The Accidental Seeker

(& Intentional Opiner)

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Something Gold Can Stay, Mr. Frost. (Respectfully)

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Something Gold Can Stay

True, nothing gold can stay,

If nature has her way.

Yes, Eden sank to grief,

And Ego is our thief.

Pure gold’s not beheld or crowned 

'Tis within true aurum’s found.

By Gnostics’ purest measure

Self knowledge, our sole treasure.

October 2013 

NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY

"Nature’s first green is gold, 
Her hardest hue to hold. 
Her early leafs a flower; 
But only so an hour. 
Then leaf subsides to leaf. 
So Eden sank to grief, 
So dawn goes down to day. 
Nothing gold can stay.”

 - Robert Frost 

The Yale Review (October 1923)

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I try to remember to say #Grace. I cut this out of a magazine years ago and have misplaced it many times. Now, I’ll have it here always. Grace of the #Bodhisattva #Buddhist

I try to remember to say #Grace.
I cut this out of a magazine years ago and have misplaced it many times. Now, I’ll have it here always. Grace of the #Bodhisattva #Buddhist

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Ideas Worth Censoring: TED’s War on Consciousness | Best-selling author Graham Hancock’s TEDx presentation censored by TED

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This may be your last chance to "legitimately" view Graham Hancock’s brilliant and compelling TEDx Talk - “The War on Consciousness” - since TED has now removed the talk from its TEDx YouTube channel and will likely very soon remove it altogether from the TED website.  Ironically, TED’s censorship and eventual removal of the video supports Hancock’s assertion that there is a war on consciousness - being waged on many fronts, but currently being waged by material-reductionist scientists, who may sit on TED’s anonymous science board along with Richard Dawkin’s atheist intellegentsia crew, who repeatedly assert that consciousness (or essence, or spirit) is non-existent outside of the neurons synapsing in our brains nestled in our craniums housed in our homeostatic bodies. The biology of “consciousness” is now being explored at the quantum level so that it can be once and for all, explained away — nevermind that the quantum world is even more phantom, elusive and foreign to most of us than consciousness is, because at least, we all directly experience our own sovereign consciousness — whereas we are expected to put our “faith” in the scientists who inform us that the Higgs Boson (aka the “God Particle”) exists because it’s been “detected” in their data.

TED’s curator, Chris Anderson, noted that they’ve removed less than a dozen of more than 20,000+ TEDx Talks - so why this one?



Anything that can’t be observed by neuro-imaging, dissected in autopsy, analyzed in a lab, or reduced from the data in particle acceleration and collision experiments has no value whatsoever to applied scientists — and theoretical scientists don’t have a great breadth of scope or differentiation in their respective disciplines. Scientists label any pursuit of understanding or exploring consciousness outside of their institutions as “pseudoscience” to diminish it — even though it’s not being claimed as science, but rather beyond science (aha!).  And don’t even think about mentioning psilocybin mushrooms or other ethnobotanicals like  Ayahuasca as possible cosmic or metaphysical gateways — or dare speak of out-of-body or near-death experience (OBE, NDE) as alternate reality unrelated to chemical or biological malfunction.

Those stuck in the scientific box would do well to hoist themselves onto each other’s shoulders at least once — until one is finally boosted up high enough to peer over the edge of the box and take that first look outside of it. Science and academia can exhibit extreme dogmatism when presented with alternative theories outside of their biological, chemical, physical and quantum packaging. Perhaps one will eventually climb outside, wander around the box or even stray away from it — then, maybe the others will become so curious as to form a continuous human chain until the last one stuck inside the box is willingly pulled out of it — again there’s some irony, because this is precisely what science thinks it’s doing for the religious creationist, intelligent design or non-evolutionist thinker - “rescuing” them out of the dark box of ignorance by extending their own dogmatic rosary made of data links.

