Stoneprint introduction

Science and esoterica sustain our split consciousness

The only scientific and thus funded studies of esoterica, are of the
economical and political effects of craft societies, such as Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and the Bavarian Illuminati in Europe and the USA. Most popular studies of esoterica, in contrast, are too broad or descriptive to be testable or scientific. Many are correspondence or conspiracy theories, focusing on personalities. Most popular reviews of esoteric crafts, focus on practice and legends, and thus add no scientific context. Esoteric crafts themselves remain their usual mixture of conscious and subconscious analogy, symbolism, myth, legend, ritual and abstract structure. The discovery of many details of structure in art and architecture, and demonstration of their testability, now offer some prospects of synthesis between crafts and human sciences. Neither has cracked the culture code, mainly since both approaches, objective and inductive, apply their methods as ends in themselves. Science does not find knowledge in crafts. Craft practitioners do not find new applications in science. Crafts are unscientific by definition, yet the human sciences have all the hallmarks of craft cults, including gurus, peer groups, specialized terminology, doctrines, grades, funding, and factions. Both sides of our consciousness divide have entrenched claims to the ways they use culture. Scientific history seeks to separate fact from legend, but is left with a conscious context that does not explain the facts. History is partly an effect of culture, which is largely subconscious, and thus highly structured. Myth, and thus our structured subconscious, played large roles in the religions and history of Babylon, Thebes, Giza, Mecca, Athens, Rome, Ephesus, London, Teotihuacan, Machu Picchu, Quebec, Washington, and all the cities of the world. The spatial grammar of historic structures and landscapes, underlie the ‘facts’ of kings, architects, heroes, saints and gods, which also result from archetypal events.
On esoterica, Plato was cited for saying that “esoteric doctrine is earned long before being understood,” in his discourse on The Good. The phrase is also attributed to Aristotle (Mathison 2016). Lucian used the term ‘esoteric’ as inner meaning (in De Saltatione). Esoterica operate on underlying truths, thus on abstract structure. Each craft uses different ‘facts’ in its media, such as tables, figures, numbers, planets, or emblems. Crafts are understood to develop, maintain and teach secret knowledge, from ancient sages. Yet Schwaller de Lubicz found in Esotericism and Symbol (1960 in French, 1985 in English), that “Esotericism does not deliberately conceal anything”, and is “not secrecy in the conventional sense of the term.” AB Kuhn noted that sacred texts and traditions trade in apparently real events and conscious concepts, but aim to unlock a truth than runs deeper than literal truth……………. [order the book Stoneprint at $30 plus postage from Four Equators Media, via edmondfurter at gmail dot com using Paypal ]……………