hyperdrivemechanic:


Neil Degrasse Tyson - Cosmos

hyperdrivemechanic:

Neil Degrasse Tyson - Cosmos

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[Pictures] Unbelievable Macro Shots Taken Inside Instruments

embodyilluminati:

Religious ignorance is the most difficult of all forms of ignorance to clear up because it is closely allied with the irrationalities of the emotional life. A bad mathematician can with practice cure his weakness; so can poor spellers or insufficient linguists; but a person suffering from religious ignorance is not only entirely oblivious of his limitations, but is generally proud of them, resisting fanatically any effort to improve his state. Also, if you interfere with his convictions, no matter how stupid or malicious they may be, you are trespassing upon his inalienable right to freedom of worship and belief. You can call him ignorant in any of the branches of the arts, sciences, or trades, and he will likely agree with you, but if you tell him that his religious viewpoints are without a semblance of sanity he will rise in righteous wrath and hate you until the end of his days.

Yet if you pin one of these zealots down and demand of him what he actually knows about philosophy, transcendentalism, mysticism, magic, metaphysics, and new thought, he will probably not be able to give you even a reasonably good definition of any one of these terms. He is full of convictions, but his notions hang on such a shaky framework that they would be regarded as utterly worthless in any department of accredited scholarship.

- Manly P. Hall

via The Illuminor

embodyilluminati:

Religious ignorance is the most difficult of all forms of ignorance to clear up because it is closely allied with the irrationalities of the emotional life. A bad mathematician can with practice cure his weakness; so can poor spellers or insufficient linguists; but a person suffering from religious ignorance is not only entirely oblivious of his limitations, but is generally proud of them, resisting fanatically any effort to improve his state. Also, if you interfere with his convictions, no matter how stupid or malicious they may be, you are trespassing upon his inalienable right to freedom of worship and belief. You can call him ignorant in any of the branches of the arts, sciences, or trades, and he will likely agree with you, but if you tell him that his religious viewpoints are without a semblance of sanity he will rise in righteous wrath and hate you until the end of his days.

Yet if you pin one of these zealots down and demand of him what he actually knows about philosophy, transcendentalism, mysticism, magic, metaphysics, and new thought, he will probably not be able to give you even a reasonably good definition of any one of these terms. He is full of convictions, but his notions hang on such a shaky framework that they would be regarded as utterly worthless in any department of accredited scholarship.

- Manly P. Hall

via The Illuminor


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salamalaikum:

Saffron harvest in Herat province, Afghanistan. 

Photographs by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

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xeiko:

high-ryanlion-flyin:

Just in case you weren’t on the moon last night. This is what earth looked like from the moon’s perspective 

WHOA

xeiko:

high-ryanlion-flyin:

Just in case you weren’t on the moon last night. This is what earth looked like from the moon’s perspective 

WHOA

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ancientart:

Cave 19 at the Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India.

Ajanta contains 30 excavated rock-cut caves which belong to two distinct phases of Buddhism: the Hinayana phase (2nd century BC-1st century AD) and the Mahayana phase (5th century AD-6th century AD). These caves are considered to be one the finest examples of early Buddhist architecture, cave-paintings, and sculpture.

The Archaeological Survey of India, Aurangabad Circle, speaks specifically of Cave 19:

The small chityagriha [prayer hall] is considered one of the most perfect specimens of Buddhist art in India. The exquisitely decorated facade and beautiful interior form a grand combination of richness of detail and graceful proportion. The inscription in Cave 17 records that a feudatory prince under Vakataka King Harisena was a munificent donor of this cave, datable to the 5th century AD. It consists of a small but elegant portico, verandah, a hall, and chapels. The apsidal hall is divided into a nave, an elaborate and elongated drum, and a globular dome which stands against the apse. 

The pillars and the stupa are intricately carved with the figures of Lord Buddha and other decorative motifs. The sidewalls are also adorned with countless figures of Buddha while the ceiling is filled with painted floral motifs in which animals, birds, and human figures are cleverly interwoven. The chapel contains the panel of Nagaraja with his consort known for its serenity and royal dignity.

The first and second photos were taken by Kirk Kittell, the third is by Arian Zwegers.



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