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15 years ago
Zosimos
"Grace" is a sort of 'term of art'. There is no claim of 'escape' from karma or 'cheating' the law, it just means paying off the debt by less literal means than direct retribution or suffering of the same wrongs one has inflicted. Working smarter instead of harder, in other words.
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15 years ago
Zosimos
I dunno about 'coincidences' with regard to music but there certainly are types of music that seem to communicate on levels beyond the rational. Many of the world's 'sacred' music traditions have these qualities, like the Tibetan, and even a few modern artists. Ever heard of a group called 'Dead Can Dance'? It was just two people, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard. They produced some truly eerie mus
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15 years ago
Zosimos
Fascinating stuff on the blood types. As Ananda points out in an earlier message, she has picked up the 'blood type diet' paradigm. It sounds like one of those pseudo-science ideas to me. I can't think of any serious scientific research that could have proven that any blood type 'originated' with a lifestyle. Ancient DNA samples are very rare and basing any generalizations to entire populations b
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15 years ago
Zosimos
Well, it looks to me like we are discussing trickster myths. The original post was in the Shroud of Truin and synchronicity, but he mentioned the 'trickster' archetype. We may not be entirely 'on' topic but we're not very far from it. I'm not sure I see the relevance of the Bible quotes myself, though.
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15 years ago
Zosimos
Oh, there are plenty of 'turning the table on the trickster' myths. This is one of the most popular ChristianDevil myths, actually. Surely you have heard the phrase 'Cheating the Devil'? Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable relates a couple of examples of 'Cheating the Devil'. Cheating the devil. Mincing an oath; doing evil for gain, and giving part of the profits to the Church, etc. It is
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15 years ago
Zosimos
Actually, you could find the same sort of 'irresolvables' in anything that people were motivated enough to investigate so thoroughly. I think the reason that the Shroud generates so many paradoxes is that people are so intensely interested in it and will go to the limits of knowledge trying to prove or disprove that it is genuine. Look at the carbon dating tests. They took a few threads from it
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15 years ago
Zosimos
Hrm... if this is right then Graham Hancock may have to revise some large chunks of Fingerprints of the Gods when the time comes for a new edition. :)
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15 years ago
Zosimos
2. The Out-Of-Africa thesis has now been demolished by the mtDNA evidence which shows most variation in African populations. Of course the mtDNA pioneers claim the opposite (since they all receive Nobel Prizes for "proving" the orthodox assumption) but a child of six could point out that most variation arises from most movement-of-people and that therefore the original human population
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16 years ago
Zosimos
This 'root' civilization which people are so eager to call 'Atlantis' would apparently have been the very first civilization. If it was destroyed 10,000-12,000 years ago and had existed for millenia it could very well have originated with 'modern' man. Would there necessarily have been distinct concepts of 'religion' as something special and distinct from say, ordinary daily life? Would there hav
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16 years ago
Zosimos
Heh... I must guess that a 'new, improved' Mormon is one who has dropped the politically incorrect aspects of the original faith, such as polygamy and the doctrine of the inferiority of the non-white races. Many other aspects of the faith are much more similar to contemporary 'new age' beliefs than traditional religion, so it's not surprising that quite a few Mormons are found in these movments
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16 years ago
Zosimos
In fact, Greek thought, including their belief in two souls that divided apart at death, had saturated the entire Mediterranean by Jesus' lifetime. And I believe I have made a very strong argument in my books that Jesus' original teachings were consistent with that perspective. But a few centuries later, a catastrophic development took place in Western civilization that alienated us intellectual
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16 years ago
Zosimos
Gack! This is just 'bafflegab' etymology. As soon as you see something like that you should know that anything else this author has to say will be garbage. The word 'Kaballah' is Hebrew for 'received tradition', i.e. the 'secret' interpretations of scripture not actually written down in the texts themselves. If the word has any etymological relation to the Egyptian words 'Ba' and 'Ka' (quite poss
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16 years ago
Zosimos
Hmmm. What are you translating as 'spirits of the dead' here? It was my impression that the founding of Egypt was credited to the 'gods' (Neteru) which literally translates as 'holy ones'. And then when the 'celebrity' Neteru had finally died off, it was ruled by a society of 'initiates' called 'The Brotherhood of Horus' for a long time after that. It was the corruption and collapse of the Brothe
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15 years ago
Zosimos
2. Knowledge of the actual existence of real non terrestrial entities, bound secret by unwillingness to publicly acknowledge neither their existence nor the possible fact that Govts cannot "control" them. Such acknowledgement risks both unacceptable loss of face and possible public/religious panic and critical destabilisation of our acceptance of civilisation as we know it. After all,
Forum: Paranormal & Supernatural
15 years ago
Zosimos
Yep, it's normal for people walking around in a room to change radio or TV reception. This was a truly maddening in the days of 'rabbit ear' TV antennas. You could move the antennas around to 'tune' your TV to a difficult channel and then lose the signal when you walked away from the set to sit down! I like to listen to an NPR station on the edge of my radio(s)' reception abilities because it car
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15 years ago
Zosimos
We had a whole thread on them for weeks. Did you just start reading this board?
