Homunculus: The Alchemical Creation of Little People with Great Powers
By dhwty, 2015
Although science has made much progress in the last century, there are still numerous ethical issues that need to be addressed by the scientific community. One such issue is that of the creation of artificial life. For some, this is the logical progress of scientific knowledge; for others, this is a realm that should not be intruded by human beings. Concepts relating to the creation of artificial life such as genetic engineering and human cloning are relatively modern scientific ideas. In the past, however, it was in the field of alchemy that Medieval scientists sought to artificially create life. One of the beings that alchemists were purportedly able to create was the homunculus, meaning ‘little man’ in Latin.
The homunculus is first referred to in alchemical writings of the 16 th century. It is likely, however, that this concept is older than these writings. The idea that miniature fully-formed people can be created has been traced to the early Middle Ages (400 to 1000 AD), and is partly based on the Aristotelian belief that the sperm is greater than the ovum in its contribution to the production of offspring. Continue reading
A homunculus (Latin for “little man”, plural: “homunculi”) is a representation of a small human being. Popularized in sixteenth century alchemy and nineteenth century fiction, it has historically referred to the creation of a miniature, fully formed human. The concept has roots in preformationism as well as earlier folklore and alchemic traditions.
References to the homunculus do not appear prior to sixteenth century alchemical writings; however alchemists may have been influenced by earlier folk traditions. The mandragora, known in German as Alreona, Alraun or Alraune is one example.
In Liber de imaginibus, Paracelsus however denies that roots shaped like men grow naturally. He attacks dishonest people who carve roots to look like men and sell them as Alraun. He clarifies that the homunculus’ origins are in sperm, and that it is falsely confused with these ideas from necromancy and natural philosophy. Continue reading
What Is Mu?
From A Pocket Full of Chaos
By Discordian Evangelists of the Fnord
3) Mu (Japanese/Korean), Wú/Mou (ChineseMandarin/Cantonese)
[Mu] is a word which can be roughly translated as “without” or “have not”. While typically used as a prefix to imply the absence of something (e.g. musen for “wireless”), it is more famously used as a response to certain koans and other questions in Zen Buddhism, intending to indicate that the question itself was wrong.
The ‘Mu’ koan is as follows:
A monk asked Zen master Zhaozhou, a Chinese Zen Master (in Japanese, Joshu): “Has a dog Buddha-nature or not?”, Zhaozhou answered: “Wú”.
In Greek mythology, the Moirai (Μοῖραι) (mɪrˌiː), often known in English as the Fates (Latin: Fatae), were the white-robed incarnations of destiny; their Roman equivalent was the Parcae (euphemistically the “sparing ones”). Their number became fixed at three:
– Clotho (spinner),
– Lachesis (allotter) and
– Atropos (unturnable) [also called Moira, Morta or Aisa].
The Moirai controlled the mother thread of life of every mortal from birth to death. They were independent, at the helm of necessity, directed fate, and watched that the fate assigned to every being by eternal laws might take its course without obstruction. The gods and men had to submit to them, although Zeus’s relationship with them is a matter of debate.
Some sources say Zeus is the only one who can command them (the Zeus Moiragetes), yet others suggest he was also bound to the Moirai’s dictates. In the Homeric poems Moira or Aisa, is related with the limit and end of life, and Zeus appears as the guider of destiny. In the Theogony of Hesiod, the three Moirai are personified, and are acting over the gods. Later they are daughters of Zeus and Themis, who was the embodiment of divine order and law. Continue reading
Orgy scenes, such as the one depicted in Roses of Heliogabalus by Alma Tadema, did not exist, according to Dr Alastair Blanshard.
Classical orgies are a myth of our own making
By Kate Rossmanith, 2006
A University researcher has dispelled a myth which has validated the saucy exploits of libertines for centuries: the widespread existence of the Roman orgy.
According to Alastair Blanshard, a Greek history researcher from the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, there was no such thing. [Eyes wide shut. 7M]
“I’m sorry if there are any suburban swingers out there, but whatever you’re doing, it’s certainly not classical,” Dr Blanshard told the audience at a public lecture in the Nicholson Museum.
