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posted 20 Apr 2006, 02:04 in The Thousandfold ThoughtCnaiur by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

what about his 'final swazond'? Pride and Shame! If Cnaiur is Scylvendi, then Cnaiur is dead. view post

love learned as pain posted 20 Apr 2006, 03:04 in Off-Topic Discussionlove learned as pain by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

i think i'm insane, and the whole thing with Cnaiur and Moenghus, way too close to where I'm at and even though I know that I'm allowing my mind to be troubled by objectified symbols of my own neglected pathos but it seems that by looking at it I allow myself to decompsate for it. It leads to nightmares/insomnia and propaganda. view post

posted 31 May 2006, 06:05 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWater by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I thought of "spilling water" as a striking symbol in desert terminology, but mostly I thought of the idea that Cishauram magic is fueled by emotion, not thought, and water is one of those really emotional kind of symbols, especially evoking a sense of the subconscious or that which lays beneath. Then there is the idea that spilling water in a desert is equal to a loss of life, and 'spilling water' as the Cisharaum are doing is such an act indeed. view post

Will you ever write nonfiction? posted 31 May 2006, 06:05 in Author Q & AWill you ever write nonfiction? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

My friends and I devoured the whole series and were talking and thought it would be [i:22f42vgh]so cool[/i:22f42vgh] if you wrote a nonfiction book. Also, I was wondering if you use or have used any illicit substances [i:22f42vgh]including[/i:22f42vgh] coffee, cigarettes, and/or alcohol during the authoring of the PoN series. Of course, you don't have to respond to any of this. view post

posted 27 Jul 2006, 04:07 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

The one thing I like about Bush is that his opinions are so right-wing that they necessitate a left-wing reaction (and lets face it, the left is simply reaction these days). I have friends who voted for Bush on the platform of 'He pisses people off'. Besides, voting has always been nothing more than a symbolic (ahh yes, the power of a symbol) way of sedating the population by allowing them to believe they are all accountable in this system. Can anyone name anyone in the electoral college? Most Americans can't, but these are the people who select our presidents. view post

posted 05 Jan 2007, 14:01 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I was born into this world without any saving grace/religion. It is interesting to me that people can "choose" a religion, and always more interesting that people believe that a religion (or it's prophets) might "choose" them. I do believe in God as a metaphor for collective consciousness. I do not believe that many of these things can be expressed in words, though if I were to choose a word that represents it best it might be "mystery". Perhaps God is also that which mankind finds otherwise inexpressible. I did attend a Sufi Church for a while, long hours of chanting whipping the group into a frenzy, [/i]Allah[i:1zdwtjbh] being translated as "reality" instead of "God". Thus the chant "There is no God but God" would translate to "There is no Reality but Reality". However, I no longer believe in absolutes (this happened after reading Atlas Shrugged and realizing how angry absolutes make people).[/i:1zdwtjbh] view post

posted 05 Jan 2007, 14:01 in Philosophy DiscussionSorcery by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I was delighted by Bakker's definition of Sorcery in the appendix of Thousandfold Thought as words which shape reality (the antithesis of philosophy, which is words shaped by reality). What a wonderful understanding of the cosmos this man has!! Following this definition I can certainly say that I have seen words shape reality. The movie "What the Bleep do we Know?" gives examples of water molecules given different forms based on the words said to them over a period of days. The research was done by a Japanese scientist, and the results are astounding (to say the least). Words shape reality, there it is, evidence abundant. I would like to state at this time that the aforementioned movie I found to be boring and uninspired, the one mentioned scene being one of a few exceptions. Following this definition, who claims not to have witnessed the glory of Sorcery firsthand?!?! view post

posted 05 Jan 2007, 14:01 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

"Not free from what, but free for what." - F.N.[/i] view post

posted 05 Jan 2007, 14:01 in Philosophy DiscussionLife and Death by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

but what does that mean "the will to live?". To eat, shit, and sleep? Living means very many different things, but it is true that while all of us will die, only a few have ever really lived. view post

posted 05 Jan 2007, 14:01 in Philosophy DiscussionDrugs by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Drugs can serve to free a man or make a slave of him. I believe that psychedellics contribute to the former, and opiates to the latter, I myself having (ab)used both. It is important to note that either in excess will likely leave you broken and/or insane. It is also important to note that guidance in the use of either (spritual leaders in the case of psychedellics and doctors in the case of opiates) will almost always improve the outcome, if not at least you will have been warned of the effects of abuse. In any case drugs serve as a doorway into another world, opening up pathways of possibility that lead to both the gates of heaven (rarely opening them) and the darkest pits of hell. Another important note: state your intentions when taking any drug, and if you have none then abstain. The consequences can be devastating to both you and the ones who love you. I found out the hard way. view post

