Eikonal Blog

2012.01.24

Quacks everywhere

Bruce Lipton

Dr. Joseph Mercola

  • “FDA Orders Dr. Joseph Mercola to Stop Illegal Claims” by Stephen Barrett, M.D. (at QuackWatch; 2012.02.01) – http://www.quackwatch.com/11Ind/mercola.html
  • “9 Reasons to Completely Ignore Joseph Mercola” by Joseph Albietz (Science-Based Medicine) – http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/9-reasons-to-completely-ignore-joseph-mercola-and-natural-news/
  • Postings on Dr Mercola at Science Blogs
  • “Dr. Oz defiantly embraces The Dark Side” – http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2011/01/dr_oz_finally_unequivocally_embraces_the.php
      As 2011 dawns, there is no doubt in my mind that Dr. Oz has now inevitably crossed the Woo-bicon, gone over to the Dark Side, betrayed the cause, gone woo, or whatever you want to call it. I say again: Stick a fork in him. He’s done, as far as science-based medicine goes. That’s because he featured one of the biggest promoters of quackery on the Internet on his show in one fawning segment after another. I’m referring, of course, to Dr. Joe Mercola, who was the main guest on The Dr. Oz Show yesterday in segments entitled The Alternative Health Controversy (part 1, part 2, part 3), coupled with another segment entitled The Surprising Supplement You Need. Let’s just say that Dr. Oz’s journey to the Dark Side is now complete. He has controlled his fear but released his woo, and it is strong woo indeed.

      To give you an idea of just how bad this is, take a look at the introduction to the show before the credits. Dr. Mercola is described as a “pioneer in alternative medicine” and “a man your doctor doesn’t want you to know.” I don’t know about you, but hearing that made me think instantly of Kevin Trudeau and his now-infamous book of quackery Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You To Know About.

2011.05.22

Millennialism and other religious catastrophisms

Filed under: opression, religion, superstitions — Tags: , , , — sandokan65 @ 15:42

General

2011.05.21 – Rapture that was not


Related: Religious opression – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/religious-opression/

2011.03.09

Philosophy

Various

Hegel

Imanuel Kant

Karl Marx

Bertrand Russell

At this blog: https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/bertrand-russell/

Arthur Schopenhauer

2011.02.08

Scientology

2011.01.19

Quack theories

Filed under: critical thinking, science, superstitions — Tags: , , — sandokan65 @ 13:23

2010.12.10

Mandorla

Filed under: superstitions — Tags: — sandokan65 @ 15:49

Mandorla is a medieval Italian term denoting the heart-like symbol consisting of two overlapping ovals/circles, where the almond-shaped area in the center gives name to the whole symbol (Mandorla stands for the Almond in Italian). It represents the overlapping (i.e. unity) of two otherwise separate domains, for example, of the left and right, of the dark and light, of the consciousness and the unconsciousness, human and god, The central area is the unity of heteregeneous natures, symbolising the transcedence of both.

Miracula Aeternitatis

Filed under: alchemy, languages, music — Tags: , , — sandokan65 @ 12:56

Cirque Du Soleil : Miracula Aeternitatis

  • Composer: Violaine Corradi
  • Album: Dralion
  • Vocals: Erik Karol
  • Keyboards: Sylvain Grand
  • Cello solo: James Darling
  • Guitars: Lionel Hamel
  • Text inspired by the first verse of the “Tabula Smaragdina” (Emerald Tabled)
  • at Youtube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=DGkTRCdRRVs
Quod fuit est quod erit
Et quod erit est sicut quod fuit
Quod fuit ad perpetranda
Miracula aeternitatis

    Quod superius est sicut quod inferius
    Ad perpetranda miracula

Quod fuit est quod erit
Et quod erit est sicut quod fuit
Quod fuit ad perpetranda
Miracula aeternitatis

