”To know that a person is in some sense ’religious’ is not as important as to know the role religion plays in the economy of his life” (Allport & Ross, 1967)

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‘It Was Like a Cult’: Leaving the World of Online Conspiracy Theories

Stephanie Wittschier believed in a lot of different things throughout her life: that aliens were locked away in Area 51; that the Third Reich was alive and well, along with the Illuminati, and—last but not least—that ruling elites were using chemtrails to poison humanity.

Interesting article by Alexander Krützfeldt (Broadly Germany, 2016-04-21).

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The hunt for Radovan Karadžić, ruthless warlord turned ‘spiritual healer’

Radovan Karadžić, wartime leader of Bosnian Serbs, has been sentenced to 40 years for Srebrenica genocide. The Guardian tells the story of “the ruthless warlord turned ‘spiritual healer'”

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Karadžić’s business card during his years in disguise as “Dragan Dabic”:

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Freud’s letter of 1913 that ended his relationship with Carl Gustav Jung

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“Your allegation that I treat my followers as patients is demonstrably untrue. . . . It is a convention among us analysts that none of us need feel ashamed of his own neurosis. But one [meaning Jung] who while behaving abnormally keeps shouting that he is normal gives ground for the suspicion that he lacks insight into his illness. Accordingly, I propose that we abandon our personal relations entirely.” Freud Quotes

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Holy Hell: chilling Sundance doc reveals the truth about life in a cult

“Will Allen’s 20-years-in-the-making exposé of a Californian cult and its mysterious leader has left Sundance audiences – including former cult members – in tears” (Gregory Ellwood, The Telegraph, 26 January 2016).

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“What was most apparent about these survivors was that years after their utopia came crashing down many of them still relished and miss the love the community provided them before its darkest days.

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Archives For The Unexplained

Honor where honor is due. (And now that the old 90’s series “X-Files” has resurfaced as well!) One of the world’s largest archive of materials about supernatural phenomena: “Archives For The Unexplained” is actually based in the small Swedish town Norrköping. Their website is well worth a visit.

“Archives for the unexplained (AFU) preserves a rich world-wide heritage of paper archives, book libraries, recordings, e-files, objects and other materials related to all kinds of unexplained phenomena. Our aim is to continously develop an independent archive foundation for research by generations to come.

Our present system of facilities has a total shelf capacity of more than 2 kilometers. After cataloguing of recent donations the library will include more than 20.000 titles/editions about anomalistic phenomena of all kinds.”

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The 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2016

New issue (#45) of Watkins quarterly magazine: Mind, Body, Spirit is out. Including their much awaited annual “Top 100-list”.

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(In a few weeks you’ll be able to read all about it on their website. Here’s the latest “Top 100”-list (2015) btw.)

Update: Watkins’ “Top 100 List” 2016

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Aether & Einstein

Christine Ödlund
February 6 – June 5, 2016
Magasin III, Stockholm

“In 2016, Magasin III presents an extensive solo exhibition by artist and composer Christine Ödlund. It is the first large institutional presentation of her work in Sweden. […] Many of her artworks challenge the limits of our senses and give physical form to phenomena that otherwise remain invisible to the naked eye or even the scientific microscope. Ödlund’s artworks draw inspiration from fields such as theosophy, synesthesia and biology.”

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(c) Christine Ödlund: “Aspects of Plant and Man” (2016)

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New Age Jargon

“New Age Bullshit Generator”

“Random Deepak Chopra Quote Generator”

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“Decoding Deepak” (2012)

Gotham Chopra, son of author and New Age mogul Deepak Chopra, decides to follow his absent father in the heels for a year to try to get to know him a little better. A remarkable document about an enigmatic person.

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Film-maker and journalist Gotham Chopra embarks on a year long roadtrip with his father Deepak Chopra in an attempt to resolve the spiritual icon he is to the world vs. the real man known to his family. From devoted disciples that range from Lady Gaga to lost souls searching for themselves in the red rock deserts of Sedona, Gotham begins to paint a raw portrait of his dad that only a son can. The film travels across the planet chronicling colorful Deepak activities – from a traditional monk ordainment in Thailand to a literal decoding of ancient family registers in rural India. On the homefront, Gotham also takes a closer look at the expansive spiritual empire his father has built over his 25 year career that initially was conceived out of Deepak’s own deep personal and spiritual dissatisfaction, and a decidedly non-spiritual (and boozy) origin.

Ultimately what emerges is a picture of a Deepak that while reminiscent of other popularized Indian gurus, is more dad than demigod. Full of flaws, foils, intelligence, and irreverence, the decoded Deepak uncovered by his son’s honest scrutiny of him is a symbol of a world searching for answers in the most unlikely places and a deeper plunge into the meaning of identity itself. (från Snagfilms.com)

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Why “no religion” is the new religion

Britain is one of only a handful of countries in the world which is rapidly moving from having a Christian majority to a ‘no religion’ majority. But we are not becoming secular – only a quarter of us are confident there is no God; fewer than one in ten report being influenced by secularism. The lecture approaches this apparent paradox by excavating the category of ‘no religion’, and showing how and why the categories of the religious and the secular are losing their analytic power in relation to the current cultural situation.

Professor Linda Woodhead lecturing  in The British Academy on “Why ‘no religion’ is the new religion” (2016-01-19).

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