Wednesday, 16. July 2008
The Science Of Getting Rich

Timeless wisdom and a practical prosperity program from a forgotten 1910 classic by Wallace D. Wattles.

    "The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way. Those who do things in this certain way, whether on purpose or accidentally, get rich. Those who do not do things in this certain way, no matter how hard they work or how able they are, remain poor."

    "It is a natural law that like causes always produce like effects. Therefore, any man or woman who learns to do things in this certain way will infallibly get rich."

    Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich, Chapter 2


Wallace Delois Wattles wrote a number of books including Health Through New Thought and Fasting, The Science of Getting Rich, The Science of Being Great, The Science of Being Well, and a novel, Hellfire Harrison, but it is for his prosperity classic, The Science of Getting Rich that he is best known.

Little is known about Wattles' life. He was born in the USA shortly after the civil war, and experienced much failure in his earlier years. Later in his life he took to studying the various religious beliefs and philosophies of the world including those of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Swedenborg, Emerson, and others. It was through his tireless study and experimentation that he discovered the truth of New Thought principles and put them into practice in his own life. He began to write books outlining these principles. He practiced the technique of creative visualisation and as his daughter Florence relates, "He wrote almost constantly. It was then that he formed his mental picture. He saw himself as a successful writer, a personality of power, an advancing man, and he began to work toward the realization of this vision. He lived every page ... His life was truly the powerful life."


The Science Of Getting Rich - Quotes:




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Category: Books & Magazines | Philosophy & Metaphysic |




Sunday, 13. July 2008
ATOM

The discovery that everything is made from atoms has been referred to - with a strong claim - as the greatest scientific breakthrough in history. As scientists delved deep into the atom, they abandoned traditional beliefs, leading to a whole new science which still underpins modern physics, chemistry and biology. Upset everything we thought we knew about reality and maybe even life itself.

Even today as we peer deeper and deeper into the atom, it throws back at us as many questions as it answers.

In this three-part documentary series - first aired on BBC Four, 2007 - nuclear physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of this discovery and the brilliant minds behind the breakthrough.



In part one, Professor Al-Khalili takes us from the discovery of the atom to the development of quantum mechanics and looks how the discovery affected the scientific world.

Atom - The Clash of the Titans - Part 1 - 58 minutes.




In the second episode, Professor Jim Al-Khalili shows how, in our quest to understand the tiny atom, we unravelled the mystery of how the universe was created - a story with dramatic twists and turns, taking in world-changing discoveries like radioactivity, the atom bomb and the Big Bang. He tries to answer the biggest questions of all - why are we here and how were we made?

Atom - The Key to the Cosmos - Part 2 - 58 minutes.




In the final part, Professor Jim Al-Khalili explores how studying the atom forced us to rethink the nature of reality itself, discovers how there might be parallel universes in which different versions of us exist and finds out that 'empty' space isn't empty at all. He shows how the world we think we know turns out to be a tiny sliver of an infinitely weirder universe than which we could have conceived. Our reality is just an illusion!

Atom - The Illusion of Reality - Part 3 - 58 minutes.

Category: Energy & Light | Movies & TV | Philosophy & Metaphysic |




Friday, 20. June 2008
The Music of the Spheres

In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice the young Lorenzo woos his sweetheart with talk of the stars:

"There’s not the smallest orb which thou behold’st
But in his motion like an angel sings,
Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins;
Such harmony is in immortal souls;
But whilst this muddy vesture of decay
Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it."

This is the music of the spheres - the idea that the stars and planets as they travel through space make beautiful music together.


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The music of the spheres played out of the classical world, through the medieval period and into the Renaissance. It affords us a glimpse into minds for whom the universe was full of meaning, of strange correspondences and grand harmonies.


Melvyn Bragg considers the celestial harmonies of the planets, a Pythagorean concept which fascinated astrologists, artists and mathematicians for centuries.
He is joined by:
  • Peter Forshaw, Postdoctoral Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London
  • Jim Bennett, Director of the Museum of the History of Science at the University of Oxford
  • Angela Voss, Director of the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination at the University of Kent, Canterbury


Listen to this programme in full here (42 minutes):



Broadcast was on 19 June 2008 at BBC 4, 'In Our Time'.
Also available for RealPlayer.


