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LuvBuzd 075: Many of us, at one time or another, have had a platonic friend open up & confess their romantic feelings for us. Today we discuss some possible ways of preventing and handling this awkward encounter. LuvBuzd.TV
12 Aug 2009
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I awake to morning boobies A minor Warm morning boobies C As comforting A as loaves of bread C they look like- D I need them A I mean they look like, they look like something that there's two of and boobies morning boobies Warm morning boobies They look fresh and warm solace- in a storm They smell so sweetly prod them gen-t-l-y my face in between them I don't know what or when oh boobies- comfort me oh boobies- be with me I always like to see them I greet them as old friends I love them- platonically aesthetically, morally, physically, and greatly
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*******www.twssshow**** Many men and women have tried over the years to keep things on a platonic level. There have been documented cases of these types of relationships working, but they are few and far between. We decided to take a look into the topic to see if we could finally come to a conclusion. The question still remains.
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> Brano Musicale Registrato - Creative Commons License Copyright *******creativecommons****/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/it/ > DOWNLOAD MP3: *******www.mediafire****/download.php?dgygtnjjkex "Possiamo perdonare un bambino quando ha paura del buio. La vera tragedia della vita è quando un uomo ha paura della luce". > Platone
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Perché miti, religioni, scritture e costruzioni inverosimilmente appartenenti a un medesimo ceppo sono comuni sia in Mongolia che in India, in Cina, in Egitto e nell’America precolombiana? Per quale motivo ci sono gruppi di persone che hanno fisionomia e dialetti simili anche se abitano a centinaia o a migliaia di chilometri di distanza? Come mai su molte isole dell’Oceano Pacifico si trovano statue o costruzioni fatte con materiali che non esistono su di esse? La risposta è semplice: perché tutte le antiche civiltà nascono dalla “terra madre” Mu. Quando dodicimila anni fa Mu scomparve, inabissandosi nell’Oceano Pacifico, pochi superstiti sopravvissero sulle isole che si erano create con i frammenti del continente. La maggior parte di queste persone si imbarbarì, solo alcuni continuarono a esercitare il loro sapere segreto, ereditato dai loro antenati delle Pleiadi che, dopo essersi trasferiti sulla Terra, vivevano pacificamente insieme agli uomini nel continente Mu: sono i kahuna, anelli di congiunzione tra il mondo umano e quello animale. Stella, la protagonista del libro, è una di loro. Il suo potere non deriva da un’indistinta origine magica ma è frutto di un legame con un passato, coerentemente descritto, che le permette di scoprire la Terra Cava, il mondo nascosto cercato sin dai tempi di Platone in ogni epoca e in tutte le regioni del mondo. L’autrice porta i lettori non in un mondo irreale e fantastico ma in un mondo che è quello attuale visto con una libertà di pensiero affascinante che permetterà loro di vivere sorprendenti avventure nella piramide di Cheope, a Baalbek ad Angkor e nell’Isola di Pasqua oltre che in Venezuela, in America e in Francia. Questo romanzo, in un avvincente intreccio narrativo, mescola sapientemente caratteristiche del genere d’avventura con elementi di archeologia e di fantascienza. - www.booktrailers.eu
13 Jun 2010
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PhysForum Science Excerpt: We have an upper limit on the radius of the electron, set by experiment, but that’s about it. By our current knowledge, it is an elementary particle with no internal structure, and thus no ’size’.” *******www.uncommondescent****/intelligent-design/intelligent-design-uncensored-hot-off-the-press/comment-page-3/#comment-354575 Dr. Quantum - Double Slit Experiment & Entanglement - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4096579/ Explaining The Unseen Spiritual Realm - Dr. Quantum - Flatland - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4119478 Here is a clip of a talk in which Alain Aspect talks about the failure of 'local realism', or the failure of materialism, to explain reality: The Failure Of Local Realism - Materialism - Alain Aspect - video *******www.metacafe****/w/4744145 This following study adds to Alain Aspect's work in Quantum Mechanics and solidly refutes the 'hidden variable' argument that has been used by materialists to try to get around the Theistic implications of the instantaneous 'spooky action at a distance' found in quantum mechanics. Quantum Measurements: Common Sense Is Not Enough, Physicists Show - July 2009 Excerpt: scientists have now proven comprehensively in an experiment for the first time that the experimentally observed phenomena cannot be described by non-contextual models with hidden variables. *******www.sciencedaily****/releases/2009/07/090722142824.htm Double-slit experiment Excerpt: (Though normally done with photons) The double slit experiment can also be performed (using different apparatus) with particles of matter such as electrons with the same results, demonstrating that they also show particle-wave duality. *******en.wikipedia****/wiki/Double-slit_experiment Quantum Mechanics – Quantum Results, Theoretical Implications Of Quantum Mechanics Excerpt: Bohr proposed that electrons existed only in certain orbits and that, instead of traveling between orbits, electrons made instantaneous quantum leaps or jumps between allowed orbits.,,, The electron quantum leaps between orbits proposed by the Bohr model accounted for Plank’s observations that atoms emit or absorb