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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

April 22

book recommendations

In Wade Davis' book Into The Silence, he mentions the Tibetan plateau as the meeting place of various religions of the world. Can you recommend books that cover or relate to this subject? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:36 AM - 4 answers

April 21

How is this question like those other four questions?

So my contribution to the seder tomorrow is a reading/poem/spoken word piece/joke/interpretive dance/whatever about The Four Questions. What should I contribute? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 10:00 PM - 3 answers

April 18

What can the lonely do passover?

The few friends I have are either Christian or Athiest. I'm not religious as I grew up in a completely secular home. I don't know a shred of hebrew and have barely gone to synogogue in my life. But I'd like to become a little more involved in Judiasm so I recently joined a congregation. The thing is I still... [more inside]
posted by rancher at 9:55 AM - 17 answers

April 15

Whose famous last "words" were a punctuation mark?

I recall reading, some years ago, about a semi-famous intellectual--I believe it was a philosopher, or theologian, or author--who, on his/her deathbed, wrote a single punctuation mark as his/her last "words." The mark was either a comma or a semicolon, if I recall correctly. No matter how hard I try, I can't find the answer via Google.
posted by duffell at 7:05 AM - 9 answers

April 14

Theological determinism and free-will... can they both exist?

Greetngs - I am not a philosopher (and that may be evident from my question) nor a mathematician (perhaps even more evident): Can theological determinism and free-will co-exist, and is there an example or analog in mathematics which could illustrate this?
posted by brownrd at 6:01 AM - 12 answers

April 5

Freud's Quote(s) About Psychology Only Being Able To Minimize Neurosis

Looking for a quote by Freud on how the common state of the modern person is neurotic, and that psychoanalysis at best can only minimize neurosis to a regular and tolerable level [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone at 10:27 PM - 0 answers

April 4

Fast-track Catholic First communion and confirmation

I was baptized Catholic, but never got my first communion or was confirmed. Circumstances have me searching for a way to achieve both as soon as possible. Is there somewhere online to do this or a way to get this done in the next three weeks? [more inside]
posted by Fuego at 8:16 PM - 60 answers

Can someone still be a thinker?

How can a person not affiliated with a higher learning institution publish ideas of a more abstract nature, but also rooted in reality and science ? Are there any reputable journals that straddle the line between speculative fiction, futurism, philosophy and science that would publish an article from someone yet unpublished in the academic world? I'm not sure what I should google for, that's why I'm asking here. I have some ideas and would like to write an essay.
posted by spacefire at 12:39 PM - 9 answers

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