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The Heart Sutra: The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom

October 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

The Heart Sutra is a popular sutra in Mahāyāna Buddhism. Its Sanskrit title, Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya, can be translated as "The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom". The sutra famously states, "Form is empty" (śūnyatā). It is a condensed exposé on the Buddhist Mahayana teaching of the Two Truths doctrine, which says that ultimately all phenomena are sunyata, empty of an unchanging essence. This emptiness is a [...]

Sitar: An Indian Plucked Stringed Instrument

October 9th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Music|Tags: , , , |

The sitar is a plucked stringed instrument, originating from the Indian subcontinent, used in Hindustani classical music. The instrument flourished under the Mughals, and it is named after a Persian instrument called the setar (meaning three strings). The sitar flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries and arrived at its present form in 18th-century India. It derives its distinctive timbre and resonance from sympathetic strings, [...]

14 Philosophical Quotes by Baruch Spinoza

October 7th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Baruch Spinoza was a Jewish-Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardi origin. One of the early thinkers of the Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe, came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy. Baruch Espinoza was born on 24 November 1632 in the Jodenbuurt in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He developed highly controversial ideas regarding the authenticity [...]

The Legendary Lost Continent of Mu

October 5th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , |

Mu is a legendary lost continent that also appears in lost world literature. It is a term introduced by Augustus Le Plongeon, who used the "Land of Mu" as an alternative name for Atlantis. It was subsequently popularized as an alternative term for the hypothetical land of Lemuria by James Churchward, who asserted that Mu was located in the Pacific Ocean before its destruction. Archaeologists [...]

What is a Psychic Reading?

October 4th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge, Spirituality|Tags: , , , , , , |

A psychic reading is a specific attempt to discern information through the use of heightened perceptive abilities; or natural extensions of the basic human senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and instinct. These natural extensions are claimed to be clairvoyance (vision), clairsentience (feeling), claircognizance (factual knowing) and clairaudience (hearing) and the resulting statements made during such an attempt. The term is commonly associated with paranormal-based [...]

Moai: Monolithic Human Figures on Easter Island

October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island in eastern Polynesia between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island's perimeter. Almost all moai have overly large heads three-eighths the size of the whole statue. [...]

The Philosophical Concept of the Noosphere

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

The noosphere is a philosophical concept developed and popularized foremostly by the biogeochemist Vladimir Vernadsky. Vernadsky defined the noosphere as the planetary “sphere of reason”. The noosphere represents the highest stage of biospheric development, its defining factor being the development of humankind's rational activities. The word derives from the Greek noos ("mind", "reason" or "to spin the thread of the mind") and sphera ("sphere"), in [...]

The Global Brain Hypothesis

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

The global brain is a neuroscience-inspired and futurological vision of the planetary information and communications technology network that interconnects all humans and their technological artifacts. As this network stores ever more information, takes over ever more functions of coordination and communication from traditional organizations and becomes increasingly intelligent, it increasingly plays the role of a brain for the planet Earth. Proponents of the global brain [...]

Cassandra Complex in Mythology and Psychology

September 30th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Cassandra complex (variously labeled the Cassandra metaphor ) occurs when valid warnings or concerns are dismissed or disbelieved. The term originates in Greek mythology. Cassandra was a daughter of Priam, the King of Troy. Struck by her beauty, Apollo provided her with the gift of prophecy, but when Cassandra refused Apollo's romantic advances, he placed a curse ensuring that nobody would believe her warnings. [...]