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Ernest Becker - Wikipedia. Ernest Becker (September 27, 1924 – March 6, 1974) was a Jewish-American cultural anthropologist and writer. He is noted for his 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial of Death. Early life[edit] Becker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Jewish immigrant parents. After completing military service, in which he served in the infantry and helped to liberate a Nazi concentration camp, he attended Syracuse University in New York. Academic career[edit] After graduating from Syracuse University in 1960, Becker began his career as a teaching professor and writer. In 1969, Becker began a professorship at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he would spend the remaining years of his academic life.

Becker was an academic outcast in the last decade of his life. Beliefs[edit] Becker eventually came to the position that psychological inquiry can only bring us to a distinct threshold, beyond which belief systems must be invoked to satisfy the human psyche. Ernest Becker - Wikipedia. Walt Whitman. Walter "Walt" Whitman (/ˈhwɪtmən/; May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works.

Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.[1] His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. Born in Huntington on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and—in addition to publishing his poetry—was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842). Whitman's major work, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person with an American epic. Whitman was concerned with politics throughout his life. MUSASHI MIYAMOTO | Discover Japan's Greatest Swordsman. Culture is Not Your Friend: Terence McKenna's Radical Perspective.

“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow.”— Terence McKenna Terence McKenna is one of those cult-famous, societal-fringe figures of whom the majority of people have never heard. He’s also someone whose views probably have a polarizing effect on anyone who encounters them. At the very least, though, Terence was an exceptionally original thinker, and those who explore a fraction of his work will note his erudition and incredible ability to articulate his thoughts. McKenna was an American philosopher and ethnobotanist who passed away in the year 2000. His controversial status is in large part due to his vocal advocacy of mind-altering substances. Obviously this latter aspect of McKenna’s legacy is an immediate turn-off to many. McKenna’s Views on Mass-Consumerist Culture I’ve delved into hours of McKenna’s lectures, and I am particularly interested in his ideas on culture.

What Civilization is and What it Could be. Walter Russell: Life and Work. This is what Walter Russell (1871-1963) proved convincingly during his lifetime. After leaving school at the age of 9, in order to earn money, he very successfully explored (amongst others) music, literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, natural sciences, new ways towards a healthy economy, philosophy and mysticism as well as figure skating, horse breeding and dressage. Together with his congenial wife Lao, he founded a private university for distance learning, the University of Science and Philosophy, in Swannanoa, Virgina. It still exists today and their Home Study Course in Cosmic Consciousness helped many people to unfold their consciousness.

A detailed biography of Lao Russell, his second wife and intellectual companion who was born in 1904, was published in 2005. The Strangest Man - Graham Farmelo. Edward Bernays. His best-known campaigns include a 1929 effort to promote female smoking by branding cigarettes as feminist "Torches of Freedom" and his work for the United Fruit Company connected with the CIA-orchestrated overthrow of the democratically elected Guatemalan government in 1954.

He worked for dozens of major American corporations including Procter & Gamble and General Electric, and for government agencies, politicians, and non-profit organizations. Family and education[edit] Edward Bernays was born to a Jewish family,[6] the son of Ely Bernays and Anna Freud Bernays. His great grandfather was Isaac Bernays, chief rabbi of Hamburg. Bernays was a "double nephew" of Viennese psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud—by virtue of his mother, Freud's sister, and of his father's sister, Martha Bernays Freud, who married Sigmund. The Bernays family moved from Vienna to the United States in the 1890s. He married Doris E. Career[edit] Medical editor[edit] Press agent[edit] World War I[edit] Political clients[edit] About Srila Prabhupada | Radhanath Swami - Official website of author, spiritual leader, and social activist Radhanath Swami.

“Srila Prabhupada lived with the spirit of the Lord’s compassion shining through his heart. Through his example he showed how to live as a true well wisher and friend of every living being. The genuine essence of all spiritual teachings can be understood by observing his qualities, hearing his words and reading his books.” – Radhanath Swami His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) is widely regarded as the worlds pre-eminent exponent of the teachings and practices of Bhakti-yoga to the Western world. Born Abhay Charan De on September 1, 1896, in Calcutta, as a youth he became involved with Mahatma Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement. It was, however, a meeting with a prominent scholar and spiritual leader, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, which proved most influential on young Abhay’s future calling.

In New York he faced great hardships without money or a place to live. Perhaps Srila Prabhupada’s most significant contribution is his books. A. Erwin Schrödinger : Vedantist and Father of Quantum Mechanics | Hindu History - Unfolding the Epic History of the Worlds Most Ancient and Spiritual Civilisation. There is a legend about a magic tree, kalpataru, that fulfills all wishes.

Indian civilization is this tree of riches and wisdom. Kings and emperors sought to conquer India for its material wealth; the campaign of Alexander, the unceasing attacks of the Turks, the voyage of Columbus, the British empire—these had India as the focus. Indian sages, philosophers and mystics have held out a shining vision that has appealed to the world.

Even Alexander took Indian yogis back to Greece with him. Indian thought influenced not only China and Southeast Asia, it may also have provided key impulses to Western thought. Erwin Schrödinger Perhaps the most remarkable intellectual achievement of the twentieth century was quantum theory, which is at the basis of our understanding of chemistry, biology, and physics and, consequently, it is at the basis of the century’s astonishing technological advances. Erwin Schrödinger wrote: Schrödinger’s influential What is Life? Erwin Schrödinger Quotes Comments. How is quantum physics related to the Upanishads and Vedanta philosophy? Andy Kaufman Does Elvis Presley. The Zen Teachings of Alan Watts: A Free Audio Archive of His Enlightening Lectures. Michael Tellinger. Rabindranath Tagore on education.

Contents: background · key ideas · conclusion · bibliography · links · how to cite this article Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Asia’s first Nobel Laureate, was born into a prominent Calcutta family known for its socio-religious and cultural innovations during the 19th Bengal Renaissance. The profound social and cultural involvement of his family would later play a strong role in the formulation of Rabindranath’s educational priorities. His grandfather Dwarkanath was involved in supporting medical facilities, educational institutions and the arts, and he fought for religious and social reform and the establishment of a free press. His father was also a leader in social and religious reform, who encouraged a multi-cultural exchange in the family mansion Jorasanko. Within the joint family, Rabindranath’s thirteen brothers and sisters were mathematicians, journalists, novelists, musicians, artists.

Key ideas We have come to this world to accept it, not merely to know it. Conclusion Links. J. Krishnamurti - Official Channel.