Monthly Archives: August 2016

Mass Extinction: The Early Years


Ashley Dawson | Extinction: A Radical History | OR Books | July 2016 | 13 minutes (3,487 words)


Below is an excerpt from Extinction: A Radical History, by Ashley Dawson, who argues that contemporary mass extinction is a result of the excesses of the capitalist system. In this chapter, Dawson gives a brief history of the ecocidal societies that came before ours. This story is recommended by Longreads contributing editor Dana Snitzky.

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“Gilgamesh listened to the word of his companion, he took the axe in his hand, he drew the sword from his belt, and he struck Humbaba with a thrust of the sword to the neck, and Enkidu his comrade struck the second blow. At the third blow Humbaba fell. Then there followed a confusion for this was the guardian of the forest whom they had felled to the ground. For as far…

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The Fourth Way and Alchemical Operations

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When we discuss the term “alchemy,” it is first important for us to define what this science is. The general idea, is that one element will ultimately be transformed into another that is more desirable, at least in terms of the subject matter at hand. In terms of working with the Fourth Way material of G.I. Gurdjieff, it largely focuses on the spiritual alchemy of man.

Being at risk for biting off more than we can chew at one sitting, let us attempt to convey these ideas simplistically, without necessarily having familiarized ourselves with the “language” of the Fourth Way reading materials.

In the chart we are shown various elements that at first glance may be seemingly familiar to a chemist, or someone that has come across a periodic table; this notion is assuredly grossly erroneous. The elements spoken of by Gurdjieff’s student, P.D. Ouspensky, in his book, “In Search…

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