electromagnetic radiation in quanta. Bohr’s model also explained many important properties of the photoelectric effect described by Albert Einstein (1879–1955). *******science.jrank****/pages/5607/Quantum-Mechanics.html Electron entanglement near a superconductor and bell inequalities Excerpt: The two electrons of these pairs have entangled spin and orbital degrees of freedom.,,, We formulate Bell-type inequalities in terms of current-current cross-correlations associated with contacts with varying magnetization orientations. We find maximal violation (as in photons) when a superconductor is the particle source. *******www.springerlink****/content/e2830ur84h856618/ Ions have been teleported successfully for the first time by two independent research groups Excerpt: In fact, copying isn't quite the right word for it. In order to reproduce the quantum state of one atom in a second atom, the original has to be destroyed. This is unavoidable - it is enforced by the laws of quantum mechanics, which stipulate that you can't 'clone' a quantum state. In principle, however, the 'copy' can be indistinguishable from the original (that was destroyed),,, *******www.rsc****/chemistryworld/Issues/2004/October/beammeup.asp Atom takes a quantum leap - 2009 Excerpt: Ytterbium ions have been 'teleported' over a distance of a metre.,,, "What you're moving is information, not the actual atoms," says Chris Monroe, from the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland in College Park and an author of the paper. But as two particles of the same type differ only in their quantum states, the transfer of quantum information is equivalent to moving the first particle to the location of the second. *******www.freerepublic****/focus/news/2171769/posts "Atoms are not things" Werner Heisenberg "Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it." Niels Bohr "As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter." Max Planck - The Father Of Quantum Mechanics - (Of Note: Max Planck was a devout Christian, which is not surprising when you realize practically every, if not every, founder of each major branch of modern science also 'just so happened' to have a deep Christian connection.) leading quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger has followed in John Archibald Wheeler's footsteps (1911-2008) by insisting reality, at its most foundational level, is 'information'. "It from bit symbolizes the idea that every item of the physical world has at bottom - at a very deep bottom, in most instances - an immaterial source and explanation; that which we call reality arises in the last analysis from the posing of yes-no questions and the registering of equipment-evoked responses; in short, that things physical are information-theoretic in origin." John Archibald Wheeler Why the Quantum? It from Bit? A Participatory Universe? Excerpt: In conclusion, it may very well be said that information is the irreducible kernel from which everything else flows. Thence the question why nature appears quantized is simply a consequence of the fact that information itself is quantized by necessity. It might even be fair to observe that the concept that information is fundamental is very old knowledge of humanity, witness for example the beginning of gospel according to John: "In the beginning was the Word." Anton Zeilinger - a leading expert in quantum teleportation: *******www.metanexus****/Magazine/ArticleDetail/tabid/68/id/8638/Default.aspx Why Quantum Theory Does Not Support Materialism - By Bruce L Gordon: Excerpt: Because quantum theory is thought to provide the bedrock for our scientific understanding of physical reality, it is to this theory that the materialist inevitably appeals in support of his worldview. But having fled to science in search of a safe haven for his doctrines, the materialist instead finds that quantum theory in fact dissolves and defeats his materialist understanding of the world. *******www.4truth****/site/c.hiKXLbPNLrF/b.2904125/k.E94E/Why_Quantum_Theory_Does_Not_Support_Materialism.htm BRUCE GORDON: Hawking irrational arguments - October 2010 Excerpt: The physical universe is causally incomplete and therefore neither self-originating nor self-sustaining. The world of space, time, matter and energy is dependent on a reality that transcends space, time, matter and energy. This transcendent reality cannot merely be a Platonic realm of mathematical descriptions, for such things are causally inert abstract entities that do not affect the material world. Neither is it the case that "nothing" is unstable, as Mr. Hawking and others maintain. Absolute nothing cannot have mathematical relationships predicated on it, not even quantum gravitational ones. Rather, the transcendent reality on which our universe depends must be something that can exhibit agency - a mind that can choose among the infinite variety of mathematical descriptions and bring into existence a reality that corresponds to a consistent subset of them. This is what "breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe.,,, *******www.washingtontimes****/news/2010/oct/1/hawking-irrational-arguments/ Special Relativity - Time Dilation and Length Contraction - video *******www.youtube****/watch?v=VSRIyDfo_mY "I've just developed a new theory of eternity." Albert Einstein *******www.rd****/your-america-inspiring-people-and-stories/best-brainac/article37176-2.html "The laws of relativity have changed timeless existence from a theological claim to a physical reality. Light, you see, is outside of time, a fact of nature proven in thousands of experiments at hundreds of universities. I don’t pretend to know how tomorrow can exist simultaneously with today and yesterday. But at the speed of light they actually and rigorously do. Time does not pass." – Richard Swenson Light and Quantum Entanglement Reflect Some Characteristics Of God - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4102182 Scientific Evidence That Mind Effects Matter - Random Number Generators - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4198007 Theism compared to materialism within the scientific method: *******docs.google****/Doc?docid=dc8z67wz_5fwz42dg9 Intelligent Design - The Anthropic Hypothesis *******lettherebelight-77.blogspot****/2009/10/intelligent-design-anthropic-hypothesis_19.html
