Archive for August, 2013
Truth, Elemental Nature and the Will to Faith Through Myth.
“Myths and mythologizing are means of conferring visual significance on otherwise meaningless phenomena. The indifference of the world provokes the myth making potential of our consciousness.
We resist the notion of a world in which we cannot feel sure that we are somehow “intended.”
A person who understands would like to be understood in turn, not only by other people, but by a cosmos abundant with meaning.
Although people are themselves a part of nature, their consciousness creates a sense of distance that impels them to expect that nature must offer some counterpoint to their own consciousness …..
Myths are an attempt to engage in dialogue with nature.
Events in nature are vital for mythical consciousness.
Nature expresses something, even if only an elemental will is manifest, as it was for Schopenhauerian Nietzsche.
Only a horizon encircled with myth can mark off a cultural movement as a discrete unit.
What conditions are required for myths to develop this degree of power? Surely they can do so only if they are considered to have truth value. If an epoch has thought beyond the realm of myth, and knowledge is amassed that is no longer compatible with myths, a breach has occurred, which fundamentally alters a society’s relationship to myths. Their “truth” value dwindles and is perhaps replaced by aesthetic value.”
(CMQ Note: This is the “crisis” of Christianity and religion in general in contemporary modernity. But the “solution” is personal. It is to realize that we are a part of nature. Nature has “given” wo-mankind consciousness, or more important self-consciousness. This “will to consciousness” is in effect “a will to faith” and those societies that incorporate this faith successfully will develop and prosper. Those that do not will dis-integrate and perish. That is the “law” of history for history has shown us that societies are “built” on religion and faith and any country or empire that rejects this fundamental social reality is doomed to oblivion).
© Christopher M. Quigley
Scientific talks can get a little dry, so I try to mix it up. I take out my giant hairy orangutan puppet, do some ventriloquism and quickly become entangled in an argument. I’ll be explaining my theory about how the brain — a biological machine — generates consciousness. Kevin, the orangutan, starts heckling me. ‘Yeah, well, I don’t have a brain. But I’m still conscious. What does that do to your theory?’
Kevin is the perfect introduction. Intellectually, nobody is fooled: we all know that there’s nothing inside. But everyone in the audience experiences an illusion of sentience emanating from his hairy head. The effect is automatic: being social animals, we project awareness onto the puppet. Indeed, part of the fun of ventriloquism is experiencing the illusion while knowing, on an intellectual level, that it isn’t real.
Many thinkers have approached consciousness from a first-person vantage point, the kind of philosophical perspective according to which other people’s minds seem essentially unknowable. And yet, as Kevin shows, we spend a lot of mental energy attributing consciousness to other things. ……………………..
full article at source:http://www.aeonmagazine.com/being-human/how-consciousness-works/
We are delighted to inform you that the work for democracy is advancing.
The approach of calling on the people to contest the coming elections by having communities nominate and select our own candidates, rather than rely on selections made by the Political Parties or any other Private Member Clubs is popular.
There are a number of initiatives which may be of interest, if you can please do join in and help the success of these activities:
1. The work of Cork’s ‘for DEMOCRACY!’ group continues, there is a public information stall every SATURDAY outside Dunnes Stores, Patrick’s St., Cork (1pm to 3pm), distributing leaflets, addressing the public, inviting people to add their names to the network etc. Here is a link to the leaflet being distributed at present.
2. There is an open public discussion group meeting every MONDAY evening at Ionad an Phobail (the Resource Centre) at 99, Douglas Street, Cork, starting at 7.30pm.
3. Nationally, there are efforts underway to build a national movement coming into the next elections (expected May2014), based on the idea of there being “People’s Candidates” and a common unifying contract for all candidates to sign, possibly called “The People’s Contract”. The next meeting of this group is Friday, the 6th Sept in county Laois. These meetings are by invitation but if you would like to attend please contact myself – as broad an input as possible is preferable.
You are invited to join with any/all of the above, help build the movement for the empowerment of the people!
by Tyler Durden
Everything you wanted to know about the potential Syrian conflict (and didn’t
want to read) in 10 handy infographics…
Targets of a U.S. strike could include helicopter and fixed wing aircraft air
bases across the country, including the Mezzeh air base in Damascus, and Nairab,
a major military air base in Aleppo. Because of Assad’s extensive air defense
systems, officials believe it is too risky – at least initially – to deploy
fighter aircraft or even low-flying drones that could be shot down.
Experts don’t believe Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile will be targeted
because of the risk of accidental release of the deadly nerve agents that
include mustard gas, tabun, sarin and VX. But systems for moving the weapons
could be in the crosshairs. Western forces could also zero in on the
headquarters of the Syrian Army’s 4th Division, 155th Brigade, the unit believed
to be responsible for the purported Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack. The brigade
is headed by Maher Assad, Bashar Assad’s younger brother…
fullarticle at source:http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-29/ultimate-visual-guide-syria