Resource Highlights  

Mind, Brain and Consciousness

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A group of renowned physicians and neuroscientist gathered at the United Nations in New York to present and discuss their latest insights on the relationship between mind, brain, and consciousness. The presented findings are revolutionary and point towards the emergence of a new paradigm in science.

Link to a selection of videos from the UN Symposium

Holographic Universe

00156eAuthor Michael Talbot was interested in parallels between mysticism and physics and wrote several books in this field. Over the last decades scientists developed a holographic model of reality which can explain several inexplicable phenomena. Michael presents this model and also shares personal experiences which formed his worldview in this respect and inspired him to write a best-selling book on the topic.

Link to interview in the Resource section

Scientific research on near-death experiences

00102cDr. Pim van Lommel is a Dutch cardiologist who started doing scientific research on near-death experiences after several of his cardiact arrest patients reported having witnessed events while their brain was clinically dead. In 2001 he published a by now famous Lancet study on the subject. In this interview he talks about his research and insights

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The Science Delusion

00325tBiochemist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake researched several delusions of science, particularly the assumptions on which modern science is based. In this lecture he traces back the history of several scientific dogmas and he shares his most inconvenient findings about them.

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Power of Subconscious Belief

00103dBruce Lipton was a professor for biology. During his research on genes, he made amazing discoveries. His key message : Your subconscious beliefs run your life. If these beliefs do not fit your life situation, you have the ability to change them.

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Nature of Reality

00136kThomas Campbell is a physicist who used to work for NASA. Over the last 30 years he developed a "Theory of Everything" that brings physics and metaphysics in one theory. In his lecture he presents a condensed summary of his theory.

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PSI Research

00224vDr. Dean Radin studied electrical engineering as well as psychology and has been researching PSI phenomena like telepathy and presentiments of future events for over 12 years. His experiments document that these phenomena are real but Dean's findings don't fit into the established scientific models.

Link to interview in the Resource section

Gates of Awakening

00133hNeil Kramer identifies in this lecture different filters of conscious awareness, which conceil our perception of the external world. Additionally he provides some clues how to deconstruct these filters.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

Children's memories of previous lives

00101bDr. Jim Tucker is a psychiatrist at the University of Virginia. He has researched 2500 cases of children that have detailed memories about previous lives. In this interview Jim talks about his research into children who have provided names and other verifiable information from previous lives.

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Experiencing a stroke

00125zNeuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened - she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding - she studied and remembered every moment. In this lecture she shares her experience.

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Beware online filter bubbles

00118sIn this 9-minute lecture Eli Pariser elaborates on how filter algorithms are pre-selecting the information users are presented with on search engines like Google or websites like Facebook. This user-specific tailoring mechanism decides without our consent which information is of importance to us and puts us in a reality bubble that reconfirms our worldview.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

Crop Circles

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This award-winning documentary explores the crop circle phenomenon from various angles. It presents scientific research results along with amazing videos and pictures of the most stunning formations. Various experts on crop circles are interviewed about their insights.

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The Day Before Disclosure

02063mThis documentary covers the UFO / ET presence on Earth. It presents evidence gathered over the last 60 years along with interviews of witnesses from military and government. A collection of highly unusual information which you might never hear about from mainstream news sources.

Link to documentary in the Resource section

   

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In medieval universities the Trivium combined with the Quadrivium comprised the seven liberal arts. This teaching method is based on a curriculum outlined by Plato. One of the key intentions behind applying the Trivium and the Quadrivium is to distinguish between reality and fiction. By training the mind how to think - instead of what to think - this method provides a teaching of the art and the science of the mind as well as the art of the science of matter.

 

Tools of Knowing

The Trivium and the Quadrivium are often presented in a Pythagorean triagle which represents the human way of knowing :

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Any observation enters our mind through the 5 senses. Then we use our mind and apply the Trivium and the Quadrivium in order to process the observation. This process consists of several steps which enable us to understand how the observation relates to what we already know, how we can explain this new piece of information to others and how we can store it in a methodical way.

 

 

 
The Trivium method of thought

The Trivium is the first half of the 7 Liberal Arts. It consists of 3 elements : General grammar, formal logic and classical rhetoric. Sacred texts often refer to these 3 elements as knowledge, understanding and wisdom. The overarching topic of the Trivium is communication and language.

  • General grammar : The systematic method of gathering raw data and ordering the facts of reality into a consistent body of knowledge.
  • Formal logic : Bringing full and intimate understanding to this body of knowledge by systematically eliminating all contradictions within it.
  • Rhetoric : Communicating this comprehensive knowledge and understanding to others in order to utilize the gained insights in the real world.

Within the process of seeing, conceptualizing and speaking it is important to be aware that the created concept about how we think reality is, does not equate reality as it really is. In other words : The map is not the territory.