posted 05 Jan 2007, 14:01 in Philosophy DiscussionDrugs by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Drug addiction can also be a metaphor for that which we all obsess about in our daily lives, that which keeps us from knowing who we truly are and ironically in many cases, that which keeps us going. view post

posted 05 Jan 2007, 14:01 in Philosophy DiscussionAyn Rand by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I've read both the Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and would like to point out that Ayn Rand is a very angry woman. And no wonder, the heroes of all her books are men, she probably spent hours writing about people she hates (long sections of both books dwell on the antagonists drugdgery), and she is a moral absolutist! (like the Bush administration). This being said, I did read all 900 something pages of Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead, but sometimes the books would make me so angry I wouldn't be able to sleep later! I've been to an objectivist conference, and the primary speaker was literally [i:38dx77r4]frothing at the mouth[/i:38dx77r4]! Any moral philosophy that allows you to judge those around you while making yourself into the paragon of morality is likely a philisophical dead end. view post

Love as World Religion? posted 05 Jan 2007, 15:01 in Philosophy DiscussionLove as World Religion? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

A while ago I was in a World Religion class with a teacher who described religion as follows: "A system of beliefs, rituals, myths, and symbols that bring meaning to a community of believers." This is built from recollection and may be missing pieces, but the idea is still clear. I brought to his attention that Love fits into this category and spans all cultures. His response was "I tell all my students that I'm an atheist, but when asked if I believe in anything I tell them 'I believe in Love'". So is Love, then, the religion of Humanity? Perhaps Love is he the one private religion, it's system being highly adaptable from one person to the next. What role does love play in your life? Your thoughts please. view post

posted 06 Jan 2007, 13:01 in Author Q & AHalos about Kellhus' hands? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

perhaps the haloes are there to represent the delusion of the Holy War and eventually of Kellhus himself. Like the double agent who loses his original identity after years of playing a role, eventually believing he is who he pretends to be. view post

posted 06 Jan 2007, 13:01 in Author Q & AWill you ever write nonfiction? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Follow-up: a friend tells me that there is some critical essays by Bakker posted somewhere on the web, but couldn't tell me where to find them. Any clues??? view post

posted 06 Jan 2007, 13:01 in Author Q & AInchoroi motivations and the quantum mechanics by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

My assumptions about the Inchoroi is that they were living in a sort of space colony/refuge, perhaps after the collapse of the ecosystem of their homeworld, or perhaps actually fleeing from persecution. When they landed here they probably had an attitude similar to that of the first Spanish who landed in South America. view post

posted 06 Jan 2007, 13:01 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat philosopher suits you most? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

My vote would be for Lao Tzu, however it is doubted that he is actually a single person of course, and the closest western philosophy (and all the philosophers seemed to be western) gets to Taoism or process ontology in general would probably be Nietzche. His works are all very interesting, if perhaps a little dated. His life was also very interesting, and it seems he died broken and insane. If Nietzche was alive today, I would probably be madly in love with the man. view post

posted 06 Jan 2007, 13:01 in Philosophy DiscussionPerceptions of Reality by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

It is important to keep in mind that we experience the world with severly limited sensory input (limited as compared to perhaps a cat or a whale). Science is based on 'objective' findings, meaning findings that fall within it's parameters. "Science is the myth of cause and effect." - F.N. Taking psychedellic drugs can shatter and redefine reality. I have had experiences where the day after intoxication I had a feeling that I would "never be able to go back". Of course, this can be entirely shattering, or it can be an experience of rebirthing. It can also be neither. I have mostly experienced it as a good thing, at one point it drew me back from the brink of suicide. Reality is defined to a large degree by that which we obsess about in our day to day lives. view post

posted 06 Jan 2007, 14:01 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read the Illuminatus trilogy? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Read the Cosmic Trigger. It is the book that made me [i:1mapunav]believe[/i:1mapunav] in the whole conspiracy. Burroughs writes: "There is no conspiracy out there greater than the conspiracy in your own head." which finally brought me back from that romantic tryst with the work of Anton Wilson. view post

posted 06 Jan 2007, 14:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionScott Bakker ruined it for me. by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

as far as Fantasy writing goes, Bakker has truly been the end for me. If anyone can suggest a Fantasy author with similar talent I hope to devour his books as well. view post

posted 06 Jan 2007, 23:01 in Philosophy Discussionignorance or enlightenment ? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I don't think anyone who is enlightened is angry and I don't think anyone who lives in ignorance is happy. So of course I would chose enlightenment. CHOOSE ENLIGHTENMENT! view post

posted 10 Jan 2007, 04:01 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Ever since me as a child I've been wondering about this whole exitence thing. It was always interesting that not only could I think about existence and exist at the same time, but I could talk about it with other people while we all simultaneously existed. My interest turned from religion to philosophy (as modes of explanation of existence) in college. A series of intense proffesors and classes (Religoin and Meaning of Existence, World Religion, and finally Philosophy) led me to water, which I drank in enthusastic gulps. view post

