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Re: PhD Thesis Idea - request for input

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Ty Falk <[log in to unmask]>

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Society for The Academic Study of Magic <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 9 May 2008 10:13:46 -0400

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While it's not the most well written and may be slightly off topic,  
you might want to thumb through Taylor Ellwood's "Inner Alchemy". It  
may give you an interesting take on magic as a technology,  
specifically how the ideas of trancendental alchemy can be applied to  
neurochemical transmitters in the brain, taking a sort of occult  
approach to modern biology. Again, it may be a bit far afield, but  
you may be able to find some use in the themes and theories.



On May 9, 2008, at 6:03 AM, Morgan Leigh wrote:

> Greetings all,
> I have just started a PhD at the University of Queensland, in the  
> school of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics. Having done a  
> bit of reading, I am now at the stage of actually, exactly nailing  
> down a precise thesis idea. Being as I am very interested in the  
> intersection of science and religion, particularly the position  
> that magic holds in relation to these two categories, I am thinking  
> of doing an analysis of the diaries of Aleister Crowley and Leah  
> Hirsig, for such period as the diaries of these two overlap, and  
> considering if they support the contention that magic is science.  
> IMHO magic is a technology. Moreover the process of learning magic  
> is a scientific process, especially when a magical diary is used,  
> to exactly what degree being the question. I would be most obliged  
> for any input whatsoever any of you wise souls might have regarding  
> my humble yet superlative idea, especially vis a vis interesting  
> things to read, similar things that have been done before, ideas  
> about where to see copies of Hirsig's diaries (I know about the  
> copy in the witchcraft museum - Thank you Dave Evans for writing  
> Aleister Crowley and the 20th Century Synthesis of Magick).
>
> Regards,
>
> Morgan Leigh

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