“Interview with a Stoic” – stoicism as one of the philosophies of “enlightenment”

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I have a saying, kind of a principle, that goes like this, with a few minor variations. “Don’t seek enlightenment, enlightenment will take care of itself. Seek wisdom.”.

One of the classic types of wisdom that reappears in teh human culture streams over and over around the planet is […]

Evidence of a ritual feast to honor a paleolthic shamanness.

Altho it seems like common sense that humans have used feasting ritually for a long long time, common sense can often be misleading. So it’s interesting to see what may be confirmation of a funeral feast for a shamaness in the shadowy era between the time of the great great cave paintings and the paleolithic […]

A good quick overview of Mithraism, including recent finds

The Mithra mystery religion probably gave us December 25 as “Christ-mas”, the christian fusion of Yeshuah’s “birthday” with the older winter solstice practices of pre-christian religions.

This was a pretty good simple overview of Mithra worship, concentrating on the many Mithraem, Mithra temples, usually underground, that have been found, including many recent finds.

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His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99 per cent of human evolutionary history, we have lived as hunter-gatherer communities surviving on our wits, leading to big-brained humans. Since the invention of agriculture and cities, however, natural selection on our intellect has effective stopped and mutations have accumulated in the critical “intelligence” genes.

“I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas and a clear-sighted view of important issues,” Professor Crabtree says in a provocative paper published in the journal Trends in Genetics.

“Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues. I would also make this wager for the ancient inhabitants of Africa, Asia, India or the Americas, of perhaps 2,000 to 6,000 years ago,” Professor Crabtree says.

“The basis for my wager comes from new developments in genetics, anthropology, and neurobiology that make a clear prediction that our intellectual and emotional abilities are genetically surprisingly fragile,” he says.

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