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    Posted: September/08/2016 at 9:40pm
This thread is confusing.  The opening question (title) and post implies a discussion of Bacon's Idols. However, the OP bashes replies which does give a definitive answer.   And would not give a reference to where he read Bacon's statements (until today).    ... The fact is the OP was looking for a definition to Coach's use of a Bostonian reference to the 'Idols of the Marketplace' in another thread and apparently thought all Masons would understand the reference.  ... This looks like a PIssING contest between the OP & Coach.

This thread seems to have been 'on topic'; 'off topic'; 'on topic'; 'off topic' again and again. In fact it has never been 'on topic' because it was about a comment made in another thread.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/08/2016 at 5:09pm
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

[QUOTE=droche]  I am trying to keep this thread on track, perhaps naively so, and I want to learn about Bacon's "Idols of the Theater." I've asked for some context about the term. Let me put it in another way: Can someone give a real world example?

I asked how it might relate to Freemasonry, if at all. I received the answer:  


Two phrases apply:

1) Because Tradition
2) Because Grand Lodge

I don't understand that answer.

Nobody understands the answer. Thanks droche for asking these questions.

But he answered it, or clarified it and I do understand it now. I had to understand "Idols of the Theater" before I could understand the answer. I still don't fully understand Idols of the Theater nut my understanding is better now.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/08/2016 at 4:35pm
Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:


To answer the question of the opening post"  NO!

There are 4 Idols
  • Idols of the Tribe:    aka: Fallacies of Human kind
  • Idols of the Cave:  aka: Fallacies of the individual Mind
  • Idols of the Marketplace:      aka: Fallacies of Semantics or Rhetoric
  • Idols of the Theater:       aka: Fallacies due to sophistry and false learning & false Prophets/teachers
These are from Bacon's Novum Organum.    My reference is Mannly Hall ; http://www.sirbacon.org/links/4idols.htm
 


Hi edwmax,

Thank you very much for going through the time and trouble posting this nice set of definitions. But I already came across them and did not fully comprehend their meaning as applied to real life situations, particularly to discussion.
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[QUOTE=droche]  I am trying to keep this thread on track, perhaps naively so, and I want to learn about Bacon's "Idols of the Theater." I've asked for some context about the term. Let me put it in another way: Can someone give a real world example?

I asked how it might relate to Freemasonry, if at all. I received the answer:  


Two phrases apply:

1) Because Tradition
2) Because Grand Lodge

I don't understand that answer.

Nobody understands the answer. Thanks droche for asking these questions.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/08/2016 at 4:24pm
Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

What then did Bacon mean by "theater?"  Maybe my head is thick on this one.


A façade that is accepted as real without question and supported as if it were.


Resembles a psychiatric explanation for a delusion or delusional thinking?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/08/2016 at 2:13pm
Grimoire,

Referring back to your response from my previous post:

i did not misread your post. I knew you were presenting a hypothetical situation. My response is the same. You should be able to tell from another post I made, I too find it disappointing that all Masons, not just Worshipful Masters, are not given more education in so-called "esoteric" matters. That being said, assuming such education were given, it would still be a stretch to think that something along the lines of the writings of Francis Bacon would be included. I also wrote in another post that most Masons have families, work and the day to day working of the lodge, which are just as important as the "esoteric." I don't know how else to put it. Freemasonry simply doesn't get as "deep" as you are expecting or seem to think it should.

I am not advocating for Coach. I simply said I was quite certain that his source of knowledge of certain matters came from outside of Freemasonry. I can't see where I am advocating, just clarifying. I also gave him room to comment on his own if he so desired.

My disappointed [sic], frankly, is the lack of sophistication in the responses from various Masons and the seemingly lack of education: most of the responses appear to be from practical men rather than from scholars. Frankly, this is where I get frustrated. For three years I and others have been trying to explain to you that Freemasonry is more practical than scholarly. There certainly are scholarly aspects, and perhaps these should be emphasized more, but it is never going to rise to the level that you appear to think it should, nor should it. Freemasonry attempts to reach out to men from all walks of life. To make it a purely scholarly organization would, in my opinion, would make it elitist. There are Masons who would like to see it that way but I am not among them. We have Lodges of Research a Mason can join if that aspect interests them.

So that's the lodge I will have to join?[Grand Orient de France] I don't know if there are any lodges in the local area under the Grande Oriente de France. A few years ago some clandestine lodges elsewhere in the US affiliated with the GOdF, but I think they soon left or were kicked out. In any event, the decision is up to you, but I don't recommend it.

I don't know what else to tell you. Bear in mind that there are many "scholarly" Masons out there, but they don't all come to forums. Have you searched for other Masonic forums where the discussions might be more along the lines you seek? 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/08/2016 at 1:22pm
This has been previously discussed and as I stated, I am more clear about it now. You also wrote that if we did not know an answer, just admit it. That is what I was doing. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/08/2016 at 10:42am
Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

I admit- I don't understand the question and don't know the answer to it. Never heard of "Idol's of the Theater" and have only vaguely heard of Sir Francis Bacon. So I have read what has been written about Idols of the Theater in this thread but it is difficult for me to understand without some context. Could someone put it in to some sort of context? I know I could look it up but if you want to discuss, then let's discuss. Give me some context about Idols of the Theater. I would like to know how it relates to Freemasonry, if at all.


The origin of this thread:

From the topic question: Is Immortality Possible If Man Has No Soul?

Coach Posted: August/31/2016 at 12:23 pm

Please read post carefully.
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Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

No I am discussing.  ...But none of this was mentioned in answer to my topic question.  Why?  Again, gentlemen if you don't understand the question or don't know the answer to the question - just admit it.


