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2062Re: Iamblichus 'eye of wisdom' alleged reference

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  • vaeringjar
    May 9, 2008
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      --- In neoplatonism@yahoogroups.com, "vaeringjar" <vaeringjar@...>
      > >
      > > In any case, this this article describes some interesting views
      > the pineal gland in
      > > antiquity and late antiquity:
      > >
      > > Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
      > > "Descartes and the Pineal Gland"
      > > http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pineal-gland/
      > >
      > > Hope this helps.
      > >
      > > John Uebersax
      > > Brussels
      > > http://satyagraha.wordpress.com
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > Somehow I made it this far in life without ever having the
      > notion of even where the pineal gland is, and now thanks to your
      > pointing out this fascinating article at the Stanford site I see
      > important it once was considered. Thanks. I really liked this bit
      > particular:
      > "In a treatise called On the difference between spirit and soul,
      > Qusta ibn Luqa (864-923) combined Nemesius' ventricular
      > doctrine with Galen's account of a worm-like part of the brain that
      > controls the flow of animal spirit between the middle and posterior
      > ventricles. He wrote that people who want to remember look upwards
      > because this raises the worm-like particle, opens the passage, and
      > enables the retrieval of memories from the posterior ventricle.
      > People who want to think, on the other hand, look down because this
      > lowers the particle, closes the passage, and protects the spirit in
      > the middle ventricle from being disturbed by memories stored in the
      > posterior ventricle (Constantinus Africanus 1536, p. 310) (Figure
      > Figure 3). Qusta's treatise was very influential in thirteenth-
      > century scholastic Europe (Wilcox 1985)."
      > Especially curious is the looking up and looking down!
      > There is also an interesting little code about Madame Blavatsky and
      > the pineal gland as a vestigial Third Eye, the sad denouement of
      > pinealis philosophica, I suppose. Now of course it would be a great
      > irony if in the future some evolutionary scientist turned up
      > that the pineal was actually somehow crucial in the development of
      > consciousness or some such.
      > The comments there about Descartes being a Platonist rather eluded
      > me. I didn't get a chance to follow up on those in detail, but how
      > was Descartes a Platonist, I wonder? I should know already, but I
      > haven't read anything about him in over 20 years.
      > Dennis Clark

      Correction on the Blavatsky - read please "coda".

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