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The Theory Generation by Nicholas Dames

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="224"] Roland Barthes[/caption] "Fortunately, I learned Theory on my own and did not sit though a bunch of Semiotics 201 classes to be preached to from the pulpit of French Theory and so have found in Theory a welcome solvent for the totalizing claims that various spiritual paths have made upon myself over the years. However, I can well understand how the literary departments of Yale, Brown and the like became churches for worship at the shrine of deconstruction in the 80s. The following article relates the problems the reification of Theory created for its initiate and…

Heidegger and the Rejection of Humanism by Rick Roderick

If you have not heard Rick Roderick lecture you are in for a treat with these lectures that explore how the self our conception of the human has morphed during the 20th century. These are the second set of lecture in the series on Heidegger and the Rejection of Humanism.   Lecture Two: Heidegger and the Rejection of Humanism Heidegger developers a powerful account of meaning by recasting traditional talk of the self and the human into an analysis of “Dasein”, literally “being there”. He hopes to discard much of the baggage of the philosophical past in a kind of “deconstruction”…

The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains by Nicholas Carr

  The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains by Nicholas Carr From: Wired Magazine During the winter of 2007, a UCLA professor of psychiatry named Gary Small recruited six volunteers—three experienced Web surfers and three novices—for a study on brain activity. He gave each a pair of goggles onto which Web pages could be projected. Then he slid his subjects, one by one, into the cylinder of a whole-brain magnetic resonance imager and told them to start searching the Internet. As they used a handheld keypad to Google various preselected topics—the nutritional benefits of chocolate, vacationing in the Galapagos Islands, buying a new car—the…

Meditations on the Isha Upanishad: The Third Movement Debashish Banerji

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"] Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950)[/caption] MEDITATIONS ON THE ISHA UPANISHAD THE THIRD MOVEMENT Debashish Banerji The third movement comprises verses 8 to 14. Here is how Sri Aurobindo describes this movement:   In the third movement there is a return to the justification of life and work – the subject of verse 2 – and an indication of their divine fulfilment. The degrees of the Lord’s self-manifestation in the universe of motion and the becoming of the One Being are set forth.  And the inner law of all existences declared to be by his conception and determination. (Verse…

The Theological Significance of Jacques Derrida

  The Theological Significance of Jacques Derrida When asked at Villanova University that he was an atheist Derrida said yes, thats what they tell me I am but I dont know.  The following interview with John Caputo demonstrates that Derrida, far from being an atheist, was perhaps one of the most important theological thinkers of the past century.  As I was beginning to post here I found this excellent blog post regards this Caputo interview from the Prodigal Kiwi(s). It begins with and excerpt from Caputo's Obituary for Derrida you can read the full text at the end of this post- A…

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