You may also like:
Skyscript:
Kepler and the Music of the Spheres
Geometry in Art & Architecture, Unit 3 - Paul Calter:
Pythagoras & Music of the Spheres
Essay by Angela Voss on The Music of the Spheres:
Ficino and Renaissance Harmonia
Sacerd Texts:
The Pythagorean Theory of Music and Color
An astronomical approach to the Music of the Spheres by Greg Fox:
Carmen of the Spheres
Google Books:
The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science, and the Natural Order of the Universe by Jamie James.


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These are the duration in seconds of our star’s planets (and Pluto):
Mercury: 0.453028141, 0.906056282, 1.812112564, 3.624225128, 7.248450256, 14.49690051
Venus: 0.578586448, 1.157172895, 2.314345791, 4.628691582, 9.257383163, 18.51476633
Earth: 0.470244884, 0.940489769, 1.880979538, 3.761959076, 7.523918152, 15.0478363
Mars: 0.442216873, 0.884433746, 1.768867493, 3.537734985, 7.075469971, 14.15093994
Jupiter: 0.697366839, 1.394733678, 2.789467356, 5.578934712, 11.15786942, 22.31573885
Saturn: 0.432755629, 0.865511258, 1.731022516, 3.462045032, 6.924090064, 13.84818013
Uranus: 0.617729291, 1.235458581, 2.470917163, 4.941834326, 9.883668652, 19.7673373
Neptune: 0.605743574, 1.211487148, 2.422974297, 4.845948594, 9.691897187, 19.38379437
Pluto: 0.455707172, 0.911414343, 1.822828687, 3.645657373, 7.291314746, 14.58262949

And in hertz (cycles per second):
Mercury: 2260.345235, 1130.172618, 565.0863088, 282.5431544, 141.2715772, 70.6357886
Venus: 3539.6612, 1769.8306, 884.9153001, 442.45765, 221.228825, 110.6144125
Earth: 2177.588813, 1088.794407, 544.3972033, 272.1986017, 136.0993008, 68.04965042
Mars: 2315.605899, 1157.802949, 578.9014747, 289.4507373, 144.7253687, 72.36268433
Jupiter: 2936.761379, 1468.38069, 734.1903448, 367.0951724, 183.5475862, 91.7737931
Saturn: 2366.231498, 1183.115749, 591.5578744, 295.7789372, 147.8894686, 73.9447343
Uranus: 3315.368124, 1657.684062, 828.8420311, 414.4210156, 207.2105078, 103.6052539
Neptune: 3380.968593, 1690.484297, 845.2421483, 422.6210742, 211.3105371, 105.6552685
Pluto: 2247.057022, 1123.528511, 561.7642555, 280.8821277, 140.4410639, 70.22053193

In 2006, Greg Fox took the above orbital periods and divided them until their frequencies fell within the human acoustic range. This gave him six octaves of "planetary notes" for each planet. He called the resulting "music": "Carmen of the Spheres". It can be heard here or click the link above.

Greg Fox' "Carmen of the Spheres"
for nine sine waves totalling 64 minutes 12.246 seconds for stereo speakers.




The Mundane Monochord With Its Proportions And Intervals
from Fludd's De Musica Mundana:

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Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Music & Voices | Philosophy & Metaphysic |


Thursday, 17. April 2008
Hans Kayser & Pythagorean Harmonics

Perhaps this is the real theory of everything!


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"If there were nothing else in the world but the twelve well-tempered tones, we would still have to believe in a wise creator who had built the world on a great plan. And if there is something that lets us at least suspect this plan, it is the melody of these twelve tones." -- J.M. Hauer


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The term "harmony of the spheres" comes from Plato, who as we know was influenced by the Pythagoreans, and who applies it in the great final narrative of his Republic. There he describes, in a mythological manner, the heavenly order of the planets (including the sun and moon) and adds that on each of the planetary circles, a siren sits, each one singing a tone, and "the eight together form one harmony." We have no details on this, since this section is an encrypted secret text that has so far only been partly interpreted.


