Endorsement: "I could go so far as to say they simply use Discordianism as a mechanism for causing havoc, and an excuse for mischief."
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In terms of architecture, I think Discordian-themed buildings would be some of the coolest places in the whole damn world. I imagine buildings/environs where the inhabitants continually add to/recreate their living space. Sort of like a high-quality-materials couch fort, but on a much larger scale.
Well, we do have to winterize it afterall. You don't want the foundation getting cracks in it.
Actually, cracks are what we want. The physical foundation should mirror the psychological makeup of the people who post on this site.
I've heard of Chi Kung/Qi Gong before. I have a couple of books in my library, one on the philosophy behind a Japanese conception of ki, and one about the technique. I'll see what I can dig out.
I suspect since some of the effects are biologically readable, so are the causes. It suggests some form of conscious control over various body systems, though a better anatomist than me would have to tell you what ones. Looking over some of the exercises could yield clues, however.
Looking over the book I have, Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body by Bruce Franztis, he incorporates several sets of lessons, one set on breathing, one set on standing and sitting posture, one set on sinking chi (physically feeling chi and then systematically moving it down the body and out through the feet; he says you will feel a relaxation of muscles and a release of tension of hardness as this occurs), one on opening energy gates (that is, locations around the body that chi travels through and can become blocked, found at joints, intersections of nerve pathways, around organs, lymph nodes, etc) to facilitate chi movement, and several more on swings (sorta like back and forth swinging of the body, arms and legs).
My guess (and there are many other things he talks about) is that mental visualization and awareness causes systematic relaxation. Coupled along with breathing, it facilitates the dialation of circulatory vessels slowly (which would explain the buzzing, vibrating feeling I get after I get done with it) to increase blood flow. The increase of bloodflood increases nutrient transfer, oxygen exchange, lymph circulation, and reduces tension. The whole process at the same time promotes relaxation and connection and awareness with the body. The whole thing is some sort of induced psychosomatic response to visualization and awareness of the body, along with healthy posture and breathing.
I've been able to do similar things to this before. For example, with use of a breathing technique and mental release of identity, I can reach a state where the whole body pulsates with blissful feeling that can last sometimes an hour, and leave you feeling relaxed and focused. Theres lots of interesting things you can do with the mind-body connection. I had forgotten about them, but maybe its time to remember.
City of Villains, it was a play around sort of day. The heads fit beautifully and the picture asked to be made.
Could you live a fulfilled life if it had no specific purpose?
Go see Religulous--those who agree with the OP, it's your kind of movie. I.e. All Religion Is Bad and All Religion Does Is Make Good People Bad.
Or some such philosophy. It was a good movie, don't get me wrong. But in typical Bill Maher style, it went a little too overboard in the end.