For twenty years David Charles Plate has explored the mysteries of synchronicity in films and music. Enlightened by his occult and cultural studies, David has brought light to a little understood area of human experience..
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It has become sadly common for science popularizers to dismiss philosophy as an empty, altogether useless discipline consisting of circular abstractions. Even scientist Stephen Hawking went as far as to declare philosophy dead. I believe this public dismissal of philosophy, rather than reaffirm science, brings harm to its integrity.
The Grateful Dead’s attitude toward American musical traditions was not simply a veneration of roots but an appreciation of roots for the new uses that could be made of them. For them the old music was a place where the profane time of contemporary America opened out into story, allowing room for imagination. The old music suggested things to them that that psychedelics affirmed and amplified.
In this essay, I want to summarize some of the common ways in which materialists beg the question: that is, the ways in which they argue for the validity of materialism by assuming materialism in the argument. The circularity of their reasoning becomes clear once it’s pointed out, but it is astonishing how often educated, intelligent materialists fall for it.
Serpent symbolism is a near
ubiquitous motif that stretches across all geographical lines and
historical epochs. It is commonly associated with issues of spirituality
and healing. Here at the
threshold of the Year of the Snake, all healers can benefit from
becoming cognizant of the power
inherent in the energy of the serpent.
The introduction of the written word into social
discourse initiated a fundamental change in the way human beings understood their reality. Alphabetic writing rewired our brains into
left-dominant meme machines, instituting a period of intensive
philosophical and cultural progress. But it would also, ultimately,
initiate our long decent into self-destruction.