posted 09 Feb 2007, 15:02 in Philosophy DiscussionDrugs by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Insanity is a lot of things, but primarily it is a state of being where the person is unable to cope with life itself. A wonderful Bakker quote: 'When the real punishes, the soul denies". to the second question I would say that 'addicted' and 'obsessive' behavior is largely a product of denial, and and seem to be ways of diverting attention away from yourself. Advertising is a great example. view post

posted 07 Mar 2007, 17:03 in Philosophy DiscussionLife and Death by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Sokar, I do hear what you are saying, but I do believe that some lives are valued more. They just are. I could throw around names, but you know them already and that is my point. I wasn't attempting to quantify any such value. Perhaps those who are great are those who perceive the beauty of things, according to your vision of 'we are all equal'. Also I do believe while we are all equal in life, we certaintly are not equal in death. Many are forgotten, vey few remembered. The quest to be memorable. Why not? If it wasn't for this quest we wouldn't have people like Bakker in the world. Or maybe not. view post

posted 11 Mar 2007, 04:03 in Philosophy Discussionpsychological affects of ranks in forums by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I think the idea is to generate more talk and contribution by members. Maybe once you reach a certain rank you get a special prize? a gold star? view post

posted 07 Apr 2007, 07:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionFavorite Quotes of the Prince of Nothing by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

don't have the book on me, so this quote may not be exact: "If soot stains your tunic, dye it black. This is revenge." view post

posted 07 Apr 2007, 07:04 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Cocorosie, Antony and the Johnsons, Yann Tiersen's "Le Phare" and Will Oldham in the band Songs: Ohia. view post

posted 07 Apr 2007, 07:04 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Achamian by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Achamian follows the path of all great men who know the truth before those around them, somwhere in one of the books Bakker says 'Achamian knew what it meant to be an instrument of the truth: to suffer.' view post

posted 15 May 2007, 03:05 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

[quote:2pjwlw13]We don't put faith into science! Science demands proof. Faith requires a total lack of proof. That is the definition of faith. So my faith starts where science stops. It doesn't replace it.[/quote:2pjwlw13] Nietzche said "Science is the myth of cause and effect." He also said "There is no such thing as facts, there are only opinions." Science, while it prides itself on it's objectivity, is still a human endeavor. Science does seem to me to be a product of a percieved reality. Andre Breton said "To Imagine is to See". Personally I do believe in the spirit as a personal entity and I think we are coming into an age where mythology has reached a very personal level, at least I feel that way about the people I share my life with. There has been a great lack of romance and mythology recently, but it is returning. People are finding peace in questions with no answers. view post

posted 15 May 2007, 03:05 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

[quote="Warrior-Poet":2sxafj99]Truly to ask "What happens when your soul leaves your body?" You must also ask What is it to die? What is death?[/quote:2sxafj99] Death is the consequence of our ancestors eating a certain fruit in a certain garden death is the entropy of order death is the reshaping of energy death is oblivion death is a skeleton in a black cloak holding a scythe death is tremulous reunion with the almighty death is when the soul leaves the body? death is all of this and more. or not. death is etc. etc. etc. so, the list goes on and on. I have never had a near death experience. I am not dead. Yet death to me still seems familiar, I am aware of my own and of those around me. After reading Catch-22, at the end (spoiler) he realizes, holding the dead body of a comrade, that our bodies are sacks of garbage without our spirit or soul or mind (its really all the same?). So I guess death to me is when energy has reached it's potential in it's current form (even if that potential is cut tragically short). And when we die we go back to where we came from. view post

posted 15 May 2007, 18:05 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

but if what you percieve is your reality, why not shape it as you please? why limit it to the field of shared knowledge? in double-blind tests on antidepressants for example the placebo usually had almost the exact same effect as the drug they were testing. We have yet to unlock our full potential, and for some reason science and religion both seem to me to be a stepping stone. Things do work for the people who believe in them. Usually. view post

posted 15 May 2007, 19:05 in Philosophy Discussionthe bible is the solution by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

[quote="Jamara":2lnfp6to] If you want to put your viewpoint up as an intelligent arguement, then check your freakin' facts. Don't just blindly follow what is fed to you. Use that grey matter and question.[/quote:2lnfp6to] I have the feeling Jamara, that none of what you say is gathered from first-hand experience and so perhaps you are the one who blindly follows what is fed you. and on top of that you don't change peoples minds by arguing angrily with them, if changing someone's mind is possible. Not that I'm defending the christian, just think you went a little overboard. view post

posted 23 May 2007, 20:05 in Philosophy DiscussionWho will be President in 2008 by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

