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The Sacrificial Rites of Capitalism We Don’t Talk About | naked capitalism
" Supritha Rajan, an English professor at the University of Rochester, sees the dominant story of capitalism working in this way. Part of a wave of humanities scholars taking a closer look at the meaning and history of capitalism, her book, A Tale of Two Capitalisms, reveals how the fields of anthropology and economics, along with the literary form of the novel, which developed together in the late 18th and 19thcenturies, cross-pollinated each other and worked in tandem to investigate and offer new theories about human nature and culture. Together, they helped create a new story for the citizens of an emerging world."
book  review  capitalism  history  ritual  spirituality 
20 days ago by tsuomela
Seeing God in the Third Millennium - Oliver Sacks - The Atlantic
"Hallucinations, whether revelatory or banal, are not of supernatural origin; they are part of the normal range of human consciousness and experience. This is not to say that they cannot play a part in the spiritual life, or have great meaning for an individual. Yet while it is understandable that one might attribute value, ground beliefs, or construct narratives from them, hallucinations cannot provide evidence for the existence of any metaphysical beings or places. They provide evidence only of the brain's power to create them."
hallucination  brain  neurology  experience  perception  religion  spirituality 
december 2012 by tsuomela - Journal of Experimental Social Psychology - Foxhole atheism, revisited: The effects of mortality salience on explicit and implicit religious belief
Although fear of death features prominently in many historical and contemporary theories as a major motivational factor in religious belief, the empirical evidence available is ambivalent, and limited, we argue, by imprecise measures of belief and insufficient attention to the distinction between implicit and explicit aspects of cognition. The present research used both explicit (questionnaire) and implicit (single-target implicit association test
psychology  death  awareness  religion  spirituality  god  belief  terror 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Exploring the Existential Function of Religion and Supernatural Agent Beliefs Among Christians, Muslims, Atheists, and Agnostics
Building on research suggesting one primary function of religion is the management of death awareness, the present research explored how supernatural beliefs are influenced by the awareness of death, for whom, and how individuals’ extant beliefs determine which god(s), if any, are eligible to fulfill that function. In Study 1, death reminders had no effect among Atheists, but enhanced Christians’ religiosity, belief in a higher power, and belief in God/Jesus and enhanced denial of Allah and Buddha. Similarly, death reminders increased Muslims’ religiosity and belief in a higher power, and led to greater belief in Allah and denial of God/Jesus and Buddha (Study 2). Finally, in Study 3, death reminders motivated Agnostics to increase their religiosity, belief in a higher power, and their faith in God/Jesus, Buddha, and Allah. The studies tested three potential theoretical explanations and were consistent with terror management theory’s worldview defense hypothesis. Theoretical implications are discussed.
psychology  death  awareness  religion  spirituality  god  belief 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Philip K. Dick
The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
Eds. Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2011. 944 pp.

_____. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
1964. Mariner, October 2011. 240 pp.

_____. Ubik
1969. Mariner, April 2012. 240 pp.

_____. VALIS
1981. Mariner, October 2011. 288 pp.

_____. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
1982. Mariner, October 2011. 256 pp.
book  review  people(PhilipKDick)  sf  fiction  religion  spirituality  mysticism  marxian 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Why we love The Shack, the self-published novel by William P. Young. - By Nathan Heller - Slate Magazine
This rough-hewn, handmade quality is probably what's earned The Shack its fans. America often gets lampooned as a nation of Jesus freaks, but it's even more a country caught up in the never-ending search for authenticity. Young's too-weird-for-the-pulpit thoughts about how Adam's rib and the female uterus form a "circle of relationship" have the appeal of knobby heirloom-produce in a world where much religion arrives vacuum-packed.
book  review  religion  spirituality  american  entertainment  faith 
june 2010 by tsuomela
The Great Story Website created by Connie Barlow
THE GREAT STORY (also known as the Universe Story, Epic of Evolution, or Evolutionary Epic) is humanity's common creation story. It is the 14 billion year science-based sacred story of cosmic genesis, from the formation of the galaxies and the origin of Earth life, to the development of self-reflective consciousness and human technology, to the emergence of comprehensive compassion and tools to assist humanity in being a blessing to the larger body of life.
evolution  religion  science  spirituality  philosophy  environment  integral  story  cosmos  universe 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Kierkegaard on the Couch - Happy Days Blog -
These days, confide to someone that you are in despair and he or she will likely suggest that you seek out professional help for your depression. While despair used to be classified as one of the seven deadly sins, it has now been medicalized and folded into the concept of clinical depression. If Kierkegaard were on Facebook or could post a You Tube video, he would certainly complain that we, who have listened to Prozac, have become deaf to the ancient distinction between psychological and spiritual disorders, between depression and despair.
philosophy  psychology  spirituality  depression  happiness  literature  self  despair  kierkegaard  soren 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The Archdruid Report: Daydreams of Destruction
Thus I think it’s crucial to come back to the hard fact that we are not heading toward a happier future in any sense that matters. We are moving into a troubled, difficult, dangerous age in which most of us stand to lose a great many of the things that matter to us. Those troubles may encourage some of us to pursue a relationship with the sources of meaning in our lives, granted, but they are at least as likely to keep others too busy scrambling for survival or grieving over their losses to find time for that challenging process. When we project our fantasies of a better life onto the inkblot patterns of catastrophe, then, we’re kidding ourselves, and the sooner we grasp that – the sooner we come to terms with the bleak predicament facing us, and turn our attention to figuring out what might still be saved and then trying to save it – the more likely we are to make a positive difference in a bitter time.
environment  future  imagination  images  optimism  pessimism  politics  lifestyle  climate  global-warming  peak-oil  spirituality 
september 2009 by tsuomela
HG Poetics: Human Manifesto
As regards poetry, I'm a maximalist. I'm drawn to the deep thinking of Wallace Stevens & Mandelstam, on the spirit of poetry & the poet's vocation. The "theory of poetry" is about the relationship between poetry and the world, between poetry and worldview. It assumes that underneath all the differences, somehow, poetry is "one thing" : and that mysterious something is distinct from other modes of human thought, action and art.
poetry  poetics  theory  manifesto  maximalism  spirituality 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Sacred Modernities: Rethinking Modernity in a Post-Secular Age – conference page
The aim of this conference is to take stock of these transformations in the context of what is often referred to as a ‘post-secular’ age comprised of ‘multiple modernities’. Its agenda is emphatically interdisciplinary and welcomes scholars from the fields of history, sociology, cultural studies, theology, and others. In the same spirit, the conference adopts a broad, abundant understanding of the term ‘sacred’ to encompass not only formal religious worldviews, but also that which, in whatever fashion, disturbs, complicates, and perhaps abolishes, the distinction between the sacred and the secular.
conference  podcast  recording  audio  modernism  sacred  spirituality  postmodernism  2009  school(Oxford) 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College
The Library is a special collection of St. Olaf College which serves anyone interested in the writings and ideas of Søren Kierkegaard, the 19th-century Danish philosopher, and related thinkers. T
library  kierkegaard  soren  philosophy  19c  existentialism  commentary  criticism  religion  spirituality  christian  school(StOlaf)  minnesota 
august 2009 by tsuomela

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