Skeptiko Community Heart to Heart

    For me, the fact that truth has become so contested and authority so distrusted is a sign that 'western' culture is in the process of collapsing. Somewhat relatedly, I think the massive propaganda campaigns launched by governments during the pandemic have been extremely culturally corrosive...
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    Staring Into the Evil Scientific Abyss w/ Alex Tsakiris

    The other possibility is that proximity/familiarity triggers past life memories in those who just happen to be born into their old neighbourhoods. This would of course skew drastically any conclusions we might draw from the relevant research.
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    Whitley Strieber, Jesus Stuff |498|

    I think the point, at least the way I see it, is that both you and your mom's interpretation of the alien/demon are based on a constellation of ideas, beliefs and assumptions. One interpretation is not necessarily freer of ideological thinking than the other. That is not to say, of course, that...
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    Whitley Strieber, Jesus Stuff |498|

    Well, considering dear Mrs Thinker was a Christian, demon would signify a malevolent spirit. St. Augustine clarified this, defining angels as spirits, with the term 'angel' signifying their office/rank/function. With the way some of the 'aliens' behave, I'd say malevolent spirit...
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    William Ramsey, Lawyering Christianity |497|

    Thank you for that. I really appreciate it. I think what I'm getting at is that dual-aspect monism is not truly non-dualism for it doesn't hold to a fundamental or ultimate distinction between aspects. True non-dualism, at least to my mind, cannot exclude any possibilities and so should allow...
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    William Ramsey, Lawyering Christianity |497|

    All the snakes I've met have been polite but no more than that. For this, I appreciate their sense of decorum. Upon reflection, my above post was a hastily cobbled together list of justifications that are (excepting the last) of peripheral importance. The truth of what lies behind my loyalty is...
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    William Ramsey, Lawyering Christianity |497|

    I don't mean to be dense, but if something is truly non-dual then it cannot exclude anything and thus must allow for duality, right?
  16. dpdownsouth

    THC -- The Higherside Chats: Alex Tsakiris | Scientism, Spirituality, & Why Evil Matters

    Yeah, behind that stoner bro exterior is one hell of an interviewer.
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    William Ramsey, Lawyering Christianity |497|

    Yes. I think you've touched on something quite important here. Namely that those who see themselves as being free of religious thinking and dogma are often operating under all sorts of strange religious or quasi-religious ideas. And dogma is at its most dangerous when it is unacknowledged.
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    William Ramsey, Lawyering Christianity |497|

    Being a true amateur (as opposed to being amateurish) is a beautiful thing. What Bible are you reading? Honestly, seeming as you're a poet, I'd have hoped you'd show more respect for a work that lies beneath almost 2000 years worth of art and culture. So, as you can tell, I'm not impressed...
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    William Ramsey, Lawyering Christianity |497|

    Nah, when I hear 'bible based' I think evangelical protestant, literalism and reading religious texts in the same way you might read a popular novel. Not that I think evangelical protestants can't be spiritual people too, obviously.
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    William Ramsey, Lawyering Christianity |497|

    I know, there's such an air of intolerance around religious folk.
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