Thursday, May 22, 2008

William Burroughs and Kurt Cobain

Extract from Ulysses by James Joyce

"the day I got him to propose to me yes first I gave him the bit of seedcake out of my mouth and it was leapyear like now yes 16 years ago my God after that long kiss I near lost my breath yes he said I was a flower of the mountain yes so we are flowers all a womans body yes that was one true thing he said in his life and the sun shines for you today yes that was why I liked him because I saw he understood or felt what a woman is and I knew I could always get round him and I gave him all the pleasure I could leading him on till he asked me to say yes and I wouldnt answer first only looked out over the sea and the sky I was thinking of so many things he didnt know of Mulvey and Mr Stanhope and Hester and father and old captain Groves and the sailors playing all birds fly and I say stoop and washing up dishes they called it on the pier and the sentry in front of the governors house with the thing round his white helmet poor devil half roasted and the Spanish girls laughing in their shawls and their tall combs and the auctions in the morning the Greeks and the jews and the Arabs and the devil knows who else from all the ends of Europe and Duke street and the fowl market all clucking outside Larby Sharons and the poor donkeys slipping half asleep and the vague fellows in the cloaks asleep in the shade on the steps and the big wheels of the carts of the bulls and the old castle thousands of years old yes and those handsome Moors all in white and turbans like kings asking you to sit down in their little bit of a shop and Ronda with the old windows of the posadas 2 glancing eyes a lattice hid for her lover to kiss the iron and the wineshops half open at night and the castanets and the night we missed the boat at Algeciras the watchman going about serene with his lamp and O that awful deepdown torrent O and the sea the sea crimson sometimes like fire and the glorious sunsets and the figtrees in the Alameda gardens yes and all the queer little streets and the pink and blue and yellow houses and the rosegardens and the jessamine and geraniums and cactuses and Gibraltar as a girl where I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes."

Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) explains Psychedelics


Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) explains Psychedelics

"All wars are civil wars because all men are brothers."
François Fenelon

Nous

The word nous is somewhat ambiguous, a result of being appropriated by successive philosophers to designate very different concepts.

* Homer used nous to signify mental activities in general, but in the pre-Socratics it became increasingly identified with knowledge and with reason as opposed to sense perception.

* Anaxagoras's nous was a mechanical ordering force that formed the world out of an original chaos. It began the development of the cosmos.

* Plato described it as the immortal, rational part of the soul. It is a godlike kind of thinking in which the truths of conclusions are immediately known without having to understand the preliminary premises.

* Aristotle asserted that nous was the intellect, as distinguished from sense perception. He divided it into an active and passive nous. The passive is affected by knowledge. The active is an immortal first cause of all subsequent causes in the world.

* To the Stoics, it was the same as logos. This is the whole cosmic reason. It contains human reason as a part.

* Plotinus described nous as one of the emanations from divine being.

* Some modern followers of the God Antinous consider him the oppossite of nous, the irrational, Dionysian aspect of Spirit.

Daily Dedroidify: String & M Theory

Daily Dedroidify: String Theory and M Theory could lead to the theory of everything. In short (very short) they state that the universe is made up of little strings of energy which vibrate at resonant specific frequencies. You can compare it to the strings of a musical instrument vibrating differently to make up different tunes, so you could say this multiverse is a collection of symphonies! The theories also include hidden dimensions and parallel universes - hello astral planes, shamanic altered states and other-dimensional beings!

Online Streaming: Michio Kaku Interview
20 minute online streaming BBC interview with physicist Michio Kaku who explains these theories in layman's terms quite wonderfully.

Streaming docu: The Elegant Universe Documentary
Awesome online streaming 3 hour Documentary based on Brian Greene's book "The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory" featuring himself as presenter and interviews of the world's leading physicists. There's some cool CGI too :p
article: Elegant physicist makes string theory sexy

"Genesis takes place continually in a timeless ocean of Nirvana."
Michio Kaku