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Crowley and Scientific Method

To: alt.magick
From: (Bill Heidrick)
Subject: Re: Crowley and Scientific Method
Date: 7 Jun 1996 16:16:29 GMT


John  writes:

> (Xnar) wrote:
>>Crowley's background was the Golden Dawn and no one in the GD had any
>>significant training in magic or the hard sciences.  

No.  Westcott was a medical professional of note.  Bennett and Jones were
very well skilled in magical subjects, the former even had an international
reputation in eastern religions.  Mathers, for all of his misrepresentations,
was well versed in the original MSS of Western magick.  Fuller, although
not G.'.D.'., was both Crowley's literary editor and the formost military
tactical author in Britain.

>>magic on a "scientific" basis, Crowley had very little education  and
>>certainly no experience as a practicing scientist.  

Although he left without graduation, Crowley did go to Cambridge and
nearly completed the undergraduate studies.  His eduation in the hard
sciences exceeded that of a modern pre-med graduate outside the area of
physiology and bio.  He was versed in Mathematics through advanced
algebra and used indices and venn diagrams.  He edited medical research
papers to prepare _The Herb Dangerous_ and assisted pharmaceudical
companies in drug trials -- even if doing the latter on himself.  To
accomplish this last, he had to prepare experimental anecdotal reports
and to document doses and effects.  His journals in the latter part of
Equinox Vol. I show a clear application of scientific record technique
to visionary practices.

>Pardon the interjection, but perhaps someone with more knowledge can 
>clarify this point for me.  Didn't Crowley study biochemestry at 

Vid. sup.

93 93/93
Bill Heidrick

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