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The Importance of Names

To the ancients names were very important. Egyptians considered them to hold the power of the person or God, to the extent that if one knew the secret names of the gods one could have power over them. According to some legends Isis obtained her magickal powers by tricking Ra into revealing his secret name . . . → Read More: The Importance of Names

Teilhard’s Gnosis: Cosmogenesis

The main thrust of Teilhard’s gnosis was a foundational understanding of the Universe, which was expressed in his theory of Cosmogenesis. According to Teilhard, the universe is no longer to be considered a static order, but rather a universe in process. And it is a continuing, upslope trajectory of evolution that Teilhard declares a cosmogenesis. . . . → Read More: Teilhard’s Gnosis: Cosmogenesis

Memetics

Cultural evolution, including the evolution of knowledge, can be modelled through the same basic principles of variation and selection that underly biological evolution. This implies a shift from genes as units of biological information to a new type of units of cultural information: memes. A meme is a cognitive or behavioral pattern that can be . . . → Read More: Memetics

Save Israel, for Jesus?

From ABC news! “What is happening in Israel today with their neighbors is prophesied in the Bible. The whole world should understand the reason for the conflict in the Middle East,” she said, adding this has all been foretold. Added another attendee, “We are actually in the end of times. From what I’ve read in . . . → Read More: Save Israel, for Jesus?

The Great Secret

by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke How many times has someone promised to reveal “the Great Secret” that will bring you Wealth, Health, Power and Love? Like many people, I am sure this has happened to you more than once. Well, did you get this Great Secret? Or, should I ask, did it bring you the Wealth, . . . → Read More: The Great Secret

Acts of divination

BY ANAND People’s need to know the future has led to new words. The oldest profession in any culture or society could have been that of a soothsayer. There are over two hundred words with the suffix — mancy. ANU GARG, author of A Word A Day, posted some words about forecasting and divination . . . → Read More: Acts of divination

Intro to Biofeedback

Biofeedback operates on the notion that we have the innate ability and potential to influence the automatic functions of our bodies through the exertion of will and mind. Biofeedback has recently been shown to give us what had previously seemed an impossible degree of control over a variety of physiologic events.

For example, a person . . . → Read More: Intro to Biofeedback

Fish Feast Fosters Understanding between First Nations, municipalities

By Brennan Clarke Victoria News There’s nothing like free food to bring people together – just ask the organizers of last week’s salmon barbecue at Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park. About 500 aboriginal and non-aboriginal people showed up at the Cameron Bandshell Thursday for a traditional native salmon feast, the first of its kind in Victoria. . . . → Read More: Fish Feast Fosters Understanding between First Nations, municipalities

Foods of the Gods

To ancient Romans, dining was a social, ceremonious and religious occasion. Food permeated all aspects of Roman life and cemented a communal bond, not only between men but also between men and the divine. The farmers in early Rome sought the gods? assistance to ensure successful harvests and as a result, many of the foods . . . → Read More: Foods of the Gods

Teaching the teachers about First Nations’ culture

by Holli Moncrieff For years, The Manitoba Museum has been educating students about First Nations culture, so teaching the teachers was a natural progression. In 2001, First Nations children accounted for one in four of all Manitoba children under 15-years-old. School divisions have been striving to incorporate more First Nations culture and heritage into their . . . → Read More: Teaching the teachers about First Nations’ culture