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Tuesday, April 10, 2001
looking around for more stuff on community currencies :

krishnamurti on meditation :)

Monday, April 9, 2001
saw wit again tonite, in its entirety. seamus mcgarvey did the photography. he also did the photography in the war zone. gallery (via missingmatter)

Sunday, April 8, 2001
epic making of black & white (via slashdot)

creature stories (via sensible erection)

that two inch ripply insect thing is back in my room and it's freaking me out. like my skin is crawling. next time i see it i'm flinging it out the window.

Saturday, April 7, 2001
this kind of straightened things out for me.

wow he knows a lot.

so did this.

CC: What do you think it will take to turn the tide?

DU: I think it will take a transformation of consciousness. It will take a truly radical shift in the nature of human self-understanding. Something like seeing ourselves first and foremost as parts of the Earth, and asking ourselves not only what's in it for ourselves, but what's in it for life, for the planet. When I say this, people often say, that's impossible, such a change will never happen. But one of the things I've learned as a scholar in studying the ancient Mediterranean world, especially the origins of Christianity, is that new worldviews can arise very quickly given the right circumstances. After all, it only took 200-300 years for Christianity to come from non-existence to become the dominant worldview of the Mediterranean. And now with transportation and communication speeded up almost inconceivably, I think it's quite possible that a shift just as radical as that could take place on a planetary scale almost overnight.

CC: Does this shift in consciousness you're talking about bear a resemblance to what some Indigenous peoples have already achieved?

DU: Partly, but I think non-Indigenous cultures have developed a crucial piece of the planetary puzzle, that is the sense of individual identity we've developed. Because we have not remained embedded in the matrix of the Earth, we've had to find a different center of identity within ourselves. And I don't think we need to give that up. I think we bring this sense of ourselves as individuated beings as a treasure, back towards the greater whole.

CC: Some of your courses focus on the ancient mystery religions. Can you talk about why these esoteric, secret traditions are important to us today, and how they relate to the transformation of consciousness you're talking about?

DU: The ancient mystery religions--such as the Eleusinian mysteries, the Mithraic mysteries, and the mysteries of Isis--centered around well-kept secrets revealed only to initiates. These rivals of early Christianity were forcibly suppressed by that religion, but they served as a major source for later esoteric traditions of the West. The tradition of the mysteries was driven into the unconscious by the dominant forces of Western culture, but it carries with it values missing from Western consciousness that must be reintegrated if Western civilization is to achieve wholeness. The mystery religions have important insights into the nature of the soul, initiation and rebirth, and the relationship between human beings and the cosmos.

One thing I focus on in my courses is the study of moments in history when consciousness was going through radical transformation and trying to see the mechanisms and patterns that surrounded those moments. I'm particularly interested in tracing the evolution of mythology and symbolism, so that we can isolate moments when a shift of worldview, of the human imagination, acts as an indicator of a real transformation of consciousness. Those moments when a quantum leap occurs in the ability of human imagination to be aware of itself. I believe if we can look at history and see the matrix and patterns out of which previous leaps of consciousness took place, we can be more aware of such patterns today and the possibilities for transformation in our own time.

Two thousand years ago, a new cosmology arose which saw the universe as being infinitely larger than had previously been thought. In the Mediterranean world, which had recently become united, a new cosmology arose in which people saw themselves as embedded in a much larger cosmos. This enlargement of the cosmic horizon coincided with an enlargement of the cultural horizon (with increased contact between cultures), and it all happened very suddenly. I believe this set in motion processes that eventually led to the origins of Christianity.

CC: Are there specific parallels that you see between that time and now?

DU: That's a big question. But in one sense, I think today we're witnessing the same thing. A simultaneous sudden expansion of cultural horizons, this time on a planetary scale, at the same time that we're living through a tremendous shift in cosmology, of our understanding of the central nature of the universe-- after all, it is only since the 1920's and the work of Edwin Hubble that we have known that galaxies exist!

2000 years ago, as a result of similar shifts, a new mythological system emerged which we now call Christianity, and it quickly became the dominant symbolic system of the ancient world. There may well emerge something parallel to this in our own time, given the parallel cultural and cosmological changes we are witnessing today.

I think the major question for us today is, What happened to the feminine? This seems to me of primal importance. The origins of Christianity represented a step in the process of exiling the feminine from the imagery used to describe the transcendent realm of the Divine, the realm in which the basic questions of life are posed. The basic questions of life became posed in the form of symbols involving male figures, male figures interacting with other male figures. Previously, the symbolic figure of the dying and rising god had always been associated with the Great Mother, with the feminine, as the figure who presided over the cycles of death and rebirth. With Christianity, the imagery of death and rebirth, which is the imagery of transformation, became an imagery expressed in purely masculine form. I think that event, on the level of myth and symbol, reflects a very difficult tension in our culture, and in the collective psyche, that is at the core of our problems as a species.

A choice was made then involving identification of the masculine with the ultimate, and that choice has led to terrible distortions in the collective psyche, and also in the individual psyche. These distortions have now reached a breaking point, and balance needs to be restored. So on the symbolic mythological level, I believe there are concrete parallels between the consciousness shift of 2000 years ago and the one that's happening today. There is a growing awareness of the re-emergence of the feminine, the pushing upward from the unconscious of this suppressed factor of human existence, so what's happening today seems to me to be an answer to what happened 2,000 years ago.

booyah! picked up superman #423 and action #583 on ebay :) (thanks jack!)

Friday, April 6, 2001
Maybe we should ask why they leave in the first place. (via guardian u.)

also see SDB's thread at metafilter. maybe we're all culpable. maybe we're all sinners after all :o

Consider our legacy… (from dotcult),49746,.html

"We have to have faith in the baby." (via angieb)

Thursday, April 5, 2001
what brings a world into being? by david berlinski (via arts & letters)

computers, science, and extraterrestrials: an interview with stephen wolfram from hal's legacy (via missingmatter)

hyakugojyuuichi!! (via dotcult)

Wednesday, April 4, 2001
country snoop - gin & juice (via mrbill) he likes it!

my friend dan is in a new band, eternal zwieback. check em out :) i like drives me to you and their cover of wading in the velvet sea.

Tuesday, April 3, 2001
the science of superstitions by sam vaknin interview with john stauber of (via ghost rocket)

earthships! as seen on discovery channel :)

Monday, April 2, 2001
kung fu

bruce lee (hermenaut of the month :)

Sunday, April 1, 2001
ex nihilo by margaret wertheim (via omnivore)

Perhaps nothing has surprised mathematicians so much as the fact that all the numbers can be generated from the nothingness of the empty set, a feat elegantly demonstrated by John von Neumann, the great architect of the modern electronic computer. On first encounter, many people find von Neumann's prestidigitation unsettling, Kaplan tells us, frankly likening this mathematical hat trick to setting a host of angels "dancing on the head of a pin." That the entire spectrum of the numbers can be created ex nihilo, as it were, remains one of the more enigmatic features of modern mathematics.

Over the last century an eerie parallel has also been found in physics, for physicists now believe that everything in our universe--every speck of matter and every active force--arose from the nothingness of empty space. One of the most important stories of modern science has been the gradual folding of more and more elements of our world-picture into the fabric of space.

Einstein began the process, inadvertently it must be said, by revealing with his general theory of relativity that gravity could be understood as a byproduct of the underlying curvature of space. Unlike Newton, for whom gravity remained the ultimate mystery, Einstein's theory places the origin of this fundamental force in the architecture of the void. Both Barrow and Seife describe this astonishing insight, which remains physics' most compelling and mystical achievement.

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