links for 2009-08-25

  • "When the best someone can come up with is a vague recollection of a program's icon, it says to me that we've entered a "post-literate" technological society, one in which people have lost not just the ability to read and write about a topic, but also the ability to speak about it, all while retaining the ability to use it."
  • "This is the perfect time to call for a new progressive tax schemes on the super-rich. In fact, if we had in place a fair system, there would be no deficit problem at all."
  • "A peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to the transdisciplinary study of Western esotericism: Western esoteric traditions including alchemy, astrology, Gnosticism, gnosis, magic, mysticism, Rosicrucianism, and secret societies, and their ramifications in art history, history, literature, and politics."
  • "The mission of the Association for the Study of Esotericism is to promote excellence in scholarship and teaching in the study of esotericism and mysticism. This is to be accomplished through conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services.

    Within a context of free inquiry and critical examination, the Association welcomes all disciplined reflection on esotericism in its various manifestations from antiquity to the present–including perspectives ranging from historiographic to phenomenological–and seeks to enhance the broad public understanding of this emerging field."