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by Taurandir
Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: The Sethian Mythos
Replies: 20
Views: 1954

Re: The Sethian Mythos

As for the supernatural in the broader sense is concerned, the supernatural is simply that which is beyond science. Science is just a tool; not a philosophy nor a religion. The purpose of science is not to discredit supernatural phenomena, but simply to provide an explanation in light of existing e...
by Taurandir
Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: The Sethian Mythos
Replies: 20
Views: 1954

Re: The Sethian Mythos

I'm reading a book about Jungian psychology right now trying to learn something about it. Do you agree with this. Jung believed that the experience of the soul was a manifestation of the personal individual unconscious, while he believed that the experience of demons, angels, gods, spirits of all ki...
by Taurandir
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Not Specified Further
Topic: Intro: On Experience
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Re: Intro: On Experience

I'm sold! Where can I download the manual?
by Taurandir
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: The Sethian Mythos
Replies: 20
Views: 1954

Re: The Sethian Mythos

Would you call this "learning to live with paradox"? It doesn't seem that difficult in a sense. Science is a fairly recent invention, and no matter how good it is at describing reality (and it is very, very good indeed), there will always be the Great Mystery outside it. Some questions simply cannot...
by Taurandir
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: The Ironic Imperative

If you don't mind me asking, what exactly is the Koran to a Sufi (as compared to an everyday ol' Muslim, say)?

For my part, dozens and dozens of books are sacred to me. They all reveal part of the mystery somehow.

I guess what I was really asking is if Tolkien (or his message) is beyond criticism.
by Taurandir
Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: The Ironic Imperative

And lastly, I'm under the impression that it is hard to talk about Mr. Bloom without it becoming somewhat personal for Taurandir, thus turning part of the discussion in a kind of be-careful-to-not-step-on-anyones-toes minefield. I guess I can stop defending Harold Bloom because he certainly doesn't...
by Taurandir
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: The Ironic Imperative

I would still maintain that that's a silly distaste to have. Maybe that's indeed a case of type prejudice as was pointed out, though I also would think that a person of Mr. Bloom's intellect would be able to rise above that. I don't think Harold Bloom is an example of type-prejudice. He doesn't exp...
by Taurandir
Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: The Ironic Imperative

Lúthien wrote:I'm not so very well read in philosophy either. I read quite a bit of Plato
A common saying in philosophy is that the entire history of Western philosophy is just a series of footnotes to Plato's works.
by Taurandir
Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: The Ironic Imperative

I've done a bit of reading in philosophy. It is very much is trying to understand concepts in concrete practical terms, but it is attempting to grapple with the great ineffable problems of existence. Many fields of human endeavor used to be considered a branch of philosophy; such as logic, cosmology...
by Taurandir
Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: The Sethian Mythos
Replies: 20
Views: 1954

Re: The Sethian Mythos

I glanced at the videos in question, but in all honesty they are very long and the speakers didn't rivet me to the screen immediately. Perhaps at a certain age a person starts becoming choosier about where he spends his time, after a prolonged realization that time is not an infinite resource (at le...
by Taurandir
Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: The Sethian Mythos
Replies: 20
Views: 1954

Re: The Sethian Mythos

Fascinating. For the utter layman, could break down the core beliefs of the Sethian myth into a few bullet points? Could you also give a concrete example of what it might mean to live a symbolic life? Also, what exactly does individuation look like? Please excuse these rudimentary questions. I am no...
by Taurandir
Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: The Ironic Imperative

Other than that, I might agree on several points with him. I agree that favouring authors based on political correctness is very wrong and a very, very stupid thing to do. If not on prose, I'll probably also agree with him on 'canon' poetry, maybe because the rift between fantasy and realism doesn'...
by Taurandir
Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: The Ironic Imperative

Merriam-Webster defines irony as: 1: a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other’s false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning —called also Socratic irony 2: a) the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposi...
by Taurandir
Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: The Ironic Imperative

Possibly we have a problem of definition here also. Are we talking about irony, sarcasm, or cynicism? The fact that the light from the Two Trees, which is fundamentally good, became the catalyst for untold evil in Arda is ironic. It seems like irony is very closely related to tragedy in a way; or it...
by Taurandir
Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1975

Re: The Ironic Imperative

Dave wrote: So, when I encounter irony, it seems wastefully and willfully inefficient, and thus stupid, to me
I think I see irony more as a situation that exists outside in the world and that an author points out. The author isn't "making" the irony.