News Briefs 13-02-2013

I think I remember how to post the Grail news, it’s like riding a bike. Although that’s what Albert Hofmann said…

Tip o’ the hat to Rob Brezsny, David Metcalfe, & three huzzahs to Perceval for covering the news during my alien abduction Cirque du Soleil training.

Quote of the Day:

I cannot endure to read a line of poetry. I have tried to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. I have almost lost my taste for pictures and music. I lament this curious loss of my higher aesthetic tastes. . . My mind seems to have become a machine for grinding general laws, out of larger collections of facts, but why this should have caused the atrophy of that part of the brain alone, on which the higher tastes depend, I cannot conceive.

~ Charles Darwin

    1. I work quite a bit with
      I work quite a bit with stones and crystals. On the most fundamental level they can very readily alter the human vibration and thereby jolt one out of ordinary orientation into something more exotic. A shaman is really getting other perspectives and this doesn’t necessarily require supranormal abilities. It is quite a revelation at first to realize how much the material world can affect our perspective, and once you start doing the dance with crystallized matter then you start paying more attention to the material world as you pass through its differing densities on a daily basis.

      Not all matter takes you higher – sometimes it will slow you down which can be very timely if you have got into a higher domain than you can handle for any length of time without starting to get too enervated. Stones and crystals are just particularly dense nodes of matter that will tweak you vibrationally more emphatically than say a loaf of bread, but a loaf of bread will leave an imprint on you too. Everything does.

    2. Chutzpah
      Naming your freshly-minted “scientific” journal DeNovo is pressing it a little, no?

      I will set back and consume a blueberry muffin or two and wait for someone else to blow the 30 bucks on the download.

  1. QotD
    Anyone else find Darwin’s quote interesting, particularly in light of Richard Dawkins? Darwin lamented how rationalism was killing his “higher aesthetic tastes”, and the Dawk in recent years has lamented how higher aesthetic tastes kill rationalism. Curiouser and curiouser!

    1. higher aesthetic tastes
      What I found interesting about Darwin’s quote was that he assumed that enjoying Shakespeare was somehow “higher.” Setting aside Shakespeare’s value (I’ve been reading “The Rape of Lucrece,” and a lot of it is piffle), why should we place aesthetics above rationalism? To me, they’re both part of human brain activity, and complement, rather than compete…

      1. Higher and higher
        I don’t get the impression Darwin was putting aesthetics above rationalism — he wanted a balance, and focusing entirely on one was having a negative effect on the other. That’s how I read it, anyway. The Dawk on the other hand makes no ambiguities about what he thinks is higher! 😉

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