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Lecture 1: The Other Gospels - 00:00
Lecture 2: The Perfect Light - 00:23:25
Lecture 3: Jesus Tricked Everyone - 00:52:03
Lecture 4: The Alien Man - 01:20:51
Lecture 5: Archons Rule - 01:49:41
Lecture 6: Poesis - 02:25:19
Lecture 7: The Pink Light - 02:55:30
Lecture 8: Pharmakognosis - 03:27:00

Lecture 1 readings:

(Unless otherwise mentioned, all readings from W. Barnstone’s necessary collection The Other Bible, now known as The Gnostic Bible.

• Excerpts from “The Gospel of Thomas” (verses 1, 2, 3, 7, 11, 13, 19, 24, 28, 29, 37, 39, 42, 49, 50, 51, 55, 56, 61, 62, 70, 777, 89, 91, 108, 113);

• Richard Smoley: “Who Were the Gnostics?”, from his great survey Forbidden Faith.

• Excerpts from “The Gospel of Philip” (“Names,” “Rulers,” “Jesus Tricked Everyone,” “The Lost,” “Seeing,” “God is a Man-Eater,” “Leaving the World,” “Joseph and the Wooden Cross,” “Superiority of Chrism to Baptism,” “Laughing Christ,” “Knowledge of Self,” “Slaves and Freedom,” “Root of Evil,” “The Perfect Light”)

Lecture 2 readings:

• Excerpts from “The Gospel of Philip” in The Gnostic Bible, p. 257 (the brief sections called “Names,” “Rulers,” “Jesus Tricked Everyone,” “The Lost,” “Seeing,” “God is a Man-Eater,” “Leaving the World,” “Joseph and the Wooden Cross,” “Superiority of Chrism to Baptism,” “Laughing Christ,” “Knowledge of Self,” “Slaves and Freedom,” “Root of Evil,” “The Perfect Light”)

• Elaine Pagels: “Gnosis: Self-Knowledge as Knowledge of God,” in The Gnostic Gospels, p. 119

Lecture 3 readings:

• “On the Origin of the World” in The Gnostic Bible

• Ioan Couliano: “Interplanetary Tours”, from Out of this World

Lecture 4 readings:

• Hans Jonas: “Gnosticism and Modern Nihilism”

• Rene Daumal: “Provocations to Self Denial”

Lecture 5 readings:

• Antonin Artaud: “To Have Done with the Judgment of God”

• Franz Kafka: selected “Parables”

• William Burroughs: “Nova Express” (pages 1-8)

Lecture 6 readings:

• Harold Bloom: “A Prelude to Gnosis” from Agon

• A.R. Ammo..

"To understand psychoanalysis, you have to understand the uncanny. But to understand psychedelics, you have to understand the weird. The weird is more than the uncanny’s low-brow country cousin. Nor is it simply a domain or style of cultural production. The weird is a mode and category of being. We may enjoy weird tales, but the world is telling us one all the time–and we can respond in kind. There are many reasons to heed Alan Watts’ advice to 'follow your own weird.' In this talk we will try to add some ontological heft to this peculiar but persistent term, which is widely used in a casual way but rarely analysed, historicised, and granted its own singular if sometimes disturbing substance. Tracing the etymology and use of the world through literature, pop culture, anthropology, and physics, we will end that the weird forms a Möbius strip between the spookiness of fate and necessity, and the eccentric, aberrant twist of deviance. Weirdness is the cause and costume of anomaly. It thus provides a naturalistic—if sometimes esoteric—way of understanding and talking about 'supernatural' phenomena, as well as the fringes of our own experience." - Erik Davis

High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experiences in the Seventies:

TechGnosis: Myth, Magic, and Mysticism in the Age of Information by Erik Davis:

Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica by Erik Davis:

The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft:

Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraft:

The Philip K. Dick Collection:

The Weirdo Years by R. Crumb:

Magic, Science and Religion and Other Essays by Bronisław Malinowski:

Art by Luke Brown:

This is the first series of lectures in Dreyfus' course called "Man, God, and Society in Western Literature - From Gods to God and Back", which covers philosophical issues as expressed in poetry, drama, and the novel. This course will compare and contrast the Greek, Medieval, and modern worlds, as reflected in their greatest literature, with special emphasis on the role of the community in reconciling conflicts between sub-groups in society and the individual's ability to understand and control his own life.

Lecture 1: 00:00
Lecture 2: 00:42:56
Lecture 3: 01:57:56
Lecture 4: 03:12:37
Lecture 5: 04:30:43
Lecture 6: 05:48:59

The Odyssey, Lattimore translation:

The Iliad, Lattimore translation:

All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age by Hubert Dreyfus:

A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism by Hubert Dreyfus:

Stan Grof is renowned as a pioneer in the world of psychedelic psychotherapy and research. During more than five decades of exploration in the field of consciousness studies, Grof has accumulated data on some six thousand psychedelic sessions, having conducted more than four thousand of these sessions himself. As Grof puts it in the introduction of his book The Cosmic Game, "This book explores the extraordinary philosophical, metaphysical, and spiritual insights that have emerged in the course of this work." He goes on to assert that these insights are "in radical conflict with the most fundamental assumptions of materialistic science concerning consciousness, human nature, and the nature of reality."

