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Posted:11/21/2012 2:25:06 PM
Is this thread about zombies yet? If not, would someone let me know when it is?

Posted:11/21/2012 1:56:19 PM
Sigh.

Posted:5/16/2012 2:41:13 PM
PhD's are typically known to be skilled writers due to the enormous amount of writing they perform to earn their titles.

Not only is your writing poor, but it seems you're uncertain of your name.

I understand handles are free to assign to oneself, but please avoid attempts to act as a figure of authority when you are clearly not.

Posted:4/30/2012 12:37:35 AM
And what, pray tell, is your program?

Posted:4/11/2012 2:45:03 AM
As my friend says, this is yet another 'turn of the crank'.

Completely unscientific and not scholarly, and thus incapable of satisfying any burden of proof.

Posted:3/29/2012 9:14:16 PM
I apologize, but who have I listed that is a skeptic?
Forum: Hunters

Posted:3/28/2012 9:41:53 PM
What the hell is this nonsense doing on here? I'm getting sick of it.

Posted:3/28/2012 1:05:59 AM
I will be quite clear on this matter: I do not dwell in the realm of belief. Belief is an incompletely informed blurring of consensual reality.

I am in touch with the foremost authorities on the incredibly finite viable, scientific research on experiences with intermediary intelligences and 'paranormal' phenomenae. These, likewise, are not people who dwell in the realm of belief, but in the attempt to define the physical reality where we all dwell.

Atheism's popularity is quite new. Its catalyst came about from the Enlightenment, when the Church's authority was brought into serious question and it found itself unbalanced by those who embraced a reality of the mind as a thing separate from the physical world. Descartes' dualism left its mark on the culture of 'belief' and all things religion as psychological events that have nothing to do with the physical realm.

For the Stoics, God was the ultimate force in physics, the divine fire that does not consume, but creates. Nature is a thing balanced on numerous wavelengths, a thing that creates itself and destroys itself in order to assure its existence is maintained. The human body is much the same and we literally are things on fire; we burn ourselves to maintain our existence It's why we give off heat and must give fuel to the divine fire through food and water.

Yes, certainly this philosophy is merely the meanderings of those long dead. Easy to say. That is, until you start poring through journals of chemistry, medicine, and physics and start seeing those articles that find themselves wholly in accordance with this idea.

You can believe that God isn't real, but it is quite like saying the varying wavelengths of electromagnetic bonds that bind together atoms, molecules, planets, solar systems, galaxies, and the universe are not real as well.

Again:

"The main objective of Stoics is to overcome the dualism between mind and matter taught by other philosophical schools. The Stoics achieve this goal by identifying mind and matter with each other and with God. They therefore propose a totally unitary reality, a monism in which God is mind, God is matter, God is the universe. One may speak of mind and matter, but this is merely a fa├žon de parler. For the Stoics, everything that acts is a body. There is a continuum between mind and body. They are completely translatable into one another; they are simply two ways of viewing the content in the continuum. In Stoic physics, matter is not 'dead' matter in the Cartesian sense; it is dynamic, charged with vital force. Mind is not something external to matter, an abstract ideal quality, a principle of rest toward which an imperfect material world transpires; it is rather an active principle, the creative force permeating the universe and holding it together. God is called by several names in Stoic physics--the 'logos', the rational structure of the universe; 'pneuma', the fiery breath of life, the creative fire; or 'tonos', the vital tension holding each thing together within itself and making the whole universe cohere. The entire universe, or God, constitutes one living organism, at the same time sentient, rational, and material, existing in and of itself. The universe is its own creative force and its own source of growth, change, and activity. God, or the universe, is not only its own cause; it is the one cause and explanation of all things."

Marcia L. Colish, The Stoic Tradition from Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages, pp. 23-4

Posted:3/15/2012 1:46:14 PM
Good authority has it that it is not a shift to a different reality (as the most cohesive of philosophies adhere to the notion of one whole and wholly physical reality not separated into planes as Cartesian Dualism would have it), but rather a shift in the perception of time.

When one understands that the bulk of interactions with angels take place in the realm of dreams and/or just after waking or shortly before sleep (as Moses Maimonides notes), this matches up on some level with Stoic notions of sleep and its closeness to death. From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

The doctrine of pneuma and total blending allowed the Stoics to adopt Plato's definition of death as "the separation of the soul from the body." The Stoics, however, used this definition against Plato, arguing that since only physical things can separate from physical things, the soul must be corporeal. Since the soul pervades the body as a crasis type mixture, separation is possible. The separation seems to occur by a loosening of the tension of the soul. Sleep is said to be a kind of mild relaxing, whereas death is a total relaxing of the tension which results in the departure of the soul from the body.

Dying is not the end of a person's existence, according to the Stoics. Once the soul has separated from the body it maintains its own cohesion for a period of time. Chrysippus and Cleanthes disagreed regarding the fate of the soul after death. Cleanthes held that the souls of all men could survive until the conflagration, a time in which the divine fire totally consumes all matter. Chrysippus, on the other hand, held that only the souls of the wise are able to endure. The souls of the unwise will exist for a limited time before they are destroyed or reabsorbed into the cosmic pneuma. The souls of irrational beasts are destroyed with their bodies. In no case is there any indication that the survival of the soul after death had any direct benefit to the individual or that the Stoics used this as a motivator toward ethical or intellectual behavior. There is no heaven or hell in Stoicism; the time to live one's life and to perfect one's virtues is in the present.


Interesting to ponder.

Posted:2/23/2012 1:24:39 AM
I'm quite happy to see you found this book enjoyable!