Today’s word ‘dynamic syncretism’ is a tendency in Hindu belief. It is not a principle of the religion or even something that happens consciously among its adherents. ‘Syncretism’ is the process by which elements of one religion are assimilated into another. The reason that ‘dynamic’ is added to the term when discussing Hinduism is that unlike other syncretic religions: Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam which have each borrowed from no more than two religions directly, Hinduism has assimilated principles from many different systems of belief. Continue reading
Before He gave any shape to the world, before He produced any form, He was alone, without form and without resemblance to anything else. Who then can comprehend how He was before the Creation? Hence it is forbidden to lend Him any form or similitude, or even to call Him by His sacred name, or to indicate Him by a single letter or a single point. But after He created the form of the Heavenly Man, He used him as a chariot wherein to descend, and He wishes to be called after His form, which is the sacred name “YHWH”. (Zohar, part ii., section “Bo,” 42b)
Chemicals are amazing things, especially for a nerd like myself who can watch YouTube videos of this man with wild frizzy hair – who looks like science – Dr. Martin Poliakov of Nottingham University, for hours on end. If you have even the slightest interest in Chemistry, I highly recommend checking out the Periodic Videos channel; it will educate and entertain for hours. Continue reading
Someday my mind gives me words that are more interesting than others. Today’s word ‘perspicacity’ is a bit tough. It’s pejorative counterpart ‘shrewdness’ seems to be more common today, but this character trait, if used appropriately can be beneficial. Continue reading
Major celestial bodies, like the larger, nearer planets or lower magnitude stars are easily found in the night sky without much need for computerized assistance or even coordinates. One can just walk outside at night and using a finder scope quickly home in on those objects. However, a large portion of the objects that fill the night time sky: planets, moons, higher magnitude stars, nebulae, distant galaxies are not observable by the naked eye or even with lower magnification finder scopes; thus it is necessary to use coordinates on a chart to find these objects.
The sciatic nerve is a major nerve extending from the lower end of the spinal cord down the back of the thigh, and dividing above the knee joint. It is the nerve with the largest diameter in the human body. Since my adolescence I’ve suffered with acute sciatica, a periodic inflammation of the sciatic nerve roots. Sometimes it’s just uncomfortable, but at other times it gets so bad that I can barely walk. Several times I’ve been in such pain from it that I couldn’t even drive myself to get care. Continue reading
I first encountered this word while in my studies at St. Bens. It is a word used in metaphysics, the philosophy of nature, and in theology. It is used to define phenomena or events which fall outside of the normal or ‘natural’ but still happening by the agency of some created being (including spiritual beings). Continue reading
Both words in today’s mashup are plant genii. The first ‘Hedychium’ is the genus of ginger; it has a quite beautiful flowers. The second ‘Cryptocoryne’ is a genus of leafy underwater plants favored by aquarium enthusiasts for its bright red leaves, which provide a nice contrast to the bright greens common to most aquarium flora. Enjoy pictures of both below:
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