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The Man's Constitution and the World's Constitution. (Part 1)


In the 1920s Hans Kayser, a German scientist, developed a theory of world harmonics based upon the Lambdoma, also called 'The Pythagorean Table'. He found that the principles of harmonious structure in nature and the fundamentals of harmonics were essentially the same. Kayser called himself and others who adhered to this philosophy 'harmonicists'. He devoted much of his life to restoring to the sciences, knowledge of the importance of harmonics. He believed that through understanding the connection between music and mathematics, it would be possible to create an understanding of the relationship between tone and numbers. Thus qualities (tonal sensations) could be derived from quantities (numbers) and quantities could be derived through qualities. In his book Akroasis (from the Greek word for 'hearing'), he wrote:

"With the discovery of the relation between pitch and string length, which could be established numerically, western science was born. Qualities (tones) were derived from quantities (string or wave lengths) in an exact way."

Kayser believed that this knowledge of harmonics had become lost and had created a major schism between science and the spirit. He hoped that a true understanding of this relationship would create a bridge between the matter and soul.

An absolutely wonderful site: The Science of Harmonics: Hans Kayser
(1891 - 1964) - 20th Century Pythagorean Master.

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See also:
Hans Kayser Translation Project - Textbook of Harmonics by Hans Kayser.
The Power of Harmonics by Thomas Váczy Hightower.
Category: Philosophy & Metaphysic | Symbols & Geometry |


Sunday, 14. October 2007
What We Still Don’t Know: Are We Real?

"The universe is still a place of mystery and wonder."
Sir Martin Rees

Are we alone?
Why are we here?
Are we real?

Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees investigates ...

All life on Earth is nothing more than an elaborate facade created by super-intelligent beings. Humans now exist in a computerized version of the world – a simulation that keeps us happy, while our powers are drained by our creators for use as fuel in their campaign for dominance in the ‘real’ world. This is the premise of the cult sci-fi thriller 'The Matrix'.

‘The simulation hypothesis, that we are currently living in a computer simulation, should be understood literally, it’s not just in a metaphorical sense whereby one could view the universe as a simulation, but literally we would be living in a simulation created by some advanced civilization in a computer they built in their universe. And everything we see and our brains themselves would just be parts of this simulation.’ Oxford University philosopher Dr Nick Bostrom echoes the thoughts of sci-fi writers and scientists alike. The simulation hypothesis is not sci-fi, it’s serious academic thought.

In Are We Real? Martin Rees navigates the extraordinary territory between science fact and science fiction. He reveals the logical steps that have led cosmologists and philosophers to the shocking conclusion that The Matrix scenario cannot be safely relegated to our storybooks. Whether it’s true or not, and it might be, here is a story that is altogether more serious and more deeply disturbing than any sci-fi fantasy could ever be.


Find out more @ Channel 4.


What We Still Don't Know: Are We Real? (2004). Duration: 48 minutes.

Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Movies & TV | Philosophy & Metaphysic |


Thursday, 06. September 2007
Big View

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What is mind? What is consciousness? There seems to be no single answer that explains the phenomenon of mind. The contemporary views of philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and cybernetics all come up with different interpretations of mind and consciousness.

It is a bit ironic that something we claim to possess is so hard to explain. Obviously mind cannot be an object of itself. Or can it? If we should one day understand the chemical and electrical processes in the brain completely, would this explain mind? Would this understanding account for all faculties including intelligence, consciousness, emotion, and volition?

We will try to give some possible answers to this question.


Mind and Consciousness - Explore the mystery of mind and consciousness.
Check out the very good historical abstract in the timeline section.

If life is a journey, then philosophy is like a compass. It helps us to find our way through the jungle of possibilities that life presents.

This website is about philosophy in the widest sense. It includes science, religion, mythology and other fields of thought that are not within the traditional scope of philosophy. However, it makes not much sense to treat these fields separately. Everything is connected. If one views anything from any possible angle, it can only increase understanding.


Big View by Thomas Knierim.