[QUOTE=coach] Enjoy the silence.


Your silence is deafening.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/08/2016 at 10:37am
Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:



Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Does Idols of the Theater mean that plays and acts and acting are all bogus?


Now that other forum members here sees your question for what it is, I'll make my reply. .... You asked a question WITHOUT any context of usage or reference from where the term(s) were specifically used by Bacon.    That's Trolling!    ... From your last post and therein reference to , it appears to me you were looking for answers or lines of thought to use as your own argument in another forum discussion about Bacon and his use of Idols.   ... Again that is Trolling.



Here's the location of the origin. Please read carefully,

From the topic question thread: Is Immortality Possible If Man Has No Soul?

Coach Posted: August/31/2016 at 12:23 pm.

Please read what he states and that's why I started a new thread on Baconian Idolatry.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/08/2016 at 10:20am
Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

You state that you are asking the exact same question you would ask in a lodge to a Worshipful Master. In almost 35 years as a Mason, I have never heard this type of question asked of a Worshipful Master.


Hi droche,

Thanks for being the only Masonic sane voice of reason on this topic thread.

Actually, if you read my post a bit more carefully, you will see I clearly wrote 'if' I were a Mason. That is a hypothetical! In English it is referred to as a 'conditional' used to express wishes or hypothetical situations. Since I have no idea of what occurs inside the privacy of a Masonic lodge I expressed a hypothetical 'if I was' a Mason - then I would certainly ask some pointed questions to whoever is in charge of the joint.

But maybe its time those questions were asked?




Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

The average WM would have no idea what you are talking about.


I find that disappointing.

Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

Yes, it might have been a Freemason who brought it up but I'm quite certain this came from other studies in which he has been involved.


Coach is college educated and a professional [just like me] - he knows better. And that is the rub. He must be made accountable for what he avers.


Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

I'm quite certain that it did not originate from his involvement in Freemasonry. Coach can correct me if I'm wrong.
I don't know why Coach brought it up. I think he might have answered that in his response.


You're a good man droche, but I don't think coach needs an advocate, he can defend himself - which he does a poor job.



Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

You came to this forum looking to learn about Freemasonry and I now think that perhaps you had some pre-conceived notions about Freemasonry and when the reality differed from the perception, as it usually does, you are disappointed. I'm sorry you feel this way.


As I explained when I first visited the forum three years ago, I thought Freemasonry was a rich man's elks club, and that was it. It was my discovery of a Masonic Bible which further piqued my interest in Masonry, and I came to this forum as a blank slate with no pre-conceived notions: as an example: I never heard of an 'anti-Mason' before I visited these forums (why would there be an anti-Mason in the first place?).

My disappointed, frankly, is the lack of sophistication in the responses from various Masons and the seemingly lack of education: most of the responses appear to be from practical men rather than from scholars. If Freemasonry pushes the 'self-made man' concept from the 1900s, then that if a great thing. I am currently reading a good book: 'THOMAS DUNCKERLEY: A Remarkable Freemason' (1982) by Ron Chudley, which outlines the career of a 18th century Englishman who rose from a gunner's mate to a high ranking and influential Mason in Great Britain - again a hagiography of a self-made man.



Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

What required reading to become a Mason? Beyond learning lectures for the three Blue Lodge degrees, there is no required reading to become a Mason.


But those lectures is required reading. And don't take yourself for granted, those lectures/required reading is deep philosophy!!! Which what struck me from delving into the primary Freemason literature here at the Boston Public Library in the first place (good stuff to read!!).


Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

and I think in order to become a member of a lodge in the Grand Oriente de France, which is not recognized by regular and duly constituted Masonry, there are required readings,


So that's the lodge I will have to join?


Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

but in U.S. Lodges there is no required reading beyond the lectures of the degrees.


Again, the required lectures are required reading (because the lectures are also printed?).

Again, droche, thank you for this intelligent rebuttal.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September/08/2016 at 9:54am
Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

And you're still avoiding.


[QUOTE=coach]I clearly addressed it in my very first post on your thread. So, continue in your trolling ways. Nothing shall change till you do.


No you did not clearly address the topic question in your very first post, you once again relied on an obtuse definition from Wiki or some other site rather than draw upon your own knowledge of the subject. Come on 'fess up Coach - you don't know!
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Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Why would any simple question generate any {quote}"pi**ing contest"{unquote} in the first place?????


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Well, for starters, you've been pretty pissy and perhaps we are merely following your lead.


Pot calling the kettle black again.


Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

I am asking the exact same questions I would ask in a college lecture hall to my professor AND if I were a Freemason - the exact same questions in a lodge to a Worshipful Master.


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Man are you delusional.


Pot calling the kettle black once again. You're the one who thinks myth should be accepted as reality?


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

You have no idea what we do in lodge.


No kidding. I've been saying that for three years on Mastermason.com forums!!! I've never pretended to know what Masons do inside the privacy of their lodge.

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Yet there is one Freemason on this forum who specializes in cant and sophistry and generates a causuical stress on every answer he gives.


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Survey says it's...


Q.E.D. says its coach.

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Yet it was a Freemason who mentioned Bacon's 'Idols of the Market Place' in the first place. It was my own research that discovered three other Baconian 'Idols'. If Baconian Idolatry has nothing to do with Freemasonry, why did a Freemason quote Bacon as if there were no connection?


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Perhaps it was simply germane to the conversation.


Perhaps not. Perhaps you were quoting a concept you do not fully understand, as you do constantly with Wikipedia, to appear knowledgeable in front of the less educated forum readers???

