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Month: September 2012

A Critique of Rugged Individualism

A Critique of Rugged Individualism

Source: Curtis, Edward S. Indian Days of the Long Ago. Yonkers-on-Hudson: World Book Company, 1915. Page 84. We think of ourselves as rugged individuals, in true Western form. We see ourselves as Egos encapsulated in earth-suits we call bodies. But we who have studied analytical and archetypal psychology know this is not true. Each one of us is composed of many Persons. Carl Jung called the process, whereby we integrate these Persons into a holistic Self, individuation. James Hillman advocated…

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A Fear of Icy Death

A Fear of Icy Death

Sleep and Death carrying away Sarpedon of Lycia, by Füssli, Johann Heinrich You people, dismayed by fear of icy death, why are you terrified by the Styx, by shadows and empty names, the stuff of poets’ tales, by the dangers of a world that doesn’t exist? Our bodies, whether destroyed by the flames of the funeral pyre, or by slow decay, do not feel any suffering. Our souls are immortal and are ever received into new homes, where they live…

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Ubiquitous Soul

Ubiquitous Soul

Fonte des neiges à l’Estaque, by Paul Cezanne …the soul, in its power, is present in some way in the entire universe, because it apprehends substances which are not included in the body in which it lives, although they are related to it. Thus, if certain impediments are excluded, the soul has an immediate and sudden presence with the most distant things, which are not joined to it by any motion, which nobody would deny, but rather are directly present…

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Transhumanist Machine?

Transhumanist Machine?

Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an ‘intelligence explosion,’ and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make, provided that the machine is docile enough…

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Animaterialist Ethics

Animaterialist Ethics

The Golden Gate, by Albert Bierstadt If we believe the universe is a living organic reality, and all things are interconnected, the way we treat all creatures will be affected. Our current milieu, being based on a dualistic materialistic capitalism, acts toward all things with one thing in mind: profit. Its most vocal proponents pay lip service to the Jesus of the Gospels. But the Jesus of the Gospels wanted nothing to do with those who greedily manipulated the people….

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Animaterialist Consciousness, Part II

Animaterialist Consciousness, Part II

Keep in mind, as we proceed, the distinction discussed in Part I between philosophical consciousness and psychological  consciousness. We are dealing at present with the former. What is the origin of animaterialist consciousness? How do we grow in awareness? First of all, we must not reify consciousness. It is a state (not static), not a being in and of itself. It is a quality of being. Many times, we tend to talk about “the unconscious” and “consciousness” as if we…

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