Beside "Mind & Consciousness" this fantastic site brings:

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• Buddhism - A few enlightening views on Buddhism, incl. that of Albert Einstein.
• Greek Philosophy - Astonishing insights into an ancient civilization.
• Space Time - The philosophical consequences of relativity and quantum physics.
• Big Views - Essays on philosophy, science, spirituality and other topics.
• Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching - the way.
• And a Discussion Board for read and share your bigviews
Category: Meditation & Mind | Philosophy & Metaphysic |


Thursday, 30. August 2007
Socrates Meets Jesus - A fictitious conversation

Humor plus good points and questions, obviously posed by Socrates.


Socrates Meets Jesus by Prometheus

Socrates:
Good morning, Jesus, I have heard much of your marvelous teachings. In my own modest way I am a philosopher here in Athens. I am told you have great wisdom and certainly that is indicated by the throng of admirers that follow you through the streets. If you have a few moments to spare, I would appreciate it if you would enlighten me with the answers to some of the puzzling problems I have been wrestling with all my life.

Jesus:
I am as a fisher of men in my search for followers. I bring the truth of God to all men. Seek and you shall find, ask and it shall be answered knock and it shall be open unto to thee.

Socrates:
There is one basic question that has always been uppermost in my mind. Although it has always been an insurmountable obstacle to me in my search for the truth and meaning, I am sure that with your learning you will find it far to easy and think me a foolish old man. I have always longed to live honorably and nobly, but it seems that I have merely stumbled through life without even even knowing what was honorable or noble. With my limited understanding, it often seems to me that life, even with all its sound and fury, really signifies nothing. Please tell me: How should a man live; what is the purpose of life.

Jesus:
To serve and worship God.

Socrates:
Which God.

Jesus:
There is only one god.

Socrates
Oh. You should live here in Athens. We have several to choose from.

Jesus:
There is only one true God.

Socrates:
Of course. And which one is the true God?

Jesus:
The true god is Lord God.

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Socrates:
Yes. But who is Lord God? Or what is he?

Jesus:
He is the infinity of wisdom, love, compassion, peace, and mercy. He is the creator of heaven and earth all things in the universe.

Socrates:
Of all things?

Jesus:
Yes-all things. He is omnipotent. He is master and controller and maker of all things. He is omnipresent-nothing can happen that he does not know beforehand.

Socrates:
Did he create plagues, wars, death, suffering and evil.

Jesus:
No. These things and all other evils and tragedies come from the Devil, the prince of darkness; or from man's weakness and evil nature. God is all goodness and free of evil; only good can come from God.

Socrates:
And who for gracious sakes is the devil? Surely he must be a god to be able to visit such powerful calamities on mankind: Yet you have just said there is only one God. Also you have said that all that exists comes from God: And now you say that only good comes from God and all evil comes from someone called the devil. These would seem to be contradictions. I am afraid that your religion is far too complex for this old head to fathom. Yet I will be an eager student and try hard to understand, if you will but help me. Please explain: who is the devil and how can all things come from God and yet not come from God?

Jesus:
The Devil is a fallen angel who is ambitious. He rebelled against God and wants to overthrow all his works.

Socrates:
What in Zeus' name is an angel?

Read more ...
Category: Articles & Essays | Philosophy & Metaphysic | Poetry & Inspirations |


Tuesday, 31. July 2007
The Golden Sayings Of Epictetus

Epictetus (pronounced Epic-TEE-tus) was an exponent of Stoicism who flourished in the early second century C.E. about four hundred years after the Stoic school of Zeno of Citium was established in Athens. He lived and worked, first as a student in Rome, and then as a teacher with his own school in Nicopolis in Greece. Our knowledge of his philosophy and his method as a teacher comes to us via two works composed by his student Arrian, the Discourses and the Handbook.

Find out more about Epictetus (c.55 - c.135 C.E.)
by The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Of the things which are in our Power, and not in our Power

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Chapter 1:
Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions.