McCain is reputed to be a mormon, which if it's true makes him one of my least favotire candidates view post

posted 23 May 2007, 23:05 in Author Q & AA note on other races by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I do have to say that the trilogy did play in my mind as the most awe-inspiring DM-ing I have ever read. Scott, perhaps you should try hooking up with Wizards of the Coast and creating some sort of evolving game world, perhaps using D&D. Just an idea. I would start playing again if you did 8) view post

posted 12 Jun 2007, 17:06 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is going on in Iraq? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

as far as the fighting between the shi'ites and the sunnies is concerned, basically one of them (and I can't even remember which one) believes that their religious leader(s) are direct descendents of Mohammed. The other's don't. You can clearly see that if one sect of christianity believed it's leader was a direct descendent of Jesus Christ that many other sects of christianity would basically be at war with them. Mohammed of course was a general of an army, and it seems like the muslim religion is steeped in as much blood as Christianity. Or buddhism for that matter. I think religions tend to go through periods of extreme violence, and seeing as how Islam is one of the youngest religions around I hope that this is just a phase, as the Middle Ages were for christianity. As for why we are in Iraq, I think that at first the America readily admitted that it was foreign investments we were protecting there. There is no war in history that wasn't based on economy, so why should this be an exception? The Islam religion is also their politic, so many parts of the constitution (separation of church and state for one) is seen as completely impossible from the viewpoint of Islam. As for our military, I've heard it said that we face the same problems as Rome in that we have a military that is too small to do all the things we have planned for it, and too big to be maintained. view post

posted 23 Jun 2007, 19:06 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is going on in Iraq? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

[quote="Sokar":1aj1g8wz] avatar_of_existence -> I like your posts in other fields, wide knowledge there, but here you make a huge mistake. Iraq was not a religious state. There was a clear seperation of religion and state, that was one of the excuses for the Iran-Iraq war in the 80's as Iran has a religous state. Saddam was in clear opposition for this (and of course economics was the reason, I am just pointing out this important factor, maybe not that important after all). [/quote:1aj1g8wz] So, at no point did I say Saddams regime was religious. It was a dictatorship, and as an autocrat saddam was able to ignore the entire religious aspect of his country, almost. He was still putting himself out there as a practicing muslim. But as a democracy Iraq will have a very difficult time seperating church and state, in fact I don't see it ever really happening which brings us to the question of whether any country has a true seperation of church and state, when the morals of the masses are dictated by their religions, and the morals of course dictate the laws. I will readily admit that I know very little about the conflict in Iraq, but I do know that the muslim religion is a political one. Their religion is their politics. view post

posted 23 Jun 2007, 19:06 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Breaker of Horses and Men by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Cnaiur represents to me the sheer resilience of a mind under seige. Being able not only to survive but to thrive in the presence of manipulators (until of course the ending). Cnaiur is the tragedy of the Prince of Nothing series, not to say that he's the only one, just the biggest. When a friend asked whose plight I associated myself with most in the series the answer was obvious: Cnaiur, Breaker of Men. view post

posted 28 Jun 2007, 05:06 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is going on in Iraq? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

[quote="Jamara":g9ip2zaf]If your religion is in the far minority, you shouldn't cry about the christian influence on politics. They're the majority and you just have to deal with that. [/quote:g9ip2zaf] Good observation on democracy: there is always a minority that doesn't get what it wants/needs. view post

posted 05 Jul 2007, 00:07 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

[quote="Tar.Aldarion":18oegj24]Christians, or whoever, will go and say they have a personal relationship with their god, and that is all the evidence they need that he is real(How could he not be if they feel it in their hearts I hear them cry), a god that says that he is the only god to exist... whilst some people of other faiths have the exact same belief that they have a personal relationship with their god and therefore no other god could exist. Ah my ramblings... When I say I wouldn't worship a god, I mean I would not worship anything, nothing specific, as with my fellow Alatrists I'm sure. Also, 'god' is a paradox for me. As I said above, It is not possible for something to be a god rather than just a powerful alien, at the most. This thing that might have created the universe etc, why would that be a "god" to you as opposed to simply an alien, even if that alien exists outside of your universe? What makes something a god for you and something not a god? How powerful would it have to be? I'm sure I had a topic in there at some point?[/quote:18oegj24] You are leaving out the millions of people who do believe that all gods worshipped are one god (an idea that's been growing since the early 1900's), and that would explain how all these people have a personal relationship with 'their' gods. Us and Them is a myth, we are all human beings operating on the same level living on the same ball of water and dirt. I believe that there are mysteries out there that science will never explain, Paradoxes is the word you used. I believe it takes more to look at the paradoxes in the world straight in the eye than to throw them out the window as 'superstition' which is what I believe you are doing here. You don't worship anything? I say that is impossible. Life itself is worship of existence, your every waking movement is worship. Okay, so worship is not the word you would use, but why not? because Christians use it? then it is true, your beliefs are defined by christianity. There are mysteries we will never understand (I know this is true for at least my generation and those in the past). Faith is having the courage to accept that. And there are definitely ups and downs to that acceptance, especially when it prohibits science from breaking through (Galileo comes to mind). Still, life is more fun when you're the one in charge, and so if you hear voices in your head and want to call it God, I say, more power to you. view post

