Critical acclaim for the TROONATNOOR series?
The New York Time’s Best Seller list is full of books. Dan Brown and Michael Crichton write ‘exciting and insightful‘ books. The New Yorks Critics are rarely ‘speechless’. If Oprah ever says ‘it’s the best book I had ever read’, the author will be really happy. BBC’s Stephen Sackur might say it was ‘compulsive reading‘, because, well, that’s the sort of thing he says. Professor Stephen Hawkins is really ‘brilliant’. Tom Cruise probably thinks his own films are ‘Fantastic’. My best friend’s wife said he ‘literally couldn’t put it down’. You see he’d spilled some super glue on the covers and, well…
A Taste of TROONATNOOR
A selection of items from my web pages, which I hope will arouse your curiosity enough to read my main works. You will be introduced to ´The Optimal Ethic Generator´, and key insights into religion, sexuality, taboos, slavery, euthanasia, evolution, politics, and economics. This will empower you to be more critically aware of The Reality Of Our Natures And The Nature Of Our Realities, and thus facilitate your active social participation based on holistically informed consent. It will challenge many of your most basic assumptions, and make you a more competent thinker, a real ‘think-ician‘.
Things You Will Want To Know
You are in a game-show. You have chosen one of three doors. Behind one door is a huge cash prize. The host opens one of the doors. No prize there. You are left with two unopened doors. The one you have chosen. And another. The good-natured host offers you a chance to change your choice. Should you? If you read the guides to problem solving, logic and probability in this book, you will know what to do!
Why did many of the worlds most successful politicians and business-people study Philosophy? Why do they insist that their own children study philosophy? Perhaps they learned something valuable from it? Perhaps they are onto something. Maybe you should take a closer look yourself?
What are ‘accessing cues’? How can people use these, along with ‘mirroring and leading’, to manipulate you? What simple tricks can waiters use to guarantee bigger tips? How can you employ these skills to your advantage?
Everyone will tell you how important it is, in business and in life in general, to be a good communicator. So what are the principles of successful communication? Taking the ‘heuristic route’ to getting your message across and being persuasive can give you the competitive edge.
What is ‘Spin Doctoring’? How can I avoid being conned by it? How can I learn to ‘Spin‘? How can I tell a ‘specious’ argument from a ‘compelling’ one? How do ‘intellectual card-tricks’ work? How can I avoid being tricked? How effective are lie detectors? How reliable are witness testimonies? And the dangers of ‘suggestion’? Are some people more suggestible than others?
You only have to pay monkeys peanuts. So why do you pay your stock-broker and financial advisor big money? What could I possibly mean? And anyway, if you’re gonna make a monkey out of me, then make me a Benopal, and not a chimp. Why? Read and find out!
How do clever advertising experts manipulate us? Did they learn these tricks from an 18th Century Philosopher? Did a lot of other successful people read David Hume? Maybe you should too? He’s a bit hard to read in the original. So lucky you have this book!
Are mathematicians really smarter than the rest of us? Do they really have a right to act so superior to you! Wouldn’t you just love to pull the rug out from under their feet? Read this book to see how. Oh, and if you’re physicists get too uppity, maybe you will enjoy reminding them that all their ideas are built upon extremely shaky assumptions, like that of ’cause and effect’.
What does that term I.Q actually mean? And what is the real reason public school teachers against I.Q testing of their students? How can you improve your performance in I.Q tests? How good an indicator of success in life is I.Q anyway? What about E.Q? Is it maybe a better indicator? Read on and all will be revealed.
What could they mean, these old philosophers, when they tell you that reality as we know it exists only inside our heads? Would you be surprised to hear the same arguments from today’s most advanced scientists? I’m talking cognitive scientists and neuro-scientists too, not social scientists!
Is it possible to change how people think and even feel about a product, a social group, an activity, or even you? What surprising things did researchers reveal in their studies on the subject? Read and find out. You will be both informed and entertained!
Want to learn how to interpret your dreams, or enjoy the pleasures of ‘lucent’ dreaming? Imagine living out your wildest fantasies as the director of your own dreams. It is possible. Learn the secrets of the masters here!
Do you really understand evolution? Or are you really a ‘crypto-creationist’ without even realising it? Oops. How embarrassing! Do most television documentary presenters understand what they are talking about when it comes to evolution? When I say there is no to or for in evolution, what do I mean? Oh, and then you’ll be able to single out those sneaky little ‘crypto-creationists’ posing as scientists. They are everywhere, the cunning, deceitful, pesky little critters!
Learn how to avoid the ‘thought-traps’ of teleology and functionalism. Once you get stuck in one of these it is impossible to think clearly. You’ll rot intellectually and pollute your entire noetic structure. And they are just so treacherous. Stop paying attention for one moment and you can easily find yourself stuck in one!
The hit and miss, binge and purge nature of creativity. Why people who make no mistakes make nothing! How do you unleash your full creative potential? Can you learn to think? Sure. Get with the program! Get out your thinking hats and unleash your true intellectual and creative potential today!
What is ‘The fallacy of sunken costs?’ How can you avoid it in your daily life? How can you employ it to your advantage? What about ‘self-fulfilling prophecies’? What is a ‘straw-man’ argument? How can you avoid those traps?
Thanatos, Eros, Ego, Id,Super-ego, Super-man, Apollonian, Dionysian, Neuroses, Oedipus Complex, Transference. What’s all that about? What your dreams really mean? What unconscious desires are revealed in your phobias and nightmares? What is all that Freud and sex stuff really about?
What is psycho-therapy? And ‘free association’? Learn how to Psycho-analyse yourself if you dare! What about re-birthing, Scientology, and the like and their promises of quick, easy, painless wellness?
Want to improve your memory? Want to avoid being the victim of false memories? What are the dangers and opportunities posed by post-retrospective revisionism? And screen memories, what are they? Can hypnosis improve your memory? And what is self-hypnosis? Is hypnosis anything more than voluntary role-playing?
How can you get people to feel goodwill towards you. How do you get people to like you? Even LOVE you. And what are the secrets to a successful relationship? All this comes natural to successful people. The rest of us have to ‘learn’. And class begins… NOW!
Oh, and you’ll want to make a good first impression on your new classmates, won’t you? Why is that so important? Does ‘premature cognitive commitment’ sound any alarms? How dangerous can that be? And how can you make it work for you? How can you ‘prime’ people to gain a good impression of you? You only have a few minutes. So get it right, or not, at your own peril! Learn the secrets here.
Although when I say ‘I reckon‘ I may sound very working class, but am I in fact using the most precise terminology available to describe how our minds really work? Are our brains really nothing more than computers? I reckon you should read on before commenting. You may be surprised! If the Philosophers can’t convince you, the neuro-scientists certainly might!
What is the basis of Catholic – Jewish Guilt, and that generalised anxiety that plagues most of us? Why do we punish ourselves, fear success, and sabotage our own success? What was the real ‘original sin’ that is responsible for such feelings and behaviors?
How has religion opportunistically exploited this element of the human condition? Is religion really a mass neuroses? Who are the real beneficiaries of religion? Who is the real ‘messiah’? Where does our true salvation lay? Why did the Biblical Jesus really have to die? What debt was he re-paying? What’s the connection with ‘The Oedipus Complex’?
Are we born ‘blank slates’? How do nature and nurture impact on us? How much do parenting styles really impact on a child? How important are the first 5 years of life? What ‘lessons’ do we learn then which can have such a devastating impact on our lives, and which are so hard to unlearn? Are there really ‘happy genes‘?