The things in our control are by nature free, unrestrained, unhindered; but those not in our control are weak, slavish, restrained, belonging to others. Remember, then, that if you suppose that things which are slavish by nature are also free, and that what belongs to others is your own, then you will be hindered. You will lament, you will be disturbed, and you will find fault both with gods and men. But if you suppose that only to be your own which is your own, and what belongs to others such as it really is, then no one will ever compel you or restrain you. Further, you will find fault with no one or accuse no one. You will do nothing against your will. No one will hurt you, you will have no enemies, and you not be harmed.

Aiming therefore at such great things, remember that you must not allow yourself to be carried, even with a slight tendency, towards the attainment of lesser things. Instead, you must entirely quit some things and for the present postpone the rest. But if you would both have these great things, along with power and riches, then you will not gain even the latter, because you aim at the former too: but you will absolutely fail of the former, by which alone happiness and freedom are achieved.


Work, therefore to be able to say to every harsh appearance, "You are but an appearance, and not absolutely the thing you appear to be." And then examine it by those rules which you have, and first, and chiefly, by this: whether it concerns the things which are in our own control, or those which are not; and, if it concerns anything not in our control, be prepared to say that it is nothing to you.

Life - a Drama!

Chapter 17:
Remember that you are an actor in a drama of such sort as the author chooses, – if short, then in a short one; if long, then in a long one. If it be his pleasure that you should enact a poor man, see that you act it well; or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen. For this is your business, to act well the given part; but to choose it, belongs to another.

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There are several translations of the Handbook available online:

The Enchiridion by Epictetus, translated by Elizabeth Carter.

Epictetus Enchiridion or Handbook. Translated by Thomas Wentworth Higginson.
First published 1865.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Golden Sayings of Epictetus, by Epictetus.
Translated and Arranged by Hastings Crossley.

The Discourses by Epictetus, 101 AD.
Translated by George Long. (Long translation)

Epictetus’ Discourses, Handbook and Fragments
(Long translation, including original notes)


German:
Was in unserer Macht steht und was nicht

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Kapitel 1:
Einige Dinge stehen in unserer Macht, andere hingegen nicht. In unserer Macht sind Urteil, Bestrebung, Begier und Abneigung, mit einem Wort alles das, was Produkt unseres Willens ist. Nicht in unserer Macht sind unser Leib, Besitz, Ehre, Amt, und alles was nicht unser Werk ist. Was in unserer Macht ist, ist seiner Natur gemäß frei, kann nicht verboten oder verhindert werden; was aber nicht in unserer Macht steht, ist knechtisch, kann verwehrt werden, gehört einem anderen zu.


Bemühe dich daher, jedem unangenehmen Gedanken damit zu begegnen, daß du sagst: "Du bist nicht das, was du zu sein scheinst (etwas Reelles), sondern bloß ein Gedankending (eine Einbildung)."

Das Leben - ein Schauspiel!

Kapitel 17:
Bedenke das, du bist in einem Drama der Inhaber einer bestimmten Rolle, welcher der Dichter durch dich ausführen will. Ist sie kurz, so spielst du eine kurze, ist sie lang, eine lange Rolle. Will er, daß du einen Armen vorstellest, so spiele ihn gut; ebenso einen Lahmen, oder eine obrigkeitliche Person, oder einen gewöhnlichen Bürger. Denn das ist deine Sache, die Rolle, die dir übertragen ist, gut zu spielen; sie zu wählen, ist die Sache eines andern.

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Projekt Gutenberg: Handbüchlein der Moral, Epiktet.
Übersetzt von C. Hilty, 1833-1909.

Epiktet: Handbuch der Moral. Übersetzt von Rainer Nickel.
Category: Books & Magazines | Philosophy & Metaphysic |


Friday, 23. February 2007
Internet Encyclopedias of Philosophy

Three of my all-time favorite philosophers:

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The philosopher Socrates remains, as he was in his lifetime, an enigma, an inscrutable individual who, despite having written nothing, is considered one of the handful of philosophers who forever changed how philosophy itself was to be conceived.

All our information about him is second-hand and most of it vigorously disputed, but his trial and death at the hands of the Athenian democracy is nevertheless the founding myth of the academic discipline of philosophy, and his influence has been felt far beyond philosophy itself, and in every age.


