Sunday, July 3, 2011

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  1. Well said. I am a mother of a Freemason. I have always believed my son to be a very caring warm person. He has always had compassion for others,respect & tolerance for those who may be different. But since joining the Fellowship I have seen that increase 10 fold. His knowledge, wisdom & love of life,is an even a brighter light. I commend all the charity work the Fellowship provides to those in need. I know he carries those values with him always, to be a better father, husband, friend, to be a better man period, whether in his private or public life. He is a good man, a Freemason, and I am a proud Mom.

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  2. I deeply respect your goodwill but only superficially respect your reference to God - while all light merits attention, only scientific knowledge is worthy of reverence. To clarify, your fellowships' discourse of God is good insofar as it gives members a better understanding of all things (as can be understood from experiments in which rodents living in cages with toys and other such rodents resulting in them being smarter at deducing solutions and remembering information than rodents of the same species living in not such enriched environments); but such knowledge cannot be as readily applied to solve problems. This is not to say such knowledge will not help solve specific symbolically relevant problems, but it will not for a comprehending individual as quickly result in realizing a solution.

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  3. Well, I am not sure if that is an insult or not knowledge treehouse. Although I should expect some form of critique as this is for all to see, hear and read. When you say that only scientific knowledge merits reverence, I would point out, first that freemasonry is regarded as the noble science, and in it we teach to embrace the seven liberal arts and of these geometry most of all. What drives a man to know anything? Do you think it is simply to understand that one thing he or she does not? Or do you think it is a deeper need to understand all the parts of the whole, that is existence? And if it be the latter, then what is then existence? Science has recently determined (not by all) that there is no existence without ones perception of it. If this is indeed the case, we ( Freemasons) are not surprised. The knowledge that you speak of and that you say does not lend a hand in ones comprehending a solution to the problem is in err. In the most meaningful way does it have everything to do with finding a solution to any problem. As a frame of reference, to which scientific, religious or philosophical body do you belong to? I appreciate your comments and welcome further.

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  4. Cognitive neuroscience (at least in Richard Restak's scientific community) considers curiosity, a drive to know things, a type of intelligence. But the desire to make oneself more capable of helping ones fellowman is another possible motivator.

    The knowledge I speak of can help solve any problem, but so can knowledge that is more likely to result in a solution to specific problems - even highly technical concepts have metaphorical and associative symbolic value.

    I often identify myself as a transhumanist but I cannot say that this is all I am - I have been influenced by ideas from a wide range of intellectual niches.

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  6. Interesting, I myself am a gnostic Christian. I appreciate your coments and I agree with you on a certain level. Have you read any books on religion on a scientific level? Or that explain divine truths through scientific explanations? Fascinating stuff. Deism, rosicrucianism and the Zohar. Anyway good luck in all your endeavors and take care!

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  7. I've read The Self-Aware Universe, The Akashic Experience, Angel Tech: A Modern Shaman's Guide to Reality Selection, The Tao of Physics, Autobiography of a Yogi, and Physics of the Soul.

    I'm actually researching Gnosticism right now. Could you point me to a Web essay which compares the splitting of a ten-dimensional universe into a six-dimensional universe and a four-dimensional universe to the schism which resulted in the Demiurge?

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  8. Well, these are subjects that are sensitive. And information is hard to find. To understand them, tradition informs us that a man must have a full belly and be 40 years in age. Alluding to a full belly of knowledge and have existed on the plain for 40 years. Such subjects as you speak can be found in books mostly. On the web documents will yield next to nothing of value to you because of the lack of true interest. And by true interest I mean to say that you should be true I your quest and not for selfishness. The Zohar Bereshith is a good start. If your interested in a poem relating to death and rebirth as I
    Lustrated in nature, let me know.

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  9. I'm interested in the poem.

    You're correct that Gnosticism is a sensitive subject. I'm trying to give it the right kind of exposure to normalize it as an ancient faith being rediscovered: "Gnosticism began as a humanistic analysis of the Abrahamic religion by believers in its description of history. Not having the complexity of modern discourse, they proposed an alternative mythology: [unfortunately I don't have a complete knowledge of the mythos].

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  10. Michio Kaku, international intellectual celebrity and CUNY professor of physics, posits that the universe began with ten dimensions but soon split into a universe with four dimensions (including time) and a universe with six dimensions. Contemporary Gnosticism points to the similarity of this theory to the schism of Sofia which resulted in the Demiurge."

    Basically I read this comparison in a Web document and now I'm trying to track it down.

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