8 Oct 2010
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Entire video: What Contemporary Physics and Philosophy Tell Us About Nature and God – video - Fr. Spritzer & Dr. Bruce Gordon (Last 25 minutes is the Dr. Gordon talk) *******www.mefeedia****/watch/32512834 BRUCE GORDON: Hawking's irrational arguments - October 2010 Excerpt: The physical universe is causally incomplete and therefore neither self-originating nor self-sustaining. The world of space, time, matter and energy is dependent on a reality that transcends space, time, matter and energy. This transcendent reality cannot merely be a Platonic realm of mathematical descriptions, for such things are causally inert abstract entities that do not affect the material world. Neither is it the case that "nothing" is unstable, as Mr. Hawking and others maintain. Absolute nothing cannot have mathematical relationships predicated on it, not even quantum gravitational ones. Rather, the transcendent reality on which our universe depends must be something that can exhibit agency - a mind that can choose among the infinite variety of mathematical descriptions and bring into existence a reality that corresponds to a consistent subset of them. This is what "breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe.,,, the evidence for string theory and its extension, M-theory, is nonexistent; and the idea that conjoining them demonstrates that we live in a multiverse of bubble universes with different laws and constants is a mathematical fantasy. What is worse, multiplying without limit the opportunities for any event to happen in the context of a multiverse - where it is alleged that anything can spontaneously jump into existence without cause - produces a situation in which no absurdity is beyond the pale. For instance, we find multiverse cosmologists debating the "Boltzmann Brain" problem: In the most "reasonable" models for a multiverse, it is immeasurably more likely that our consciousness is associated with a brain that has spontaneously fluctuated into existence in the quantum vacuum than it is that we have parents and exist in an orderly universe with a 13.7 billion-year history. This is absurd. The multiverse hypothesis is therefore falsified because it renders false what we know to be true about ourselves. Clearly, embracing the multiverse idea entails a nihilistic irrationality that destroys the very possibility of science. *******www.washingtontimes****/news/2010/oct/1/hawking-irrational-arguments/ The Physics of the Small and Large: What is the Bridge Between Them? Roger Penrose Excerpt: "The time-asymmetry is fundamentally connected to with the Second Law of Thermodynamics: indeed, the extraordinarily special nature (to a greater precision than about 1 in 10^10^123, in terms of phase-space volume) can be identified as the "source" of the Second Law (Entropy)." *******www.pul.it/irafs/CD%20IRAFS%2702/texts/Penrose.pdf How special was the big bang? - Roger Penrose Excerpt: This now tells us how precise the Creator's aim must have been: namely to an accuracy of one part in 10^10^123. (from the Emperor’s New Mind, Penrose, pp 339-345 - 1989 *******www.ws5****/Penrose/ The Underlying Mathematical Foundation Of The Universe -Walter Bradley - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4491491 The Five Foundational Equations of the Universe and Brief Descriptions of Each: *******docs.google****/Doc?docid=0AYmaSrBPNEmGZGM4ejY3d3pfNDdnc3E4bmhkZg&hl=en “If we modify the value of one of the fundamental constants, something invariably goes wrong, leading to a universe that is inhospitable to life as we know it. When we adjust a second constant in an attempt to fix the problem(s), the result, generally, is to create three new problems for every one that we “solve.” The conditions in our universe really do seem to be uniquely suitable for life forms like ourselves, and perhaps even for any form of organic complexity." Gribbin and Rees, “Cosmic Coincidences”, p. 269 Fine-Tuning For Life In The Universe *******www.reasons****/fine-tuning-life-universe Evidence for the Fine Tuning of the Universe *******www.godandscience****/apologetics/designun.html Hugh Ross - Evidence For Intelligent Design Is Everywhere - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4347236 Virtual Particles, Anthropic Principle & Special Relativity - Michael Strauss PhD. Particle Physics - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4554674 Fine Tuning Of Dark Energy and Mass of the Universe - Hugh Ross - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4007682 Evidence for Belief in God - Rich Deem Excerpt: Isn't the immense size of the universe evidence that humans are really insignificant, contradicting the idea that a God concerned with humanity created the universe? It turns out that the universe could not have been much smaller than it is in order for nuclear fusion to have occurred during the first 3 minutes after the Big Bang. Without this brief period of nucleosynthesis, the early universe would have consisted entirely of hydrogen. Likewise, the universe could not have been much larger than it is, or life would not have been possible. If the universe were just one part in 10^59 larger, the universe would have collapsed before life was possible. Since there are only 10^80 baryons in the universe, this means that an addition of just 