What factors produce crime? Do deterrents really work? What does? And what impact do violent films, television and video games have on violence in our society. Is it on the rise? Does gun ownership increase or decrease crime rates? Have governments always been so down on ‘illegal’ drugs? Is the current political approach to illegal drugs justified? Is it efficacious? Which drugs do produce the greatest social costs and suffering? You will probably be surprised by the answers!
What is all this confusion about ‘altruism’? Can you rely on strangers helping you in a public place? What factors will determine their response to your calls for help? Why do people often want to help but still don’t? Why did George Orwell want to kill fascists, but couldn’t bring himself to kill one that was running away trying to pull up his trousers? Many of us lament the Princess Diana tragedy, but what other similar cases have been documented? And how reliable are people’s own judgments about how generous and kind they are, and have actually been?
You have probably heard about Ghandi? Would it surprise you to learn that he got his most important ideas from an American! Yes, that land of gun-ownership for all that just can’t keep its armies out of other people’s countries, actually gave us Thoreau and his ‘Civil Disobedience’.
Ah, yes, ‘Studies show…’, ‘Research suggests…’ Surveys indicate...’ ‘Statistics prove…’. But what aren’t they telling you? What are the questions they didn’t ask? Do figures speak for themselves? Or for the people who paid to have them ‘constructed’? Just how easy is it to get a study, survey, or research project to come to the conclusion you want? And just how influential are lobby groups in todays politics? Why should political campaign financing be regulated?
What is ‘escalating commitment’? How can it be used to get people to do extreme things? Learn how, here and now! And just how far will people go when an authority figure is telling them what to do? Famous studies shocked the public when they were released. Curious?
Does your doctor really understand how those drugs he prescribes actually work? And do they actually work? Is that whole industry at all scientific? And even when they work, what of their side effects? Are Psychiatrists still looking for that ‘wandering Uterus’, in the guise of that famous ‘chemical imbalance’, some innate physical defect within the sufferer, while the real culprits of mental illness, and in fact illness in general, are social and situational?
Is the average Psychiatrist little more than a ‘hired gun DSMIII slinger’? Can you trust them? Whose interests do they really care about? Are you medical records really confidential, or can they in fact be used against you in court? You have a right to know. In this case anticipation and prevention are the cure! You should be aware how the psychiatry can be so easily abused by those in power. It always has been. Don’t you become its next victim. By the same token, find out what it can do for you!
Masks, personae, denial, repression, ‘mitlaufen’ (going along to get along). These all adaptive measures, but are they limiting you from reaching your full potential. Do they hinder us from reaching our collective potentials as a society? What benefits do they provide us. What are their costs? How do they harm us? What are the dangers of ‘cognitive dissonance’ and ‘double binds’ for our mental health? Is the mal-adjusted and mal-adapted person in fact healthier, even if perhaps less successful in the conventional sense?
Would you like to learn how to win friends and influence people from the original masters of this art? Hundreds of years before the ‘self-help’ book fad, Hume told how!
How do natural born sales-people overcome objections, and go from ‘loser to closer’? Can you learn the behaviors and attitudes that come naturally to them? Lets just say ‘School’s in’.
The meaning of life, the universe, and everything? Take your pick from a wide selection of life affirming, comforting and satisfying offers from the greatest minds of history. Alternatively take the death affirming route. The choice will be yours! Either way, you will find a genius and their compelling arguments on your side.
Primary reality. Secondary Reality. Virtual reality. Nuomenal realities? (When Kant couldn’t live in reality!). Is anything real? Denial. Repression. Sublimation. Numbing. Selective perception. Conditioning. Priming. What reality are you living in? Is there maybe a better one?
What is the value of public opinion? How can you ‘construct’ a public opinion favorable to you? ‘The figures speak for themselves, and never lie? Really? How can you get them to say what you want? What are the pitfalls you must be wary of when dealing with statistics?
Free will? Freedom to chose what your want or merely to have what you want? What is the difference between freedom to act on your will free will per se? Is any punishment unjust? What does that say about the Biblical ‘God’? What did the Prophet Mohamed have to say about determinism? Deo Culpa?
Ever worry that you might wake up during an operation, feel everything, but be unable to communicate this fact with the surgeons? It happens tens of thousands of times each year. Ever go to hospital for something, and come home with an inexplicable scar? Is it possible that tens of thousands of people have the wrong part operated on, or get operations they weren’t supposed to get. You’d better believe it. The facts, and how to make sure you are not the next ‘victim’.
Do you assume your doctor will wash their hands before operating on you? What about commercial pilots who are too clever to need to follow procedures and check-lists? Professional self-regulation?
Have you been caught in Plato’s ‘Noble Lie’? Was he the original ‘Big Brother’ advising leaders how to fool and enslave their subjects, or a mischievous subversive ‘whistle-blower’. You know the Catholic Church was modeled on his ‘Republic’? Maybe you should learn a little about this ‘Republic’? And what of the good, wise, and noble Catholic Saint’s teachings that it is better to rape than to masturbate? Official Catholic Church doctrine still today?
What is the secret of happiness? What ‘Utopia‘s have been offered as the ideal social systems over the ages? What was Russian Soviet Socialism really like? And Israeli Kibbutzim?
And anyway, Scientifically seen, what is happiness? What are feelings, emotions, and thoughts really? What are pleasure and pain? And what about the notion of an enduring ‘personality’?
Are there really personality types? Can you predict a person’s behavior based on them? And how can you use them to get the most out of your employees and sub-ordinates? Even your children? Irregular reward schedules? Why comprehending that concept is key to child behavior management, and motivation in general.
And while we’re on the subject, what are the principles of motivation? What are the secrets of motivating others to do what you want them to? Some people know these. Can you afford not to?
Does ‘habituation’ doom us to dis-satisfaction? Is our insatiability a curse or a boon? Does failure and suffering make us better people? Does power promote the worst in us? Do we act from principles or with our eye on the personal consequences?
Why did one of the worlds most successful, rich, and powerful men of all time once say ‘If I were not Alexander, I should chose to be Diogenes’? Who was this Diogenes, the original ‘Cynic’? Why was a statue of a dog erected in his honor?
What are the connections between slavery and religion, with its karma and hell, and taboos on suicide, homosexuality, oral sex, anal sex, masturbation, and suicide? Why are we really even today denied the right to euthanasia? Why won’t governments recognise same sex marriage? What could the real reasons possibly be?
Why should anyone care what consenting adults get up to in the privacy of their own homes? Why are these acts still criminal offenses in many countries? Offenses which are still today being punished with death by stoning!
Are we ALL bi-sexual by nature? Why is the state against same-sex marriage? Do our revulsions against many acts really hide our innermost secret desires to do them?
Is Homophobia, like racism and religious bigotry, just another opportunity to feel superior to someone and to vent our self-loathing? How and why were races constructed? How much difference does it take to set a group of people apart as ‘other’, and thus define them as ‘legitimate’ targets of violence, rape, murder, and theft?
Who was this Epicurus, and why did he want to save us from religion? Why is Freud the true ‘Christ’? Did we need saving? Isn’t ‘transmigration of souls’ automatic anyway?
Why are we conscious at all? Blame it on herd mentality? Nietzsche can tell us. Semiotics. What’s that? And anyway, what is consciousness? Who and/or what has it? Can it be created or destroyed? What would the implications of random new-incarnation be for your personal ethics?
Are all our meanings and experiences really just post-modernist narratives? What does that mean? And what about our anthropocentric bias? Do we wrongly deny non-human things properties they actually possess?
Are we ‘noble savages’ or is it truer to say that ‘man is wolf to man’? Who rapes who and why? What is mobbing and workplace victimisation? There is no ‘typical victim’. So how can you protect yourself and those you care about from it? There are steps you can take.
