Disenchantment and Materialism are inextricably linked. Materialism is this: everything that exists is only matter and energy and can only be explained thusly. Like Rationalism (from the latin word meaning “root,”) and Reductionism (“reduce”), Materialism makes a bold statement about existence, evinced in the words: merely, only, just, and actually:
A market is only a place to get food. A shrine is just a religious artifact. The Other is merely a psychological experience. Or, the gods and spirits and fae are actually just stories.
By reducing our worlds to the material, our thoughts to chemical reactions, our stories to illusions, and our experiences of the Other to delusions, Materialism rips from us the very tools by which we world the Other into the earth. While denying the Other and turning our desire and experience of it into mere psychological states and disorders, we find ourselves disarmed, alienated: we become disinhabited things.
The worst part? We not only accept this state of affairs, we cling to it, sustain it, and re-enact it.
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Complexity Theory & Panpsychism
Mr. Robb says that in this work he stumbled on an understanding of how astronomy guided the Celts, semi-nomadic tribes who dominated Europe in the Iron Age, from 800 B.C. to A.D. 600, in their migrations from the Iberian Peninsula to the Black Sea.
The argument is complex — think of it as Asterix meets “Longitude” — but Mr. Robb basically asserts that the Celts followed the directions of their druids, a caste of scholar-priests who believed in following the path of the sun at the solstice to guide their vast tribal migrations. These migrations unfolded before 58 B.C., when Julius Caesar crossed the Alps and defeated the Gauls, a Celtic tribe, effectively ending Celtic civilization.
In their wanderings, Mr. Robb writes, the Celts laid the groundwork for centuries of European history to follow. They built roads and bridges — making it easier for Caesar to take Gaul, Mr. Robb notes — developed complex communications systems, imposed rule of law, traded with the Greeks, carried out a census and even held an annual pan-tribal congress of druids in southern France.
Batman in classic movie scenes - Halloween special
Ron Swanson’s will. Written age 8.
"What are these weird symbols?"
"The man who kills me will know."