Welcome to my website!
This site is meant to function as a kind of online library, where you can study and download my work for free. The work is created for this purpose. Each text is therefore provided with links to other relevant parts of the work. In this way each text can appear as a kind of sitemap, instead of an isolated article/book.
In the following I will, in this way, give an introduction with links (if you are interested in further reading on the topics I mention).
The work is a defence of philosophy, and should be categorized as philosophy. We live in a world which is ruled by the ideology of scientism (not science), both in atheist and spiritual versions (Atheist fundamentalism and New Age). We therefore witness how philosophy is under attack. I have termed this ideology The Matrix Conspiracy.
Despite how little this aspect of critical thinking fills in my teaching, this is the aspect which has gathered most awareness and outrage, especially in New Age, where there seems to rule a commandment: Thou Shalt Not Criticize!!!
You could therefore say that my critical thinking (this website) is a way of protecting my teaching from New Age colonialization. I don´t want to see myself quoted as a New Ager, just because I´m teaching about spirituality. Both New Age, and the Matrix Conspiracy as such, belong to popular culture. I´m therefore a cultural critic.
I will emphasize that my work doesn´t follow the illusory standards of scientism (the illusion of neutrality), whether we talk about scientism within the natural sciences or the human sciences. Any attempt of a scientistic evaluation of my work under the disguise of postulated "science", would be a misunderstanding from the very beginning. Philosophy is never neutral, and is not science. Neutrality is the illusion of how scientism tries to claim "truth by authority" to different kinds of ideologies, instead of argumentation (which is much more demanding).
The work is my own subjective thoughts about the Wholeness (man, society, nature, and spirituality), but it follows the standards of philosophy, namely logic and rational argumentation. And, as mentioned in the beginning, the work is written for study of my teaching, not as a neutral introduction to the teachings of others, which is required to follow some illusionary "academical" standards. A critic, hereunder myself, is not a neutral truth-authority, but an opponent with another philosophy.
I´m making a bit out of writing this introduction, because I have been surprised (before closing my email), of the degree of attempts of silencing me through trolling. But such attempts just confirmed my claim that there is a connection between academical scientism (not science!), and New Age, which is working on the internet as some kind of thought police. Note that we in my case only are talking about a website and a blog written by a freethinker like so many others on the internet. We are not talking about a scientific paper liable for peer review (which today often are permeated by scientism anyway, and therefore ideology). Such a demand comes from viewpoints I have critiziced, which wrongly believing themselves to be scientific viewpoints requiring special treatment. If people don´t like my work, why not write a critical article like myself, instead of trying to insult me personally? But of course, that would require that you had insight in what philosophy actually is. Or, what philosophy was before it turned into scientism (philosophy means "love of wisdom" - a forgotten concept).
What especially characterizes the work, is therefore that I try to bring philosophy back to its pre-modern origins, where philosophy was considered to be a spiritual practice with a spiritual purpose. Furthermore: it is a defence of the original wisdom traditions against the colonialism of New Age (an American ideology), and its contempt for tradition, preparatory work and experiences with such (so, I´m not "criticizing everything else", as critics often are claiming, unless you believe that American New Age spirituality is "everything else").
Original wisdom traditions include Gnosticism and Mysticism within the early and medieval Christianity, Sufism in Islam, Hasidism and Kabbalah in Judaism, Advaita Vedanta in Hinduism, Zen and Dzogchen in Buddhism. In China you´ll find Taoism. But even older are Shamanism and Paganism; religious practices which I under one call the old religion and the old art.
Note that many of the texts are quite long articles/booklets written for study and thinking! They are not suitable for mobile phone reading [sic], quick overviews and judgment. However, each text comes in a PDF version (can be found in the right sidebar, or in the end of the text), and I suggest that you either print them (best!), use an Ipad or Ebook reader suitable for PDF, or, at least, read them on a desktop computer.
Under my books you can find a site navigation to the most relevant articles and updates in relation to my complete work. And by reading the book descriptions you can get a quick overview over the written work, which started in 2008.
My main philosophical schools: Platonism, Vedanta and the Traditionalist School.
In my book Philosophical Counseling with Tolkien you can find a summary of my complete philosophy.
New texts will be announced on the top of these pages:
The Matrix Dictionary
The Pop Culture Files
I consider my life as a journey (or pilgrimage), which is following this structure: myth-logos-myth. I came from myth, navigated through life with the use of logos (philosophy), and I´ll return to myth. This is the goal of The Peter Pan Project!
You can follow my mythic life on my blog, Morten Tolboll - Philosophical Globetrotter, Life Artist and Idler (see the blog archive for ongoing categories).
Morten Tolboll - Philosophical Globetrotter, Life Artist and Idler, is focusing on imagination and storytelling seen in relation to philosophy. These writings introduce a complete counter-story to the Matrix Conspiracy, and another way of writing than on this website.
In order to understand the difference between the writing style on this website and on my blog, see my page, My Teaching in a Nutshell, under exercise 3: Critical Thinking.
Ancient Hellenic and modern European ’philosophy’ have nothing in common but the name. Ch. C. Evangeliou therefore contents the uncritical assumption that ancient Hellenic philosophy is the origin of Western or European ‘philosophy’, arguing instead that the Socratic tradition, to which Plato and Aristotle belong, has more affinity with the Egyptian wisdom and the ‘remote philosophies of India and China’.
They (shamans) are pre-eminently the anti-demonic champions; they combat not only demons and disease, but also the black magicians.