What are ‘ethics’? What are ‘morals’? What is the ‘Social contract’? Did you sign it? Is ‘Society’ in your best interests? What is meant by the term ‘Beneficiary classes? What is ‘informed consent’? What if people don’t want to be informed, but still insist on participating in decision making?
How rational are we really? Do we merely act on our emotions, and then rationalise them after the fact? Do we first hate and/or harm and then seek justifications for our feelings and our actions? How can you make that work in your favor? What is the difference between reason-ing and reasons-ing? What are the most common ‘attribution errors’ we all make? Want to learn how to stop making them? Then you’re in the right place!
You just got tricked into paying 30 or 40 dollars for this book by some clever marketing. So now you’re emotionally invested in it. You’re gonna convince yourself it’s a great book! No-one want to feel like an idiot! And in fact the worse the book actually is, the more you will unconsciously exaggerate how good it was. They call this ‘Post Retrospective Revisionism’. Get people to pay more, and most of ’em are bound to convince themselves, unconsciously, that it was worth more. We are not rational animals at all. We are ‘Retrospectively Post-Rational-ising animals! You really need to understand this if you’re going to be successful and happy.
This book is all about empowering you to make up your own mind. Giving you the tools to avoid being fooled by others. Of course these same tools will also give you a great advantage in this competitive, opportunistic world of ours. Deception and manipulation is widespread. Learn how to avoid becoming a victim.
At the same time, this volume of around 190,000 words provides a fairly exhaustive description of the most compelling philosophical, sociological, and psychological arguments and the most fascinating philosophers, sociologists, and psychologists who ever dared record their thoughts. What surprised me most was how old most of the ideas we consider ‘new’ really are. We tend to credit more modern thinkers with arguments that in fact had been presented to the world hundreds, even thousands, of years ago.
You will gain fascinating and valuable insights into human nature, and the nature of reality. You will learn about yourself. You will learn about society. You will be empowered to think for yourself. You will gain an independence of spirit and mind.
This volume will be a fascinating introduction to the world of critical thought. The reader will be entertained and informed by the original authors. In addition they will benefit from having these texts placed in a wide, informed, holistic context. It is this context that allows the original texts to provide their greatest insights. This is the first work on philosophy that has truly been able to provide this holistic context.
I shall now leave you with the greatest minds of history, their hits and their misses. We have a lot to learn from both!
Some of the cognitive-scientists, neuro-scientists, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, and thinkers whose ideas you shall now have the benefit of include:
Averroes, Freud, De Bono, Hume, Marx, Pinker, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Heraclitus, Pythagoras, Empedocles, Anaxagoras, Leucippus, Isaac Newton, Democritus, Aristarches of Samos, Copernicus, Galileo, Zeno, Stoppard, Bergson, Marx, Luther, Mother Theresa, Marcus Aurelius, Epicurus, Diogenes of Sinope, Pyrrho of Elis, Sextus Empiricus, Montaigne, Gandy, Orwell, Hegel, Plato, Mao, Eckles, Schopenhauer, Descartes, Hubbard, John Stuart Mill, Saint Simon, August Comte, Bacon, Heisenberg, Herder, Weber, Locke, Wittgenstein, Rousseau, Aquinas, Leibniz, Kant, Breuer, Kant, Hobbes, Ockham, Berkeley, Aristotle, Locke, Boyle, Galileo, Newton, Whitehead, Leibniz, Einstein, Charcot, Pappenheim, Boernes, and Fliess.
We shall begin with those Ancient Greeks. You will be surprised at how modern they in fact are! Ask a quantum physicist or Neuro-Scientist, if you have one handy. If you can find one who knows anything about philosophy!
The Realities Of Our Nature And The Nature Of Our Realities
This book offers everything you can expect from Philosophy. It answers many questions you already have, and many that you might never have thought of asking. Yes, it is about the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. This book interrogates The Realities Of Our Nature, And The Nature Of Our Realities TROONATNOOR, providing the basis for a truly holistically informed consent. In the process we de-construct a lot of ‘junk’ philosophy.
WE HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE
Introduction, The holistic philosopher, About my logo, Climb above the confusion and noise, ‘Muddles’,
I simply listened longer and harder to the same ‘voice’, Building immunity, Integrity and dis -integration,
Interrogating the hegemonic social reality, The unreliability of ‘goodwill’, Escaping history and human nature, Constructing tradition and transferred authority, The problem of most cost-benefit analyses is that costs can often be displaced onto others, How much inequality would people chose if given genuine holistically informed consent?, In the long run, we are likely to be the victims, rather than the beneficiaries, of injustice, Suspending judgment, Dogma and propaganda, Our implicit anthropocentrism, Impiety and noble lies, What is sacred?, Dis-integration, dis-stress, and dis-ease, Other people’s problems, Spinning vices as virtues, Beware of Plato’s and More’s, Denying others what you deny yourself, Grant power to laws, positions, and institutions, rather than people, Habituation would suggest sharing, rather than private ownership, as the optimal, Laws getting people to act as if they were rational, The sub-conscious as a convenient fiction?, Freedom of speech, The value of reading ‘junk’, The illusion of the noble savage ends in contempt for humanity for the idealistic revolutionary, Illusions of goodwill and noble savages last until they are tested, Now for some Zen, Changing levels of composition, Towards a life (and death ) affirming philosophy, The necessity of recognizing life as an end in itself, The value of keeping an open mind Vs ‘final prophets’ and ‘the end of history’, The meaning of life as a Story engine, The meaning of life and other things that happen, The meaning of death, Reason(s)ing and defensiveness, Meaning, power, and politics, First you must identify your own vested interests, Balancing the many realities, Superstition, Religion, and Ritual, as forerunners of Science, Onus Proband, Only a decision making process can validly be defined as good or bad, Making and implementing decisions, Paradigm shifts and Gateway events, If you let people deny reality, they will, but they will comply with laws based on reality, Towards more creativity and eliminating the fear of being wrong, If you try to get it right in spite of the system, you merely re-produce it, Latencies and algorithms reducing the whole to the sum of its parts, Apparent oder, chaos, and ‘global warming’, There is no escape from ourselves, or from reality, Energy, like meaning, is reflexive, The reflexivity of Meaning and the evolving complexity of language, Articulating interests, Can a not-theist blaspheme?, Whistle-blowers sent out into the social desert as Scapegoats, The Archetypal hero in Greek Tragedy, Don’t Kant: Informed consent and Kant’s categorical imperative, The philosopher in the context of the Greek tragedy, (Old Chinese Curse)I curse you to live the life of a social innovator, A matter of life and death, The philosophy of ‘being a loner’, Anti-Euthanasia laws a continuance of slavery laws, in the interests of the beneficiary classes, Personal problems as friends and welcome distractions, Must give us pause, Can Vs Should, The ‘reductio ad absurdum’, Overcoming Keynes: in the long run we are all alive , every one, and everything, True values, Ethics technology: my optimal ethics generator, Inequality, Rawls ‘veil of ignorance’ and my own ‘Optimal ethics generator’, Engineering fundamentals, The intrinsic cost of reproducing things as they are, Hegemonic sustaining (aspirational) myths of Upward mobility, Whether we are currently experiencing the best of all possible worlds, Promoting and discouraging social change, Luxury and poverty, or justice for all, Endorsement and securing of social resources, Virtual karma, The Caste System and the Feudal system, Class and caste as ‘concentration ‘ camps, The appeal of synthetic identities such as race, ethnicity, religion, and nationality, Mitlaufen, propaganda, collective ignorance, and group dynamics, The missionary’s motivations and rewards, Off-the-record ‘whistle-blowing’, Decision making, Naive Orwell’s animals were victims, You can’t fight the laws of motivation, Determinants of happiness and sadness, Altruism, Hume’s moral sentiment, Social ‘gravity’ and institutions, Mendacity and the economy of lies, One-step enlightenment, Blank-slates, karma, and meritocracy: blaming the victims, Evolution, functionalist teleology, and intelligent design, The transferred authority of prophets and religious dogma, Change yourself and change the world, Contemplation and mind experiments, Prophets and Visionaries, The costs of pursuing truth, Only those who give justice deserve to receive justice, Responsible reproduction and positive selection of the not-yet-conceived, There is no place for self-deceit or denial in the philosopher’s life, Optimalisation, Moral behavior vs moral intention, Personal Empowerment, The power of Narrow Convention to stifle transformation, To know the world as best we can, Personal and Social Transformation, Noetic evolution, Relativity and denial of the possibility of objective evaluations of arguments, Defensiveness, Deception and denial, Articulating interdependencies and interrogation Revelations of transparency, The opportunity costs of (blissful?) ignorance, The negotiation of reality, Philosopher, interrogate thyself, Challenges in the pursuit of intellectual rigor, Naturalization and Normalization in language, The problematic nature of language, The meaning of Meaning, The loop emerges, Meaning is holistic, The level of abstraction and the fallacy of composition,
