Thursday, 17 July 2014

Terms That Have Resonated With Me

Venice Beach, CA - 2014

This is a selection of terms and their definitions which were worth finding out those last few years. I was happy to know these words actually exist. And if you have existentialist tendencies or if big words turn you on, then you will probably dig some of them.

  • Sapiosexual: A behaviour of becoming attracted to or aroused by intelligence and its use.
  • Pantheism: A doctrine that identifies God with the universe, or regards the universe as a manifestation of God; the belief that the Universe — or Nature as the totality of everything — is identical with divinity.

    Not to be confused with Panentheism where God lies within and also beyond or outside of the universe.

  • Synesthesia (also spelled synæsthesia or synaesthesia): A neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. Meaning, can taste words, see sounds, and hear colours among other mix-ups of the senses. While it occurs naturally to about 4% of the population, another minority can get a glimpse of what it is while on psychedelics, LSD in particular. Wickedly enjoyable.

    The following is an eye-opening documentary about this truly interesting phenomenon:: Synesthesia.

  • Biocentrism: The view or belief that the rights and needs of humans are not more important than those of other living things — a sort of new Theory of Everything. It states that life and biology are central to being, reality, and the cosmos — life creates the universe rather than the other way around. In a political and ecological sense, it is an ethical point of view that extends inherent value to all living things. Biocentrism stands in contrast to Anthropocentrism, which centers on the value of humans. The related term Zoocentrism limits inherent value specifically to animals.

  • Dudeism: A philosophy and lifestyle inspired by the modern-day fictional character Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, as portrayed by Jeff Bridges in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski. It stated primary objective is to promote a modern form of Chinese Taoism, outlined in Tao Te Ching, blended with concepts by the Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus and presented in a style as personified by the character of “The Dude”.

  • Eclecticism: a. Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

    b. PHILOSOPHY: Of, denoting, or belonging to a class of ancient philosophers who did not belong to or found any recognised school of thought but selected such doctrines as they wished from various schools.

  • Apophenia: The experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. Described as “unmotivated seeing of connections” accompanied by a “specific experience of an abnormal meaningfulness”; has come to represent the human tendency to seek patterns in random information in general, such as with gambling and paranormal phenomena.

  • Biophilia: A hypothesis suggesting that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems; an urge to affiliate with other forms of life; a tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature. 

  • Syncretism: The combining of different beliefs while melding practices of various schools of thought; the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought. It involves the merger and analogizing of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting and underlying a sense of unity and oneness while allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths. 

 And finally and perhaps more importantly,

  • Frisbeetarianism: The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and stays there.

So if you’re high and/or horny now, you’re most welcome. If not, then this may add a thing or two for you to think about.

“Luminaries of Pantheism” is a new eye-catching mural on the Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach.

The painting features Albert Einstein, Alan Watts, Baruch Spinoza, Terence McKenna, Carl Jung, Carl Sagan,
Emily Dickinson, Nikola Tesla, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ralph Waldo Emerson, W.E.B. Du Bois,
Henry David Thoreau, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Rumi, Adi Shankara, and Lao Tzu.

Art by Levi Ponce. Design by Peter Moriarty. Conception by Perry Rod.


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