Thursday, January 2, 2014

Blavatsky News

*  The mixed martial arts site, MMA Fighting, provides an indicator of another level of diffusion of Blavatsky’s name recognition. Reporting on the results of a fight, the writer, Chuck Mindenhall, says that one of the veterans of this sprawl-and-brawl scene, correctly predicting the outcome of the game, had “turned into the Madame Blavatsky of the fight game.”  !

*   The Atlantic for December 30 looks at the results of a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. “Across five experiments, 701 participants ‘were shown two silhouettes of bodies alongside emotional words, stories, movies, or facial expressions. They were asked to color the bodily regions whose activity they felt increasing or decreasing while viewing each stimulus.’”

The emotions were generated by having the subjects read short stories or watch movies. On a blank, computerized figurine, they were then asked to color in the areas of their body where sensations became stronger (the red and yellow) or weaker (blue and black) when they felt a certain way.

These color equations of emotions offer a curious illustration to Blavatsky’s color scheme taught to her esoteric students and the later work of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater’s influential books on the color of thought forms.

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