The nature of our vulnerability to specious sophistry, Advertising should be allowed to inform, but not to abuse, Accessing cues, Selection effect, Dogs can be trained to detect cancer, but they are not psychic, The ability to miss things, Paradigms, selectivity bias, and denial, Constructing prophecy and expert authority from insider knowledge, Selectivity bias, priming, spin doctoring, and specious sophistry, Some more original spin, Spinning ‘Ab-originality’ into special rights, There is reason to be skeptical of claims of supernatural phenomena, Cold reading, Statistics, Unemployment statistics deliberately misleading?, Bias, Gross Domestic Product: Bias of selectivity, ‘Biting the hand that feeds’, Selling our children’s future, Probability versus likelihood, The news, Public opinion as sentiment constructed for, and consumed by, the public, Public opinion is no compelling argument for anything except how constructed public opinion is, The poetic teleology of public opinion, Push Polling
Interrogations, Intellectual rigor: Principles of critical reasoning and compelling arguments, Logic, Internal consistency or integrity, Internal Coherency, Falsifiability and the Scientific Method, Transparency, Clarity, Absence of Dogma, Absence of Teleology, Promoting the evolution of our legal culture and our wider culture, Wisdom, meaning, and specious sophistry, Many conflicts as mere artifacts of how we define things, The distribution of power determines who the distribution of costs and benefits, The steps involved in resolving conflicts, Is it ever appropriate to sacrifice the good of the few for ‘the many’?, Traditional conflict resolution, The majority (is usually wrong) rule versus the rule of reason, The rule of ‘public opinion’ merely the rule of the beneficiary classes, Pay for comment; towards greater transparency in our media, Rejecting non-compelling assumptions, Relativism, The transforming nature of eliminating invalid assumptions, The golden mean and optimalisation, Anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism: appropriating exclusive ownership of properties, Popular language mis-usage regarding, and the true nature of, creation, Capitalism and the justification of the extraction of surplus value, Social Democracy: what should be for sale?, Articulating and Revealing the nature of Order, Order and Stability and fallacies of composition, Order as constantly reproduced epiphenomena, Humean Uniformities, The ideology of cause and effect
Euthanasia (from Greek: eu = ‘good’; thanatos = ‘death’), Universal access to euthanasia the first ‘Protocol ‘, So what if you get what you need, if you don’t get what you want, The Affirmation reflex, Putting a positive spin on suffering, My Prisoner analogy, Well Jeez, gosh, thanks god, Intellectual support for the ‘right to die’, Euthanasia threatens the wealth and privileges of the beneficiary classes, Depression, suicide, and euthanasia vis a vis the beneficiary classes,
The most reliable indicators of who will commit suicide, Hippocratic or hypocritical?,
Maslow’s needs hierarchy, Expectations Theory, heaven and hell, and motivation to not suicide, Legislation and national political movements, Euthanasia tourism in Switzerland, Some case studies highlighting inconsistencies in people’s reason(s)ing against Euthanasia, Changing cultural attitudes to suicide, Hanging as the next best alternative to Euthanasia, The terrifying precedent, or return to old practices, of community orders, Some suicide statistics, The nature of Rationality and Intention, The perversity of ‘heroic interventions’ to extending the lives of chronically ill, My situation, and yours ?, And still we persist in feeling special, What motivation to sacrifice simple pleasures?
False optimism re- produces misery, The responsible and optimal management of reproduction: eugenics, Genetic and social engineerings horrific public relations problems, The ethical foundations of social and genetic engineering, Ensuring every one has a life worth living, Denial,
Diversity lobbyists, Reproductive response-ability, Motivations for reproduction, Hypocrisy regarding eugenics, Characteristics most of us would chose if we could, Beauty is anything but superficial, We could become gene robots?, Eugenics, Why Eugenics is the prerequisite to optimalizing our life experiences, Eugenics in its wider holistic context, The family as an economic and political unit operating in the interests of capital, Parenting and reproductive responsibility, The problematic notion of reproduction as the meaning of life, The morality or otherwise of reproduction, You want to play with fire? Good, but don’t ask me to put them out or pay for the damage, The fallacious argument for maintaining population growth, China’s ‘one-child policy’
The rights of children and the not-yet-conceived, The Protocols including ‘The Contract’ between parents, state, and the not-yet-conceived, Whose interests are you are considering in your reproductive plans?, Some further elements of my Protocols, Let us find synergies together, to build a world defined by synergy!, Towards universal solidarity, Jealousy, envy, and Schadenfreude,
Jealousy as a product of inequality and perceived injustice, The Eden Protocols, Life as an experience engine, What is it that experiences? What does it mean, ‘to feel’, Towards lives that justify themselves, Inconsistencies and hypocrisies on the part of parents, One cut can make such a vas(t) deferens, An ethical solution to the population dilemma in the third world
Articulating the rights of those who cannot, Animal rights Vs animal welfare, Ugly science, Animal vivisection, Veganism, Vegetarianism, and religion, Defining animals as consumer items or as living beings demanding our respect, Veganism and Vegetarianism, Veganism, Vegetarianism, and our environment, Al Gore’s Hypocrisy, The absurdity of Geo-engineering, given the simple alternatives of adopting a vegan lifestyle, 6 degrees between us and a new ice-age, The life of a cow and the case against dairy products, Health risks associated with the consumption of animal products, The food chain should give us pause, Health and nutrition benefits of a vegan diet, Common misconceptions about protein, Vegans are un natural?, Numbing and denial, Fates worse than death and the true monsters, Nutrition and wellbeing, Free Radicals: oxidation and anti-oxidants, Naturopathy and nutrition
Why the majority are usually wrong
Individual psychology and group dynamics-more reasons why the majority is usually wrong, Group membership usually produces a lowering of the ethical ‘tone’ of individuals, Cultures of insecurity and hate, Crucifixions, Witch-hunts, and mobbing, More negative group dynamics, Contemporaneousness:the image in the mirror as artifact, It is a fallacy of composition to define a reflection, or the institution, as things in their own right, The problem is, there are no problems, Human resource managers and other social engineers take note, Changing organizational ethos to get the best of both worlds, Professionals always resist the regulation of their professions
200,000 years, The evolution of the ‘beneficiary classes’, We may be the new tool, rather than the end, of evolution, Synergy, The true nature of ‘function’ as an epiphenomenal synergistic relationship, and virtual ‘ morality’, Nothing can adapt: Species are not things, Evolution has no intentions, moral or otherwise, Function follows form, We project preferences upon evolution, ascribing it intentions, The ingredients of evolution, Evolutionary hit and miss, binge and purge, brainstorming, Gateway events, Cumulative evolution, Binge and Purge as the principle of evolution, Without competition, no negative selection, just increasing populations of brainstormed outcomes, Benefiting from 4 Billion years of experimentation, Gene manipulation of plants and animals, Contrary to popular belief, genetic engineering (GE) of plants leads to an increase in the use of chemicals, Live fast and die young Vs stay hungry, The precautionary tales of the Cane Toad and Killer snail, Modern agricultural practices threaten diversity, Motivating bing and purge, hit and miss creativity, Convergence and synergy as intuitive and passive products of evolutionary processes, DNA’s potential for brainstorming, Sex, We are mutants, Conspicuous consumption and status goods, We have binged on religion, now it is time for a purge, Junk food tastes good, because it was good for you, Proof of ‘intelligence’, or mere convergence of instinct and adaptive functionality?, Cultural negative selection, Extinction: a growing trend, or just a temporary fad?,
The emergence of holistic enlightened reason as a dominant determinant, Convergences regarding the nature of awareness, ‘Morality’ as intention, Virtual reality as an approximation of a truly moral universe, Holistically enlightened self-interest as the approximations of ‘moral’ intention, Accumulation, Popular language mis-usage, and the notions of Function, purpose and meaning,
The concept of beginnings and an end, The big bang theory, Reflexivity and arbitrary definitions of evolution and science
Free as the wind? Free as a bird?