Socrates (469–399 B.C.E.)


Plato is one of the world's best known and most widely read and studied philosophers. Known as the student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle, he wrote in the middle of the fourth century B.C.E.

His earliest works are regarded as the most reliable of the ancient sources on Socrates. His later works, including his most famous work, the Republic, blend ethics, political philosophy, moral psychology, epistemology, and metaphysics into an interconnected and systematic philosophy.


Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.E)

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Aristotle was born at Stagirus, a Greek colony and seaport on the coast of Thrace. His father Nichomachus was court physician to King Amyntas of Macedonia, and from this began Aristotle's long association with the Macedonian Court, which considerably influenced his life. While he was still a boy his father died. At age 17 his guardian, Proxenus, sent him to Athens, the intellectual center of the world, to complete his education. He joined the Academy and studied under Plato, attending his lectures for a period of twenty years.

Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E)


The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
and
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
While of high quality, the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP) is in general more accessible and introductory than the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP). With interaction both are great.
Category: Lexica & Overviews | Philosophy & Metaphysic |


Saturday, 03. February 2007
Yoga Philosophy

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There are hundreds of books on yoga and as many as homepages and the reader of this site may question the need for yet another exposition on this topic.
Most of the yoga books, presently available on the market, explain only partial aspects of the philosophy while others completely pervert the true meaning of yoga itself.
It is a fashion nowadays to go for a short term course in yoga, often misunderstood to mean "Exercises" to keep the body in good condition. The philosophical and spiritual aspects, which are the sum and substance of all yoga-systems, are very often ignored.


Yoga-Philosophy - Understanding The Supreme
by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Category: Philosophy & Metaphysic | Yoga & Fitness |


Tuesday, 14. November 2006
About the Tao

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The thirty spokes unite in the one nave; but it is on the empty
space (for the axle), that the use of the wheel depends. Clay is
fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that
their use depends. The door and windows are cut out (from the walls)
to form an apartment; but it is on the empty space (within), that its
use depends. Therefore, what has a (positive) existence serves for
profitable adaptation, and what has not that for (actual) usefulness.


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It is much easier to understand the 'Tao Te Ching' if you know a little about of its themes and metaphors. Here are a few of these concepts, some information background information about the Tao, it's influence on culture and its relevance to modern life.

About the Tao: Background Informations & Context

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What is the Tao?

The "Tao" is too great to be described by the name "Tao".
If it could be named so simply, it would not be the eternal Tao.

Heaven and Earth began from the nameless (Tao),
but the multitudes of things around us were created by names.

We desire to understand the world by giving names to the things we see,
but these things are only the effects of something subtle.

When we see beyond the desire to use names,
we can sense the nameless cause of these effects.

The cause and the effects are aspects of the same, one thing.
They are both mysterious and profound.
At their most mysterious and profound point lies the "Gate of the Great Truth".


About the Tao: Read the Tao

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"Heaven and earth are like a set of bellows.
Although empty, they are endlessly productive.
The more you work them, the more they produce.
The mouth, on the other hand, becomes exhausted if you talk too much.
Better to keep your thoughts inside you."

-Lao Tzu


If you sometimes like some "instant inspiration", this is the launch page to view a random quote from Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. I recommend you read only 1 or 2 at a time and give them some thought. A few of them have additional, explanatory notes, and all of them feature photos of Chinese gardens and temples with Taoist design features.

About the Tao: Tao Quote

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In ancient China, the keeper of the Imperial Library, Lao Tzu, was famous for his wisdom. Perceiving the growing corruption of the government, he left for the countryside. On his way, the guard at the city gates asked Lao Tzu to write out the essence of his understanding to benefit future generations. Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Ching, left, and was never heard of again.

The Tao Te Ching (also called "The Tao", "The Dao" or the "Dao De Jing"), by Lao Tzu, is one of the most influential books in history. It is the source of famous Chinese sayings such as "Those who know do not speak, those who speak, do not know" and "Even a 1,000 mile journey starts with a single step".

This site includes images and quotes of Lao Tzu as well as explanations of yin & yang, and Taoist philosophy.