10^21 baryons (about the mass of a grain of sand) would have made life impossible. The universe is exactly the size it must be for life to exist at all. *******www.godandscience****/apologetics/atheismintro2.html I think this following music video and Bible verse sum up nicely what these transcendent universal constants are telling us about reality: My Beloved One - Inspirational Christian Song - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4200171 Why Quantum Theory Does Not Support Materialism - By Bruce L Gordon: Excerpt: Because quantum theory is thought to provide the bedrock for our scientific understanding of physical reality, it is to this theory that the materialist inevitably appeals in support of his worldview. But having fled to science in search of a safe haven for his doctrines, the materialist instead finds that quantum theory in fact dissolves and defeats his materialist understanding of the world. *******www.4truth****/site/c.hiKXLbPNLrF/b.2904125/k.E94E/Why_Quantum_Theory_Does_Not_Support_Materialism.htm The Electron - The Supernatural Basis Of Reality - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/5312315/ Light and Quantum Entanglement Reflect Some Characteristics Of God - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4102182 The First Cause Must Be A Personal Being - William Lane Craig - video *******www.metacafe****/w/4813914 Roger Penrose Debunks Stephen Hawking's New Book 'The Grand Design' - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/5278793/ Intelligent Design - The Anthropic Hypothesis *******lettherebelight-77.blogspot****/2009/10/intelligent-design-anthropic-hypothesis_19.html
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gestalt dreamwork done by me, franklyn wepner, on my own life, including my own interpretation of the session in terms of jewish philosophy ("kabbalah"). along with this video is an essay, also by me, commenting on Rashi's notes for the genesis portion of the torah. the parallels between my gestalt therapy session and the essay are striking, when we probe the roots of both processes from the point of view of aristotle and maimonides. if you don't want to deal with all this stuff, push "delete" now! PARASHAT B'REISHIT FRANKLYN WEPNER OCTOBER 2009 franklynwepnergmail**** THE ARISTOTELIAN DIALECTIC We see clearly in Rashi's commentaries on this Torah portion his Aristotelian and dialectical orientation. Rashi cleverly finds ways to insert the Aristotle dialectic as a logical skeleton on which the glad tidings of the Torah Creation story drape in the manner of a garment on the body of a person. Essentially, dialectical logic moves from a "thesis" to an "antithesis" to a "synthesis", and that is exactly what Rashi demonstrates as the logical throughline which is at work here in the tale of how God creates His world in seven days. The creation dialectic in Parshat B'reishit moves, according to Rashi, from the One (God alone, the thesis) to the Many (the world with all its differentiated components, the antithesis) and finally to the One in the Many or the Many in the One (God in the world or the world in God, the synthesis). THE THESIS: THE ONENESS OF GOD Whatever it was that actually did transpire on that first day of Creation, Rashi boils it all down, logically speaking, to a manifestation of the Oneness of God. The relevant Torah passage is: "Elohim called the light day, and the darkness He called night. It became evening and it became morning, one day." Rashi's commentary on this passage is: "Why then is it written [here] 'one'? This is because [on this day] God was alone in His world, for the angels were not created until the second day. This is the explanation in Bereshit Rabbah." For Rashi, then, God being "alone in His world" is the thesis, the initial state of affairs of the dialectical logic underlying the entire Torah portion. Rashi then goes on to anticipate a possible objection of someone who might argue that the Torah next states "Elohim said "Let there be a canopy in the midst of the waters, and let it divide between waters and waters." Rashi's commentary is: [The meaning is] let the expanse be solidified. Even through the heavens were created on the first day, they were nevertheless, still fluid and were solidified on the second day by the roaring command of God, when He said, "Let there be a canopy!" Rashi's point here seems to allude to the Neoplatonic position of Philo that the heavens on the first day were there in the manner of ideas in the mind of God, and not yet created as separate components of a world. Hence, despite the presence of the heavens on the first day, God was still One. The angels, which according to Maimonides are the separate forces which result in differentiation within the world, have not yet made their appearance. B'REISHIT 1:5-6. THE THESIS EXTENDED TO INCLUDE MORE IDEAS IN THE MIND OF GOD The Torah next introduces a transitional stage lasting from day two until day six, until the moment when God created Eve from the rib of Adam. During this transitional time, on the one hand God was no longer One, since the creatures, including man, have somehow already appeared. But on the other hand, the Fall from an initial state of oneness with God in the Garden of Eden has not yet occurred. Again, Rashi seems to be relying on the Platonic point of view of pure ideas still residing in the mind of God. The mechanics of how God manages to pull this off involve a special meaning for the word "naming". Here is how that naming process works. The creatures have a tendency to attain a state of separateness and move onto the antithesis, but man - still created as an image of God - serves the will of God by "naming" all the creatures. The point is that this naming also implies subjugating and dominating. By naming the creatures for God, man simultaneously