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If ever you have trouble wrapping your brain around the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu, try reading "Quantum Psychology" by Robert Anton Wilson and then try the Tao Te Ching again.

Hell, even if you think you understand the Tao Te Ching already, reading Quantum Psychology by RAW will give you a new perspective on the Tao Te Ching. Trust me, it has for me already, and I haven't even finished it.

PS = "Neurogenetic chauvinism has no more scientific justification than national or sexual chauvinisms."
---Robert Anton Wilson
Click here for the context of that quote, which will define "neurogenetic" as well.


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Sep. 19th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
Is he saying that we're oppressed by our own Neurogenesis?
Sep. 19th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
NeuroGENETICS. Before I give you the context, I define the world "umwelt" which was defined in the text (but I don't want to start that far back). Umwelt means "world-field," "worldview," or "reality tunnel." Things in brackets are notes of mine. Here is the context:

      Snakes live in a much different umwelt [than mammals do]. They see heat waves, for instance, and seemingly do not see "objects." The world seen by a snake looks fundamentally like a spiritualist seance - fields of "life-energy" floating around in murk. That explains why a snake will strike at a hot air balloon that invades its territory. To the snake, the heat in the balloon and the heat in a hunter's leg have the same meaning - an intruder has arrived. The snake defends its territory by striking in both cases.

      Because the snake's umwelt or reality-tunnel differs so fundamentally from mammalian reality tunnels, friendships between humans and snakes occur much less frequently than between humans and [other] mammals.

      The belief that the human umwelt reveals "reality" or "deep reality" seems, in this perspective, as naive as the notion that a yardstick shows more "reality" than a volt-meter, or that "my religion 'is' better than your religion." Neurogenetic [neurological and genetic] chauvinism has no more scientific justification than national or sexual chauvinisms.

Seriously, a fascinating book. I highly recommend it. I think you'd love it.
Sep. 19th, 2007 10:06 am (UTC)
Ah I get it now.
Sep. 19th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I should have realized no one would be able to figure out what it meant without the context.
Sep. 19th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
All the formatting in that quoted context are original to the text.
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