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You know, those scientists, they can always crawl back into their box if they don’t like it out here in open, unlimited space; their box will still be there - as geometrically limited as when they left it — and most likely bearing the name of a wealthy donor.

 

http://blog.ted.com/2013/03/19/the-debate-about-graham-hancocks-talk/

and, so you can find the presentation once TED removes it:

http://vimeo.com/61808955
 

Filed under TED TEDx Graham Hancock War on Consciousness TED censorship TED banned presentations material-reductionism science dogma pseudoscience intelligentsia Richard Dawkins Personal Sovereignty War on Drugs Ayahuasca DMT psilocybin altered states nature of reality shamanism Higgs Boson Quantum Quantum Theory near-death experience out-of-body experience OBE NDE censorship

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"We are breeding a new generation of human beings who will learn more from a machine than their mothers." #TheShowandTellMachine #1977 #RoseKohnGoldsen #AdBusters #CultureJammer

"We are breeding a new generation of human beings who will learn more from a machine than their mothers." #TheShowandTellMachine #1977 #RoseKohnGoldsen #AdBusters #CultureJammer

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Hugo #Chávez ( July 28, 1954 - March 5, 2013 ) "Every time the #NYSE rings its opening bell, a #socialist gets his wings, and a #capitalist goes to #Hell." A Capra-esque contrast of socialism and capitalism

Hugo #Chávez ( July 28, 1954 - March 5, 2013 ) 

"Every time the #NYSE rings its opening bell, a #socialist gets his wings, and a #capitalist goes to #Hell." 

A Capra-esque contrast of socialism and capitalism

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Antiquophile

Antiquophile: An ancient bacterial organism which thrives in extreme physical or geochemical conditions (from Latin antiquus meaning “ancient” and Greek philiā meaning “love”); alternatively, archaiophile (from the Greek αρχαίος (archaíos), meaning ancient, and Greek: φίλια (philia), love).

Usage:  Russian scientists have discovered an unidentified antiquophile while sampling waters via ice core drilling in a previously unexplored, ancient sub-glacial lake - Lake Vostok - in Antarctica.

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Alternative usage:  On the first weekend of the month, I am chomping at the bit to go antiquing at the Kane County Flea Market - I’m a total antiquophile!  (see what I did there - photo below)

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Further reading:

Filed under Lake Vostok Antarctica ancient bacteria bacteria Archaiophile Flea Market Antiques Russia Russian Scientists microbes microbial life South Pole sub-glacial sub-glacial lake ice core drilling Vostok Station Russians extremophiles thermophiles Antiquophile subglacial

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Christopher J. McCandless (February 12, 1968  -  August 1992)
"Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. So now, after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution. No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild. Alexander Supertramp. May 1992.”"For a moment she rediscovered the purpose of her life. She was here on earth to grasp the meaning of its wild enchantment, and to call each thing by its right name …."
- Boris Pasternak 

Christopher J. McCandless (February 12, 1968  -  August 1992)

"Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. So now, after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution. No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild. Alexander Supertramp. May 1992.”

"For a moment she rediscovered the purpose of her life. She was here on earth to grasp the meaning of its wild enchantment, and to call each thing by its right name …."

- Boris Pasternak 

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American Amnesialism: When Americans, and especially Democrats, forget the enduring collateral damage caused by the policies of their 42nd president, William Jefferson Clinton, because he’s so darn charming and “folksy” when he speaks.
The Accidental Seeker & Intentional Opiner

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beach obe

I open my eyes and ochre water’s all around

I’m underneath, but I’m not scared, I still see golden sunlight too

I see your legs; you’ve let me go

and I think I’m down here all alone

I hear voices, but I can’t breathe

So I leave, I’m off to explore

But wait, there’s me - that’s my face

Can’t you see, that somehow now, there’s two of me

You finally see the first me

and you slowly raise her up

She coughs and breathes;

and the other me just goes and floats away

But which one am I; now, I’m not sure

Am I real, or was it she?

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