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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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