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PRAXIS WEBINAR WEEKLY STUDY SERIES FOR SUBSCRIBING MEMBERS -
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FULL SELECTION OF PRAXIS BOOKS - INCLUDING
BORIS MOURAVIEFF'S GNOSIS SERIES AND OTHER WORKS
P.D.OUSPENSKY - Cosmology of man's possible evolution
ST. THEOPHAN THE RECLUSE - The Heart of Salvation - life and teachings
EUGRAPH KOVALEVSKY - A Method of Prayer
ROBIN AMIS - A Different Christianity and his poems - Who Writes the Waves?
NEW, his latest book: VIEWS FROM MOUNT ATHOS
THE INSTITUTE'S POLICY FOR THE INTERNET
The internet presents many different statements that are claimed to be knowledge, but very often are merely opinions. Some of them are known to every intelligent person, and certain others “ types of knowledge, as well as the kinds of facts they contain “ are known to very few people. Many accepted statements also disagree with other accepted statements.
I think the crucial question for our time is that of where and how the internet affects man's perception of what we know, and of what we can know. It also affects the way we know what we know. Throughout the net we find things that are said to impress people, to excite them, things said just to draw attention to the author's name: the fanatic searching for agreement, the adolescent wild statement, the lonely seeking attention, the doubtful seeking confirmation, the dreamer seeking an audience, the troubled seeking a sympathetic listener.
Today, the young man seeks to snatch fame not at the cannon's mouth, but by braving the multiple interactions of the internet ¦ and the internet has little way of distinguishing significant discoveries from loosely spoken opinions, and this means it cannot distinguish truth from ignorance, from falsehood, from statements that are simply attention-seeking, from downright lies, or even from the babblings of the insane.
The conclusion is unavoidable. The old definitions of knowledge that served through more than seven hundred years of the rationalist era are no longer sufficient today. They do not even protect those who once read books knowing them to be published by intelligent men and women. The internet offers only the protection of editorial selection, and that is only available in internet document which persistently demonstrate proper editorial control over their content. Statements like this, with no evidence of careful editing, must be read with extreme care!