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August 8

Seeking recommendations for intellectual history

I'd like references for books that describe the intellectual history of the past 200-odd years in the West, e.g. modernism, postmodernism, and whatever was before and after. [more inside]
posted by uninformative at 8:19 PM - 6 answers

August 5

Wanted: Objectivist Child Care Resources for Fictional Purposes

I'm looking for links to Objectivist discussion sites/articles about how non-parent childcare (for orphans etc.) would work in an Objectivist/Randian society. I have some links; they don't cover this exact topic. [more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 3:51 PM - 11 answers

August 3

What is the history of the belief in karmic rebirth?

Need help researching karmic rebirth in Buddhism [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 7:55 PM - 8 answers

Resources for expanding your mind

It's natural to get comfortable with your day to day reality, which includes routines and norms that we take for granted. How can I push those boundaries (without drugs)? [more inside]
posted by Cybria at 5:09 PM - 9 answers

July 21

Recommend a survey text on the (History of the) Philosophy of Religion

I'm looking for a basic survey or overview text on the History of the Philosophy of Religion. Not an exhaustive text but one that would provide explicitly a kind of syllabus for background on key works in this thread of philosophy. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 11:21 PM - 6 answers

July 12

Are ferrets haram?

Kids living around us are fascinated by the occasional time we have taken our ferrets for a walk. A few of them have asked whether ferrets are haram. Not knowing, I've suggested that they ask their parents but would like to be able to tell them next time. Google suggests that they are ok but I can't find any more substantive sources than yahoo answers. Thanks!
posted by threetwentytwo at 11:55 AM - 8 answers

June 30

How to find grace as an atheist?

How do I find grace - the feeling that no matter what, I am loved and lovable - as an atheist? [more inside]
posted by beigeness at 2:05 PM - 43 answers

"Hell House" script wanted!

Where can I download or view a "Hell House" script, as used by Christian churches to warn teens of the evils of abortion, homosexuality, etc? (These used to be sold as kits, but I can't seem to find where to order one.) A scene by scene breakdown would also be useful... Thanks in advance, sinners!
posted by Unsomnambulist at 10:38 AM - 4 answers

June 20

Keeping it Zen

Life is stressful right now. Please give me your best stress relief hacks. [more inside]
posted by Kalmya at 8:01 PM - 22 answers

June 10

Historically, where did the idea of "the nine pillars of ___" originate?

Nine pillars of weight loss, history, business management, war, peace, what have you. Pick a topic, and you can probably find someone who has written an article or book about its nine pillars. But where did it start? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 4:44 PM - 9 answers

June 6

Ramadan appropriate greeting?

Is there a greeting, or something us non-practicers can say to people observing?
posted by DigDoug at 12:16 PM - 9 answers

May 21

Legality of 1P-LSD in Romania?

Where is the best place to find out whether 1P-LSD is legal in Romania? I am considering shipping it here but I want to know whether I should expect any trouble from the authorities.
posted by jpziller at 10:56 AM - 2 answers

May 20

"Voodoo" is maybe not the right word

I'm presently reading a (post?)cyberpunk novel, Richard K Morgan's Broken Angels. Like William Gibson's Count Zero and others in the genre, voodoo, its practitioners, and its beliefs are an element of the plot and setting. I haven't got the faintest idea about the religion, not even what its proper name is. What should I read / watch to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by 4th number at 12:03 PM - 10 answers

May 17

How do I be Buddhist?

Where to start with Buddhism? [more inside]
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:10 PM - 25 answers

May 15

One Thousand Scriptoria

Where could I find a list of significant cathedrals and monasteries in Europe at or around 1000 AD / CE? [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 6:55 PM - 2 answers

May 5

Tune in, turn on, read a book.

Who are the modern Robert Anton Wilsons? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 11:42 AM - 17 answers

May 4

Why are spiritual mediators characterized by self-denial?

Brahmins, shamans, priests, ascetics, monks, holy kings - all of them have some kind of taboo or another that prohibits sex or the tastiest food items. Jesus, Buddha, and Moses all had intense experiences of deprivation and self-denial before spiritual zeniths. My question is - why is that those individuals considered the most spiritually powerful are also taxed with the most prohibitions or expected to have undergone difficult and costly experiences? [more inside]
posted by mrmanvir at 2:43 PM - 17 answers

May 3

Godbaby's christening gift

What should we get our godbaby for his christening present? [more inside]
posted by mgrrl at 1:24 PM - 10 answers

All art must be easy?

I remember reading a philosopher say something to the effect of "all art should appear easy" or "all art should be easy to make." Anyone have any ideas who this might have been? I think maybe it's somewhere in Nietzsche or Schlegel.
posted by matkline at 1:18 PM - 6 answers

May 2

The war on daydreaming

I have been working on meditating. It's definitely helped me in several ways. But now this app is telling me to stop daydreaming. I love daydreaming. I'm conflicted! Can I ignore this? [more inside]
posted by Kalmya at 7:03 PM - 16 answers

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