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by Roncooper
Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:37 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Why is it so difficult to leave religion?
Replies: 182
Views: 17130

I just found this thread. I feel so lucky to have the time to read through these. Revisiting these is a task I would strongly recommend, if you can. It is like enjoying a bouquet of ideas. I have only finished 4 pages but would like to contribute some thoughts. Thank you Cindy B. for the link to Tec...
by Roncooper
Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 20
Views: 4418

I remember Alam Watts saying that Jesus' statement, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind," was a Zen Koan. I'm not sure I agree. My feeling is that Jesus' statement is trivial for those who love unconditionally. I'm confused as usual, and not sure...
by Roncooper
Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 30503

Nandu, Thanks for the reply. Happy birthday Copernicus! As you say, he accomplished a great feat without doing any measurements; however I would say that he used Occam's razor rather than the scientific method. His theory was confirmed by others using the scientific method. Perhaps I am splitting ha...
by Roncooper
Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:28 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 30503

Thank you for the book reference. I found the preface and forward intriguing. I have several problems with the first chapter, however. He argues against materialism based on the fact that our senses are not reliable. I think his position comes out of the time that he lived, although I don’t know why...
by Roncooper
Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 30503

Neoplato, Thanks for the post. Is there a modern reference for neoplatonisn? Is could be fun to see after reading the source. Also, concerning the scientific method, please excuse me for the poor choice of words. I know this is off track, but much of our body of knowledge is more reliable than the s...
by Roncooper
Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 30503

I just started reading The Six Enneads by Plotinus. In the first Tractate he presents ideas about the possible relationships between the body and the soul. In section 3 he says: 3 . We may treat of the Soul as in the body- whether it be set above it or actually within it- since the association of th...
by Roncooper
Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Monomyth
Replies: 34
Views: 5529

Thank you for the post. From what I understand, I would take both answers to be yes. I labeled Unus Mundus as transcendent conciousness because I have been studying Hinduism. It appears that Jung used the concept of syncronicity to point to Unus Mundus. I was surprised that he worked with Pauli on t...
by Roncooper
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Neo-Platonism: The beginning of Comparative Religion?
Replies: 448
Views: 30503

Neoplato, Thank you for this thread. My wanderings lead me to Neoplatonism about 10 days ago, and low and behold, you have this thread. Thank goodness for this newfangled way of communicating. I've read the posts and found the first page interesting. The rest seemed like a random walk through idea s...
by Roncooper
Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Monomyth
Replies: 34
Views: 5529

I think I am coming at this topic from too foreign a perspective. I read the conclusion from your last post and have more questions than when I started. I think I need to ask simple questions. Did Jung believe that the collective unconscious was man made? Did he believe in a transcendent consciousne...
by Roncooper
Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Monomyth
Replies: 34
Views: 5529

We are in agreement. Aptitude is one of the reasons she was on that stage, but I do not believe it was the dominant reason. There were many reasons and aptitude is one of them. The purpose of that concert was to create the most beautiful music possible, and for me that was the dominant reason. It is...
by Roncooper
Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:17 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Monomyth
Replies: 34
Views: 5529

Cindy B, Thank you for the last two posts. I read the East vs. West comparison until I understood it. I have some comments you might enjoy, but first I have to put my two cents in about the last post dealing with DNA and neurobiology. To me this is the sort of theory one can develop if the focus is ...
by Roncooper
Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Monomyth
Replies: 34
Views: 5529

Cindy B, Thank you for the links. I tried to find this information on my own with little success. I would like to reply to your brief post by apologizing for going negative. It is just that I get so angry when a physicist goes on PBS and presents a speculative theory as if it were gospel. This goes ...
by Roncooper
Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:17 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Monomyth
Replies: 34
Views: 5529

Clemsy, I like the idea that DNA predisposes us to certain choices. Given my personal experience, this seems like the correct scale of influence. However, there is a significant portion of the scientific community who believe that the situation is far more deterministic. They believe that everything...
by Roncooper
Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:10 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Monomyth
Replies: 34
Views: 5529

Clemsy, Thank you for the concise summary. Your phrase "all myths tell the same story," threw me for a few hours. Hero tales are certainly not the only type of myth, there are creation stories and cautionary tales for example. Of course this is just splitting hairs. Campbell's message is the same wh...
by Roncooper
Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 20
Views: 4418

Alan Watts

Thank you for the post. Alan Watts had a TV show on PBS in the early 70s. That is where I discovered him. He was my Pied Piper. I strongly recommend his audio collection, especially one called "images of man." It is a wonderful comparison of Eastern and Western thought. here is a link. http://www.yo...