posted 05 Jul 2007, 01:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe idea of global beauty by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I agree with Zara, any global concept of beauty is going to be about what we are all familiar with on a biological and environmental level (familiarity). Like the feeling of coming home. I think that the beauty Baudelaire was talking about was what I would call awe, a combination of wonder and terror. Not all the time he used the word but sometimes. As far as beauty creating a feeling of unhappiness, it seems to me that humans have always considered the unattainable to be beautiful. The Gods, the Godhead, statues, etc. If it is out of our reach, then we can only admire it. And that is kind of depressing on it's own, isn't it? view post

posted 07 Jul 2007, 01:07 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Dearest Tar.Aldarion, In regards to what I was saying in regards to what you were saying, there is not much more I can say. I can say that the dictionary doesn't give you the meaning of the word, but it's definition. What a word means to you is based on your own personal history with it and your personality more than it's dictionary definition. When I used the word faith I was talking about what it meant to me, and at another point I was talking about what it means to you. Many people take their religions metaphorically, it is a narrative that explains the universe, essentially not very different from scientific theory. Science really doesn't do a better job of explaining why we are here. Is it a matter of what we see, or a matter of what we want to see? I want to see God (throw away your silly definitions, let's say God is that which falls outside of definition). You want to see. . .well I don't know. What on earth would you like to see? The truth? HA! Religious institutions are generally corrupt and ignorant, but that is true for any institution that's been around for even half the amount of time religion has been around for. I call myself a nihilist. I believe in nothing, but I do feel it, those moments when time melts away and I remember exactly who I am and it still doesn't mean anything. And it feels great. I just feel like the rigorous system you have in place could only have a negative effect on you. And I want you to know that above and beyond everything, I love you. view post

posted 08 Jul 2007, 20:07 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Kellhus + the Daimos by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

wasn't the whole idea that the Gnosis was vastly superior to the Agnosis or whatever it was called? Plus he's probably not stupid enough to bind his soul to a demon. view post

posted 09 Jul 2007, 21:07 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I said above and beyond everything, and that everything definitely includes your girlfriend. It just felt like the healthy way to end a rather heated debate. I know where you are coming from, but we make different assumptions. Love is one of the great mysteries of the universe, and I've met many atheists who are believers. In love. view post

posted 11 Jul 2007, 01:07 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Call it what you will, it is still a feeling undiminished. Those chemicals exploding in your brain. view post

posted 23 Jul 2007, 08:07 in Philosophy DiscussionOK Creation - but why? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I don't know when or why all this started, but I believe it was consciousness of some sort expressing itself. All of this in one form or another has chosen to exist. If god does exist and he created all of this then he is a part of us. We are God. It's a very active process on our side. view post

posted 23 Jul 2007, 08:07 in Philosophy DiscussionZeitgeist by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

A friend had me watch it a few weeks ago on Google Video. Like an updated more elaborate version of Loose Change. I liked it, detailed and well documented, though it would interrupt the flow of the movie I wish they would cite sources or add a bibliography. view post

posted 06 Aug 2007, 00:08 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]The Aspect-Emperor by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I thought I read somewhere that the next book was going to be on Cu'jara Cinmoi and the nonmen struggle. I think it's gonna be one of those books where one chapter is present and the next is the past and on and on. view post

posted 01 Apr 2008, 00:04 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Uncertain as to the existence of 'a god'. But I will say that for those who think that the truth requires proof: What proof have you that this statement is true? I am, however, a believer in the power of symbols, and have a few around my house because I find them calming (mandalas, crosses, etc.) Sometimes I just need to be reminded that everything is gonna be fine. Even if it's really not, becuase me freaking out about it doesn't help anyone. I also believe in universal consciousness, and I also believe in nothing. No-thing. view post

posted 01 Apr 2008, 01:04 in Philosophy DiscussionPersonal Identity by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

the person in the mirror is more you than you are. this is a recent phenomenon of american culture view post

On the progress of the new novel posted 01 Apr 2008, 04:04 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]On the progress of the new novel by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

does anyone have any idea when the book is slated to hit stores? Sorry if it's posted somewhere but I'm lazy and wanted to interrupt the long list of sex spam with something a little more relevant. view post

posted 06 May 2008, 01:05 in Philosophy DiscussionDoes every individual share the same basic rights? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