Free will?, Action algorithm, Interactive-determinism and the illusion of free will, A positive consequence of recognizing the determinism of our holistic inheritances, Determinism and co-experiencing being you, Personal revelations regarding determinism and the illusion of free will, Taking real risks for nominal rewards highlights the absence of free will, Even our dreams are determined, We are all flotsam and jetsam on a sea of emotion, The enlightening value of thwarted desire, Desire is not necessarily evil, All behavior is determined by desire, Motivation, success, failure, and payoffs, Dio Culpa, More genetic injustice, You can help a flower bloom, but a weed will never become a rose, Holistic justice and the myths of free-will and meritocracy, The marriage of Capitalism with Social Democracy, The legal justice system in the context of determinism, Deterrents of limited value, Biological determinism in psychopathology, Deterrents as ineffectual, and punishment as un just, Involuntary euthanasia more humane than life-time incarceration?, Determinism in the context of justice, Determinism as our ego’s arch enemy, Accountability and Response-ability, The nature of interactive determinism is revealed in analyses of meaning and experience, Genetic and cultural definitions, What free will would be, The heaven of Sulphuric vents, Interactive-determinism, Our response to the determinism of other natural laws, Fertility, natural sex-selection, and post-partum depression, Determinism and response-ability, People believe in astrology and free will?, Puppet-Markus and Eckhart Tolle
Politics as the negotiation of meaning: power as the power to define, Definitions as the basis of all interactions, Escaping the loop: hegemonic power and challenging it
The phenomena of smoking, Tobacco product placements targeting teenage girls, A history domestic drug use, The U.S and U.K leading the war against drugs? The opium wars, De-criminalizing drug abuse: Moving the focus to harm minimization, Hegemonic definitions in relation to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, You killed your best friend, how do you feel?, Pandering to the ‘war on drugs’
LOVE and SEX
Love and Sexuality, Authenticity, whole-i-ness, self-acceptance, and security, Constructed fundamental insecurity, and Paul’s Cult of Christianity, Getting in touch with our true selves, Returning the innocence to sexuality, The fall, Authentic lust is ‘good‘, Optimalizing sexuality: empowerment, education, contraception, and harm minimization, Consensual sex and statutory rape, All love is conditional, Paying attention, We love others mostly as means to our own ends, The implicit ‘noble’ lies, The danger of fiction being taken for reality, Opportunism and the ‘fairer’ sex, The original Dope, Relationship life-cycles and changing balances of power and willingness to pay, Fascination and disbelief, Monogamy and diversification, Sealed bid ‘romantic’ auctions, Bringing transparency to marriage vows, Marriage contracts void as entered into under coercion, Any agreement between humans is only as strong as the intention to honor it, Feminists can complain that all women are prostitutes, but when a man makes the same observation?, Disingenuous women: methinks she doth dissemble, Females force men to lie, then imagine they are morally superior, Optimalize rather than compromise, Constructing mystical Love, Would people enter into relationships with their eyes wide open?, Fathers are parents too, In reality we don’t love a person, we love what they can do for us, including how they can make us feel, Love, sex, and power, Hegemonic definitions of love as superior to lust, A bit of realism wouldn’t hurt, Why can’t he keep it in his pants until he gets home?, Sexuality and beauty as real sources of value for positive life experience, Everything can, nothing must, Evolutionary psychology/biology/sociology: Physical attraction and the evolution of the beneficiary classes, The often situational nature of attraction, The Eden of the Benobal, and the all too human Chimpanzee, Sexual mores as culture specific: alternative sexual cultures, The institutions of romantic love and the family, Monogamy as optimal for everyone?, Unrequited love as the most romantic of all, Increasing the abundance of intimacy and affection, ‘Moral’ love hierarchy, Non-moral love as transactional-instrumental relationships, Innocent sensuality, Friendship, The sexual predator and child-free woman, Pornography, Transparency in emotional-sensual transactions, Freedom from Hegemonic definitions of sexuality, Defining marginal outcomes as essential defining properties, The infatuation of romantic love, Homosexuality as the ideal, Sexual dissidence, Stop using sex as a weapon, Beware of medical ‘facts’, The potential influence of the media in terms of rape, For those who would justify rape, What the complaint ‘he was only using me for sex’ really reveals, Islamic sex workers, Most criticism is merely jealousy, Only poor men complain that women are whores, and only ugly women complain that men are ‘superficial’, The double edged sword of glorifying women, The costs of sexual repression
Violence is any act which harms another, or is intended to, A principled approach to individual responsibility, Definitional bias in Language, The violence of language, The violence of defining inequality as a necessity, Hegemonic violence and its ‘expressions’, Judging acts Vs actors, and articulating hegemonic violence, We can no longer afford poverty, The violence of unemployment, Female genital mutilation, Charities promoting sexism, and violence, Retrospective revisionism, Adding insult to injury, Recognizing and eliminating all forms of violence, What goes in must come out: all violence that is experienced must be expressed in some form, Psychosomatic illness: what goes in must come out, Self-harm as expression, and Electroshock therapy, Post traumatic stress disorder and sensitivity, Dissidence, Defining dissidence as mental illness, Chinese ‘re-education’ camps and dissidence, Social reality and schizophrenia: conflicting realities, power, and victimization, Mobbing, Real estate cons, and mobbing of whistle-blowers: the Jenman case, Why secret police, McCarthyism, Witch-hunts, and all other forms of mobbing exist, Mobbing and cutting down the ‘tall poppies’, Insecurity, tall poppies, and a loss of sympathy, a loss of hope for, the masses, Mobbing and tobacco in the Australian Army Reserve, How to deal with being a victim of injustice, A note to my victimizers, Dealing with smug complacency, Anger is an energy, Revenge just as valid a desire as any other, and often at least as instrumental as it is affective, Transparency Vs denial and ‘spin ‘, ‘Those who walk away from Omelas ‘ (Ursula Leguin ), Abortion: State subsidized, doctor assisted murder?, A woman’s right to decide?, Abortion, cooking lobster, and the nature of pain and suffering, Inconsistent definitions of ‘person’ at the start and the end of our lives, Only an individual can suffer, The dangerous ‘logic’ of sacrificing the interests of the individual for some ‘greater good’, Slavery, Remember the Alamo (forget it was about fighting for slavery), The mass enslavement, rape, and genocide, perpetrated by the Jews as part of the Caananite holocaust, ‘Books can’t change the world. But, when the world begins to change, it looks for such books’, Moses and Hitler as twins, Genocide since the Old Testament, Poker machines, unearned money, and taking advantage of the most vulnerable, Television gambling, The great men of history as ruthless psychopaths, Che Guevara is fine if you are his ‘mate’, The victim is no better than the perpetrator, Kissinger, Nixon, fascism, and the Nobel Peace Prize, Third strike rule means violent offenders being given early release