subjugates them to the grid of differentiations implicit in a pure language that allows God still to be comfortable with Himself as Lord of the World. The creatures, once named by Adam, are restored to the state of ideas in the mind of God, since no deviation from the will of God has yet occurred. Here are proof texts to substantiate this interpretation. First we have the peculiar notion that naming something somehow conquers and subjugates it. The Torah says, "Adonoy Elohim formed from the ground every beast of the field, and every bird of the heaven, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called [each] living creature, that is its name." Rashi adds, "immediately on the day they were created He brought them to man to call them by name. According to the Aggadah, the word 'yetsirah' has the meaning of dominating and subjugating them, under the domination of man." That is to say, Rashi's interpretation is that man - even before he was created as a separate creature on day six, was busy performing God's naming function. This could only be the case if both man and the the entities he is naming still are merely ideas in the mind of God, in a state of oneness with God. Concerning vegetation, for example, Rashi says, "[the fact that] on the third day it is written 'Let the earth sprout forth' [should be interpreted] they did not protrude but they remained at the surface of the ground until the sixth day [when man was created]." That is to say, man (in his fully separated state) is needed as part of the divine plan, for the other creatures to achieve their fully separated state. Then, once man and the creatures all have become fully differentiated, we have arrived at the second stage of the dialectic, the stage of the antithesis. Now God is no longer One, alone with himself and His ideas. Rather, now the focus shifts to the limits that separate the different creatures. B'REISHIT 2:19. Underlying this view of the creation process, we have the fundamental Aristotelian principle that "actuality is prior to potentiality". Rashi says, "everything was actually created from the first day, and required only to be brought forth". B'REISHIT 1:24. That is to say, at the moment of "b'reshit" ("in the beginning") God did his founding act of action and creation, which (logically speaking) is that moment of total reality and actuality when the knower, the known and the knowing all are one. The moment might be, for example, that at which a hero decides to risk his life to save other people, or it might be the moment at which a man decides to get married, or divorced. This first moment in an action includes all the different parts of the whole that will eventually emerge and move from potentiality to actuality, as the final stage of the action is achieved. Rashi is very clear about this. Rashi says: "He relates the end from the beginning, without stating it explicitly. He relates from the beginning of something the end of something." B'REISHIT 1:1. The basic teleological principle of Aristotle cannot be any more clearly articulated than that. Aristotle's position also is an organismic point of view. A living creature is viewed here as a totality consistent of cells and organs, each of which also is a totality. An action, likewise, is a whole consisting of parts, each of which is also a whole which seeks to actualize its potentiality by participating fully in the ongoing action of the entire organism. Rashi ties this organismic idea to the notion that any committed, authentic action by man is, in a sense, a naming and subjugating of all of God's creatures that are involved in that action to the encompassing idea of that action. Through being fully alive in his concrete existential situation, man serves as God's proxy and enables God to maintain His organismic totality as a One with many parts. Philosophically speaking, this is the model Leibniz presents in his theory of a monadology made up of monads, a totality made up of subordinate totalities, each of which could by a figure ground reversal emerge as the new encompassing totality. In order to consistently maintain this complex view of creation Rashi is driven to invoke some rather extreme bits of Jewish folklore. The Torah states, "And thus Elohim created man in His form. In the form of Elohim He created him, male and female He created them." Rashi's commentaries are, "this teaches you that the form that was established for him [i.e., man], is the form of the image of his Creator", and "[Yet] later it states 'He took one of his ribs, etc'. According to the Midrash Agadah He created him with two faces at first and afterward He divided him". Again we see that the Platonic notion of ideas still impacted in the mind of God provides a way out of these theological conundrums. Man as image of God, still an idea in the mind of God, has no problem having two faces, in the sense that for him chochmah and binah, the right and left pillars of the tree of life, still are in a state of oneness within keter, the original sefirah. It is only when Eve appears on the scene as an opposition to Adam, an "ezer k'negdo" ("helper against him") - in the sense of non-ego versus ego, or nature versus man - that a real contact boundary of separateness emerges between two aspects of man's reality, and between creatures in general, as will now be elucidated. At that moment the two faces of man separate into that of Adam and Eve. B'REISHIT 1:27. THE REAL ANTITHESIS The Torah says, "Adonoy Elohim built the rib that He took from the man into a woman and He brought her to the man. The man said, 'This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This shall be called Woman, for from Man was she taken'. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and cling to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Rashi comments, "this teaches that Adam attempted to find [his mate] among all the animals and beasts, and he was not satisfied with them, until he discovered Eve." In order for the dialectic to unfold, there needs to emerge a stage of true antithesis, which we can represent as X/-X, where "X" and "-X" are two states in a relationship of opposition. The initial state of oneness we can represent as "X". For a relationship to exist there needs to emerge a contact boundary through which the opposing states can relate to each other. By continuing his naming function and naming Eve "eeshah" (woman) as an opposite to "eesh" (man) Adam establishes a true contact boundary, an otherness that now negates the original oneness of God, and builds up the left side of the sefirotic tree of life under the rubric of "binah" (Hebrew: "building"), as an opposition to the right side of the tree under the rubric of "chochmah". Extending the literal story of Adam and Eve to the realm of metaphor allows us to look at the awareness process of Gestalt Therapy as a similar process of contact boundary formation, in keeping with the tradition of Aristotelian psychology. In awareness work our mind (oneness, chochmah, Adam) radiates a ray of awareness, while the object contacted likewise may be said to radiate a ray of awareness (otherness, binah, Eve). The two rays, the original one and the projected and returning one, meet somewhere between subject and object, and establish a moment of living experience as a dialectical synthesis of the two opposites. This is the kabbalistic moment of "da'at", which links chochmah and binah on the sefirotic tree. Nachman of Breslav uses the metaphor of two pure birds encountering each other. We now can decode the two statements of Adam: (1) that Eve is "bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh", and (2) that "a man shall leave his father and mother and cling to his wife, and they shall become one flesh". If the mother and father in question are the chochmah/binah relationship on the level of pure ideas, sefirot in the mind of God, and, furthermore, if the relationship of Adam to Eve is on the level of living, concrete, contactful experience in this world of human encounters, then we have followed the dialectical movement from thesis to antithesis, from pure ideas as oneness in the mind of God to living, concrete experience in a world alienated from and resistant to the oneness of God. THE FINAL SYNTHESIS IN GOD'S CRUCIBLE Fragmentation, at the moment of the antithesis, need not be the end of the dialectic, however. For the prediction by Adam that "they shall become one flesh" is actualized to the extent that the awareness and contact process is successful, and leads to authentic action as the final synthesis. The honeymoon of pure contact on the level of pure ideas in the mind of God does not last long. Soon arrives the serpent with his tempting offer, that "your eyes will be opened and you will become as gods, knowing what is good and what is evil". B'REISHIT 3:5. The moment of the Fall into sin is, as Maimonides maintains in his "Guide", the shift from completed actions to actions interrupted by an excessive focus on distinctions of good versus evil, which is the work of the left pillar of the tree of life. Self-interruption of authentic action is a reliance upon rigid distinctions rather than a submission to the active passivity of the middle way which is represented by the middle pillar of the Tree of Life. The Torah describes the plight of Adam at this moment. "Adonoy Elohim said, 'behold, the man has become like one of us to know [what is] good and [what is] evil. Now he must be prevented from reaching out his hand and also taking from the Tree of Life and eating [from it] and live forever . . . He stationed the Cherubim and the flame of the rotating sword to guard the way to the Tree of Life." B'REISHIT 3:22-24. In terms of the dialectic, we have arrived at the moment of extreme opposites, arising from too many judgments, rigid distinctions and unaware habits, all of which interfere with the flow of awareness and contact. Non-contactful blocs separating the fragments of a person's personality and shattering the Oneness of God are alluded to in the metaphor of Cherubim blocking the return to the Garden, while the "flame of the rotating sword" suggests the cycles of the dialectical logic (theses/antithesis/synthesis) which a spiritual pilgrim or therapy client needs to work through in order to arrive "home" again. The hard work of overcoming and encompassing opposites in higher syntheses is what kabbalists of various sects label the moment of "tsimtsum", in which the searcher shifts his focus from deductively struggling with endless logical distinctions to inductively focusing on integrating his fragmented self. "Induction" is the philosophical term for the therapy process of gestalt formation and integration, through work on awareness. What in Gestalt Therapy is labeled "the rhythm of contact and withdrawal", is the endless spiral of alternating moments of deduction (all the things encountered in the contact boundary via awareness) and induction (withdrawal into the no-thingness of the void), leading to finding new ideas internally in the fertile void at the moment of "tsimtsum" during each cycle. The path is a difficult one to traverse, but with the tools of Gestalt Therapy (awareness and the rhythm of contact and withdrawal) a man does oftentimes succeed in "reaching out his hand and taking from the Tree of Life and eating from it and living forever", that is to say in the messianic now of authentic action. Thus, if Rashi's commentary on Genesis is the theory component, then Gestalt Therapy is a paradigm case of practical laboratory work which embodies Rashi's Aristotelian point of view. God is the alchemist, and the world we live in is His crucible.