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

O.K. - so why did a Freemason (COACH) bring it up to prove his point as a counter argument??????


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Perhaps it was not a counterpoint at all. Perhaps it was merely food for thought.


Or perhaps you just don't know?   


Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

All COACH did was pique my interest.
AWESOME!!!!!
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Freemasonry delves into all sorts of 'deep' philosophy.


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

No. It truly doesn't. You've been drinking far too much Kool-Aid.


No, I've been reading far too much history, manuals, lodge minutes, biographies, anti-Mason tracts, pro-Mason tracts, Masonic bibles, and novels all about the Freemasons for the past three years.


Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Which is what attracts me to Masonry.


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

I hope you realize by now that "Freemasonry" and "Masonry" are two entirely different things.


And I hope you realized that you haven't proved that in any of your books, especially THE CRAFT UNMASKED.


Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Gnosticism, memory training, the Roman Catholic 'Quadrivium' or Catholic 'Trivium', or codes or history or cells is all 'deep' philosophy and part of the Masonic curriculum according to every Masonic manual I've read (including Dr. Nagy's series).


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

And you still think that "Freemasonry" and "Masonry" are the same thing? You might want to reread "Building Perpends" and "The Craft Unmasked!" a few more times.


I did, and it was a pleasure except for the illogic, blatant rationalizations, poor grammar, and pedantry. Stick to Engineering and Divinity studies and leave the history to historians.


Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

As I've discovered to my disappointment on Mastermasons.com forums.
Just here?
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Even if its a Mason who brought it up in the first place???
Yep. Even if we do.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

What about all the required reading to become a Mason??
What required reading? The Petition?
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Even if its their own "opinion"??


[QUOTE=coach]Yep. Most of it is.


Yep. Even yours.
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Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

And you're still avoiding.
I clearly addressed it in my very first post on your thread. So, continue in your trolling ways. Nothing shall change till you do.


Rationalizing is another type of avoiding.
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Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

And you're still avoiding.
I clearly addressed it in my very first post on your thread. So, continue in your trolling ways. Nothing shall change till you do.
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Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

...Could you explain it in you [sic] own expert opinion rather than rely on an unknown author used by Wikipedia? Thank you.


Yes, I could. But that would be redundant and, in my expert opinion, at this point you have been weighed, tested, assessed and found unworthy of any further effort than to continually point out that you have no good intention or value to this forum.

You're welcome.


In other words, you don't know?

You're still trolling...


And you're still avoiding.
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Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

The subject of Baconian Idolotry was not brought up by me in the first place, it was brought up by a Freemason (COACH) as a counter argument.    
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And that continues to be the fact whether you like it or not.



Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

YOU first made reference to 'Idols' with the title of this thread and the opening post without refeence to where to quote came from!  Simpley Look at the top of this thread.


Yet that does not alter the fact that it was coach, and not I, who brought up the subject of Baconian Idols in the first place. And if these posts were numbered then citing other posts would make discussion a lot smoother.


Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

Coach didn't bring up the topic in this thread you did.   Just look at who's name is on the first post and who opened this thread.


No, it was coach who brought up the topic in the first place which resulted in this thread, which I have explained clearly in the below posts.


Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

... From your last post and therein reference to , it appears to me you were looking for answers or lines of thought to use as your own argument in another forum discussion about Bacon and his use of Idols.


Then let me correct your misconception. I started a new thread as to not cause another digression within my original thread as started by Coach's answer to my response. I was, and still am, confused by Coach's use of Bacon's 'Idols' to refute my initial statement. It made no sense to me. So again I ask the question: "What did Bacon mean by 'Idols of the Theater'?? - since I am a big fan of theater!

NO! I started a different thread as to avoid a digression. Since Idols of the Market Place was mentioned in a past topic I did not want to spin off on another subject within my topic question, so I asked a question regarding Sir Francis Bacon's used of Idolatry, specifically Idols of the Theater in a new thread. Totally within the context of the discussion. Again, Not Trolling.
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Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

I was making reference to discussions outside of the MasterMason.com forums as indicated by your following statements


What discussion "outside of the MasterMason.com forums" did I make? Every discussion I've made has been done within MasterMason.com forums?! 



Apparently you are ignoring your quoted statements to that fact by cutting them from my quotes of your post.   So here they are again.

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:


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    ...                  So I went to Amazon.com and received the answer I was hoping to get from Mastermason.com forums where
stodgy Baconian empiricism 'Idols' was first mentioned.    ...      But I had to go somewhere else to read both positive and negative comments on Baconian Idolotry    ....
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And again I reiterate, what 'discussion' took place outside of Mastermason.co forums?? Amazon.com doesn't have a forum to discuss anything! No 'discussion took place outside of Mastermason.com forums.
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Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

I don't know that the whole structure of the lodge needs to be changed to put more emphasis on the philosophical aspects. The following are the subjects of the Lodge of Instruction in my district for the next six months and are similar to those discussed for many years:

Budgeting
Prioritizing
Conflict Resolution
Project Management
Effective Communication
What Motivates People

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Those are elements of Leadership, which is taught by our annual Leadership Conference.  This is the third year of the Conference.  Many of our Lodge officers move into the East and have no idea how to do any of those Leadership functions.

 Our Custodians are authorized to hold 'Schools of Instructions'.     The Schools of Instructions covers Opening & Closing the Lodge; reception of the GM or DDGM; All 3 degrees, word for word from the Coded cipher, with correct steps & movements.    ... This is the GL of Georgia and might differ some in other GLs.