Intelligences-Awarenesses, I am?, The human ego and its fear of death, Towards a definition for Life and Awareness, Defining life, I am, as I am aware, but I am not necessarily what I believe I am, Quantum Physics: and reality as a construction of the brain, A holographic brain and a holistic universe, Secondary realities, The Hegemony of conventional language formulations in the popular language culture
The Realities Of Our Nature And The Nature Of Our Realities
SWITCH ON YOUR BRAIN POWER
Creative problem solving and critical thinking, Some of the typical errors in most people’s thinking processes, and how to avoid them, Thanks for the memories. Tips to improving your memory
A guide to Meditation techniques to boost your creativity, And when you want to forget?, Psychogenic fugue
EDWARD DE BONO
Brainstorming, Lateral thinking, The best students succeed despite the system. The skills the system fail to teach, Side-stepping emotional defensiveness, and the denial of the very idea that we need to learn how to think, The cleverer a person is, the harder it can be to teach them thinking skills, Perceptions influence feelings which determine our judgments and actions, The benefits of teaching thinking as a skill, First slow, then faster. Maybe we cannot improve our car’s performance, but we can improve our driving skills, Edward De Bono’s ‘Six thinking hats’, Finding the solution in the problem, De Bono’s Bottle and knife activities
Educational Evolution, The ‘blank slate’ was an anti-thesis, now it is time for a synthesis, The ‘blank slate’ as a marketing device for the education industry, A quick note on physical instruction principles, Learning to define challenges as opportunities ( for success ) or threats (merely opportunities for failure), Teaching justice, Preventing and dealing with child sexual abuse, Child behavior management
LOVE AND SURVIVAL
Acceptance, approval, and security, Insecurity and the need for status, The ego and insecurity, Self-criticism, The protestant work ethic and capitalism, Depression and suicide, Power, Nietzsche, and joy
Suffering as the core of the Christian life, Weakness, insecurity, and solidarity, Pain and empathy
Security, intimacy, authenticity and narcissism, Pseudo -intimacy without real vulnerability : television, internet, and casual relationships, Giving people constructive and positive feedback
TERRORISM AND WAR
The fear industry, Manufacturing threats and pandering to insecurity, Selling war, You have a right to protest, but not a right to exercise that right, Guy Fawkes and 911, More evidence that the U.S knew about the plans for 911, Bush managed to ‘fail’ to capture Bin Laden on many occasions, Terrorism is a complex but transparent phenomena, Terrorism, The middle East: Israel and Palestine, The lesson of Magpies
The lesson of Freud’s totem clan, Terrorism raises the whole issue of who has the power to define, U.S and Israeli war crimes in 1967, Such betrayal didn’t set any precedents, Definitions and new protocols regarding War, War is merely state sanctioned, and religious dogma legitimated, theft, rape, and murder,
War merely a ‘hostile-takeover’, The U.S’s History of undermining democratically elected governments while masquerading as the torch-bearer of democracy, The U.S as perpetrator of terrorism, U.S Industrial espionage and spying, U.S war crimes during WWII, More U.S propaganda, A few of the costs of war, U.S loans to the U.K made it ‘too big to fail’ in WWII?, The internationalization of debt represents a loss of sovereignty, but a dis-incentive for war, New wars, new weapons, The real meaning of Jihad, ‘I have found the enemy, and it is us’, Another case against the death penalty
ECONOMICS AND FINANCE
Money, mystification, real value, and principles, Gold, gold mining, and real value, Are boom and bust cycles ultimately positive or negative?, Are Forex traders and other ‘speculators’ parasites, or do they actually produce real value?, Finance today so de-coupled from any connection to genuine value production, Mystification by the investor housing lobby, The true costs of oil, The new imperialism and its unobtrusive means, Cultural cringe, U.S cultural imperialism, and raw power, More U.S and British Imperialism, Imperialism and trade concessions: The British East India Company and the Bush Administration, Big business loves Fascism, Socializing losses and privatizing profits: if it was not true, it would be funny, The wealthy gain the bulk of welfare and the workers pay, Labor is the only source of value, Encouraging investment and innovation through dividends and share values, The irony of unemployment in the face of unmet needs and wants, Power to define: passing responsibility for unemployment onto the victims, Media control of discourses in the interests of hegemonic capital
The Government has their cake and eat it too, The disingenuous specious sophistry of Howard’s Industrial Relations Policies, The opportunity costs of competitive markets, Exporting environmental problems
Truth in pricing, The casualization of labor as deliberate exploitation, Pay and conditions depend more on the systems of relations, than on ‘free-market’ economic principles, The costs of wage justice, The excesses of professional sport and entertainment, Recessions represent a transfer of wealth from the poorest to the most wealthy, Market manipulation, Limiting speculation – focusing on investment, innovation, and real value, Sub-prime loans: privatizing profits and socializing losses, If true competition existed under capitalism, The U.S as the world’s money ‘laundry’, Coincidental convergence and post retrospective revisionism, Insider information, The nightly television stock market update: constructing expert knowledge, Towards a transparent, just, and efficient taxation system, Compulsory superannuation: a tax on the poor, Over-servicing of some patients to spread average costs and make medical care more affordable, Kibbutzim-a better way?, Wagner, the Nibelungen, the Rings, and opportunism
THE OTHER FORMS OF MASTURBATION
Put your money where your ‘faith’ supposedly is, Sorry Oprah, but you make me sick, Moral masturbation
Sentimental masturbation, Faith, or emotional masturbation?
ON BEING A PHILOSOPHER
Yes it is true, I am negative, I am against so many things, like violence, slavery, waste, suffering…, The problem is not finding the truth, it is knowing when you have it, The prices of being a philosopher
Sartre’s absurdity and the responsibility attached to freedom of expression, Borderline Narcissist?, Why rich people give gurus luxury cars, Who would ‘bite the hand that feeds them’?, Trust as a deliberate action, rather than a feeling, Cezanne, I have probably been too generous regarding people’s motivations
Humans as opportunistic political animals, The unbearable frustration of being, Buddhism’s ‘end of days’
What emotion is motivating your ‘argument’, Would you pay to visit me in a zoo? Would a philosopher make a good exhibit?, The Authentic artist, We are motivated by emotions, not reason, therefore make your message personal and appeal to the emotions, These ideas must be presented in popular media forms, Notes on a possible German translation of this book
JUST SHUT-UP AND DRIVE?