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WALTER BENJAMIN LIVE! "storytelling", part 8. The writings of Walter Benjamin are a bridge linking the Jewish hassidic mysticism of Nachman of Breslav with today's secular avant garde cultural scene. In this 102 minute video my project is to bring to life Benjamin's essays "The Storyteller" and "Unpacking My Library", by making use of Gestalt Therapy dreamwork that I personally do on one of my own dreams. The dreamwork serves as a means to illustrate how Walter Benjamin's ideas find expression in typical human situations. My main thesis is to demonstrate that what Gestalt Therapists label "dreamwork" is one example of what Walter Benjamin labels "storytelling", what Nachman of Breslav labels "torah" or "prayer", and what Bertold Brecht labels "epic theater". In this dreamwork (or storytelling or dvar torah or prayer or brechtian theater performance) I am dealing primarily with my relationship to my deceased father, Henry Wepner, may his soul rest in peace even in spite of my artistic shenanigans. Benjamin was a colleague of both theater director Bertold Brecht and Torah scholar Gershom Scholem. Benjamin's work relies heavily upon Nachman of Breslav's "Collected Essays" ("Likutei Moharan"), which fall within the Platonic stream of dialectical thinking. I like to think of Nachman of Breslav, Walter Benjamin, Fritz Perls and Lee Breuer (of the Mabou Mines Theater) as "rebbes of the avant garde". This project combines new dreamwork on my own life with excerpts from 20 hours of my other videos, and also with fragments of 1500 pages of my essays, all of which you can find in their original complete form at my website. TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD ALL MY VIDEOS OR ESSAYS (ALL AT NO CHARGE), PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE: franklynwepner****. ALSO PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH ME ANY COMMENTS ABOUT MY WORK: fwepearthlink****. IN THE LISTING OF VIDEOS THE LETTERS (HQ) REFER TO A HIGHER QUALITY VERSION OF THE VIDEO, WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO YOU IF YOUR COMPUTER CAN HANDLE IT.
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WALTER BENJAMIN LIVE! "storytelling", part 1aa. The writings of Walter Benjamin are a bridge linking the Jewish hassidic mysticism of Nachman of Breslav with today's secular avant garde cultural scene. In this 102 minute video my project is to bring to life Benjamin's essays "The Storyteller" and "Unpacking My Library", by making use of Gestalt Therapy dreamwork that I personally do on one of my own dreams. The dreamwork serves as a means to illustrate how Walter Benjamin's ideas find expression in typical human situations. My main thesis is to demonstrate that what Gestalt Therapists label "dreamwork" is one example of what Walter Benjamin labels "storytelling", what Nachman of Breslav labels "torah" or "prayer", and what Bertold Brecht labels "epic theater". In this dreamwork (or storytelling or dvar torah or prayer or brechtian theater performance) I am dealing primarily with my relationship to my deceased father, Henry Wepner, may his soul rest in peace even in spite of my artistic shenanigans. Benjamin was a colleague of both theater director Bertold Brecht and Torah scholar Gershom Scholem. Benjamin's work relies heavily upon Nachman of Breslav's "Collected Essays" ("Likutei Moharan"), which fall within the Platonic stream of dialectical thinking. I like to think of Nachman of Breslav, Walter Benjamin, Fritz Perls and Lee Breuer (of the Mabou Mines Theater) as "rebbes of the avant garde". This project combines new dreamwork on my own life with excerpts from 20 hours of my other videos, and also with fragments of 1500 pages of my essays, all of which you can find in their original complete form at my website. TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD ALL MY VIDEOS OR ESSAYS (ALL AT NO CHARGE), PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE: franklynwepner****. ALSO PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH ME ANY COMMENTS ABOUT MY WORK: fwepearthlink****. IN THE LISTING OF VIDEOS THE LETTERS (HQ) REFER TO A HIGHER QUALITY VERSION OF THE VIDEO, WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO YOU IF YOUR COMPUTER CAN HANDLE IT.