00134iAristotle who is considered to be one of the originators of the ideas behind the Trivium stated that an educated man should be capable of considering and investigating any idea or concept thoroughly without necessarily embracing or dismissing it. If during any discussion it becomes obvious that the other person is emotionally involved regarding a particular subject matter, then it is impossible to have a rational discussion based on the Trivium with them. Any emotional attachment to a particular belief blocks any kind of rational or logical argumentation.

 

This rather general concept of the Trivium has been removed from the curriculum of public education over the last 100 years. It can be assumed that this happened because people who lack truly critical thinking skills are a lot easier to govern. Especially through mass media it is now possible for the government to spin almost every event, invent false realities and then sell them to their population. But this only works as long as people are not able to think for themselves and see through the manipulation. Especially the principle of the "Hegelian dialectic" where an artificial problem is created in order to cause a reaction within the population so that a prepared solution can be introduced would not work anymore if people were able to see the patterns by which their government is "guiding" them.


The Scientific Method

The Scientific Method is a common procedure used in science. It consist of 4 actions :

  • Observe reality : Making any kind of measurements about a particular behavior or effect within reality
  • Generate hypotheses : Coming up with several different theories about why this behavior is observed. For this the scientist looks for similarities between known phenomena and this newly observed effect.
  • Extrapolate : The most likely hypothesis is selected, refined and a blue print for an experiment is designed which can be used to verify predictions on what kind of behavior is to be expected under a particular set of initial conditions
  • Verify theory in a repeatable experiment : In order to verify the hypothesis an experiment is performed in order to check if the expected reaction to certain inputs fits with calculated output of the theory. It is important that these experiments are repeatable.

 

Logical Fallacies

This is a list of logical fallacies which are commonly used in arguments, this is part of the aspect of logic within the Trivium. You will probably find this to be a really useful part of this article because once you become aware of these tactics, you will be able to see them whenever anybody uses them on yourself.

 

  • Ad Hominem : Responding to a statement by a personal attack. It is the attempt to discredit the other persons character so you can avoid responding to their arguments in a logical way
  • Appeal to Authority : Sometimes we have to look for answers from an expert. If someone refers to the opinion of an expert it is important to check if a) the person is really an expert and b) if the person is biased e.g. due to financial ties they have regarding the subject. It should always be checked if an appeal to authority can be avoided and if the argument can be resolved on different level of argument
  • Appeal to Belief : Arguing that something is true because the majority of the population believes it to be true
  • Appeal to Common Practice : Arguing that a particular action or behavior is good - e.g. morally correct - just because everybody behaves this way
  • Appeal to Emotion : Attempt to gain support through emotions rather than the objective substance of the argument.
  • Appeal to Fear : By painting a picture of dire consequences a particular decision might have, any logical argument in favor of this decision can thus be seen as irrelevant
  • Appeal to Flattery : Person A is flattered by person B. Person B makes a claim, since person A likes person B he accepts this claim without critical examination
  • Appeal to Novelty : What is newer must be better
  • Appeal to Popularity : Since most people approve something, it must be true
  • Appeal to Ridicule : Since a particular topic is ridiculed and laughed at by other people it must be false or unimportant
  • Appeal to Spite : If a person can not have or achieve a particular goal he simply looks down on this goal as not being worth achieving anyway
  • Appeal to Tradition : Since a particular behavior or conclusion has been correct for a long time and has become a tradition, it must also be correct now as well
  • Bandwagon : A claim is accepted simply because it is considered popular within the addressed group  not because it is true
  • Begging the Question : Assuming as true, what in fact needs to be proven first. This is an issue of circular logic. It is commonly used in religion : How can we know, God really exists ? Well because we can read about him in the Bible and the Bible is the unquestionable word of God.
  • Biased Sample : For a poll which presumably covers the entire variety of the population actually only people are considered which have a predisposition about the subject
  • Composition : Since a component consists of A, B and C and A, B and C have a particular trait, also the component must have that same trait
  • Division : Since a component has a particular trait and it consists of A, B and C it can be concluded that A, B and C must have the same trait as the component itself
  • False causal relationship : Arguing that a particular event was caused by previous event just because this previous event happened before the actual event. In reality both events might be totally unrelated and the timing sequence was a pure coincidence.
  • False Dilemma : Presenting only two options as a solution a problem, while not mentioning other possible options
  • Genetic Fallacy : The dubious origin of a claim discredits the claim itself
  • Guilt By Association : By establishing an artificial association between a claim and e.g. a group that is anti-social the claim itself is portrayed as unacceptable
  • Middle Ground : If there are two opposing position on a topic this does not necessarily imply that the "correct" position is in the middle of both extremes
  • Pointing at others : Injecting another party into the argument - another authority higher up in the chain which is outside of your field of influence. By blaming this higher authority it is no longer necessary to reply with a logical argument
  • Repeating statements to make them appear true : By repeating a particular statements multiple times within a short period of time, the listener might accept them as true. This is particularly valid for the mass media and news on television
  • Smoke Screen : When coming up to a difficult argument, people simply start throwing a long list of other issues into the discussion hoping that the difficult argument is forgotten in the process
  • Spotlight : The fact that a particular subject is repeatedly focused upon by many people does not imply that it really is of any importance
  • Straw Man : Taking the position or claim of another person, exaggerating and distorting it and then attacking this distorted claim because it is easier to debunk
 