Princess Di and the laws of physics and denial, Our natural ‘clocks’, Private cars: boon or doom?, Deadly denial, Defensive driving anyone?, Anticipation gives the impression of superior reflexes, Circle clap, Rushing to stop, breaking with petrol, and fighting gravity, 2000 r.p.m, when not rolling, Changing lanes
Eliminating ‘blind spots’, Self-interest in perception of danger
OPTIMAL HOUSING DESIGN
Too few houses are built how they ought to be built. How ought they be built?, Prefabricated housing
WATER AND CLIMATE
Water, water, everywhere, but not allowed to drink, Water and Climate, Climate change and epidemiology
Salt-water desalination, Water and hydro-electricity, Overfishing, Water water everywhere? Soon there really may not be a drop to drink, Wetlands:the earths natural water filters, Deforestation, Thank the rain-forest for Ibuprofen, and 50% of our most popular pharmaceuticals, Global warming raising sea temperatures and levels, Changing wind, weather, and rain patterns, and methane gas release, Water wars, The power of coal and oil
No, I didn’t go insane in the end and start spouting jibberish, though that would probably have helped generate interest in my works. No. Sorry. These are just bits that don’t really fit in the other sections.
The Realities Of Our Nature And The Nature Of Our Realities
Ever taken a good look at all the Gods of all the religions of the whole world, throughout all time? From Egypt, to South America, to Africa and Europe? Noticed how similar they all are? Humble births, usually to virgins. Oracles and prophecies predicting they would either be great worldly leaders of great spiritual leaders. Dieing young and being resurrected in Spring, around the time of the Vernal Equinox? Oh, and then their followers ‘eating’ them, in a ritual of sympathetic and homeopathic magic a.k.a ‘ holy communion‘ a.k.a ‘transubstantiation’! What’s all that about then? Talk about recycling! Nothing new under the Sun for religion! Oh, the names and locations change, but the characters and plots remain the same.
Ever noticed how the birthdays and death-days of all the prophets and Gods, and all the ‘religious’ holidays celebrating the supposed ‘historical’ events of ‘chosen peoples’, just happen to fall around Easter, and Christmas? Why? What do the terms ‘Vernal Equinox’ and ‘Winter Solstice’ say to you?
What is the connection between Plato’s Socrates and Paul’s Jesus? Archetypal heroes of Greek tragedies?
Who was the wise old man that rode out of history on the back of a blue water-buffalo? What did he have to do with Plato, The Catholic Church and the ‘Dark Ages’, ‘The Killing Fields’ and Pol Pot, and Chairman Mao’s ‘purges’ of intellectuals? Why is he the age-old enemy of ‘freedom’?
What is ‘transferred authority’? What are ‘noble lies’. What do all ‘revealed’ religions share in common? Is it the ambition to enslave you?
What about Buddha, the Tibetan ‘Book of the dead‘, Vedanta, Hinduism, Hermeticism, Daoism, Kaballah, or Scientology? Can these really ‘free‘ you?
Why did Epicurus, Hobbes, and Hume want to save us from religion? Why is Freud the true Christ? What is the real ‘original sin’ that Priests have eternally turned to their own profit? How original were the Jews really? What does psycho-analysis have to say about religion? A mass neuroses?
What does the Koran really say? Is it anything more than an Arabic ‘Old Testament’? What are the ‘Satanic verses’, and why have people been murdered for merely writing about them? Having a daughter the most loathsome, wicked, shameful thing? Mohamed as female emancipator? Angels telling people to cut off the hands of thieves? If you are a prophet, and your angel’s ‘revelation’ proves inconvenient, can you count on the Angel’s revision in your favor? Kill your enemies in their sleep? Kill everyone who won’t put on the yoke of Islamism?
What are ‘Papal Bulls‘, ‘Fatwahs‘, and ‘Fair Game Policies‘ ? Why does the Catholic Church, Islam, and Scientology want to kill anyone who tries to inform the public about their ‘Religion’?
Could it be they have something to hide? What is the real driving force behind ‘revealed’ religion? Who benefits and who pays?
Will people really believe anything you tell them, if you claim it was ‘revealed’ to you by angels? Ask a Christian, a Muslim, or a Mormon! What does modern neuro-science have to say about such ‘revelations‘ ?
What is the connection between slavery, and laws against euthanasia, homosexuality, same sex marriage, and even anal sex between consenting heterosexual couples? And the taboos on masturbation and suicide? Once you read this, so many things will suddenly become clear to you, and fall into place. You will wonder that you’d never noticed before. But you have been too busy. And you have been living in Plato’s ‘Republic’ without even realising it. It was never openly declared. But was Plato a whistle-blowing subversive or the original big brother?
What does ‘The Philosopher Prophet of The Eden Protocols‘ have to offer that all the past prophets don’t?
Why is it fair to say that Hitler and Moses-Joshua were twins?
At the very least I hope Fraser, Freud, Hobbes, Hume, and many others, have all ‘woken us from our dogmatic slumbers‘, so that we can see religion for what it is. After this we are unlikely to hypocritically and arbitrarily discriminate for or against any particular religion. The real question is whether we still need such ‘noble lies’. Perhaps we are ready to appeal to scientific arguments and reason, rather than to superstitions which employ a limited range of archetypes. Just to refresh our memory, these archetypes are a golden age, a fall, enlightened prophets and poets who describe the golden age, and how we can return to it, and in the case of the Indo-European-Western Asian versions, the archetypes of a virgin birth of a dying and then resurrected god-man, or scapegoat who carries off our ‘sins’, and ensures our ‘salvation’. In the Chinese versions there is a Daoist or Confucianist golden age, and later prophets to recall it, and suggest a way back. In the Hindu-Buddhist versions, there are wise teachers who remind us that the source of life and dis-satisfaction is desire, and the only way to escape this ‘vale of tears’ is to extinguish desire, to return to our godhead.
Remember that all religious teachings are ‘Myth of er‘ type dogmas of the old ‘outer-mystery‘ school, offered dis-ingenuously as arguments, but rather offered as motivators, carrots and sticks, for us to improve our ethics. Once you comprehend the nature of religion, and TROONATNOOR, you will understand this. And then you will be free from religion, and freed to optimalise your experience of life. You will not longer be slave to anything but your own desires. And then, if you wish, you may even free yourself from those!
‘The Golden Bough‘. James George Fraser
Universal archetypes,virgin birth,death and resurrection of a god-man, transubstantiation’, ‘holy communion, Sacred prostitution, Jesus’ virgin birth, death, and resurrection at the vernal equinox as example of a universal archetype, The theologies of the Egyptian Osiris, the Semitic Tammuz, the Greek Adonis, and the Phrygian Attis, sympathetic and homeopathic magic, rites of the death and resurrection of Attis in Spring, at the Vernal Equinox, born again to eternal life, ‘transubstantiation’, ‘holy communion’, Sacred whores, Temple prostitutes, and royal incest, Animism, The universality of human sacrifice and its later replacement with circumcision as a proxy token sacrifice,The Scapegoat as a universal archetype: with Jesus as the most recent exemplar, The scapegoat as a collective exorcism, The Prophets as ‘mad’, Ancient Greek Philosophy vis a vis religion. Plato and Buddha. Socrates and Jesus as heroes in a Greek Tragedy. The Catholic Church as Plato’s ‘Republic’,The traditions surrounding Buddha, Plato and Socrates, Noble lies (unobtrusive controls) plus coercion, equals control, The tale (myth) of Er as Plato reproduces it in ‘Republic’, The neo-Platonists, Legitimating inequality, Aristotle’s vice, Becoming, The first a-theists, The stoics’ acquiescence, No proof, only Faith, In the name of god, Pan-theism, Ancient Germanic theology.
