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Month: August 2012

Animaterialist Consciousness, Part I

Animaterialist Consciousness, Part I

I have arrived at the point in my thinking where I feel there is a need to, not define, but lay down some groundwork for my particular ideas concerning consciousness, according to Animaterialism. The very fact that we can differentiate between Soul and Spirit, for example, via consciousness is a very interesting thing. Consciousness itself is self-recursive, since we must possess a certain mode of consciousness in order to realize we have consciousness in the first place. Is consciousness synonymous…

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Matter, Forms, and Animatter

Matter, Forms, and Animatter

Photo by José Luis Navarro Lizandra What is matter? Is it simply a physical lump of stuff? Undifferentiated matter (matter that has no form) is a receptacle of forms for all animatter. Matter is prior to animatter because undifferentiated matter has no form until the intelligence of the Cosmic Mind provides it to all phenomenal things. Animatter is ensouled, intelligent matter. All intelligence is animaterial. Matter is undifferentiated; animatter is alive, conscious, and intelligent. …there is an intellect that gives…

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The Story of Animatter

The Story of Animatter

Along the Coast, Alfred Bricher Matter is adventurous. And in some very real sense, the story of…evolution is a story matter tells to itself.  It is a story in which matter communicates the details of its earlier, less organized stages, to its later more organized stages, so that each stage is meaningful – is full of meaning, full of reference to its antecedent conditions. Matter is full of information about its past – about its own structure and dynamics, about…

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Animaterialism

Animaterialism

Catalina Island Coast under a Moonlit Sky, by Granville Redmond We are…left dangling in the paradox of corpsed matter and incorporeal mind – the first dead, insentient and without the possibility of meaning or creativity, the second a ghost, a mere figment or phantasm “squirted out” by chance arrangements of the first. Yet it was precisely this subjective “fiction” that had somehow managed to construct the objective world picture in the first place (Christian de Quincey, Radical Nature, p. 37)….

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Epistemology of Paradox

Epistemology of Paradox

At some point in the progress of thinking, we must move beyond reason to a form of thought that is able to deal with truths that do not conform to the rules of logic. We must formulate a way of knowing that has the ability to deal with paradox. I am not referring to artificial paradoxes, such as the so-called mind-body problem. When we have exhausted our reasoning powers upon a particular paradoxical problem, there is a leap that must…

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The Bridge Between Soul and Spirit

The Bridge Between Soul and Spirit

Chariot of Apollo, by Odilon Redon In my article, Distinguishing Between Soul and Spirit, I mentioned an idea that has been on my mind lately. I made the contention that, perhaps, Ego may function as a bridge between Soul and Spirit. In this article, I will attempt to develop this idea to some extent. As I understand it, Ego is simply one of many archetypes of Soul. It is via Ego that we know we are conscious of ourselves and…

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Distinguishing Between Soul and Spirit

Distinguishing Between Soul and Spirit

  C. G. Jung said that the soul itself is fundamentally oriented toward life–the soul, he said, is the archetype of life–while the search for meaning or the quest for higher consciousness has some other root. The soul finds its home in the ordinary details of everyday life and does not in itself have an urgent need for understanding or achievement. James Hillman, Jung’s unorthodox follower, picks up on Jung’s distinction between soul and spirit, saying that soul resides in…

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The Consciousness of Paradox

The Consciousness of Paradox

As long as we remain within the current dominant paradigm of science–of universal materialism and mechanism–the puzzle of subjectivity will continue to confound us, and we will continue to be troubled by our failed efforts to find value and meaning in the complex dynamics of chaos and emergent order of insentient atoms in the void. If we don’t know how to face the paradoxes they will, sooner or later, manifest as intellectual, psychological, or other systemic pathologies (Radical Nature, Christian…

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The Death of the Ego

The Death of the Ego

Orpheus in the Underworld, by Henryk Siemiradzki (1843–1902) Each night when we drift off into sleep, Ego dies. We enter the Underworld in our dreams. But it is not the Ego that experiences them. It’s kind of like the old childhood story of toys coming to life while their young owner is sleeping. When we fall asleep, in this case, the gods have a field day on the playgrounds of our minds. It is just that this playground is the…

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The Ego and Centralization

The Ego and Centralization

Oil painting by Gerard Prent: “Zonder titel (tuin)” It was once thought the so-called Copernican Revolution ended the Western obsession with the centrality of the Earth. But why did Western thinkers believe the Earth was the center of the universe in the first place? It was because they believed that, since God was incarnated in human form, the Earth must necessarily be the center of the Universe. Giordano Bruno tried to inform them there was no center at all, but…

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