About the Tao introduces the Tao to the curious and the serious. (English)

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Category: Philosophy & Metaphysic | Religion & Early Cultures |


Friday, 20. October 2006
The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

This will keep you busy over the weekend ...

The great English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) revolutionized our understanding of life on earth.
This site currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and 40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150 ancillary texts are also included, ranging from secondary reference works to contemporary reviews, obituaries, published descriptions of Darwin's Beagle specimens and important related works for understanding Darwin's context.

Most of the editions provided here appear online for the first time such as the first editions of Journal of Researches [or Voyage of the Beagle] (1839), The descent of Man (1871), The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (1838-43) and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions of the Origin of Species. There are also many newly transcribed and never before published manuscripts such as Darwin's Beagle field notebooks. Also appearing for the first time online are complete images of Darwin's early notebooks on geology, transmutation of species and metaphysical enquiries.

Many of the scanned books provided here belonged to Darwin's family or are signed by him.

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The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

For a basic, non-academic, entryway go here:
The major works of Charles Darwin (near the bottom of this page you will find all the the thousands illustrations available).

Some Highlights:
Free audio mp3 files of Darwin's works for downloading onto a computer or portable mp3 player: Audio Darwin

and Darwin's life in pictures.
Category: People & Organisations | Philosophy & Metaphysic |


Tuesday, 03. October 2006
Action Philosophers

Each issue of Action Philosophers is devoted to "detailing the lives and thoughts of history’s A-list brain trust in a hip and humorous way that proves that philosophy is not just the province of boring tweed-enveloped college professors."

Action Philosophers makes the history of philosophy fun. Profiles cover figures such as Plato, Bodhidharma (inventor of both Zen Buddhism and Kung Fu), Nietzsche, Jefferson, Saint Augustine, Freud, Jung and more.

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For Examlpe: Bodhidharma’s story is about a monk from India who travels to China and starts the philosophy of Self. Bodhidharma teaches everything in riddles and paradoxes. For instance, "if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound?" It is a running joke throughout the story...

If you want to read a comic book with a little more to it than just *biff* and *bang*, read Action Philosophers by writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey. Some free stories are available.
Category: Games & Humor | Philosophy & Metaphysic |


Monday, 18. September 2006
Imagining the Tenth Dimension

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A mind-bending animated trip through the 'ten dimensions' theory that forms part of the basis of string theory ... used to try selling a book of the same name by Rob Bryanton, but definitely worth watching.

Imagining the Tenth Dimension (Choose the Flash Version and go to "Imagining the Ten Dimensions")

I'm enjoying visualising myself as a four-dimensional creature, I got lost somewhere around step 6 or 7, so I'm glad it stops at ten dimensions ...

Category: Philosophy & Metaphysic |


Monday, 21. August 2006
The Headless Way

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Diese Methode der Selbsterforschung, die auch als "Kopflosigkeit" oder "Sehen, wer ich wirklich bin" (oder kurz "Sehen") bezeichnet wird, wurde von dem englischen Philosophen und Workshopleiter Douglas E. Harding (geboren 1909) entwickelt. Sie ist ein moderner Ansatz, der von der Frage ausgeht "Wer bin ich?", und der vorschlägt, die Antwort auf diese Frage hier und jetzt direkt wahrzunehmen. Zu diesem Zweck werden einfache, aber tiefgehende Wahrnehmungsübungen angeboten, die zu dem "Sehen" des eigenen Selbst führen.


The Headless Way von Douglas E. Harding (German version)

This method of self-enquiry, sometimes called 'headlessness' or 'seeing who you really are' ('seeing' for short), has been pioneered by the English philosopher and workshop leader Douglas E. Harding, born in 1909. It is a contemporary approach which investigates the question Who am I? and suggests that you can see Who you really are here and now. It provides simple but deep awareness exercises that direct you to this Seeing within yourself.

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The Headless Way by Douglas E. Harding (English version)

An Interview with Douglas Harding by Kriben Pillay (English)

Talk: Headlessness and the Single "I" (Length 41:20 - English)
Category: Meditation & Mind | Philosophy & Metaphysic |


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