We do not have any inherent rights aside form those our environments allow. And even those aren't 'rights' in the unassailable and permanent sense of the word as our environments are not in a state of absolute permanence either. As far as abortion goes: The woman carries that child. If she doesn't want to she doesn't have to, that's true if you believe in abortion or not. Capital punishment: prosecutors who seek the death penalty for any alleged criminal are themselves seeking to murder said individual. I believe it is a barbarous anachronism. Assisted Suicide: it is unbelievable that christian morals have superceeded our right to end our own lives and that is a choice we always have. It may not be legal but we can at any time in most situations end our lives if we decide that would be the less painful course of action. In the end perhaps rights are simply choices. And for the most part we can always make our own decisions, it is up to our environement to decide the consequences of these decisions. view post

posted 06 May 2008, 02:05 in Philosophy DiscussionIs God Flawed??? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

It is interesting to note that according to christian mythology, whether or not God is Flawed, he is the perpetrator of all evil. It's no wonder satan rebelled. (apparently satan rebelling is not in the bible, but purely a creation of William Blake, can anyone confirm that for me?) view post

Re: George Bush posted 27 Jul 2008, 06:07 in Philosophy DiscussionGeorge Bush by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

recently I've come to believe more and more in anarchy, the idea of tribalism and the idealism of a leaderless community. George Bush is doing what those in power do, it's always been this way ever since the birth of agriculture and civilization. I had some faith in Obama until I learned a few things about him that aren't largely discussed, most remarkedly his feelings towards capital punishment (he's for it). It's business as usual, and I am tired of the aristocracy. I am ready for change. view post

Re: Is Kellhus really a prophet? posted 27 Jul 2008, 06:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtIs Kellhus really a prophet? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I think the important thing is to define what it means to be a prophet. A prophet is someone who speaks the word of god and I do very much believe that Kellhus speaks the word of god. It is my belief that the Thousandfold Thought would enable one to reach the voice of god, mostly because I believe god is an expression for collective consciousness. There is none more suitable to the task of being a prophet, just think of it, he's the only one who can stop the no-god, he is mankinds last hope and he realizes that. It was too late for Moenghus, he couldn't outgrow the Dunyain and Kellhus realized that if he lived he would sooner or later realize the seriousness of the no-god and what they were about, sealing the rift between this world and the next to save their souls. Kellhus has chosen to save all of mankind. He has chosen to stop the no-god from destroying this world. If nothing else I believe that he believes strongly enough in himself to actually be the prophet he thinks he is. view post

Re: Halos about Kellhus' hands? posted 27 Jul 2008, 06:07 in Author Q & AHalos about Kellhus' hands? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

maybe once kellhus began to realize that he would have to save the world from the no god he really did recieve haloes of light around his hand. Whatcha think? view post

Re: Thank You posted 20 Mar 2009, 10:03 in Author Q & AThank You by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I don't even remember that thing with the heart happening, or wait, maybe it was Serwe's? I think I kinda remember it like that. It's been a while since I've reread that book however. view post

What music do you listen to Dr. Bakker? posted 20 Mar 2009, 10:03 in Author Q & AWhat music do you listen to Dr. Bakker? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Music is very important to me, and so are you! Your work is imbued with such shattering insight that I find myself saying such aloud (often in public and using cuss words). So I was wondering what I would get in the area where music and you overlap. Another thing, you say in the Judging Eye that being a good student means possessing the willingness to be remade. As you are a teacher of philosophy (right?) I promise that I will be that student, if my trembling, awkward, naked eagerness to be reshaped by your hands doesn't scare you away. view post

Re: A meaningful life... posted 20 Mar 2009, 10:03 in Philosophy DiscussionA meaningful life... by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

You know, I came to the philosophy corner to ask relatively the same thing but in this light: is meaning important? I've been thinking about this constantly and I've come to the conclusion that I'm a born nihilst, much the same way many people are born christians. No, meaning is not important, but we place so much emphasis on it out of defense. Our minds are made to make sense of the world, and I don't believe that life has to be meaningful to be, well... meaningful. Take the afterlife for example! It's so comforting that I would reject it even if I had been there. What I'm trying to say I guess is that we will still do things, we can still have a desire to do and not have to presuppose meaning. Frankly I guess I just don't need or want that crutch (there are some days. . . ) I've largely started thinking this way in 9th grade, and I'm 24 now. I like not having an agenda, not feeling like I'm trying to sell people who I am and what I stand for, something I see people around me doing constantly. Even better, some get upset when they realize that I don't care. People remind me much of the time of fun-house mirrors, obscenely distorted reflections of myself. My friend wrote me a letter on my birthday consisting of quotes from the Warrior-prophet and I remember the most striking one ending (roughly) like this: the only certainty is that there is no certainty. When I think about the problems and suffering in the world it seems like ALL of it comes from acting out of certainty. Perhaps it is certainty that is darkness and doubt that is light. I believe certainty is born out of meaning, and meaning out of terror. And let me end with this quote from the Judging Eye: [i:1vcfjvlw]The world is only as deep as we can see. This is why fools think themselves profound. This is why terror is the passion of revelation.[/i:1vcfjvlw] view post

