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Philosophy & Science / Re: Alan Watts - The Nature of God
« Last post by H on August 23, 2019, 09:53:32 pm »
Really interesting stuff, loved the references to Kali-as-Void-as-God(dess).

Still chewing on it, will try to say something worthwhile...

As I am want, I see much of the Hegelian notion of "determinate negation" in there.  Void, not as nothing in-itself, but rather the negation of Being.  Being, negated, give you the "living" principle of Becoming.  Being, negated and so the negation, negated by Being; the process is Becoming.
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Philosophy & Science / Re: Alan Watts - The Nature of God
« Last post by sciborg2 on August 23, 2019, 09:13:49 pm »
Really interesting stuff, loved the references to Kali-as-Void-as-God(dess).

Still chewing on it, will try to say something worthwhile...
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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« Last post by Wilshire on August 23, 2019, 06:34:07 pm »
@Wilshire So, if I wanted a large scale big epic fantasy series, Lightbringer DOES the job? Is the world building actually creative, or is it First Law's #997463637 rip off, like most recent fantasy releases?

Not sure what you mean by First Law ripoff - I've not had that experience with recent stuff.

Hard to give a definitive answer on your question since I've only read 2 of the 5 books. Is it as big as Malazan or Wheel of Time? Absolutely not. The focus is mainly on two characters, the Prism (most power magic user in the world) and Kip (unimportant kid from a nameless village). There's several other characters that get POVs, but everyone's story exists to further the story of those two.

As is typical with fantasy, there's a big war going on. There's a bunch of politicking that goes on, but Brent Weeks tends to spend more time with action scenes than otherwise - kind of like Red Rising. From what I have read so far, Red Rising is a better comparison than say Bakker/Erikson/etc. Its smaller in scope, with lots of great magic, enjoyable characters with personality, marching/invading armies, and plenty of fight scenes.

The world building is good. The first book starts after "The False Prism War", which is some big thing that you learn about as the book progresses. So there's history, and its important, as well as varying degrees of racism from clashing cultures. There are a lot of different factions vying for power. Its a Hard Magic system, which plays heavily into the worldbuilding itself - magic is vastly important. It changes daily life, and while not everyone can use magic, lots of people can, to varying degrees. Everything from buildings to tools can be made of, or infused with, magic.

There appear to be gods (though exactly what they are and whether or not they are "real" remains unclear so far), fortune tellers, prophesies, special artifacts of significant magical power, etc.

btw, book 5 is supposed to be published in October this year.

Hope that helps answer your question.
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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« Last post by Redeagl on August 23, 2019, 05:20:49 pm »
@Wilshire So, if I wanted a large scale big epic fantasy series, Lightbringer DOES the job? Is the world building actually creative, or is it First Law's #997463637 rip off, like most recent fantasy releases?
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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by H on August 22, 2019, 08:57:02 pm »
I dig these two quotes, will be listening to that podcast as well!

Also can't help but think of Seswatha and the Dreams. But if the Mandati are Initiates...what of the Meta-Gnosis?

I think we are getting a bit afield of the topic at hand, but I think the meta-Gnosis from the angle of Seswatha, is nothing more than a pipedream.
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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by Francis Buck on August 22, 2019, 08:45:42 pm »
I dig these two quotes, will be listening to that podcast as well!

Also can't help but think of Seswatha and the Dreams. But if the Mandati are Initiates...what of the Meta-Gnosis?
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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by H on August 22, 2019, 05:22:38 pm »
That makes me think of what I just heard on a podcast the other day:

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"She said, “The elders are pragmatical buggers. We wouldn’t have survived if they weren’t.” And she pushed me to look at this knowledge. These stories that we’re told sound superficial and childlike. That’s because they are, because you don’t get the detailed stories until you’re initiated. And so we’re hearing what the children would hear. So you’re grounding the information in the physical landscape. It’s so much more robust, and then as you get initiated, you get layer upon layer of complexity."

-Lynne Kelly on The MindScape Podcast (I backed it up a bit, so you can get a broader context.)
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« Last post by H on August 22, 2019, 02:35:24 pm »
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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« Last post by Wilshire on August 22, 2019, 12:10:52 pm »
The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer book 2) by Brent Weeks

Wow, couldnt put this down once it got going, read it in 3 days. First 25% is a bit slow, which was much needed after then ending of book 1, but then it gets going and doesn't stop.

The Blinding Knife goes much deeper into political maneuvering compared to the last book, and did a great job with it. Lots of worldbuilding that opened the setting up, you get a much better feeling of how much is happening behind the scenes, how much history there is, etc.

 I do have some concerns that Weeks took out some potentially very interesting plots to streamline the story, but I'll have to wait and see how that turns out in his later books.

There's 5 books in the series, 4 are published and the 5th is supposed to be out sometime this year, maybe October. I'll definitely be working on completing this one so I can read book 5 as it comes out, and its going to be hard not to binge them all.

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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by sciborg2 on August 22, 2019, 03:55:31 am »
"But who is an initiate? A person who has experienced a knowledge invisible from without and incommunicable except through the same process of initiation. Inevitably, Plato explains, there can be but "few" initiates. And in fact when compared with the Spartan version, Plato's initiation process is more subtle and more arduous. There are a greater number of trials to overcome and, having survived the last, the initiate may find is "the only one." Then there may not be enough time for him to pass on his initiation. And there may not be anyone to follow him, with the result that the chain is broken.

So one day Plato began to write the Republic. And he wrote the text in the form it is in so that one who wanted to understand it might be subjected to that initiatory process of "sufferings and pleasures...labors, fears, and convulsions." The many who did not understand, and were not supposed to understand, imagined they were reading a treatise on the perfect State."
 -R.Calasso, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony
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