The other side of the curtain

A Soviet soldier and a Czechoslovakian woman tune in. Prague, 1968. Photo by Mondadori/Getty During the Cold War, US propagandists worked to provide a counterweight to Communist media, but truth eluded them all by Melissa Feinberg is associate professor of history at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her latest book is Curtain of Lies: The Battle over Truth in Stalinist Eastern Europe (2017). On 22 December 1949, with Cold War tensions running high, the United States president Harry S Truman gave a speech to dedicate the carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Freedom, Truman declared, was the core of the American creed. Those buried at … Continue reading The other side of the curtain

HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS IS FAR MORE THAN 3,000 YEARS OLD

by Christina Sarich, Staff Writer Waking Times Scientists stuck in the materialist, Newtonian conception of the Universe believe that human consciousness is only 3,000 years old. I would like to put this nonsensical notion to rest, with my own limited consciousness, yet one that has been around for eons, which I will support with ample evidence. Julian Jaynes wrote in 1976 in “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind,” that human consciousness only came to be 3,000 years ago. He also asserts that this timeframe explains when humans first developed spoken language. Before I argue against these absurdities, I … Continue reading HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS IS FAR MORE THAN 3,000 YEARS OLD

COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS & OUTER SPACES IN POPULAR CULTURE

Kingsley L. Dennis, Contributor Waking Times The sacred, the sublime, has always walked amongst the profane. The signs are everywhere, blended into the sidewalks, pulp fictions, and the kitsch trappings of the art world. For iconic sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, most of the sublime things of his world were disguised as trash that seamlessly slipped into the background of a dysfunctional world reality. The seeming trash of the everyday mundane clashed with incoming cosmic mutterings that have found their way into much of our popular culture. “Science fiction is always more important than science.’ ~Timothy Leary In the US especially, a … Continue reading COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS & OUTER SPACES IN POPULAR CULTURE

Freud in the scanner

image edited by Fernando Kaskais  A revival of interest in the power of introspection and thought has brought Freud’s ideas back into the scientific fold by M M Owen is a freelance writer working towards a PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is also managing editor at Misfit Press. An old therapist of mine had a signed photograph of Sigmund Freud hanging on her wall. A gift from a former patient who had employed forgery skills in a side business of dubious legality, it was the iconic Freud photo: full suit, blank scowl, half-smoked cigar. Once, mid-session, … Continue reading Freud in the scanner

Touching the sky

Evel Knievel in action. San Francisco, California, 1974. Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier/Sports Illustrated/Getty At their best, daredevils rival philosophers and mystics in their exploration of human mortality and spirit Lary Wallace is an American writer living in Bangkok.  We watch them with locked attention even as we wonder if we should be watching them at all. Sometimes we feel guilty for our absorption in the daredevil’s endeavour, as if our bearing witness were alone responsible for their self-imperilment. The sanctimonious like to reinforce this feeling of guilt, attributing one’s fascination to a sickness, an eagerness to see others die right before our … Continue reading Touching the sky

Forgotten Pioneer Margaret Fuller on the Singular Power of Music

Margaret Fuller “All truth is comprised in music and mathematics.” BY MARIA POPOVA Aldous Huxley celebrated music an expression of the “blessedness lying at the heart of things.” Philosopher Susanne Langer considered it “a laboratory for feeling and time,” whose mysterious power both eclipses and illuminates all the other arts. “Without music life would be a mistake,” Nietzsche proclaimed in 1889. A century later, music actually, literally saved Oliver Sacks’s life. In a very different way, it had once saved Beethoven’s. While many great writers have composed fervent raptures about the singular power of music, one of the most beautiful and penetrating comes from the forgotten pioneer Margaret Fuller(May 23, 1810–July … Continue reading Forgotten Pioneer Margaret Fuller on the Singular Power of Music

The empire dreamt back

‘The oppressive force in this case was neither a class nor a generation but the British empire itself.’ A British officer in India receives a pedicure from an Indian servant. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images To help rule its empire, Britain turned to psychoanalysis. But they weren’t willing to hear the truth it told by Erik Linstrum is assistant professor in the department of history at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Ruling Minds: Psychology in the British Empire (2016) and is now writing a history of colonial violence in post-1945 Britain. Every state needs to know about the people it … Continue reading The empire dreamt back