Freud ‘On the origins of religion‘ and ‘Civilisation and its discontents‘
Archetypal humble virgin births and great destinies, Incestuous longings, renunciations of sex, killing and eating the god-man, Oedipal murders as the basis of all neuroses including religion, The totem meal (last supper) and sympathetic and homeopathic magic of transubstantiation, Akhenaton and the roots of mono-theism: living in Ma’at, The biblical account of Moses and the Exodus as fiction, Circumcision not a Jewish innovation, The Levites exploit Moses as the source of transferred Religion exploiting Oedipal guilt and spinning it as ‘original sin’ authority for their own religion, Curing the neuroses we call ‘religion’, The Jews historical murder of Moses, together with the universal Oedipal guilt, combining to produce a typically. Why religion is hell-bent on destroying Psycho-Analysis and Scientology Jewish sense of guilt, Paul’s return to the Aten’ic principles of ‘living in Ma’at’, Paul’s ‘revelations’ on the road to Damascus, Paul’s ‘narrative’ of salvation, The Gospel writers adapt pre-existing archetypes to embellish Paul’s narrative, and complete his reintroduction of the Aten’ic ideals in the life and person of Jesus, Moses’ ‘chosen people’, ‘historical destiny’, and Canaanite holocaust in the context of Nazism and Bolshevism, The exodus, Religion as a form of infantilism, delusional wish fulfillment, and mass neurosis, The Oedipal complex, Shared guilt for the murder of the tyrannical clan ‘father’, Paul giving this guilt a new context, Freud on the bases of civilization, ‘Noble’ lies as the alchemists main tool, Religion as a form of delusional neurosis with compulsion, Oedipal guilt exploited by religion as the true ‘original sin’, The true salvation making redemption redundant, Original Spin, God the (tyrannical) father, Investing our tyrants with the qualities we demand in our tyrant, Catharsis and living vicariously, Projecting our own hostility onto the ‘evil’ dead, Prohibitions against graven images and idols in the context. Investing gods with the powers of magic we once thought we possessed, to satisfy our emotional desire for security of magic, Putting our faith in science, after the gods failed us, From a belief in the power of thoughts to an acceptance of determinism,
The Dao. Lao Tzu and ‘The Dao Te Ching‘
The Lun Yi ‘Analects of Confucius’ portray the humble origins of Confucius. This fits the archetype of the ‘great man’, the ‘teacher’ or ‘Saviour’ born to humble circumstances., In 1638 thirty thousand ‘Christian’ Japanese were massacred near Nagasaki by their Buddhist contemporaries., Skepticism is the way of the Dao, In all things moderation, Prevention is better than a cure, In favor of a strong middle class and welfare state?, The truly powerful are never seen to be wielding power, ‘laissez faire’,Passages in Dao Te Ching reminiscent of the Bible and Jesus, Dao-ism, A note on ancient Chinese fertility rites.
The ‘Koran’ (‘criterion’) is revered by Muslims as the word of god as revealed to Mohamed through the Angel Gabriel, more than 1300 years ago. One of Mohamed’s wives supposedly kept his diary of ‘revelations’ in a chest. These twenty years of ‘divine revelations’ or ‘Suras’ were then edited into the current ‘authorized’ version under the Caliph Uthman, 20 years after the prophet’s death.Some gems of wisdom, Mohamed’s response to his critics, His achievements, Secular states succeeded where religion failed, Why bad things happen to ‘good’ people, and good things happen to ‘bad’ people, Original spin: Mohamed still ends up ‘blaming the victim’, even after accepting the absence of free will, The ‘returns’ on your investment of faith and Zakah, And for those who,in compliance with god’s will, disbelieve?, God created by us, in our own image as despotic two year old tyrants, The moral dilemma of punishment in a deterministic universe, Contradictions and ‘satanic’ verses, Mohamed as female emancipator? The war of the sexes, The birth of a daughter is unquestionably an evil, humiliating, ill event, The source of laws regarding women wearing veils, Slavery and prostitution, The angel says amputate the hands of thieves, The Angel Gabriel’s revelations on divorce and other legal proceedings, Animal rights?,Dietary restrictions, Suicide, The wasteful are brothers of the devils’…Forgiveness, Moderation, Religious intolerance, mistrust, exclusion, and Jihad, Moses and Yahweh, The ‘Satanic Verses’ and a recent ‘Fatwah’, The Arabic ‘Golden Age’,
TROONATNOOR on Religion
Vested interests in promoting religious affiliation, A brief (TROONATNOOR) history of religion, ‘Noble’ Lies, The myth of Er, Karma, Eve, Original Sin, and Pandora, Creations, Floods, Paradises, Heavens, Hells, and Purgatories, Hierarchies, castes, classes, and slavery, The ‘Christian’ church’s ‘Reign of Terror’,How religion’s ‘protection racket’ works in practice, Indulgences, Moral hazard, and Karma,Genital mutilation and child-abuse in the Catholic Church and Hare Krishnas, Blaming and victimizing the victims, Is there any religious dogma that does not sub-ordinate women?. Religious dogma, The subjective experience of the prophets, Neuro-Theology: subjective religious experiences appear to have a biological- electromagnetic source, The prophet motive, Employing dogma as a pedagogic device, God, and dogma, are redundant, Potentially positive motivations for promoting Karma, reincarnation, reward and punishment in an afterlife, and suicide sanctions, ‘Reincarnation’ of the Dalai Lama as the solution to the problem of Feudal succession in Tibet, Buddhism, Buddhism and Jainism, Puppet-Markus and Eckhart Tolle. Similarities and differences between the Dharmic Buddhist and Jain philosophies, and Hindu philosophy, When doubt has opened the door to the truth, the teaching can be put aside. Similarities and differences between the Dharmic Buddhist and Jain philosophies, and Hindu philosophy, Before Xenu, Hinduism and Buddha explain how we got into our current predicament, Meditation, Buddhism’s impact on Western religion, The father, son, and the holy ghost. What is so mysterious about the trinity anyway?, The real meaning of Christmas and Easter, Santa Claus, witches, and magic-mushrooms, The patriarchal church’s demonization of the feminine divinity, ‘Mrs God’, Catholic corruption, Luther, and Hitler, Replacing religious ceremonies with secular ones, Manila and Africa, further victims of the Pope, The first Greek pharaoh and the second Egyptian monotheism, Zoroastrianism, The Bhavagad’ Gita, Hare Krishna, Hinduism, Krishna consciousness, Yoga, and vegetarianism, All the world religions were made by all too human humans, and none are worthy of being reproduced, The Torah, the Bible, and Judeao-Christianity, How could the enemies of god’s chosen people manage to defeat and enslave them?, The ironic forerunner to Nazi Racial purity laws,The biblical call for slaves to obey their masters, Judaism is inclusive and universal after all? Or is it? Interrogating the New Testaments, Christianity as a mere recycling of earlier ‘god-men’ myths, earlier ‘pagan’ religions, and Buddhism, Spinning the ‘Testimonium Flavium’, Moses and Joshua, and Hitler and his ‘criminal Nazi Dictatorship’, The mass enslavement, rape, and genocide, perpetrated by the Jews as part of the Caananite holocaust.
The Jehovah’s witnesses
Exclusivity of the sacred
‘Secret’ knowledge, and power, In the competitive market, patents and copyrights ensure exclusivity and power for their owners, Octaves, Dio Culpa (vs Mea culpa).
Kabballah, Hermeticism, and Aleister Crowley
Kabbalah, Torah, and String theory
The Tibetan ‘Book of the dead‘
Scientology: Religion for an optimistic industrial age
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