MonthNovember 2006

Deepak Chopra on The Hour

George Stroumboulopoulos interviews Deepak Chopra on The Hour. I saw this live the other night; a good little talk.

Who would win in a fight: Deepak Chopra or Ken Wilber? Which colour of lightsabre would either use?

Introduction to Deleuze and Guattari part one

Fenris 23 has undertaken the daunting task, at the request of Doloras LaPicho at Chaos Marxism of explaining Deleuze and Guattari “in terms a factory worker would not only understand but would be interested in.” Daunting in part because I’m not sure how one can approximate what “a factory worker” is interested in or what they are capable of understanding. I’m not sure if being a college educated tech worker puts me in a better or worse position in terms of understanding D&G, but I think Fenris does a good job at introducing these concepts I’ve been spending the past few months trying to wrap my brain around. Here is the rough draft for the first part:

Their project for Capitalism and Schizophrenia was psychological emancipation of the individual and cooperative social organization so they are very compatable with both Marxism and Occult practice.

Deleuze and Guattari, however, are not a totalized whole that can be understood and explained. Rather their work is many things subject to many understandings. One purpose of studying Deleuze and Guattari is to change how you think. It is an initiation. Their concepts are not a system to be understood but rather tools we can apply or put to work.

Full Story: Isle of Lyngvi.

Intelligent satellites active now

EO-1 is a new breed of satellite that can think for itself. “We programmed it to notice things that change (like the plume of a volcano) and take appropriate action,” Chien explains. EO-1 can re-organize its own priorities to study volcanic eruptions, flash-floods, forest fires, disintegrating sea-ice-in short, anything unexpected.

Is this real intelligence? “Absolutely,” he says. EO-1 passes the basic test: “If you put the system in a box and look at it from the outside, without knowing how the decisions are made, would you say the system is intelligent?” Chien thinks so.

Full Story: NASA.

(Thanks Daniel).

Sub Rosa #6 available for free download

The new issue of Sub Rosa, an interesting fringe belief PDF ‘zine, features the confessions of an Aleister Crowley book collector, a profile of mysterious mystic/author Manly Palmer Hall, an interview with Robert Bauval, an Egyptologist who argues that the pyramids of Giza align with stars in the Orion constellation, book reviews, and lots more. And it’s all free. Link

via Boing Boing

The Hugs Campaign T.A.Z.

I found this interesting, especially since I just rediscovered my copy of T.A.Z., by Hakim Bey. I think we often neglect to remember that it only takes a wee bit of energy to make a significant change in the so-called Black Iron Prison around us. Is it really that hard?

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread accross the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

The photography of Jason King | Flickr

Richard Dawkins vs a Christian

Richard Dawkins highlights the difference between the efficacy of science and that of religion. QuickTime video available for dl.

Action Yoga: EsoTech Lends a Hand

This looks like a good program of study – basically a condensed version of Hyatt’s “energized meditation” (itself based on Reichian therapy). I’d recommend doing this in tandem with some strenuous exercise (doing this every day along with martial arts seems ideal, but I haven’t tried it).

Nearly every tradition agrees that mastery over the body and mind precede effective spiritual development and advanced will-working. However even the most committed occultists have trouble sitting down for regular daily meditation. While intellectually magic!ians recognize the benefits of such mundane work few seem to understand the rich benefits and absolute necessity of daily body-mind work. The work is often seen as boring or lacking in purpose and worth. It is clearly time to provide fresh insights on the most basic of esoteric techniques, to demystify them and in the process make the benefits offered by basic meditation more accessible.

Full Story: Key 23.

Paul Laffoley’s Odyssey Trailer

You can see more excerpts from the film here.

ritual ov psychick youth

Above is small clip from a much larger video now available from GPod: “‘The First Transmission’ – 240 minutes, TOPY, UK, 1982, advertised in the first edition of Thee Grey Book and sold at a minimum donation of P.23 (requesting a signed declaration to absolve TOPY of all legal responsibilities).”

Download and more info: GPod.

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