Ancient Chinese Theology: From Shàngdì to Tiān

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The Chinese civilization is if not the, then certainly one of, the oldest persistent civilizations on the planet.[1]  Its roots go back to the early part of the second millennium BCE with the first dynastic empire, the Xia Dynasty (circa c.…
Evolution of the Chinese character for Tian, or Heaven in ancient Chinese script

From the (Ancient) Far East: The Translation Challenge

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We see the first evidence of Chinese writing, pictograms or logograms on bronze and bone artifacts from the last years of the Xia Dynasty (2070 – 1600 BCE), almost four thousand years ago.  This writing system, the foundations of which…
Ancient Human Migration Patterns

Overarching Themes: The Laurasian Hypothesis and a New Metaphysics

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While we have attempted to describe the nature of the work, and its underlying “purpose”, in Aristotelian terms[1], whenever the author stops to think about it, or whenever he is asked “why” he’s doing it, there never appears to be…

Meditation as a Mystical Art: A Bridge Through Time

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Meditation then, in the context of the fairly lengthy discussions and treatment of this specific discipline, or practice, throughout this work (primarily through an Indian theo-philosophical lens) is a fundamentally aspect of, a core component…

Plato’s Metaphysics: Being and Becoming

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Perhaps Plato’s greatest contribution to Western philosophy is the idealism embedded in his Theory of Forms, which in essence breaks down existence itself as not only a physical world of inanimate and animate objects, but a theory of knowledge…

Yoga and Vedanta: The Legacy of the Indo-Aryans

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You didn’t have to go very far, or have too far out a view on the world, in order to be exposed to Yoga in the hustle and bustle of modern day.  In modern times, what we like to call the "Digital Era", Yoga is viewed primarily as a means…

The Hetu and Luoshu Diagrams: Numerology in Chinese Antiquity

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One of the most fascinating texts from antiquity is the I Ching, i.e. Yijing, one of the oldest extant documents in Chinese history and certainly one of the oldest philosophical treatise that we have in existence today.  The document is famous…

The Snow Cone: It All Rests On Faith

Charlie thought some more about this idea of cause and effect, this underlying law of all subject-object metaphysics as Pirsig[1] defined it.  This premise that in fact reality was represented only by things you could touch, see, taste or hear;…

Metaphysics in the Quantum Era

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Thankfully we do not have to recreate the wheel to in order to try and formulate a more global and holistic intellectual paradigm through which we at least have a chance to address some of these persistent and global problems that are so characteristics…