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Setianism / The Gift of Set
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:55:55 am »
Genuine belief comes from direct experience, not faith. In the past I may have done some things in the wrong order, trying to fit various experiences I've had into Setian philosophy. No harm done, there is a learning curve to anything in life.

But the fact that I can make intelligent choices brings me to the belief that I'm much more than a mere biological robot. Descartes used the words "We cannot doubt of our existence while we doubt" and "I think, therefore I am". How self-awareness is even possible is a mystery to me.

Some have argued it is the product of natural selection, which I think is a valid concept in terms of corporeal machinery, but nothing more. "Show me the proof that gods exist" they say, to which I'd respond: "In the interest of quid pro quo, show me the proof that they don't first".

The question of theism hardly matters though, as I have more important things to concern myself with: There are many hidden secrets to uncover, Gordian knots to unravel, and unchartered dark waters to explore. While others choose to remain on the lower decks of existence, we have risen above the mundane by our own accord to become the captains of our own ships - and that is the Gift of Set.

Reading / Ghost Rides
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:21:44 pm »
Michael Aquino released a new book for those interested:

Setianism / Instantiation
« on: January 09, 2018, 02:11:47 pm »
I've been thinking about the concept of instantiation lately, which is to represent an abstraction by a concrete instance. The final result is a complex copy of the abstraction with all the blanks filled in.

Without Xeper and Remanifestation, the individual would remain a template. But once the blanks begin to get filled in, a totally unique being emerges, able to create their own abstractions and concrete representations of the same. Even in this life we are pseudo-gods with the ability - however limited - to create and destroy.

Isolate self-aware intelligence demands exercising those powers. Avoiding the homework won't do, as a great big eraser named Stasis is ready and willing to wipe out all that has been gained.

I think instantiation might be a useful concept to consider. It's a state of being that becomes before all others - the beginning of an eternal journey.

Music / Dark Classical Music
« on: January 05, 2018, 06:43:07 pm »

Valentina with orchestra;

Setianism / Entelecheia
« on: December 29, 2017, 03:26:26 pm »
Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory is explained in his book Motivation and Personality (starting p. 35), and goes something like this, although he was clear to state that there can be exceptions to the ordering (p. 51).

1. Physiological Needs
2. Safety Needs
3. Belonging/Love
4. Esteem
5. Self-Actualization

One essay I read suggests a "Hierarchy of Aeonic Principles" which builds upon Maslow's pyramid in this manner:

1. Thelema - finding True Will
2. Indulgence - indulging in that True Will leads to Xeper
3. Xeper - a new particular state of being
4. Remanifest - refinement of that state

Once a new state of being is achieved, the process can then be repeated in a new context. Like any tool, whether or not these models are useful is a matter of personal choice, which brings me to this term:

Aristotle's Entelecheia represents realization or completion of something to its final conclusion. It could be seen as the potential within brought to perfection in action when included in the phrase: "Xeper and Remanifest toward Entelecheia".

So the question is, is the word a useful addition to Xeper/Remanifest? I think it is, because it keeps the concept of self-perfection alive, despite the elusive nature of what the word represents. What do you think?

Lounge / MOVED: What are you reading?
« on: December 22, 2017, 04:52:20 pm »

Lounge / MOVED: Older Games
« on: December 22, 2017, 04:44:27 pm »

Lounge / MOVED: Last Movie You Watched
« on: December 22, 2017, 04:43:57 pm »

Lounge / MOVED: Music thread
« on: December 22, 2017, 04:43:21 pm »

Lounge / MOVED: What are you playing?
« on: December 22, 2017, 04:43:03 pm »

Announcements / New Responsive Theme
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:29:17 pm »
There is a new responsive theme called "Redsy" which should be better for mobile users. (Still working on customizing the colors/graphics, but it's a start.)

The like buttons aren't available when using this theme.

Announcements / Server Crash
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:31:36 pm »
The server crashed last night, causing the web host to revert to a backup from the previous day. Unfortunately everything from yesterday was lost. Just wanted to make sure everyone knew what happened.

General LHP Discussion / Embedded Intelligence
« on: September 28, 2017, 12:47:18 pm »
Bill Mensch, a world-renowned microprocessor engineer, has a unique theory:

He believes intelligence is embedded in all things, both living and non-living, from the simplest to the most advanced. What do you think of his theory?

Announcements / New Categories
« on: September 28, 2017, 12:24:38 am »
Dear Forum members, now that the post count is nearing the 2000 mark, we thought it was time to add some more specific categories to help keep things organized. You are always free to post in a top-level category, but please try to use the child boards when it makes sense to do so.

I'll leave this thread open for suggestions, and thank you for your continued participation.

Current Events / No politics for now, please.
« on: September 27, 2017, 11:49:44 pm »
Since politics can be such a divisive subject, please refrain from discussing politics until we can get some clear rules in place. Thank you.

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