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I don't know that the whole structure of the lodge needs to be changed to put more emphasis on the philosophical aspects. The following are the subjects of the Lodge of Instruction in my district for the next six months and are similar to those discussed for many years:

Budgeting
Prioritizing
Conflict Resolution
Project Management
Effective Communication
What Motivates People

These are all necessary subjects of course but is there room for Masonic history, background information of the Blue Lodge Degrees, relationships to other aspects of the period of enlightenment etc.? The above sounds to me like it came straight out of Harvard Business School. Several minutes could also be set aside at each regular communication for short talks on the more "esoteric" aspects. I think there are many members who would like to learn about such things, though not necessarily on the research or scholarly level.



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Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

The illusions many have about Freemasonry are classically acted out by Mr. Walker (Grimoire). As much as I love the romantic aspect of Freemasonry, the cold hard reality that is experienced continuously tells me that the deeper philosophical aspects so yearned for by many shall not be realized in any lodge save for a very few and even then, only briefly once it is realized that the very structure of Freemasonry simply will not support it. To implement such a focus would mean retooling what a Lodge does.


I agree Bro. N. This is my opinion: The Lodge has a very simple and important function, to put on the degrees. Granted it's a bit more than that but basically just that. The other work is done by individuals who take the time to explore what the ritual (degree) has in it or what it means to them. Yes there are some agreed upon things but it's very much an individual journey.
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Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

Actually, Grimoire brings up a good point. We really do need to impart to our members the deeper philosophical aspects to our Craft in places like Blue Lodges and Lodges of Instruction, but not to the extent that he thinks we already have.
This would be good topic for a Lodges of Research.   In my district, most Lodges do not present any type of 'education' in Lodge.   Most members would not be interested in the above topic or like topics in the Lodge.  The Lodges open, conduct business, and close. Some (err) - too times all within 20 minutes.   ... Lodges of Instruction deal with & teach the GL's uniform works only.

Apparently Mr. Grimoire (french usage) has difficulty understanding the true simple nature of Freemasonry and due to his "Idols of the Cave" continue to believe there exist mystical & magic hidden within Freemasonry.

The illusions many have about Freemasonry are classically acted out by Mr. Walker (Grimoire). As much as I love the romantic aspect of Freemasonry, the cold hard reality that is experienced continuously tells me that the deeper philosophical aspects so yearned for by many shall not be realized in any lodge save for a very few and even then, only briefly once it is realized that the very structure of Freemasonry simply will not support it. To implement such a focus would mean retooling what a Lodge does.
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Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

Actually, Grimoire brings up a good point. We really do need to impart to our members the deeper philosophical aspects to our Craft in places like Blue Lodges and Lodges of Instruction, but not to the extent that he thinks we already have.


This would be good topic for a Lodges of Research.   In my district, most Lodges do not present any type of 'education' in Lodge.   Most members would not be interested in the above topic or like topics in the Lodge.  The Lodges open, conduct business, and close. Some (err) - too times all within 20 minutes.   ... Lodges of Instruction deal with & teach the GL's uniform works only.

Apparently Mr. Grimoire (french usage) has difficulty understanding the true simple nature of Freemasonry and due to his "Idols of the Cave" continue to believe there exist mystical & magic hidden within Freemasonry.
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Actually, Grimoire brings up a good point. We really do need to impart to our members the deeper philosophical aspects to our Craft in places like Blue Lodges and Lodges of Instruction, but not to the extent that he thinks we already have.
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Grimoire,

Refer back to your most recent response to me to reference the points you made. My answers are below. I'm not going to get into multiple quotes and take up all sorts of space on the forum and it just causes confusion.

You state that you are asking the exact same question you would ask in a lodge to a Worshipful Master. In almost 35 years as a Mason, I have never heard this type of question asked of a Worshipful Master. The average WM would have no idea what you are talking about. Yes, it might have been a Freemason who brought it up but I'm quite certain this came from other studies in which he has been involved. I'm quite certain that it did not originate from his involvement in Freemasonry. Coach can correct me if I'm wrong.
I don't know why Coach brought it up. I think he might have answered that in his response.

"Gnosticism, memory training, the Roman Catholic 'Quadrivium' or Catholic 'Trivium', or codes or history or cells is all 'deep' philosophy and part of the Masonic curriculum according to every Masonic manual I've read ." I have never heard any of these subjects brought up in any Blue Lodge or Lodge of Instruction and I don't see why they would be or should be. 

Freemasonry delves into all sorts of 'deep' philosophy... Some Freemasons delve and have delved into all sorts of deep philosophy and have tried to point out relationships to Freemasonry. It is interesting, fascinating, but not an official part of any "Masonic Curriculum." It is available to Masons but not required.

As I've discovered to my disappointment [that most Masons are the average typical person who won't know about the Francis Bacons] on Mastermasons.com forums. Well, I'm disappointed you feel this way. You came to this forum looking to learn about Freemasonry and I now think that perhaps you had some pre-conceived notions about Freemasonry and when the reality differed from the perception, as it usually does, you are disappointed. I'm sorry you feel this way. 

Even if its a Mason who brought it up in the first place???  Yes, even if it is a Mason who brought it up in the first place.

What about all the required reading to become a Mason?? Even if its their own "opinion"?? What required reading to become a Mason? Beyond learning lectures for the three Blue Lodge degrees, there is no required reading to become a Mason. Some research and traditional observance lodges might have required readings, and I think in order to become a member of a lodge in the Grand Oriente de France, which is not recognized by regular and duly constituted Masonry, there are required readings, but in U.S. Lodges there is no required reading beyond the lectures of the degrees. 




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To answer the question of the opening post"  NO!

