lecture 9 - Equality in Early Societies And the Historical...

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Equality in Early Societies And the Historical Fall of  Humankind 1
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Seating for class Front of Room S1   S6 (Lawler) S5 S2 S3 S7 S8  S4 S9 S10 D’Allesandro     Dozzi Buckman 2
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Relation of brain and mind I freely move my body =my brain is also a tool I use Yogis can radically change brain wave  levels at will (after much practice). New medicine (psychosomatic):  change your mind, release stress and stop producing unnecessary adrenaline  3
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Mind/Spirit over Matter 4
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Ancient (Eastern) v.  Modern (Western) Modern science and technology: matter based,  external instruments (mechanical causes) Causes of illness: external, germs and viruses Cures through external interventions, chemicals Ancient science and technology: spirit based –  technologies of thought/feeling (Ayurveda,  Acupuncture, Yoga etc. (human purposes,  teleology) Illnesses are related to inner state: thoughts,  personality types How to control one’s mind > basis for healing the body 5
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Outline A Basic concepts of  Genesis In the beginning – paradise The fall and its consequences B Historical parallels The earliest societies The rise of hierarchical states  6
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In the Beginning: Harmony Creation of humans: God-like spirit (breath)  breathed into matter of earth “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the  ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath  of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis  2:7) In the beginning human beings were one with  God, nature, and each other. (Harmony of  matter and spirit, nature and humanity.) 7
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Humans as God-like “And God said, Let us make man in our  image, after our likeness . . .” Genesis  1:26 “And the LORD God formed man [of] the  dust of the ground, and breathed into his  nostrils the breath of life; and man became  a living being.” 2:7 8
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