Re: Who Am I? posted 20 Mar 2009, 10:03 in Philosophy DiscussionWho Am I? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

It is funny how all the answers I can come up with ultimately turn into obstacles or become inert, useless information. I think who we think we are is a preventative measure to keep us from knowing who we really are which I don't think is something we can talk about so much as feel, like existence itself. As for WE as a whole, well I suppose the individual would be the best place to start looking for answers to that as they tend to be reflections of the whole. Could be it's the other way around, it's hard to tell which is more real, the you looking in the mirror or the you in the mirror. I tell people these days I feel like a mirror that's been shattered and put back together so many times that I'm more glue and tape then mirror now. view post

Re: What if I told you, that nothing is real? posted 20 Mar 2009, 11:03 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat if I told you, that nothing is real? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

After reading some responses and thinking some I just want to quote a part of the Judging Eye that I just quoted on some other thread (it's not really a spoiler as it isn't about the plot, but I do love it so): [i:1el43859]The world is only as deep as we can see. This is why fools think themselves profound. This is why terror is the passion of revelation.[/i:1el43859] Thinking it's all an illusion might just be the illusion, eh? I've read too much Baudrillard recently to comment any further without my head caving into oblivion. :? view post

Re: What if I told you, that nothing is real? posted 20 Mar 2009, 11:03 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat if I told you, that nothing is real? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Okay, that above thing isn't true, i just haven't read ENOUGH Baudrillard recently to comment on it without caving into oblivion (on a side note I'm not sure if I like his work or not, so I'm not saying you should read it necessarily). That being said, real is just a word referencing that which is mutually agreed upon. Look at how entertainment has taken that word and made the most artificial situations imaginable and slapped 'reality show' on it, as if the show was more real than the real itself. This all makes me think: If no-thing could be a-thing than I would say that nothing is real. I'm not sure if that's a joke or a poem or both or neither. view post

Re: Zeitgeist posted 20 Mar 2009, 11:03 in Philosophy DiscussionZeitgeist by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

After conducting barely any research I've come to the same conclusions as Cnaiur, most of what the movie says isn't true at all. Flat out lies. At least the beginning. There are way less similarities than they make out. Are you a Christian Cnaiur? I'm not gonna judge or be all preachy if you are, my best friends are all christians and I wish I could believe too. Just curious. Another thing, I think that when documentaries of this kind come about it's sad to see the truth co-opted by propaganda and I thought that was what the maker was trying to combat so it's sorta heart-breaking to learn that the engage in it as much as they condemn it. view post

Re: Is God Flawed??? posted 20 Mar 2009, 11:03 in Philosophy DiscussionIs God Flawed??? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Look, I think if you're stretched enough to believe in God, it's not too much further a stretch to believe he's perfect. This is all based on the idea that he exists right? And is perfection flawed? Perhaps it's the flaws that are perfect. The difference is in allowing for the truly perfect, and why not? You don't have to believe in something to allow for the possibility. Basically, if you believe in God you likely believe he is the perfect of the perfect, and his flaws (of his creation) are perfect as well. view post

Re: The problem of evil posted 20 Mar 2009, 12:03 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

First, a response to the originator of this fascinating thread: most Christians believe that God tests us with the presence of Evil. He doesn't create it, or anything like that, but we left the garden of Eden because we were given [i:lh9d3qa5]choice[/i:lh9d3qa5], and that decides where our souls rest in the afterlife. He does love us and care for us so he let's us decide where we want to go and what we want to do. It's [i:lh9d3qa5]because[/i:lh9d3qa5] he loves us that he allows us to do evil, and he doesn't punish us necessarily, he merely tells us beforehand what will happen if you do certain things (kill, steal, lie, eat shellfish, etc). It's cause and effect. Would you take away your child's ability to make independent decisions because you love him? Even if though you know his actions might lead him away from you forever? If you loved him, truly loved him, then I would think not. By allowing evil in the world he unleashes our true potential, and our ability to redeem ourselves. It is scripture that anyone can be saved, if they only accept Jesus Christ (or Khellus if you live in Earwa like me!). I would imagine God suffers the same as those in hell, for it is not what he wants. This argument deals with the theological problem or reconciling a loving God with the presence of evil and (much more alarming) the possibility of eternal torment. It doesn't deal with what people themselves make of good and evil, which seems to me to be tools of control and little more. You need only call something good or evil to make it so. God's position becomes monumentally more difficult to defend when you bring hell into the picture. To suffer for all eternity, now how do you explain [i:lh9d3qa5]that[/i:lh9d3qa5]! I think hell is supposed to be the absence of God, or love in my case. And yes, the absence of love is suffering. Pretty sure the whole fire and brimstone thing is more evidence of humans making tools of control out of good and evil. But hell as the absence of God's love makes sense to me, and kind of makes sense biblically as well. He just wants to love you, but to do that you must love him. It helps to think of him like a parent in this scenario. I'm not a christian personally but I do love Jesus (the idea, the man, the whole thing). I tried going to church but the hymns freaked me out something bad, and when it comes down to it I'm a born skeptic, I simply can't make-believe in God. I love the idea of love, and many people believe that God is almost nothing else. I hope you find what you're looking for Cironian. view post