There are 4 Idols
  • Idols of the Tribe:    aka: Fallacies of Human kind
  • Idols of the Cave:  aka: Fallacies of the individual Mind
  • Idols of the Marketplace:      aka: Fallacies of Semantics or Rhetoric
  • Idols of the Theater:       aka: Fallacies due to sophistry and false learning & false Prophets/teachers
These are from Bacon's Novum Organum.    My reference is Mannly Hall ; http://www.sirbacon.org/links/4idols.htm
 
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Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Interesting how a Mason with a B.S. in Engineering and a Doctorate in Divinity cannot answer a simple question?
You've truly screwed up royally here, once again.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

That question being "What did Bacon mean by 'Idols of the Theater'??
You appear to be consistently dissatisfied no matter what the response. Apparently you believe whining will change this. Have you considered checking out and participating in a 12 step codependent recovery program? Perhaps you'd be better off going somewhere else where you'd find more satisfaction and where whining actually does change others behaviors to your will.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Since it was Coach who first brought up the subject of Baconian Idolatry (out of context) in the first place???
LOL! Out of context... too funny...
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Coach, why are you redirecting the blame of an intelligent question to the readers???
It appears that you still don't understand the agenda. You're making every effort to change the other posters by complaining. Life does not work that way when you come across as you have. Perhaps you simply do not fit in.
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Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

The subject of Baconian Idolotry was not brought up by me in the first place, it was brought up by a Freemason (COACH) as a counter argument.
Only in your mind was it a counter argument. Idols of the marketplace was quite apt for the discussion. But you had to go for the drama...
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

You don't have to. Just simply answer the question: "What did Bacon mean by 'Idols of the Theater'?
Heck, you did the research. You tell us!
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

And if you don't know, just say so.
Yes. Please do.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Why all this confusion over a simple question???
My thoughts exactly!
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

And how is a simple question to a subject first brought up by a Freemason [COACH] trolling????
Are you Potting or Kettling here?
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Then let me correct your misconception. I started a new thread as to not cause another digression within my original thread as started by Coach's answer to my response. I was, and still am, confused by Coach's use of Bacon's 'Idols' to refute my initial statement. It made no sense to me. So again I ask the question: "What did Bacon mean by 'Idols of the Theater'?? - since I am a big fan of theater!
But Coach was not referring to the "Theatrical Idols". That simple point got missed by your thread efforts.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

NO! I started a different thread as to avoid a digression.
And then you proceeded to digress...
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Since Idols of the Market Place was mentioned in a past topic I did not want to spin off on another subject within my topic question, so I asked a question regarding Sir Francis Bacon's used of Idolatry, specifically Idols of the Theater in a new thread. Totally within the context of the discussion. Again, Not Trolling..... 
Yet, it seems to be taken as trolling once you started to reply. Interesting...
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Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Why would any simple question generate any {quote}"pi**ing contest"{unquote} in the first place?????
Well, for starters, you've been pretty pissy and perhaps we are merely following your lead.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

I am asking the exact same questions I would ask in a college lecture hall to my professor AND if I were a Freemason - the exact same questions in a lodge to a Worshipful Master.
Man are you delusional. You have no idea what we do in lodge.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Yet there is one Freemason on this forum who specializes in cant and sophistry and generates a causuical stress on every answer he gives.
Survey says it's...
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Yet it was a Freemason who mentioned Bacon's 'Idols of the Market Place' in the first place. It was my own research that discovered three other Baconian 'Idols'. If Baconian Idolatry has nothing to do with Freemasonry, why did a Freemason quote Bacon as if there were no connection?
Perhaps it was simply germane to the conversation.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

O.K. - so why did a Freemason (COACH) bring it up to prove his point as a counter argument??????
Perhaps it was not a counterpoint at all. Perhaps it was merely food for thought.   
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

All COACH did was pique my interest.
AWESOME!!!!!
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Freemasonry delves into all sorts of 'deep' philosophy.
No. It truly doesn't. You've been drinking far too much Kool-Aid.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Which is what attracts me to Masonry.
I hope you realize by now that "Freemasonry" and "Masonry" are two entirely different things.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Gnosticism, memory training, the Roman Catholic 'Quadrivium' or Catholic 'Trivium', or codes or history or cells is all 'deep' philosophy and part of the Masonic curriculum according to every Masonic manual I've read (including Dr. Nagy's series).
And you still think that "Freemasonry" and "Masonry" are the same thing? You might want to reread "Building Perpends" and "The Craft Unmasked!" a few more times.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

As I've discovered to my disappointment on Mastermasons.com forums.
Just here?
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Even if its a Mason who brought it up in the first place???
Yep. Even if we do.
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

What about all the required reading to become a Mason??
What required reading? The Petition?
Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Even if its their own "opinion"??
Yep. Most of it is.
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Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

No where in the above quote post have you cited any reference to Bacon's
writings whereby the context of his usage of the terms maybe understood.


The subject of Baconian Idolotry was not brought up by me in the first place, it was brought up by a Freemason (COACH) as a counter argument.   
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YOU first made reference to 'Idols' with the title of this thread and the opening post without refeence to where to quote came from!  Simpley Look at the top of this thread.


Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

   I, for one, will not research ALL of Bacon's writings to fine said
terms.


You don't have to. Just simply answer the question: "What did Bacon mean by 'Idols of the Theater'? And if you don't know, just say so. Why all this confusion over a simple question??? And how is a simple question to a subject first brought up by a Freemason [COACH] trolling????   

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Coach didn't bring up the topic in this thread you did.   Just look at who's name is on the first post and who opened this thread.


Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

... From your last post and therein reference to , it appears to me you were looking for answers or lines of thought to use as your own argument in another forum discussion about Bacon and his use of Idols.


Then let me correct your misconception. I started a new thread as to not cause another digression within my original thread as started by Coach's answer to my response. I was, and still am, confused by Coach's use of Bacon's 'Idols' to refute my initial statement. It made no sense to me. So again I ask the question: "What did Bacon mean by 'Idols of the Theater'?? - since I am a big fan of theater!

NO! I started a different thread as to avoid a digression. Since Idols of the Market Place was mentioned in a past topic I did not want to spin off on another subject within my topic question, so I asked a question regarding Sir Francis Bacon's used of Idolatry, specifically Idols of the Theater in a new thread. Totally within the context of the discussion. Again, Not Trolling.
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Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

I was making reference to discussions outside of the MasterMason.com forums as indicated by your following statements


What discussion "outside of the MasterMason.com forums" did I make? Every discussion I've made has been done within MasterMason.com forums?! 



Apparently you are ignoring your quoted statements to that fact by cutting them from my quotes of your post.   So here they are again.

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:


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    ...                  So I went to Amazon.com and received the answer I was hoping to get from Mastermason.com forums where stodgy Baconian empiricism 'Idols' was first mentioned.    ...      But I had to go somewhere else to read both positive and negative comments on Baconian Idolotry    ....
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Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

I will not do research work for you. I have other things to do.

Me too! It's interesting how GrimoireA3 wants us to cooperate with his efforts to evade doing the Work. He might perfectly fit in a Lodge where entitlements are the order of the day.


Interesting how a Mason with a B.S. in Engineering and a Doctorate in Divinity cannot answer a simple question? That question being "What did Bacon mean by 'Idols of the Theater'??

Since it was Coach who first brought up the subject of Baconian Idolatry (out of context) in the first place??? Coach, why are you redirecting the blame of an intelligent question to the readers???
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Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

What then did Bacon mean by "theater?"  Maybe my head is thick on this one.


A façade that is accepted as real without question and supported as if it were.


Why would Sir Francis Bacon list that along with his 'Idols' if it is accepted?



[QUOTE=coach]You're the expert. You tell us!


Obviously I am not an expert if I am asking a question to your response. Obviously coach you don't seem to know the difference between a question (?) and a statement (!), obviously coach you are intentionally misleading the readers of this forum by your cant & sophistry to direct questions and I hold you responsible since you have both a BS in Engineering and a Doctorate in Divinity: YOU KNOW BETTER! - so I justifiably conclude your evasions are done on purpose.
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Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

No where in the above quote post have you cited any reference to Bacon's
writings whereby the context of his usage of the terms maybe understood.


The subject of Baconian Idolotry was not brought up by me in the first place, it was brought up by a Freemason (COACH) as a counter argument.


Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

   I, for one, will not research ALL of Bacon's writings to fine said
terms.


You don't have to. Just simply answer the question: "What did Bacon mean by 'Idols of the Theater'? And if you don't know, just say so. Why all this confusion over a simple question??? And how is a simple question to a subject first brought up by a Freemason [COACH] trolling????   


Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

... From your last post and therein reference to , it appears to me you were looking for answers or lines of thought to use as your own argument in another forum discussion about Bacon and his use of Idols.


Then let me correct your misconception. I started a new thread as to not cause another digression within my original thread as started by Coach's answer to my response. I was, and still am, confused by Coach's use of Bacon's 'Idols' to refute my initial statement. It made no sense to me. So again I ask the question: "What did Bacon mean by 'Idols of the Theater'?? - since I am a big fan of theater!

NO! I started a different thread as to avoid a digression. Since Idols of the Market Place was mentioned in a past topic I did not want to spin off on another subject within my topic question, so I asked a question regarding Sir Francis Bacon's used of Idolatry, specifically Idols of the Theater in a new thread. Totally within the context of the discussion. Again, Not Trolling.
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Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

I was making reference to discussions outside of the MasterMason.com forums as indicated by your following statements


What discussion "outside of the MasterMason.com forums" did I make? Every discussion I've made has been done within MasterMason.com forums?! 
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Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

Grimoire, you did mention a few posts back that you were looking for an answer about Idols of the Theater from "real" Freemasons. (I am paraphrasing.) I personally enjoy the thoughts and discussions you bring to this forum (but not the pi**ing contests some of them seem to generate),


Why would any simple question generate any {quote}"pi**ing contest"{unquote} in the first place????? I am asking the exact same questions I would ask in a college lecture hall to my professor AND if I were a Freemason - the exact same questions in a lodge to a Worshipful Master. Yet there is one Freemason on this forum who specializes in cant and sophistry and generates a causuical stress on every answer he gives.

Yet it was a Freemason who mentioned Bacon's 'Idols of the Market Place' in the first place. It was my own research that discovered three other Baconian 'Idols'. If Baconian Idolatry has nothing to do with Freemasonry, why did a Freemason quote Bacon as if there were no connection?


Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

but you need to know that things like Francis Bacon and Idols of the Theater are not part of Masonry.


O.K. - so why did a Freemason (COACH) bring it up to prove his point as a counter argument?????? All COACH did was pique my interest.



Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

Masonry, in and of itself, does not get into such deep philosophy.


Freemasonry delves into all sorts of 'deep' philosophy. Which is what attracts me to Masonry. Gnosticism, memory training, the Roman Catholic 'Quadrivium' or Catholic 'Trivium', or codes or history or cells is all 'deep' philosophy and part of the Masonic curriculum according to every Masonic manual I've read (including Dr. Nagy's series).

Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

Most Masons are the typical, average person who won't know the details of the Francis Bacons or what have you.


As I've discovered to my disappointment on Mastermasons.com forums.


Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

If brought up, most Masons would have an interest in learning something of such things, but they are not going to delve into them like a researcher or scholar. To be sure, there are some Masons who delve into deep philosophies, but if you have a question about such a thing, and think, gee, I'll bet a Mason could answer this... Chances are he can't and would not be expected to.


Even if its a Mason who brought it up in the first place???

Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

I know you spend a lot of time at BPL where there is a tremendous amount of scholarly information about Freemasonry and that is fine, but don't expect your everyday run-of-the-mill Mason to be on that level. Masonry encourages love of learning of all types but most Masons work, have families and Masonic responsibilities, which is just as important to Freemasonry. Scholarly matters just aren't within the grasp of most of us. No offense intended, I know you want to know about real Freemasonry. What I have just described is about as real as it gets. This is just an opinion, of course.


What about all the required reading to become a Mason?? Even if its their own "opinion"??
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Grimoire, you did mention a few posts back that you were looking for an answer about Idols of the Theater from "real" Freemasons. (I am paraphrasing.) I personally enjoy the thoughts and discussions you bring to this forum (but not the pi**ing contests some of them seem to generate), but you need to know that things like Francis Bacon and Idols of the Theater are not part of Masonry. Masonry, in and of itself, does not get into such deep philosophy. Most Masons are the typical, average person who won't know the details of the Francis Bacons or what have you. If brought up, most Masons would have an interest in learning something of such things, but they are not going to delve into them like a researcher or scholar. To be sure, there are some Masons who delve into deep philosophies, but if you have a question about such a thing, and think, gee, I'll bet a Mason could answer this... Chances are he can't and would not be expected to.

I know you spend a lot of time at BPL where there is a tremendous amount of scholarly information about Freemasonry and that is fine, but don't expect your everyday run-of-the-mill Mason to be on that level. Masonry encourages love of learning of all types but most Masons work, have families and Masonic responsibilities, which is just as important to Freemasonry. Scholarly matters just aren't within the grasp of most of us. No offense intended, I know you want to know about real Freemasonry. What I have just described is about as real as it gets. This is just an opinion, of course.
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Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

I will not do research work for you. I have other things to do.

Me too! It's interesting how GrimoireA3 wants us to cooperate with his efforts to evade doing the Work. He might perfectly fit in a Lodge where entitlements are the order of the day.
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Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

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The question was: "WHAT DID BACON MEAN BY 'IDOLS OF THE THEATER'?

The follow up was: "Does Idols of the Theater mean that plays and acts and acting are all bogus?"

And neither of these valid questions were answered!!! Not trolling. I have no reason to troll.

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No where in the above quote post have you cited any reference to Bacon's writings whereby the context of his usage of the terms maybe understood.    I, for one, will not research ALL of Bacon's writings to fine said terms.   

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

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Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

... From your last post and therein reference to , it appears to me you were looking for answers or lines of thought to use as your own argument in another forum discussion about Bacon and his use of Idols.


NO! I started a different thread as to avoid a digression. Since Idols of the Market Place was mentioned in a past topic I did not want to spin off on another subject within my topic question, so I asked a question regarding Sir Francis Bacon's used of Idolatry, specifically Idols of the Theater in a new thread. Totally within the context of the discussion. Again, Not Trolling.
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I was making reference to discussions outside of the MasterMason.com forums as indicated by your following statements 

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:


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No I am discussing.  And Wikipedia is not a legitimate source for an answer to a concept.  So I went to Amazon.com and received the answer I was hoping to get from Mastermason.com forums where stodgy Baconian empiricism 'Idols' was first mentioned.  Sir Francis Bacon was more empirical than Hume (if that is possible) which is as dangerous as dogmatism.  But I had to go somewhere else to read both positive and negative comments on Baconian Idolotry (which has very little to do with debate, and more on the scientific method as a comment on the syllogism as found in Aristotle's ORGANON).
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Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:


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But none of this was mentioned in answer to my topic question.  Why?  Again, gentlemen if you don't understand the question or don't know the answer to the question - just admit it.


I didn't understand the question, because there was no reference given where Bacon wrote or made comments using said terms.  As far as I know, Bacon never made any such statement using the said terms.  Therefore, any discussion of the terms is purely hypothetical.    I will not do research work for you. I have other things to do.




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Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

What then did Bacon mean by "theater?"  Maybe my head is thick on this one.


A façade that is accepted as real without question and supported as if it were.


Why would Sir Francis Bacon list that along with his 'Idols' if it is accepted?

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Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

... How does that relate to plays, acts and acting? The fog thickens.


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

The fog is think because theater in the context that S.F. Bacon used it doesn't relate to plays, acts and acting.


O.K., here is the point where a clear explanation is appropriate.


Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

The poster decided to post a question that was a play on words and in doing so, spread a think layer of fog on any effort to make sense of what theater was actually being alluded to by S.F. Bacon.


Paranoia .

It's a bogus question with only one worthwhile response: Nope.

As it relates to Freemasonry, too much is done in the name of tradition or because GL said so and very few dare to question well-established dogma that should if we were indeed practicing a progressive science.
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Originally posted by coach coach wrote:

Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

What then did Bacon mean by "theater?"  Maybe my head is thick on this one.


A façade that is accepted as real without question and supported as if it were.


Why would Sir Francis Bacon list that along with his 'Idols' if it is accepted?
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Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

I would also like to ask, Grimoire, why did you ask the question in the first place? Did you have something specific in mind?


