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marți, 11 septembrie 2012

Step Pyramid of Djoser: Egypt's First Pyramid

Constructed at Saqqara about 4,700 years ago, the Step Pyramid of Djoser was the first pyramid the Egyptians built.

Djoser, sometimes spelled Zoser (though he was actually called Netjerykhet), was a king of Egypt’s third dynasty. The planning of the pyramid has been attributed to Imhotep, a vizier who would later be deified for his accomplishments.

The Singularity is Near-Sighted: Joseph Campbell's Vision for the Internet Age

It's a great irony of Western Civilization that the scientific revolution, which emerged in the 15th century as a telescopic rifle aimed squarely at the Church, has lately been spotted distributing apocalyptic pamphlets in the public square.

Despite rhetoric steeped in science, these philosophical tracts are founded on metaphysical assumptions, resulting in a kind of techno-religion, replete with promises of immortality and transcendence.

The following beliefs form the basis for this technological utopianism:

1. A projection of human consciousness onto machines;

2. A teleological world view whereby civilization is moving toward unity and global interconnection;
3. An implicit belief in the goodness of technology and the benevolence of machines.

A study of Justin Martyr, early Christian writer

Although Justin was born in Samaria, near Jacob’s well, he was a Gentile. After he died a martyr’s death, he became known as Justin Martyr. He lived from a.d.110 to 165. Although details of his education are not know, it is accepted that he was well educated simply because of his broad knowledge and writing expertise. Early in his life he seemed to have toyed with various philosophical systems but his tastes and perceptions led him to be a disciple of Socrates and Plato. But with his sense of probing, he became a staunch disciple of Jesus Christ

Justin was straightforward in his philosophy and his apologetics. His letters to the Roman leaders showed how false and hollow is all wisdom that is not meant for all humanity, and the force that works in the words of Jesus; he points out their regenerating power. It is the mission of Justin to lead the masses to the crucified Jesus.