|Every Cradle Is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide||Sarah Perry|
Sarah Perry wrote this book from a place of philosophical intellectualism and factual integrity.
- She exhaustively researched the hows and whys of suicide and procreation and makes a very compelling case for making suicide accessible for people who do not want to live and for considering whether or not it is ethical to continue to create new humans whose lives may be more a burden to them than a gift.
- As she deftly picks apart the arguments against suicide and antinatalism, she bestows upon mankind a dignity and respect for self that anti-suicide and pro-birth crusaders deny us as we are asked to suffer and to mindlessly recreate ourselves because of tyrannies of tradition and religious mores.
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|The Beginning and the End||a review of Clément Vidal's book|
In this fascinating journey to the edge of science, Vidal takes on big philosophical questions:
- Does our universe have a beginning and an end or is it cyclic?
- Are we alone in the universe?
- What is the role of intelligent life, if any, in cosmic evolution?
Grounded in science and committed to philosophical rigor, this book presents an evolutionary worldview where the rise of intelligent life is not an accident, but may well be the key to unlocking the universe's deepest mysteries.
- Vidal shows how the fine-tuning controversy can be advanced with computer simulations.
- He also explores whether natural or artificial selection could hold on a cosmic scale.
- In perhaps his boldest hypothesis, he argues that signs of advanced extraterrestrial civilizations are already present in our astrophysical data.
His conclusions invite us to see the meaning of life, evolution and intelligence from a novel cosmological framework that should stir debate for years to come. [From: Amazon]
|Strangers to Ourselves|
"Know thyself," a precept as old as Socrates, is still good advice. But is introspection the best path to self-knowledge? What are we trying to discover, anyway? In an eye-opening tour of the unconscious, as contemporary psychological science has redefined it, Timothy D. Wilson introduces us to a hidden mental world of judgments, feelings, and motives that introspection may never show us.
This is not your psychoanalyst's unconscious. The adaptive unconscious that empirical psychology has revealed, and that Wilson describes, is much more than a repository of primitive drives and conflict-ridden memories. It is a set of pervasive, sophisticated mental processes that size up our worlds, set goals, and initiate action, all while we are consciously thinking about something else.
If we don't know ourselves — our potentials, feelings, or motives — it is most often, Wilson tells us, because we have developed a plausible story about ourselves that is out of touch with our adaptive unconscious. Citing evidence that too much introspection can actually do damage, Wilson makes the case for better ways of discovering our unconscious selves. If you want to know who you are or what you feel or what you're like, Wilson advises, pay attention to what you actually do and what other people think about you. Showing us an unconscious more powerful than Freud's, and even more pervasive in our daily life, Strangers to Ourselves marks a revolution in how we know ourselves.
|The Siren Call of Hungry Ghosts|
Mediumship dates back to the Greek Oracles and beyond, but millennia later nobody yet knows for certain what transpires when a medium enters a deep trance. Today, the practice of channeling spirit guides through hypnotized mediums is hotly debated. This strange phenomenon is either dismissed as a dubious parlor trick, or regarded as a form of communication between this world and the next. Many view "the guides" as a source of love and wisdom… but are they?
For five years, Joe Fisher painstakingly investigated the claims of channelers and the mysterious voices that speak through them. The Siren Call of Hungry Ghosts is his gripping journey into a realm of darkness and deception.
|Supernatural ♦ Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind|
|From: Graham Hancock website|
“Supernatural: of or relating to things that cannot be explained according to natural laws.”
Less than 50,000 years ago mankind had no art, no religion, no sophisticated symbolism, no innovative thinking.
Then, in a dramatic and electrifying change, described by scientists as "the greatest riddle in human history", all the skills and qualities that we value most highly in ourselves appeared already fully formed, as though bestowed on us by hidden powers.
In Supernatural Graham Hancock sets out to investigate this mysterious "before-and-after moment" and to discover the truth about the influences that gave birth to the modern human mind.
- His quest takes him on a journey of adventure and detection from the stunningly beautiful painted caves of prehistoric France, Spain and Italy to remote rock shelters in the mountains of South Africa where he finds a treasure trove of extraordinary Stone Age art.
- He uncovers clues that lead him to travel to the depths of the Amazon rainforest to drink the powerful plant hallucinogen Ayahuasca with Indian shamans, whose paintings contain images of "supernatural beings" identical to the animal-human hybrids depicted in prehistoric caves and rock shelters.
- And hallucinogens such as mescaline, also produce visionary encounters with exactly the same beings.
Scientists at the cutting edge of consciousness research have begun to consider the possibility that such hallucinations may be real perceptions of other "dimensions".
- Could the "supernaturals" first depicted in the painted caves and rock shelters be the ancient teachers of mankind?
- Could it be that human evolution is not just the "blind", "meaningless" process that Darwin identified, but something else, more purposive and intelligent, that we have barely even begun to understand?
Robert Allen Monroe, also known as Bob Monroe (October 30, 1915 – March 17, 1995), was a New York radio broadcasting executive who became known for his research into altered consciousness. His 1971 book Journeys Out of the Body is credited with popularizing the term "out-of-body experience".
Monroe achieved world-wide recognition as an explorer of human consciousness. His research, beginning in the 1950s, produced evidence that specific sound patterns have identifiable, beneficial effects on our capabilities. For example, certain combinations of frequencies appeared to enhance alertness; others to induce sleep; and still others to evoke expanded states of consciousness.
Assisted by specialists in psychology, medicine, biochemistry, psychiatry, electrical engineering, physics, and education, Robert Monroe developed Hemi-Sync, a patented audio technology that is claimed to facilitate enhanced performance.
|Secret of Secrets||From: Secret of Secrets|
According to the ancient Olmec/Mayan calendar, the winter solstice of 2012 marks the end of one age and the beginning of a new age.
The ancient Olmecs developed a highly sophisticated and accurate calendar system, which was not linear, but cyclical (based on cycles).
Only in modern times have we developed time reckoning as sophisticated.
I personally take very seriously the knowledge of time of the Olmecs because it shows that is was derived from non-conventional mean involving the subconscious mind. I will discuss the incredible powers of the subconscious mind a little later.
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|The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution||by: Peter D. Ouspensky|
This book presents the definitive edition of Ouspensky's famous first series of five psychological lectures which preceded his second series of five cosmological lectures known as The Cosmology of Man's Possible Evolution. Together they form a complete whole view of man in the world. These lectures reproduce Ouspensky's own manuscripts and are in exactly the form he introduced these ideas between 1934-1940.
Studies man in view of what he may become. Describes how man must work simultaneously on his knowledge and his being to find inner unity. These lectures were intended by Ouspensky as introductory material for people interested in the work in England. This material is still unmatched as a brief statement of the work's psychological ideas.