Now here’s a great reason to work on that attitude problem.
It turns out that being a nonconformist requires an active and distressing deconditioning of our evolutionary wiring.
Always, these claims that this medieval cup or that is the real Holy Grail. It’s been years since I did my survey of the claims, but here’s one I don’t think I’ve seen before.
“New book claims precious goblet in León’s San Isidro basilica is mythical chalice from which Christ sipped at last supper.
“Curators were forced to remove a precious cup from display in a Spanish church when crowds swarmed there after historians claimed it was the holy grail, staff said. . . .”
“The two historians – León University medieval history lecturer Margarita Torres and art historian José Manuel Ortega del Rio – identified it as the grail in their book, Kings of the Grail, published last week. . . .”
“In Europe alone there are 200 supposed holy grails, the Spanish researchers admitted. They attempted to debunk the authenticity of some of the better known candidates in their book.”
- Read the full article: “Crowds flock to Spanish church after holy grail claim“, in The Guardian (Mar. 31, 2014).
“[R]adiocarbon dating at the University of Edinburgh found it dated to 28 years either side of 1063 and was therefore likely to have been involved in fighting at the time of the Norman invasion and the Battle of Hastings.”
“Wikipedia was not meant to be the ideological ‘battleground’ that a large number of skeptics have made it into.”
Article deleted. Not saved in Wayback. Very unfortunate.
Wikipedia: A New Perspective on an Old Problem<https://realitysandwich.com/219326/wikipedia-a-new-perspective-on-an-old-problem/>
Here’s a substitute:
- Dan Wilder, “How the Skeptic Ideologues Control Wikipedia“, at Reality Sandwich (Oct. 23, 2013).
Edited May 13, 2020 to substitute a different link to equivalent content.
Western logic has been in a blind cul-de-sac since the Greeks. Still looking for a way out.
My grandmother was a nurse. She had so many of these experiences with dying patients it convinced her there is more to know.
Such a simple point, but so difficult that materialists haven’t yet grasped the implications.
“While they began their research with the assumption that all that is really real is material, they found that all perceptions exist in our minds, whether physical or otherwise. If we are to dismiss spiritual experience as mere neurological activities, we must also distrust all of our own brain’s conceptions of the material world. If we trust our perceptions of the physical world, we have no rational reason to declare that spiritual experience is a fiction that is only in the mind.”
What does it mean to the historical enterprise when texts are forced to fit the logic of a modern person, when modern logic is privileged at the expense of the logic of the subjects themselves?
This is a pivotal question for the study of history. I’m not surprised it’s April Deconick asking it. Social and cultural context is everything, folks.