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Cnaiur posted 20 April 2006 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 April 2006 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

Water posted 31 May 2006 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 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 so cool if you wrote a nonfiction book.

Also, I was wondering if you use or have used any illicit substances including 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

AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 27 July 2006 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

Do you believe a God exists? posted 05 January 2007 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 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). view post

Sorcery posted 05 January 2007 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

Free Will posted 05 January 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

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

Life and Death posted 05 January 2007 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

Drugs posted 05 January 2007 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

Drugs posted 05 January 2007 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

Ayn Rand posted 05 January 2007 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 frothing at the mouth! 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 January 2007 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

Halos about Kellhus' hands? posted 06 January 2007 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

Will you ever write nonfiction? posted 06 January 2007 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

Inchoroi motivations and the quantum mechanics posted 06 January 2007 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

What philosopher suits you most? posted 06 January 2007 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

Perceptions of Reality posted 06 January 2007 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

Anyone read the Illuminatus trilogy? posted 06 January 2007 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read the Illuminatus trilogy? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Read the Cosmic Trigger. It is the book that made me believe 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

Scott Bakker ruined it for me. posted 06 January 2007 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

ignorance or enlightenment ? posted 06 January 2007 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

What introduced you to philosophy? posted 10 January 2007 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

Drugs posted 09 February 2007 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

Life and Death posted 07 March 2007 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

psychological affects of ranks in forums posted 11 March 2007 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

Favorite Quotes of the Prince of Nothing posted 07 April 2007 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

Now listening to... posted 07 April 2007 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

Achamian posted 07 April 2007 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

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

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.

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

What happens when your soul leaves your body? posted 15 May 2007 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


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