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His treatment is especially fascinating because he is not pushing any particular religion. Most of what I have heard or read about the characters he describes comes from their own hagiographies. Blavatsky s baboon impossible not to wander down a main street in Santa Cruz, Mountain View, San Francisco or Healdsburg and not read the posters touting some black-haired swami as the answer to blavatsky s baboon human race's problems, to know survivors from s era "encounter groups," or people who escaped from cults.
Washington includes short biographies, summaries of teachings, influences of some of great granddaddies and grandmommas of New Age.
His incredulity is refreshing, his anecdotes are copiously referenced and he provides a huge bibliography and fantastic notes. The only drawback is the organization of the book.
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Some chapters will follow individuals over a number of decades and then bounce back in time in the following chapter to a different person which I found to be a little disconcerting.
In spite of that, it was a completely addicting book and I didn't want to put it down until I was done. One of the bonuses of the book is that it totally cured me from ever blavatsky s baboon to start a cult of my own. Every once in a while I think that if I sat down and applied myself Blavatsky s baboon could start my own cult and become rich and famous, like many other people.
But as history shows cults always fall into similar patterns, they become creaky with old age, they get isolated and totally crazy or they just become catholic. If you despair of ever untangling the Rosicrucians from the Vedantists, Gurdjieff from Ouspensky, or St Germain from the Secret Masters, here is your book.
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As a prospective reader, the most important thing to know about this book is that it is NOT primarily about Madame Blavatsky.
She is dead on page At the same time, it also presents a painfully blavatsky s baboon view of human nature.
As you may have already discovered, our capacity for self-delusion turns out to blavatsky s baboon entirely perfectly limitless. He is a cultured fellow, a linguist and musician whose work takes in the supervision of Religion, Education and Art. This misleading description is not to be found in Blavatsky's writings, but may blavatsky s baboon traced to a divergent tradition which gained prominence among some theosophists many years after Blavatsky's death in A careful scholar reasonably conversant with theosophic history and doctrine would not confuse the two.
Peter Washington PW in fact gives very little description of theosophy as presented by HPB and her teachers, and what he does mention is often blavatsky s baboon or out of context see Note 13 below.
But involved with this lofty dismissal of Darwinism.
The first statement could easily, but incorrectly be taken to mean that HPB was anti-evolutionist. On the blavatsky s baboon, HPB's Secret Doctrine is premised on an blavatsky s baboon paradigm, and she was sufficiently versed in the subject to articulate the difference between the principle of evolution and the Darwinian model which purports to explain its mechanism.
Having translated at least a portion of The Origin of Species in earlyshe was undoubtedly aware of Darwin's chapter 6, "Difficulties on the Theory"-- fundamental problems which are unresolved today fossil gaps, hybrid limits, instinct, etc.
In her Secret DoctrineHPB gave Darwin due credit for the partial correctness of his theory in regard to variation, as distinct from speciation.
But she criticized it as insufficient blavatsky s baboon explain the underlying causes of evolution, and Darwinians as being ethically culpable for putting "'in the place of a conscious creative force.
As for "lofty dismissal," HPB merely summarized the pertinent criticisms of contemporary scientists such as Darwin's co-theorist A.
Wallace and French anthropologist A. They prove to be either in conflict with reality or else incapable of solving blavatsky s baboon major problems involved" Evolution of Living OrganismsNY: Academic Press,pp.
There is a considerable difference between lofty dismissal and informed criticism.