 
 
The Quadrivium

The Quadrivium is the second half of the 7 Liberal Arts. It consists of 4 elements : Arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy. The overarching topic of the Quadrivium is the study of number and its relation to space and time.

  • Arithmetic : Number - as such number is a pure abstraction outside of time and space. This aspect of the Quadrivium deals with the different characteristics of each number
  • Geometry : Number in space - specific shapes can have a deeper meaning. This aspect relates symbolism and it is frequently used in architecture.
  • Music : Number in time - covers music in general and particularly the topic of natural harmonics
  • Astronomy : Number in time and space - covers the movement of planets in space and the natural harmonics between the planets when looking at the aspect of time (harmony of the spheres). This is the first time aspects of time and space meet with the abstraction of number thus it builds the foundation for science.

If you want more information regarding the topic of this article, you can find a series of 3 podcasts on the Trivium, the Quadrivium and Logical Fallacies in the Resource section

   

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The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety

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Henry L. Mencken

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Spotlight  

00185iJill Price is one of about 20 people in the world with hyperthymesia – which means that she can recall the exact date for every event she experienced in her life as well as for major world events. She was tested by universities and is a genuine case of this rare ability.

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Resource Highlights  

What about money?

00398rBernard Lietaer is a former Central Banker, fond manager and university professor with more than 30 years of experience in the monetary system. In this interview he speaks in plain English about money, the Euro, the US Dollar and their future.

Link to interview in the Resource section

Churnalism & Flat Earth News

00390jNick Davies worked as an investigative journalist for over 35 years. In this lecture he shares his insights on how the world of the press really works. He dismantles the golden rule of "objective reporting" and points out conflicts of interests which increasingly hinder truthful reporting.  

Link to lecture in the Resource section

Money & the Turning of the Age

00108iIn this lecture author Charles Eisenstein talks about how money changed the relationship between humanity and the world. He shares his vision of a society, which rediscovered its relationship to nature and where appreciation is expressed in other ways than just money.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

Corporatocracy and global empire

00100a 120John Perkins worked as Chief Economist at a major consulting firm. Over the years he became more and more aware of the massive amout of corruption the US empire is based upon but played along for a while. Finally he left his job and spoke out. A highly recommended interview !

Link to interview in the Resource section

9/11 - Investigation of a Swiss historian

00104eDr. Daniele Ganser is a Swiss historian who teaches at Basel University. In this English lecture he presents a Swiss historian's view on the evidence on 9/11. A highly recommended overview of subjects and evidence usually not covered by the mass media.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

Crash course

00106gChris Martenson's "Crash course" from 2009 explains the inbuilt problems of the global economy, the financial system and society as a whole in easily understandable terms. Chris advocates to use common sense and prepare for what is coming.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

The Story of Stuff

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The Story of Stuff is a 20 minute documentary that takes a critical look at Western consumer culture and the hidden costs in the process of producing cheap goods.

Link to documentary in the Resource section

Problema - 100 deep questions

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In September 2006 over 100 great thinkers gathered for a round table discussion in Berlin. During this 9-hour day all participant were asked 100 deep questions and their responses were filmed simultaneously.

Link to documentary in the Resource section

Seeking Truth

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In this series of lectures Mark Passio gives an excellent insight into his quest for truth. Mark covers a wide range of topics, he is an eloquent presenter and his lectures are clearly laid out. Highly recommended viewing !

Link to lectures in the Resource section

Propaganda in a democracy

02058hThe documentary Psywar takes a close look at how propaganda and public relations have grown into a most powerful tool in shaping western democracies. Perception management replaced balanced reporting of events in the news and you should understand how you are being manipulated.

Link to documentary in the Resource section

9/11 - Explosive Evidence - Experts speak out

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The group "Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth" created a documentary in which they interview 53 experts about the scientific facts regarding 9/11. The result is a compelling collection of evidence why the official government story can not be true.

Link to documentary in the Resource section

Architects on 9/11

00160iRichard Gage worked for over 20 years as an architect and constructed several high-rise buildings. In this lecture he informs about research he conducted on 9/11 together with 1900 other architects. They discovered severe inconsistencies in the official story.

Link to lecture in the Resource section

   

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