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WALTER BENJAMIN LIVE! "storytelling", part 1b. The writings of Walter Benjamin are a bridge linking the Jewish hassidic mysticism of Nachman of Breslav with today's secular avant garde cultural scene. In this 102 minute video my project is to bring to life Benjamin's essays "The Storyteller" and "Unpacking My Library", by making use of Gestalt Therapy dreamwork that I personally do on one of my own dreams. The dreamwork serves as a means to illustrate how Walter Benjamin's ideas find expression in typical human situations. My main thesis is to demonstrate that what Gestalt Therapists label "dreamwork" is one example of what Walter Benjamin labels "storytelling", what Nachman of Breslav labels "torah" or "prayer", and what Bertold Brecht labels "epic theater". In this dreamwork (or storytelling or dvar torah or prayer or brechtian theater performance) I am dealing primarily with my relationship to my deceased father, Henry Wepner, may his soul rest in peace even in spite of my artistic shenanigans. Benjamin was a colleague of both theater director Bertold Brecht and Torah scholar Gershom Scholem. Benjamin's work relies heavily upon Nachman of Breslav's "Collected Essays" ("Likutei Moharan"), which fall within the Platonic stream of dialectical thinking. I like to think of Nachman of Breslav, Walter Benjamin, Fritz Perls and Lee Breuer (of the Mabou Mines Theater) as "rebbes of the avant garde". This project combines new dreamwork on my own life with excerpts from 20 hours of my other videos, and also with fragments of 1500 pages of my essays, all of which you can find in their original complete form at my website. TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD ALL MY VIDEOS OR ESSAYS (ALL AT NO CHARGE), PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE: franklynwepner****. ALSO PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH ME ANY COMMENTS ABOUT MY WORK: fwepearthlink****. IN THE LISTING OF VIDEOS THE LETTERS (HQ) REFER TO A HIGHER QUALITY VERSION OF THE VIDEO, WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO YOU IF YOUR COMPUTER CAN HANDLE IT.
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3 Stylish Headphones - as part of the Product Guide series by GeoBeats. Hi, my name is Amy and this is AC Gears. Some of the most stylish and popular headphones that we carry here at AC Gears include the Marshall Majors. They are the first headphone that Marshall has created. Most of you know them for their really awesome guitar amps. The headband on this headphone is made from the same vinyl that is used on the amplifiers. They fold up, so they are very easy to throw in a bag or a purse and take them with you on the go, and they are designed for long term wear. So, they are very comfortable. The next headphone I am going to talk to you guys about are the IITMEs. They’re the most durable pair of headphones on the market right now. You can stretch them out, you can twist them. So, it is perfect if you tend to break your headphones a lot or you are going to be deejaying. Also, the cord is super long with the coil to relieve pressure, and it detaches from the driver. So, if there is a problem with the cord, one of the sides are shorting, you can just replace it. Your headphones are still A-OK. For all you bass lovers out there we have the Pioneer Extra Bass headphones. They come in five electric colors. They swivel around, so they are easy for deejay use and they are very comfortable. The most versatile headphone that we carry here, at AC Gears, is Urban Air Platons. They come in every color that you could possibly want. They also have a folding factor, similar to the Marshalls. These have a fabric kind of cord, so, it is very durable, with the microphone that is compatible with all iPhones, Blackberrys and Androids. They also come equipped with an internal headphone splitter, so it is very easy to share music with a friend when you are on the go.
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WALTER BENJAMIN LIVE! "storytelling", part 2. The writings of Walter Benjamin are a bridge linking the Jewish hassidic mysticism of Nachman of Breslav with today's secular avant garde cultural scene. In this 102 minute video my project is to bring to life Benjamin's essays "The Storyteller" and "Unpacking My Library", by making use of Gestalt Therapy dreamwork that I personally do on one of my own dreams. The dreamwork serves as a means to illustrate how Walter Benjamin's ideas find expression in typical human situations. My main thesis is to demonstrate that what Gestalt Therapists label "dreamwork" is one example of what Walter Benjamin labels "storytelling", what Nachman of Breslav labels "torah" or "prayer", and what Bertold Brecht labels "epic theater". In this dreamwork (or storytelling or dvar torah or prayer or brechtian theater performance) I am dealing primarily with my relationship to my deceased father, Henry Wepner, may his soul rest in peace even in spite of my artistic shenanigans. Benjamin was a colleague of both theater director Bertold Brecht and Torah scholar Gershom Scholem. Benjamin's work relies heavily upon Nachman of Breslav's "Collected Essays" ("Likutei Moharan"), which fall within the Platonic stream of dialectical thinking. I like to think of Nachman of Breslav, Walter Benjamin, Fritz Perls and Lee Breuer (of the Mabou Mines Theater) as "rebbes of the avant garde". This project combines new dreamwork on my own life with excerpts from 20 hours of my other videos, and also with fragments of 1500 pages of my essays, all of which you can find in their original complete form at my website. TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD ALL MY VIDEOS OR ESSAYS (ALL AT NO CHARGE), PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE: franklynwepner****. ALSO PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH ME ANY COMMENTS ABOUT MY WORK: fwepearthlink****. IN THE LISTING OF VIDEOS THE LETTERS (HQ) REFER TO A HIGHER QUALITY VERSION OF THE VIDEO, WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO YOU IF YOUR COMPUTER CAN HANDLE IT.
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