Re: Scott bakker interview posted 12 Jan 2010, 03:01 in Author Q & AScott bakker interview by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

there's a point when Achamian says to Proyas in the first book that he 'when you are certain you are certain to be decieved'. I think you can feel like you know something, but to feel like that knowledge is immutable and unchanging, that it is absolute, well it probably won't make you a happy person, nor will it make those around you happy unless they share your absolutes (think Ayn Rand Objectivist here). Also, it makes it a lot easier to be a judgmental asshole, which I think was Bakker's point. It works for me anyway, keeps me from getting [i:2glxc95c]too[/i:2glxc95c] angry at anyone for anything they've done. view post

Sorcery and its parallels in our world posted 12 Jan 2010, 03:01 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSorcery and its parallels in our world by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I have been having a very intense and long-lasting conversation with four friends who are fans of the PON series concerning the nature of sorcery and its parallels in our society. Having just finished reading [i:32hl391n]Authority: Construction and Corrosion[/i:32hl391n] by Bruce Lincoln (I think) I was struck by similarities to the definition of sorcery in TTT. Authority is defined in the book as [i:32hl391n]consequential speech[/i:32hl391n], empowered or corroded by social position, place, and timing. A friend of mine thinks that poetry is a more direct parallel despite Achamian basically stating that they are opposites (can't remember which book but I'm pretty sure he did say they were opposite in that sorcrey destroys and poetry creates). Then the conversation turned to language itself. A philosophy teacher said that a good philosopher 'is interested in what words can and should do for us.' which, frankly, blew my mind. This all turns to sorcery, the idea of utteral and inutteral perhaps referring directly to the fact that what those in power (think the president or the head of a big advertising company) say and what we intend to make real happen to often be two very different things (I admit this correlation is weak). I suppose what excites me about this is that it means that one day I can practice sorcery in a metaphorical sense, though I can see how it could quite literally cost me my soul (become the president? Hah!). Anyone have any ideas of what sorcery could be in our world? Of how else we shape the world with our words? view post

Re: Sorcery and its parallels in our world posted 25 Jan 2010, 01:01 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSorcery and its parallels in our world by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I like the part about the sorcerers singing. I guess what I was most interested in is how we practice sorcery (speaking words that shape the world) today, and what those words are. So are singers sorcerers? Its hard to measure the ability to shape the world without something as direct as the [*]odaini concussion chant[*] to give it context, and so I don't even know how to answer the question. Advertising seems the closest to sorcery in the end, and musicians are only magical in that they have good advertising (like Madonna or the late Micheal Jackson). I watched an old BBC documentary called 'Century of the Self' yesterday that kind of solidified that opinion. :shock: view post

Re: Dunyain machinations posted 25 Jan 2010, 05:01 in The Judging EyeDunyain machinations by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

There is much talk of more dunyain entering the scene and while its starting to look like that will be the case I can't help but wonder how difficult the series will become to write if there are several dunyan interacting. Bakker said that it's really hard to write for Kellhus in that youtube interview, and so writing for several 'kelluhses' interacting and likely even competing would be insane. I mean, I'd love to see it but it might be too much for even our venerable and much-loved author. view post

Re: Is Kellus insane or not posted 25 Jan 2010, 05:01 in The Judging EyeIs Kellus insane or not by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

This begs the question: is it insane to 'shut the world off from the outside' if you are damned, or is it insane not to? Kellhus [i:4qu02lqi]seems[/i:4qu02lqi] to have chosen to save mankind over his own soul, but why? Is it love? Is that what his father meant when he tells Kellhus that he's been broken by the wilderness? Isn't Kellhus literally hearing the voice of god in his head? Perhaps going beyond the logos, beyond the thousandfold thought, can only result in insanity. What I don't get is his motivation, I can't see exactly what lead him to decide to save the world (other than belief that he is the prophet). . .and then again maybe he is really trying to destroy it, you can never tell with that guy. More importantly the Celmomian prophecy states that an Anasaurimbor will return [i:4qu02lqi]at the end of the world[/i:4qu02lqi]. That doesn't seem to be the case with Earwa as the consult hasn't been seen in forever and there is relative peace. Again, maybe Kellhus is really leading a giant sacrifice to the Incu-Holoinas to seal the world from the outside. view post


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