Andrew Fryer wrote:Yes, I'm looking for the same thread, I think. Because I'm guessing it's the one where you talk of a 20,000-year-old belief system. Can you remind me what it's called, please - I can't remember its name, but I remember that there's a Wikipedia page on it. It's something like "The Natural Philosophy" or "The Eternal Philosophy" or something along those lines.
Hi Andrew. It has many names but 'Perennial philosophy' covers the ground. Some would call it Mysticism but there are technical reasons for not doing so. Mr. Kite is suspicious but a bit of research soon shows that this view is, in fact, perennial, and pre-dates human writing. For paradigm examples I'd cite Middle Way Buddhism, Philosophical Taoism and advaita Vedanta or nondual Hinduism. In this view time and space are given short-thrift.
It is a view that has yet to be falsified, hence 'perennial'. Yet it is also the view that is never taught in our academic world, so it is poorly known by those who don't do their own research.