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  1. Some more on Vallance, GSK and chums that may not be so generally well known: GSK has worked regularly with the massive PR firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe. BC&W also represents the world's largest flame retardant producers. GSK together with Imperial College set up the Engineered Medicines Laboratory in 2015. Imperial is currently trialling its new coronavirus vaccine. Imperial College also has a long history with BC&W. Imperial's fire science lab has played a major role in blocking changes to the UK's furniture regulations which would lead to the remo
  2. Not sure that they mean the actual objective truth should be sought; more the truth as that particular religion decrees it to be? I'm feeling my way with this a bit, but I think real spirituality has to be linked to greater awareness and self-awareness. The reason being that the universe includes that facility for human beings to develop. But most religions appear to offer only fixed goals, rather like doing a crossword puzzle that someone else has put together; rather than striking out into the creative unknown. I take your point about modern living. However, Gurdjief
  3. One aspect of this for me is to do with personal development. Or rather the lack of it where much of what is called "spiritualism" is concerned. Perhaps the mildness of a lot of new-agey types is a reflection that they do not believe that development - greater awareness, insight, ability to see the truth - requires a lot of personal work. It just happens when you "open your heart" or "accept Jesus/Hubbard/Osho into your soul" etc. Anyone who advocates work tends to have a much smaller audience. Gurdjieff for example.
  4. The UK's Chief Scientific Advisor is Sir Patrick Vallance. More info on him below (which I sent to Dr Vernon Coleman recently): Vallance is Chair of the SAGE committee currently advising the UK government on coronavirus policies. Vallance was President of R&D at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) which he joined in 2006 and left in 2018, during which time the company pleaded guilty to criminal charges and paid $3bn in fines. GSK is working on a coronavirus vaccine and also has a side line in making virus masks. GSK has worked regularly wit
  5. Here's an irony about being told to spend more time indoors. UK homes contain the highest levels in the world of flame retardant chemicals, all of which are toxic and each of which eventually gets banned for being so. Flame retardants get into house dust, then into our systems, e.g. UK mothers' breast milk contains the highest FR levels in the world. Flame retardants cause cancers and a whole range of illnesses and are particularly harmful to children and their neurological and mental development. In other words, your home is far more dangerous to your health than the virus. Instead of putting
  6. Thanks for the update. Have you got "Gurdjieff's Early Talks" which came out in 2014? I've found it really useful for dipping in at random then thinking through what I find there.
  7. In another part of my life, I fight the government regarding the fact it is poisoning us all in our own homes in order to protect industry profits. The smell I get around this kind of corruption - which is not easy to see - is similar to the smell I get from Rowling. It's hard to pin down but there's something that doesn't add up. For example, she never speaks about the art/technique of writing and never mixes with other children's authors. UK children's writers are a pretty well-connected bunch but Rowling has never shown the slightest interest in mixing. I don't think this is just because sh
  8. I've worked with Gurdjieff-related groups and study for over 40 years. "In Search of the Miraculous" by Ouspensky is probably the best overall introduction to Gurdjieff and his work. But an excellent look at him as a man can be found in Fritz Peter's books - "Boyhood with Gurdjieff" and "Gurdjieff Remembered". Peters was sent to Gurdjieff's school as a boy against his will and that reluctance provides a great counter-point to the rather po-faced worship of the other followers. The books are funny and moving. I was pretty close to the man who ran the UK Gurdjieff group, who was a student of Ous
  9. I've worked with Gurdjieff-related groups and study for over 40 years. "In Search of the Miraculous" by Ouspensky is probably the best overall introduction to Gurdjieff and his work. But an excellent look at him as a man can be found in Fritz Peter's books - "Boyhood with Gurdjieff" and "Gurdjieff Remembered". Peters was sent to Gurdjieff's school as a boy against his will and that reluctance provides a great counter-point to the rather po-faced worship of the other followers. The books are funny and moving. I was pretty close to the man who ran the UK Gurdjieff group, who was a student of Ous
  10. I agree. Similar in any of the arts: lots of stories of apparent rags to riches feats but when you dig in a bit, there's almost always manipulation behind the scenes on people already trained in and/or brought up in comparative wealth. Sticking with children's fiction, there is a similar unconscious class bias, too, that pre-prepares the field for elite control. Children's writers are almost all middle-class, well-educated and white. There is some tokenism by publishers but that tends to be more towards colour than class, e.g. Malorie Blackman who is black but very middle-class, married to a w
  11. There's a lot about JK Rowling that doesn't quite add up. For a start, her origin story: poor mother, eeking out cups of tea in draughty caffs, working on her first HP book. Philip Pullman exposed that one at a writer's get-together, i.e. in fact she comes from a pretty wealthy middle-class background and her sister offered to put her up in her house for free while she wrote the book. While it's true that any writer will want to project a compelling life story (although it's not essential), I don't know of any other children's authors that have put their name to such a blatant fabrication and
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