Hi droche,

Thanks for this request.

In a previous thread Coach used the term 'Idols of the Marketplace' in a manner in which I did not understand. Coach has a strong tendency for being 'out of context' and for 'non sequiturs'.

So I researched Idols of the Marketplace, and there were three more 'Idols' included. I am very familiar with Sir Francis Bacon, and I am familiar with his works. 

'Idols of the Theater' confused me since it read as if Bacon were ridiculing 'theater' as bunk. I've read something similar from the 17th century critics of Shakespeare and of actors.

So quick as a bunny I posed this question on a new topic - "What did Bacon mean by 'Idols of the Theater?'" in hopes of a clear explanation from the source which produced the expression in the first place.

But why is a simple question generating confusion?


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Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

What then did Bacon mean by "theater?"  Maybe my head is thick on this one.



Exactly what I asked the question since it was a Mason, coach, who first mentioned it on a previous thread. The Wikipedia answer was typically vague & nebulous, so I thought real Freemasons could give an insightful explanation.

And I'm still waiting for a Masonic explanation to a simple question.
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I think I am beginning to understand. A real world example would help.

I would also like to ask, Grimoire, why did you ask the question in the first place? Did you have something specific in mind? 
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Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

What then did Bacon mean by "theater?"  Maybe my head is thick on this one.


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What then did Bacon mean by "theater?"  Maybe my head is thick on this one.
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Originally posted by droche droche wrote:

... How does that relate to plays, acts and acting? The fog thickens.

The fog is think because theater in the context that S.F. Bacon used it doesn't relate to plays, acts and acting. The poster decided to post a question that was a play on words and in doing so, spread a think layer of fog on any effort to make sense of what theater was actually being alluded to by S.F. Bacon.

It's a bogus question with only one worthwhile response: Nope.

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 I am trying to keep this thread on track, perhaps naively so, and I want to learn about Bacon's "Idols of the Theater." I've asked for some context about the term. Let me put it in another way: Can someone give a real world example?

I asked how it might relate to Freemasonry, if at all. I received the answer:  

Two phrases apply:

1) Because Tradition
2) Because Grand Lodge

I don't understand that answer.

Perhaps because I am not on as high an intellectual level as others, I cannot understand any of this. It's like I'm trying to find my way through a thick fog.

The question was asked, "Does Idols of the Theater mean that plays and acts and acting are all bogus?"

Bogus
to me means fake, but fake in a misleading way. Plays, acts and acting are inherently fake but not all are meant to mislead so no, according to my definition of "bogus.," they are not.

From what has been said here about Idols of the Theater, it is a fallacy of logic that creeps in having an adverse effect on scientific methods. How does that relate to plays, acts and acting? The fog thickens.
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Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Does Idols of the Theater mean that plays and acts and acting are all bogus?
Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

You asked a question WITHOUT any context of usage or reference from where the term(s) were specifically used by Bacon.    That's Trolling!
The question was: "WHAT DID BACON MEAN BY 'IDOLS OF THE THEATER'?

The follow up was: "Does Idols of the Theater mean that plays and acts and acting are all bogus?"

And neither of these valid questions were answered!!! Not trolling. I have no reason to troll.[QUOTE=edwmax]... From your last post and therein reference to , it appears to me you were looking for answers or lines of thought to use as your own argument in another forum discussion about Bacon and his use of Idols.
NO! I started a different thread as to avoid a digression. Since Idols of the Market Place was mentioned in a past topic I did not want to spin off on another subject within my topic question, so I asked a question regarding Sir Francis Bacon's used of Idolatry, specifically Idols of the Theater in a new thread. Totally within the context of the discussion. Again, Not Trolling.

Again, I have no reason to troll. In the past three years not once has any question I've asked been ignored or not answered. The problem is with pseudo-intellectual posturing and circumlocutions passing for truth - which I have been trained to analyze and expose and correct - and I cannot suffer in the middle of a discussion.

P.S.: Is there anyway these posts can be numbered? So other posts may be cited?

Brother Max,

You'd think a guy with such high-falutin' training would have been able to answer all this for himself, and to provide solid responses to those questions posed.

I put all his ramblings in the troll category too. The guy needs to turn his microscope back upon himself first. Is he not aware of that timber in his eye?

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Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:



Originally posted by GrimoireA3 GrimoireA3 wrote:

Does Idols of the Theater mean that plays and acts and acting are all bogus?


Originally posted by edwmax edwmax wrote:

You asked a question WITHOUT any context of usage or reference from where the term(s) were specifically used by Bacon.    That's Trolling!


The question was: "WHAT DID BACON MEAN BY 'IDOLS OF THE THEATER'?

The follow up was: "Does Idols of the Theater mean that plays and acts and acting are all bogus?"

And neither of these valid questions were answered!!! Not trolling. I have no reason to troll.


[QUOTE=edwmax]... From your last post and therein reference to , it appears to me you were looking for answers or lines of thought to use as your own argument in another forum discussion about Bacon and his use of Idols.


NO! I started a different thread as to avoid a digression. Since Idols of the Market Place was mentioned in a past topic I did not want to spin off on another subject within my topic question, so I asked a question regarding Sir Francis Bacon's used of Idolatry, specifically Idols of the Theater in a new thread. Totally within the context of the discussion. Again, Not Trolling.




Again, I have no reason to troll. In the past three years not once has any question I've asked been ignored or not answered. The problem is with pseudo-intellectual posturing and circumlocutions passing for truth - which I have been trained to analyze and expose and correct - and I cannot suffer in the middle of a discussion.


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