Books by Stan Grof:

The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness:

LSD: Doorway to the Numinous: The Groundbreaking Psychedelic Research into Realms of the Human Unconscious:

The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death:

The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives:

Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy:

Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research:

When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-ordinary Realities:

Pharmako/Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path:
Pharmako/Dynamis: Stimulating Plants, Potions, and Herbcraft:
Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the New York Times bestselling author of Infidel, Nomad, and The Caged Virgin. Born in Somalia and raised a Muslim, she grew up in Africa and Saudi Arabia before seeking asylum in 1992 in the Netherlands, where she went from cleaning factories to winning a seat in the Dutch Parliament. A prominent speaker, debater, and journalist, she was chosen as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. She is now a Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and Harvard's Belfer Center. Hirsi Ali is the founder of the AHA Foundation.

Pharmako/Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path:
Pharmako/Dynamis: Stimulating Plants, Potions, and Herbcraft:
Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft:

Victor Davis Hanson has long been acclaimed as one of our leading scholars of ancient history. In recent years he has also become a trenchant voice on current affairs, bringing a historian's deep knowledge of past conflicts to bear on the crises of the present, from 9/11 to Iran. "War," he writes, "is an entirely human enterprise." Ideologies change, technologies develop, new strategies are invented-but human nature is constant across time and space. The dynamics of warfare in the present age still remain comprehensible to us through careful study of the past. Though many have called the War on Terror unprecedented, its contours would have been quite familiar to Themistocles of Athens or William Tecumseh Sherman.

The Classicist podcast w/ Victor Davis Hanson:

Books by Victor Davis Hanson:

The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern:

A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War:

Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power:

The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won:

Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West:

Why the West Has Won : Carnage and Culture from Salamis to Vietnam:

Few people are aware of Marvel Whiteside Parsons (a.k.a Jack Parsons), co-founder of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories. Parsons made major contributions to rocket development, particularly in the area of solid fuel propellant. The solid motors on the Space Shuttle and the motors in the Minuteman missile were based on the solid propellant technology that he invented. He was a founding member of Aerojet Corporation, and he even has a crater on the dark side of the moon named after him. So why isn’t he as celebrated as the other founding fathers of spaceflight?

Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons by John Carter:

Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons by George Pendle:

Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley by Richard Kaczynski:

The Eye in the Triangle: An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley by Israel Regardie:

Freedom Is a Two Edged Sword by Jack Parsons:

The Decline of the West, or The Downfall of the Occident, is a two-volume work by Oswald Spengler, the first volume of which was published in the summer of 1918. Spengler revised this volume in 1922 and published the second volume, subtitled Perspectives of World History, in 1923.

John David Ebert's YouTube channel:

The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler:

The New Media Invasion: Digital Technologies and the World They Unmake by John David Ebert:

Myths, Gods, Machines: Illuminations on Mythology, History and Science by John David Ebert:

Rage and the Word: Gilgamesh, Akhenaten, Moses and the Birth of the Metaphysical Age by John David Ebert:

Giant Humans, Tiny Worlds: Adventures in the Universe of Graphic Novels by John David Ebert:

In this course, intellectual historian David Gordon gives a survey of the greatest thinkers, and evaluates these scholars by their arguments for and against the idea of Liberty. Recorded in Auburn, Alabama, on June 4-8, 2007.

Lecture 1 - Plato: 00:00
Lecture 2 - Aristotle: 01:22:06
Lecture 3 - Thomas Aquinas: 02:46:54
Lecture 4 - Thomas Hobbes: 04:04:09
Lecture 5 - John Locke: 05:28:14
Lecture 6-10:

Books by David Gordon:

The Philosophical Origins of Austrian Economics:

An Introduction to Economic Reasoning:

The Essential Rothbard:

Secession, State, and Liberty:


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Murray Rothbard died before he could write his third volume of his famous History of Economic Thought that would cover the birth and development of the Austrian School, through the Keynesian Revolution and Chicago School. However, he had already mapped out the entire project. Fortunately, Rothbard lectured on his discoveries and analysis of this period while he was researching the topic.

Lecture 1 - Ideology and Theories of History: 00:00
Lecture 2 - The Emergence of Communism: 01:06:34
Lecture 3 - The Pre-Austrians: 02:18:22
Lecture 4 - Menger and Bohm-Bawerk: 03:30:19
Lecture 5 - Mises and Austrian Economics: 04:14:56
Lecture 6 - Hayek and His Lamentable Contemporaries: 05:38:35

Books by Murray Rothbard:

An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought (2 Volumes):

Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market:

Anatomy of the State:

Conceived in Liberty:

The Progressive Era:

A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II:


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Kant: A Very Short Introduction:

German Philosophers: Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche:

Aesthetic Understanding:

Music as an Art:

The Aesthetics of Architecture:

A Short History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Wittgenstein:

Beauty: A Very Short Introduction:

Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left:

Lecture 1 - Twilight of the Idols: 00:00
Lecture 2 - Twilight of the Idols: 01:11:51
Lecture 3 - The Gay Science: 02:21:32
Lecture 4 - The Gay Science: 03:38:34
Lecture 5 - The Gay Science: 04:49:25

The Twilight of the Idols:

The Gay Science:

A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism by Hubert Dreyfus:

All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age by Hubert Dreyfus:

In this (1975) lecture the preeminent scholar in Jewish mysticism Gershom Scholem speaks of the Kabbalistic doctrine of the tselem, the astral body. The word “tselem” first appears in Genesis 1;26 when God creates man and says “let us make man in our image (tselem) and in our likeness.” In Hebrew “tselem” means “plastic image” and describes the individual essence of each human being. It constitutes an independent entity mediating between body and spirit. In mystical experience, the tselem could manifest as the perception of one’s own double, which revealed the deepest spiritual essence within man. Professor Scholem retraces the historical development of the doctrine of the tselem in Jewish mysticism and tells us how it is related to the principle of individuation in man.


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