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Appreciating African Genius.

February 9, 2018 by  
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(“Just as the Memphite Theology is the source of Greek philosophy or primitive science, so it is also the basis of modern scientific belief.” George G.M. James Stolen Legacy page 145 originally published in 1954

As we celebrate Black History Month, let us not fall into the trap of European historiography and pedagogy where we only focus on names and dates, failing to grasp the underlying philosophical, ethical and moral catalysts for what happened and what the people accomplished. In his classic and well documented work Stolen Legacy, George G.M. James makes the compelling case Greek philosophers plagiarized most of their philosophical and scientific ideas from Nile Valley Africans. In addition to proving a slew of Greek “philosophers” traveled to and studied in ancient Egypt, he documents the various theories and schools of thought attributed to men like Thales, Anaximander, Socrates, Plotinus, Anaxagoras, Pythagoras, Plato and a host of others were all taught and influenced by the Africans in KMT (now called Egypt).

When they returned to their native lands the Greeks were confronted by their city state leaders and charged with teaching alien doctrines. Some were banished while others like Socrates were put to death because of their teachings. Aristotle was able to survive and thrive because he befriended Alexander III of Macedon the invader conqueror who allowed him total access to KMT scholarship.

Modern scientists, physicians, astrophysicists just like the ancient Greeks, explain the universe using African concepts they don’t fully understand; and like the Greeks before them, they are unable to discern or admit the existence of divine intelligence acting within and behind all creation, both animate and inanimate.

Africans believed the universe was teleological, meaning it was designed and created with purpose by divine intelligence. Despite the popularity of the Western notion of the “random Big Bang Theory” supposedly caused by nothing out of nothing, a few Western scientists are saying what Africans said thousands of years ago,

everything in the universe, no matter how small has consciousness. Modern Western scientists call this Panpsychism.

Panpsychism is the view that consciousness, mind or soul (psyche) is a universal and primordial feature of all things. Panpsychists see themselves as minds in a world of mind. Panpsychism is one of the oldest philosophical theories, and has been ascribed to philosophers like Thales, Parmenides, Plato, Averroes, Spinoza, Leibnis and William James. Panpsychism can also be seen in ancient philosophies such as StoicismTaoismVedanta and Mahayana Buddhism. During the 19th century, panpsychism was the default theory in philosophy of mind, but it saw a decline during the middle years of the 20th century with the rise of logical positivism. The recent interest in the hard problem of consciousness has revived interest in panpsychism.

Notice how Wikipedia fails to credit this ancient idea to Africans, from whom Greeks like Thales, Plato and Parmenides plagiarized it. This is consistent with how African philosophy, metaphysics, spirituality and science have been ignored or written out of history by our adversaries. This is unfortunate because if the Europeans weren’t so bigoted and narrow-minded they might actually learn something about the nature and makeup of the universe and themselves. The ancient Memphite Theology specifically states that an unseen, non corporal consciousness/energy/intelligence created the universe out of itself and all matter contains its essence or consciousness/energy/intelligence.

The West eschews the notion of Spirit and unseen intelligence. White folks talk about “soul” but it makes them extremely uncomfortable because it cannot be seen, felt or discerned as a material entity. The best they can do is measure or capture electromagnetic frequencies or images (EKG, EEG and MRIs) on their machines but they cannot discern the ethereal essence which is the source of these electromagnetic frequencies. Worse, they do not equate this electromagnetic energy with the CREATOR or intelligent design because it is too subtle to be seen, measured or quantified by human senses or machines.  The closest they come is the Genesis account which says God spoke creation into existence. (Genesis 1 and 2:1-3) but unlike ancient and traditional Africans who fully embraced the spirit reality, whites dichotomize their limited understanding of the spiritual from material matter which they are far more familiar. Even though they use terms like Atom which the Greeks took from the Africans (Atum), they cannot discern the connection between the unseen Spirit/Intelligence/Energy, atoms, DNA, subatomic particles and all that exists!

If they would expand their thinking, the universe would make much more sense and they would actually live more harmoniously in this dimension as an integral part of it and its universal consciousness instead of psychologically alienated beings like they do now. This alienation is what allows them to believe they can usurp the natural order or wage war against nature itself.

A modern physicist named Gregory Matloff is saying what our African ancestors said eons ago, the universe is conscious and we humans share the same essence and substance as the universe itself.

As we celebrate Black History Month let us apply the Akan idea of Sankofa, meaning returning to embrace and applying the wisdom and science of our African ancestors. Let us expand our minds to celebrate African genius.  Sankofa and embracing African spirituality, philosophy and science will bring us into a whole new relationship with all creation and eliminate much of the stress and confusion we experience now.

Written by Junious Ricardo Stanton

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One Response to “Appreciating African Genius.”
  1. Pelvo White, Jr. says:

    Fighting for Our Civil Rights in the Twenty-first Century:

    Dr. King was a well-educated effective philosopher who practiced Socratic Method mingled with his theological orientations in an attempt at changing some of the thoughts of many American citizens when it came to the acceptance of the descendants of African chattel slaves as first class American citizens. Dr. King exhibited an extraordinary understanding of how to learn through the usage of western European conceptual pedagogy and he focused that learning on the racist factions of American citizenry. Dr. King was an expert orator using a form of the English language together with effective time honored meters and scansions to persuade the audience to see things his way. Overall, Doctor King was able to harness the energies of education, technology, and world theologies to bring the citizens of America closer together as a nation despite the continued resistance of many.
    Civil Rights leaders in America aren’t being proactive enough in the face of President Trump’s eminent threat to the basic freedoms of African American citizens. The fruits of the combined efforts of M.L. King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders have been a more educated and enlightened African American who is capable of conceptualizing a better future for African Americans than what is being delivered. Today we see black experts on television offering their opinions on all kinds of subjects. The proofs of African American intellectualism born out of western world pedagogy staring us in the face daily.
    President Trump has voiced his preference for political ideologies similar to those of President Andrew Jackson. Jackson was a pragmatic believer in the power of the common man.Jackson also believed in states’ rights and chattel slavery. Those white supremacist who voted for Trump are attempting to ride into federal and local power on Trump’s political coat-tails. Many of these Trump supporters are fighting hard to convince a large section of our populace that whites are losing out economically.
    Civil Rights leaders in America aren’t being proactive enough in the face of President Trump’s eminent threat to African American freedoms. The educational fruits of the combined efforts of M.L. King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders have been a more educated and enlightened African American who is capable of conceptualizing a better future than what is being delivered. Today we see many well educated black experts on television offering their opinions on all kinds of subject. The knowledge and skills of these African American experts were born of western world educational pedagogy not that of Africa.

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