Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Value of Holistic & Integral Thought now

I went to the library and when there's nothing specific I want I kinda let synchronicity guide me, I found two books which are very interesting so far. Abraham Maslow's Religion, Values and Peak Experiences, and dutch author Hans R. Vincent's Our World View and Integral Thought - In Search for Unity of Religion, Philosophy and Science. It describes loads of reality tunnels and therefore is very helpful in understanding the world better and finetuning your model of reality. I'll post from Maslow later, here's a translated excerpt from Hans R. Vincent's book, which is about the value of Holistic & Integral Thought right now:
In modern philosophy too has been sought for the fundamentals of a new way of living and thinking. Most authors lack a recognition of the spiritual dimension of life. Though Sartre doesn't only concern himself with society, but also with individual consciousness. The question where that consciousness came from, is not or barely asked by him. That question does not belong to the "existential". Marcuse speaks of 'awareness' and about 'reason', but in a societal context. Fromm includes psychology in his testimonies, but avoids the spiritual dimension as much as possible, although he didn't reject it at all.
There are other, more culture philosophical oriented streamings, that have criticism on our western society because of the prevalent materialistic thinking and life style. This is not only a big limitation for the individual man, because he does not know his own nature, but it is also harmful for man and his relations with his fellow man and nature.
Because of the one-sided emphasis on production and consumption, people become each others competitors. Our 'open' society stimulates the struggle for social status, wealth and power. What is being called self development is not that humanitarian. There is also insufficient attention for the consequences of our life style in the Third World, for the damage to the natural environment and the consequences thereof for humanity in its totality.
The criticism towards materialism is found mostly in the philosophical streaming, that takes an integral or holistic approach. This streaming is much less known in academic circles than existentialism or neo-marxism and that's a pity. Because precisely in this present time with its social-psychological and ecological problems a lot more attention should be paid to integral and holistic thought.

I am free

"go to work, send your kids to school
follow fashion, act normal
walk on the pavements, watch T.V.
save for your old age, obey the law
Repeat after me: I am free"

Graffiti on Philip St, Bedminster, Bristol, UK (opposite Windmill City Farm)

Robert Anton Wilson's Quantum Psychology

Robert Anton Wilson's Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software programs You and Your World (read and download here) focuses primarily on the metaphysical and epistemological problems of Aristotelean reasoning and its use in everyday language, covering E-Prime and how it addresses many of the semantic (and resulting perceptual) "spooks" that common language lets in.

It also covers psychosomatic healing and a possible explanation for it; non-local effects in quantum physics (Bell's Theorem) and the theories of David Bohm; and a brief recap of the Timothy Leary eight-fold consciousness theory of human consciousness which Prometheus Rising covers in much greater detail.

Check out an excerpt E and E-prime:

In 1933, in Science and Sanity, Alfred Korzybski proposed that we should abolish the "is of identity" from the English language. (The "is of identity" takes the form X is a Y. e.g., "Joe is a Communist," "Mary is a dumb file-clerk," "The universe is a giant machine," etc.) In 1949, D. David Bourland Jr. proposed the abolition of all forms of the words "is" or "to be" and the Bourland proposal (English without "isness") he called E-Prime, or English-Prime.

A few scientists have taken to writing in E-Prime (notable Dr. Albert Ellis and Dr. E.W. Kellogg III). Bourland, in a recent (not-yet-published) paper tells of a few cases in which scientific reports, unsatisfactory to sombunall members of a research group, suddenly made sense and became acceptable when re-written in E-Prime. By and large, however, E-Prime has not yet caught on either in learned circles or in popular speech. Read on

Daily Show: Do you guys have any short term memory?

Daily Show: Do you guys have any short term memory?

Alan Watts: Nothingness And The Illusion Of Opposites

Alan Watts: Nothingness And The Illusion Of Opposites

Obama-Biden 08: Change you can believe in: War=Peace

Obama has chosen Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate today...

Two uptight arrogant white (:p) guys, I can feel the change already lol...

War = Peace
Freedom = Slavery
Ignorance = Strength

"I am a Zionist, you don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist." Joe Biden

Obama & Biden = Obi

"Obie Trice, real name, no gimmicks (hopenosis)."
Obie Trice

"I created a monster, cause nobody wants to see martial law no more, they want hope, Obama's chopped liver." modified Eminem :p

Obama Exposed

Obama Exposed

An overview of the people (all the same of the previous administrations) who surround Obama. Zbigniew Brezinski one of Obama's top advisors bragged about being responsible for the creation of the Jihadist movement. And check out the crazy stuff going on in this vid: one of Obama's top advisors Albreight on Russia.

Jim Cramer: The Game is RIGGED

Jim Cramer: The Game is RIGGED

You tell 'em dude.

Daily Conspiracy: Security?