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15 years ago
Zosimos
This is a fairly common 'non-psychic' dream actually. If you are not falling asleep 'in the proper order', losing consciousness before your body relaxes into sleeping state, it can feel like 'falling' and you can be startled awake.
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15 years ago
Zosimos
If they ever open the jar and inspect it -- or maybe just make a X-ray -- they will probably discover that it is not a (formerly) living thing at all. It might be a deformed fetus of some known animal, but it is much more likely a complete forgery. Things like this have appeared before and turned out to be hoaxes.
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15 years ago
Zosimos
I cannot find any online guides to the "Believe It Or Not" series, so I cannot even try to find what you are referring to. But think about what you are describing. Human bodies just casually rented out for use in public spaces? Yes, human bodies are preserved more often than is generally realized. You can find them in museums and medical schools, and there is the odd case like Jeremy Be
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15 years ago
Zosimos
I've heard of the Japanese doing some very strange things, but I don't think even they would go this far. Their native religion, Shinto, is 'ancestor worship' much like Chinese religion. It would be very much against their religious principles to treat bodies this way. Even if many Japanese have become 'secular' I think that religious belief is still strong enough in Japan that you couldn't do th
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15 years ago
Zosimos
Idle Curiousity: What does current lore say about cameras and Skinwalkers? Surely someone has had the chance to try to photograph one with either still or video cameras? I bet if you take a picture of one there is nothing on the film? The reason I guess that is this sounds like powers of the mind rather than defiance of the laws of physics. They probably don't even have to be physically near thei
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15 years ago
Zosimos
This reminds me of a Native American legend I read a very long time ago. I think it was in some 'educational' book in grade school. There was a legendary being (can we say 'god' of all the figures in Native American mythology?) in the form of a fox with a silver coat who mocked the hunters of whatever tribe/people this was and they would try to shoot him while he ran away laughing at them. The st
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15 years ago
Zosimos
Not Malthus. Jeremy Bentham, the Utilitarian philosopher, left his body to City College in London. He specifically directed that his remains be 'preserved' and setup so they could be present at meetings of the Utilitarian society.
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15 years ago
Zosimos
That's the same book, the US edition was retitled (probably to go with the TV show).
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15 years ago
Zosimos
Oops, got thing sout of order in the cut-n-paste phase. The TLC show 'In Search of Paradise' is based on Legend: The Genesis of Civilization The TLC show 'Pharaoahs and Kings' is based on A Test of Time: The Bible from Myth to History Anyway, from these books alone you can see how complex the question of 'true' or 'false' is with any narrative. Any narrative is not a single verifiable or fal
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15 years ago
Zosimos
Well, there is so much history covered in the Bible that you'd have to list a major fraction of existing historical and archaeological research... :) An archaeologist named David Rohl has put the scholarly evidence together with the Biblical narratives and shown some really stunning parallels. In one book he traces some of the characters from Genesis and actually deduces the physical location o
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15 years ago
Zosimos
Well, the problem is precisely that we don]t know what to rely on. As far as modern scholars can tell, it was 'written' by accumulation over a millenium or more. Myth and folklore are mixed with history and it may ultimately be impossible to figure out which is which in most cases. Many events leave no archaeological traces.
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15 years ago
Zosimos
But many people do use the word 'proof' and Lee McGiffen, who I was replying to, wrote of claims that some parts of the Bible were 'proven' by archaeology. I was merely pointing out that many such claims are extremely premature.
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15 years ago
Zosimos
You need to be very careful about these claims of 'proof' too. They found a tomb with some artifacts mentioning a person named Caiphas a few years ago, and claimed it was the Caiphas of the NT even though this was a very common name in those times! (Actually, not even a name but a nickname...) Many of these claims of 'proof' of the Bible from archaeology are very tenuous.
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15 years ago
Zosimos
I have a vague recollection that Newton got his theory of gravity from an ancient source. Some Greek philosopher or something. And he was just the first one to write out a mathematical formula (the 'inverse square law') in a way that qualified as 'scientific' formulation. I thought it was some letters between Newton and Halley that had revealed this to historians. I wish I could remember where I
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