Dr Blanshard is studying how modern culture imagines antiquity, and how it perpetuates stories about the sex lives of ancient civilisations. He began unearthing whatever evidence he could find of illicit affairs, juicy encounters and frenzied group sex in classical Greece and Imperial Rome. Continue reading
Dionysus – Tyrant and Liberator
From Myth and More, 2013
Recently I was asked a question about Dionysus and what weaknesses this god had. In this post I will create a short profile of Dionysus and address fatal flaws or “Achilles’ heel” for this god.
While pregnant, Semele, the mother of Dionysus, falls to her death when she gazes upon the unprotected vision of the father of her child, Zeus. To allow the unborn child to continue to grow, Zeus places the child in his thigh secured with a golden clamp. When it was time for the child to be born, Zeus opens the clamp and gives birth to the infant Dionysus, the “twice-born.”
To protect him from the wrath of Hera, the wife of Zeus, Dionysus is raised by nymphs and dressed as a girl. In adolescence, Dionysus discovers wine, rejects his feminine disguise and is found by Hera. At this point, Dionysus goes mad. The myth is rather vague whether his madness is from Hera’s vengeance, the onset of adolescence, or the wine. But, whatever the cause, he wanders across Greece, Egypt, and Syria in his madness. Continue reading
Greek Name Τελετη
Latin Spelling Telete
Translation Consecration, Initiation (teletê)
TELETE was the daimona (spirit) who presided over the initiation rites of the Bacchic orgies. She was a daughter of the god Dionysos.
DIONYSOS & NIKAIA (Nonnus Dionysiaca 16.392)
Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. 30. 1 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
“[In the sanctuary of the Mousai (Muses) on Mt Helikon in Boiotia:] First [there are] images of the Mousai . . . by the side of Orpheus stands a statue of Telete, and around him are beasts of stone and bronze listening to his singing.”
Nonnus, Dionysiaca 16. 392 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) : Continue reading
THE HOLLOW EARTH: A MADDENING THEORY THAT CAN’T BE DISPROVED
From OMNI Magazine (October 1983)
If there were a hall of fame for pseudoscientists, surely Cyrus Teed would deserve a place of honor. It was shortly after the Civil War that Teed had his vision: The earth is a hollow sphere, and WE LIVE INSIDE IT. Everything else in the universe is in here with us — planets, comets, stars — everything. What’s outside the sphere? Nothing.
Teed’s cosmology had a particular appeal to religious fundamentalists. It made the earth important again, rather than an insignifigant speck in the cosmos. And it eliminated the difficult concepts of infinite space and aimlessly scattered worlds. We’re all right here together in this safe, spherical womb.
In 1870 Teed changed his name to Koresh (ancient Hebrew for Cyrus) and started a cult. At its peak in the Nineties the Koreshan (pronounced ker-ESH-an) Unity movement had some 4,000 followers. Teed Continue reading
Flat Earth Society
by Michael Rogero Brown
The following is the flyer that the Flat Earth Society sends to people interested in them. I have entered it VERBATUM. ALL typos, punctuation errors, etc are THEIRS. Enjoy.
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International Flat Earth Research Society
FLAT EARTH SOCIETY
Charles K. Johnson, President
Marjory Waugh Johnson, Sec.
Telephone: (805) 727-1635
PO Box 2533, Lancaster, CA 93539
Aim: To carefully observe, think freely rediscover forgotten fact and oppose theoretical dogmatic assumptions. To help establish the United States…of the the world on this flat earth. Replace the science religion…with SANITY Continue reading
“You don’t get it do you, I built this place. Down here I make the rules. Down here I make the threats. Down here… I’m God.“―The Trainman to Neo
The Trainman is an exile who created and operates Mobil Avenue and is a servant of another exile program known as the Merovingian.
After saving fellow Resistance member Axel, Niobe is approached by the Trainman in a subway station. While Niobe does not know who this person is, the Trainman tells her that Zion lasted 72 hours the last time it was attacked by the Machines (referring to the fifth iteration of the Matrix). When questioned about his identity, the Trainman states that he is only an observer of the events unfolding.
Later, the Trainman is approached by Morpheus, Seraph, and Trinity onboard a train. When he sees Continue reading