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by Lúthien
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Books & Articles
Topic: John V. Panella
Replies: 17
Views: 3773

Re: John V. Panella

Hello Wornout, I don’t know if he *is* weird, but he certainly *acts-* weird. Or maybe “paranoid” is a better word. As you say, the behaviour on that forum is strange, even rude. The only reason that I can think of now that might fit the facts is that mr. Panella might be having some, well, issues t...
by Lúthien
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Books & Articles
Topic: Why Lead a Virtuous Life?
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: Why Lead a Virtuous Life?

Continuing ... It’s funny that I explored this exact mirror symmetry between “good” and “evil” for a couple of short satires about the “faux diabolical” pop group Kiss - renamed to “Kiff” in those stories. I wrote them originally to tease my brother in law who is still a fan at 50, but writing satir...
by Lúthien
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Books & Articles
Topic: Why Lead a Virtuous Life?
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: Why Lead a Virtuous Life?

I don’t think it’s as simple as evil and good being one another’s mirror. It’s maybe a nicely symmetrical notion that’s been brilliantly employed in Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s “Good Omens”, but come on - just think a little bit about how evil operates. This won’t do. In the split-off part of th...
by Lúthien
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Books & Articles
Topic: John V. Panella
Replies: 17
Views: 3773

Re: John V. Panella

Hello Wornout, Well, I had a look around in that forum and the other links you gave ... but I don’t know; this mr Panella acts a bit weird, if you’d ask me. Regardless of what he wrote, I don’t think that anyone should present themselves as a guru handing down “how it all really works” to the follow...
by Lúthien
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Gnostic themes in (pop-)culture
Topic: Painting of Queens of Numenor
Replies: 11
Views: 3752

Re: Painting of Queens of Numenor

I’m sorry to hear that as well. Time is a strange thing. I lost my father almost 30 years ago and still not a day goes by without thinking about him. Re. Metal - it’s not really my favourite either, but I’m always willing to listen to something new. Tool is not just “metal” IMO - it’s indeed quite d...
by Lúthien
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Gnosis in religious traditions
Topic: Above, Below, Within: Gnosticism and Witchcraft
Replies: 12
Views: 1765

Re: Above, Below, Within: Gnosticism and Witchcraft

The problem is Moderns tend to believe, falsely, that science applies to everything. As more of a pure mathematician, it is perhaps easier for me to see this error in judgement directly. Aren't you, with this statement, implying that science (as we know it) is NOT the best key to understanding ever...
by Lúthien
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Books & Articles
Topic: John V. Panella
Replies: 17
Views: 3773

Re: John V. Panella

Please do, I am definitely interested.
I haven’t yet gotten around to reading anything by Mr. Panella, there’s so much to read! I’m currently working my way through two of Owen Barfield’s books.

Could you recommend anything by way of introduction, something online maybe?
by Lúthien
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: Sound & Music
Topic: Gondolin music
Replies: 7
Views: 6824

Re: Gondolin music

Thank you! I’m glad that you like it.
by Lúthien
Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Other
Topic: The Majorana-Pelizza machine: truth or umpteenth mockery?
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Re: The Majorana-Pelizza machine: truth or umpteenth mockery?

I must confess that at first sight I misread the title of this topic as “The Majorana Pizza Machine” 😁
by Lúthien
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: The Majorana-Pelizza machine: truth or umpteenth mockery?
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Re: The Majorana-Pelizza machine: truth or umpteenth mockery?

If mr. Majorana counted Enrico Fermi and Niels Bohr among his colleagues (or friends) he’s definitely an interesting fellow! I never heard of him before, thanks. It’s a really odd story how he vanished, by the way. As for that machine - I don’t know. One video does not prove anything. Anyone could m...
by Lúthien
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Is it gnosis or is it creativity?
Topic: Thinking in Pictures: Gnosticism and Autism
Replies: 5
Views: 2001

Re: Thinking in Pictures: Gnosticism and Autism

My experience led me to the rule: do not think, do not imagine. Of course, it is almost impossible to do. But if you still get it, then you can "see" - some scenes like sleeping in reality. This is exactly what the goal of the sort of (guided or active) imagination is that we pursue and what we are...
by Lúthien
Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Mildir’s Gnosis
Topic: Discussion split off from ‘Gondolin music’
Replies: 53
Views: 16956

Re: Discussion split off from ‘Gondolin music’

If they only knew that their belief it that regard is pure delusion, it might go some way towards setting them straight (although in the Trumpian 'post-Truth' world, I doubt it). Or to use that famous Sigmund Freud quote, "sometimes a cigar is really just a cigar." I get your point of course, but I...
by Lúthien
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Not Specified Further
Topic: Discussion re. Markus Davidsen’s thesis
Replies: 17
Views: 6650

Re: Discussion re. Markus Davidsen’s thesis

They are still online, just go here

You can also download the mp3 versions there.
by Lúthien
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Is it gnosis or is it creativity?
Topic: Thinking in Pictures: Gnosticism and Autism
Replies: 5
Views: 2001

Re: Thinking in Pictures: Gnosticism and Autism

I’d think that since the most significant hurdle to take is to realise that the culture you grew up in determines how you perceive the world. Today’s western culture states that “imaginal equals false”, so that’s what everyone thinks. That’s why even religious people can only think about religion as...
by Lúthien
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Mildir’s Gnosis
Topic: Discussion split off from ‘Gondolin music’
Replies: 53
Views: 16956

Re: Discussion split off from ‘Gondolin music’

To add to that: what really never ceases to amaze me is the irresistible need that people have to explain things that need no explanation. I find this especially jarring in just about anything that was ever written about Tolkien. Even people whom I have in very high regard in all sorts of ways have ...