    Quod inferius est sicut quod superius
    Ad perpetranda miracula

Quod fuit ad perpetranda
Miracula aeternitatis

    Quod superius est sicut quod inferius
    Ad perpetranda miracula

Tabula Smaragdina

Filed under: alchemy, languages — Tags: , — sandokan65 @ 12:49
Tabula Smaragdina
Verum, sine mendacio, certum et verissimum: True, without error, certain and most true:
1. Quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius, et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius, ad perpetranda miracula rei unius 1. That which is above is as that which is below, and that which is below is as that which is above, to perform the miracles of the one thing.
2. Et sicut res omnes fuerunt ab uno, meditatione unius, sic omnes res natae ab hac una re, adaptatione. 2. And as all things were from [the] one, by [means of] the meditation of [the] one, thus all things of the daughter from [the] one, by [means of] adaptation.
3. Pater eius est Sol. Mater eius est Luna. Portavit illud Ventus in ventre suo. Nutrix eius terra est. 3. Its father is the sun, its mother[,] the moon, the wind carried it in its belly, its nurse is the earth.
4. Pater omnis telesmi totius mundi est hic. 4. The father of all the looms of the whole world is here.
5. Virtus eius integra est si versa fuerit in terram. 5. Its power is integrating if it be turned into earth.
6. Separabis terram ab igne, subtile ab spisso, suaviter, magno cum ingenio. 6. Separate the earth from the fire, the fine from the dense, delicately, by [means of/to] the great [together] with capacity.
7. Ascendit a terra in coelum, iterumque descendit in terram, et recipit vim superiorum et inferiorum. 7. It ascends by [means of] earth into heaven and again it descends into the earth, and retakes the power of the superior[s] and of the inferior[s].
8. Sic habebis Gloriam totius mundi. 8. Thus[,] you have the glory of the whole world.
9. Ideo fugiet a te omnis obscuritas. 9. Therefore[,] may it drive-out by [means of] you of all the obscurity.
10. Haec est totius fortitudinis fortitudo fortis, quia vincet omnem rem subtilem, omnemque solidam penetrabit. 10. This is the whole of the strength of the strong force, because it overcomes all fine things, and penetrats all the complete.
11. Sic mundus creatus est. 11. Thus the world has been created.
12. Hinc erunt adaptationes mirabiles, quarum modus est hic. 12. Hence they were wonderful adaptations, of which this is the manner.
Itaque vocatus sum Hermes Trismegistus, habens tres partes philosophiae totius mundi. Completum est quod dixi de operatione Solis. Therefore I am Hermes the Thrice Great, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world. What I have said concerning the operation of the Sun has been completed.

2010.11.29

Superstitions

Terence McKenna

Shamanism

Paleo-Paganism

Neo-Paganism

Magick

Pop-Mythology

Mandalas and other symbolism

Alchemy

“Law of Attraction”/”Secret”

One more over-hyped superstition/quackery. It probably brought financial health to the originator of idea, but otherwise …

  • “Secret” (Afif’s blog; 2010.12.12) – http://atabsh.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/the-secret/
      But after actually reading the book it definitely seems a bit over rated…the law simply tells you that if you really focus hard on thinking and feeling about what you dream in life…you’ll get it. Yes yes you read right…so if you focus…think and feel…very hard on becoming a multi-billionaire…guess what..you will become one! … if you really focus on being happy and living safely you simply will …don’t bother if an earthquake, a tsunami, a car crash, a war breaks …you’ll just live only if you focus on it.

      It got me wondering about all the people in Africa who die out of hunger, illness, fights… were they really not focusing on being happy? Living with money? Being safe? …are only the US and Europeans the ones who have had that “Secret” since ages or does it only apply to them or ?

2010.09.10

Religious opression

Filed under: religion, superstitions — Tags: , , , , — sandokan65 @ 12:39
  • “Religion Does Its Worst” by Roger Cohen (New York Times; 2011.04.04) – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/opinion/05iht-edcohen05.html
      “So Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who organized a Koran burning on March 20, wanted “to stir the pot.” Mission accomplished. Perhaps he’d care to explain himself to the family of Joakim Dungel, a 33-year-old Swede slaughtered at the U.N. mission in Mazar-i-Sharif by Afghans whipped into frenzy through Jones’s folly.

      On reflection, no, there’s nothing Jones can explain to Dungel’s family, or the other U.N. staffers murdered. Jones is not in the explanation business. He’s a zealot. How else to describe a Christian who interprets his faith not as grounded in love and compassion but as a mission to incite hatred toward Islam? “

  • “Free Exercise of Religion? No, Thanks.” by Christopher Hitchens (Slate; 2010.09.06) – http://www.slate.com/id/2266154/…The taming and domestication of religious faith is one of the unceasing chores of civilization…

Appropriation of older cultural elements


Related: Millennialism and other religious catastrophisms – https://eikonal.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/millennialism-and-other-religions-catastrophisms/

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