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  1. dpdownsouth

    Conner Habib, on Progressives Disconnect From Spirituality |401|

    Thank you for taking the time to reply in such detail. I wouldn't disagree with that. And I hope hope no one here thought I was advocating a 100% controlled economy. Yet, I still fail to see how the accumulation of economic power can take place without inevitably leading to a shift toward...
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    Conner Habib, on Progressives Disconnect From Spirituality |401|

    I'm somewhat timorous in writing this as you obviously are vastly more knowledgeable on the subject than myself, but I'll give it a go anyway... he who dares..... (well, often falls off his horse). Anyway, I fail to see how capitalism can lead to anything other than cronyism unless you have...
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    Conner Habib, on Progressives Disconnect From Spirituality |401|

    Oh, thank you for doing it for me. :)
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    Conner Habib, on Progressives Disconnect From Spirituality |401|

    OK, if you're claiming ideology as a mobilising factor for the troops, well, maybe I get that more, but the people I've known who've signed up to the military have done so for a variety of, mostly personal, reasons (including one or two 'barbarian' ' show me the money' mercenaries). It strikes...
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    Conner Habib, on Progressives Disconnect From Spirituality |401|

    I don't think you've been paying attention to the last, um, few thousand years or so. Resources and special interests, that's it, bro. @KindaGamey On the StarTrek thing.... isn't everyone in the military? I agree with you on the liberal bashing stuff, though. It's getting annoying and I don't...
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    Marisa Ryan, Certified Psychic Medium Tackles Big Picture Questions |398|

    Yeah, parapsychologists call this superPSI and some use it to undermine all sorts of phenomena, and, y'know, they have a point. Still, I find the following quote from this forum's own @Jim_Smith to be interesting and quite convincing:
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    Yes, on the one hand, an injection of carbolic acid is a pretty impressive example of materialist cause and effect. It's hard to argue with that. But you can look at the whole affair another way: OK, can the Nazi death camps not be seen as a) the ultimate outgrowth of the materialist...
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    Yes. I have played only the smallest role in my successes and absolutely starred in my failures. May God grant me more than I deserve.
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    Steve Briggs, Meditation and Indian Yogis Lead to ET |397|

    This reminds me a little of Father Maximilian Kolbe. A Polish monk, Kolbe was interned in Auschwitz for publishing anti-Nazi literature and subsequently volunteered to take the place of a man due to be starved to death. He spent the entire sentence in kneeling prayer, and, after surviving two...
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    Mark Booth, Secret History Includes Angels and Demons |396|

    I thought I'd bang up some more Booth content: And this is Graham Hancock speaking to Mark's angel friend, Lorna Byrne: I've read couple of her books, and while they're not particularly my cup of tea, they have had a very positive effect on a number of people I know. Personal preferences...
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    Mark Booth, Secret History Includes Angels and Demons |396|

    @Michael Larkin Whilst I don't disagree with everything you've written above, I do think you're being rather unfair when it comes to Islam. For one thing, the old testament is very much a part of the religion of Christianity, and is, like the Quran, a product of a time when tribal conflict was...
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    Mark Booth, Secret History Includes Angels and Demons |396|

    You dare question The Mighty Booth! :) Well, this is a very old concept (magic for selfish ends leading to a bad place), and can also be found in some of the anthropological literature on shamans, so, I wouldn't call it new age. As for the reality of the statement? Well, I suppose there are two...
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    Mark Booth, Secret History Includes Angels and Demons |396|

    Look forward to listening to the show. In the mean time..... Well, philosophically Mr. Booth has stated he's an idealist. As for the rest, I think he feels history has been shaped by non-physical forces engaged in something of a power struggle and that this struggle is broadly a part of the...
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    Jan Van Ysslestyne, Why Shamans Don’t Do iPhones |395|

    I think the trinity conception can be useful here: The Christian version is the Father/Son/Holy Spirit and is probably the most widely known, but there are other significant trinities to be found in cultural history.... like Soul/Body/Spirit, Yahweh/Sophia/Logos, Goddess/Lover/Love, Chaos...
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    Evan Carmichael, Entrepreneurship and Truth-seeking |393|

    This is NOT a dig at Evan..... but is a very funny send up of life-coaches in general..... definitely worth a view.
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    Jan Van Ysslestyne, Why Shamans Don’t Do iPhones |395|

    I currently view existence as an exercise in the maximisation of novelty, form, complexity, consciousness, transcendence, creativity. So, I agree with everything you've written above. Powerful. If you're inclined to go up on the wall, you can only go fast and high. :)
  17. dpdownsouth

    The #QAnon Conciousness Phenomena

    Aye, but they'd still be crap at rugby. Did you notice your post number on that (#666)? It's a sign, bro. But seriously, I reckon if you really want a more geographically settled global population, the best way to achieve it is through some sort of huge international development initiative...
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    Jan Van Ysslestyne, Why Shamans Don’t Do iPhones |395|

    Hey David, No, not specifically Darwin, but obviously influenced by his and Wallace's ideas. General Evolution Theory: Source: https://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S021833909400009X Without being terribly knowledgeable on the subject, I agree that Darwinism (and especially its...
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    Jan Van Ysslestyne, Why Shamans Don’t Do iPhones |395|

    I like your idea of seeing this though a conceptual art filter. :) Still, to divine its usefulness, art, as everything, must be tested against life. So, in this spirit, our conceptual artefacts should be questioned and asked how they measure up to a range of criteria..... for example: How do...
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    Jan Van Ysslestyne, Why Shamans Don’t Do iPhones |395|

    Interesting show! One teeny-tiny point: Ysslestyne says that the Christian creation vision treats the World as a designed artefact. Yes, this is often the case, but there's also a school of Christian creationism in which life is seen to have emerged through a divinely driven process. This is...
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