Copyright 2007 Arthur Allan Armstrong
This project is for the autodidact, the polymath, the scholar gypsy, researcher, writer. reader and the Cultural Omnivore. It is in the original sense a University*-meaning an educational establishment concerned with exploring the whole of creation, encompassing spiritual as well as material values and systems. It is a cyber-galaxy dedicated to collecting, indexing, summarizing, storing and sharing of knowledge. It is a portal into the world of Culture.. A work-room of the world-mind.
Arthur Allan Armstrong
Emeritus Chancellors: Thomas Jefferson, Will Rogers, John Comenius, Leo Tolstoy
Part of the Ongoing Conversation of the Planet Earth.....
Dedicated to "John Comenius"..."Teacher of Nations---.."Comenius' name may not be familiar to most English-speaking readers, but in central Europe he's a national hero. His birthday is a national holiday. In Hungary, a teachers' college and an adult education program are named after him. Rembrandt painted his portrait. Although a symbol of Czech nationalism, Comenius is an international figure as well, as is appropriate for a Rosicrucian thinker. he was asked to be the first president of Harvard University, and UNESCO offers a Comenius Medal for outstanding achievements in education. With this in mind, his epithet of "teacher of nations" is apt...."
Politics and the Occult
"...A scholar is the favorite of Heaven and earth, the Excellency of his country, the happiest of men."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Started as a Commonplace book and has grown into a 'template' of an idea originally suggested by H.G. Wells in 1938, when he recognized the need for a 'world brain' encyclopedia, that would 'bring together in close juxtaposition and under critical scrutiny many apparently conflicting systems of statement, as a sort of clearing house of misunderstandings.' A Command over the inherited knowledge of all the ages., a Cyber-Xanadu-the magic place of literary memory.........a celebration of human intelligence, creativity, and the ongoing Great Conversation.
Arthur Allan Armstrong Mind Cartographer
"Culture is the sum of all art forms of art, of love and thought, which, in the course of centuries, have enabled humanity to be less enslaved."
"A well cultivated mind is made up of all the minds of preceding ages....it is only the one single mind educated by all previous time."
"I became more and more astonished by the ignorance, and especially by the cultural, moral ignorance of our society....All our education should be directed to the accumulation of the cultural heritage of our ancestors,
The Best Thinkers of the World."
"The World faces a revolutionary Transformation. We must all learn to communicate with one another on every topic. The true division is between the self-satisfied specialist in every field and those restless minds in all realms of inquiry who seek a deeper meaning of their discoverers in a more comprehensive frame of reference."
** "Only one possible literary genre can accommodate what seem to be alternative, though to the ancients not incompatible, worldviews: the "collection" of randomly arranged, self-contained aphorisms. In this form, the wisdom of more than one age and more than one temper can be stored side by side. It is not merely the literary form of the collection, however, that allows for this ecumenical generosity. Aphoristic expression itself implies an entire philosophy and worldview. According to this philosophy, experience and thought about experience can be stored best in independent short sayings and poems. The aphoristic worldview also implies that no systematic exposition is intended, for any systematic arrangement or exposition would endanger the independence and originality of an insight stored in a small literary unit. The masters of wisdom have no interest in or conception of completeness or logical presentation of their insights and indeed avoid it. Perhaps one can explain the underlying idea in terms of the distinction between "systematic" and "aphoristic" thought. Systematic thought tends to doctrinalism and the development of comprehensive, complete, and finally closed ideologies. Aphoristic thought, by contrast, remains open-ended and fragmentary. One can always add to the corpus of aphoristic expression, for it can never be complete. Thus aphoristic thinking is more a style of thought than a particular doctrine. As the anthropologist Clifford Geertz explains, "It comes in epigrams, proverbs , obiter dicta, jokes, anecdotes, contes moraux-a clatter of gnomic utterances-not in formal doctrines axiomized theories, or archetonic dogmas.' "
The Hebrew God: Portrait of an Ancient Deity
A Collectanea A collection of passages
An Anthology A gathering of various authors
A'na A collection of information relative to a subject of curious interest
Studio generalia Resort of scholars
Symposium A collection of articles on a single topic by various authors