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All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

W. H. Auden, 1939

From the President,

Globatron University is a challenge and . . .  a mental exercise. The challenge for you is to review the different levels of Globatron intellectual awareness you currently possess. Globatron is always striving to help intellectual discourse and dialogue about the arts, culture and society in general. An issue that always comes up is what values do we hold dear? What do we believe in? What do you believe in? With Globatron University (GU) we are able to define that and categorize different levels of intellectual achievement. The goal of Globatron has always been educational, if only as a secondary aspect of its engagement, so we have decided to define what we feel those educational standards should be.

What type of education should a global citizen have under their belts when trying to defend their belief systems and/or their government? How does the current educational system address higher learning? How is philosophy and adult lifelong learning achieved if most college classes push students through to make the quotas they need to achieve economic stability? These are all questions we have asked in the past and will continue to ask in the future at Globatron. But instead of just asking these questions we have defined the curriculum we feel a global citizen should have mentally digested in order to engage in intellectual discourse.

Globatron urges you to explore the curriculum. Find a level you are comfortable with and begin your education at Globatron University. We will personally mail a Globatron University Diploma to all who have passed each phase of their education at GU. The future of education in general is in question. We at GU imagine a day when one could take the GU diploma into any place of employment along with the curriculum and it would validate their level of intellect to one’s employer.

Byron King


From the Chancellor,

Globatron University is a free course of academic study meant to address a growing global need for a consciousness-based education, one focused on the long history of human striving for justice and truth and the beauty that expresses its presence. The works chosen will not make you a better worker. They are chosen to make you a better human being, one more in touch with the divine calling of existence, they are chosen, just as you are, to face existence in a more direct way and as a result be a beacon of hope to those in your community.

Education has been co-opted by a business-based model of human existence. We at Globatron University are diametrically opposed to this and our course of study aims at reawakening a revolutionary spirit for those of you who’ve been indoctrinated by post-modernism and the cold materialism that makes a mockery out of the initial aims of science, philosophy and spirituality.

Globatronics is a science of the impossible. Our curriculum represents the best of the best, those in the past and today who dare to imagine that humanity can be more than we are and thus are responsible for all that we hold sacred. In a time of growing storage the ability to make choices is a virtue and so we offer these choices as a judgment about our human past, present and future. Get a degree in Globatronics today and join us in a search for a new human universal perspective.

Ken Vallario


THE APPRENTICE

The Apprentice

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The following are required:

1. The Apology of Socrates, Plato

2. Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau

3. The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx

4. Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr.

5. Gandhi’s 7 sins, Mahatma Gandhi

6. Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu

7. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse

8. Declaration of Independence

9. Sermon on the Mount, Gospel of St. Matthew Chpt. 5-7

10. Ecclesiastes, Old Testament

11. Our Deepest Fear, Marianne Williamson

12. Hippocratic Oath

13. The Matrix (Film)

14. The Fog of War, (Film) Errol Morris

15. The Wire, HBO TV (at least one season)

Listen one from each:

Podcasts:

Ted Talks

Bill Moyers Journal

One audio recording of MLK speech

Alan Watts

In our time

Works of Art and Architecture (See one in person)

1. Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo

2. David, Michelangelo

3. Moses, Michelangelo

4. Mona Lisa, Da Vinci

5. Madonna of the Rocks, Da Vinci

6. Guernica, Picasso

7. Les Madmoiselle D’avignon, Picasso

8. The Scream, Munch

9. Lacoon Group, greek

10. Roman Pantheon

11. Roman Coliseum

12. Notre Dame Cathedral

13. Dali Museum in Florida or Spain

14. The Thinker, Rodin

15. one work of Vermeer

16. one work of Rembrant

17. one work of Caravaggio

18. visit collection of Van Gogh

THE GRADUATE

The Graduate

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100 Pts. Earns a Globatron degreee:

Read one from each of the following authors:

( 5 points for additional works by these authors)

Leo Tolstoy (suggested, War and Peace, The Kingdom of God is within)

Virginia Woolf (suggested, A Room of One’s Own, To the Lighthouse, collection of short stories)

Friedrich Nietszche (Beyond Good and Evil, Ecco Homo)

Martin Buber (Between Man and Man, I and Thou)

Soren Kierkegaard (Fear and Trembling)

Noam Chomsky (Hegemony or Survival, Failed States)

Written works Part one ( 10 points from this list):

1. 1984, George Orwell (3 pts.)

2. Bearing the Cross, David Garrow (3 pts.)

3. The Republic, Plato (4 pts.)

4. The Analects of Confucius (3 pts.)

5. The Perennial Philosophy, Aldous Huxley (3 pts.)

6. Plato’s Dialogues (1 pt. each, no more than 4 for this list)

Written works Part two (15 Points from this list):

1. The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt (3 pts.)

2. The Education of Henry Adams, Henry Adams ( 3 pts.)

3. The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley (3 pts.)

4. The Autobiography of Muhatma Gandhi (3 pts.)

5. Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau ( 3 pts.)

6. Discourse on Method, Rene Descartes ( 2 pts. )

7. Six Easy Pieces, Richard Feynman (3 pts.)

8. The Singularity is Near, Ray Kurzweil (3 pts.)

9. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert (3 pts.)

10. Moby Dick, Herman Melville (3 pts.)

Written Work – Part Three (15 points from this list):

1. “The President and the Press”, John F. Kennedy speech (listen for 1 pt.)

2. Schenck v. United States (1919 ruling, read for 2 pts.)

3. Eisenhower’s farewell address, 1961 (listen for 1 pt.)

4. Rivers of Empire, Donald Worster ( 3 pts.)

5. Sigmund Freud, one work (3 pts.)

6. Carl Jung, one work (3 pts.)

7. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (3 pts.)

8. Meditations, Marcus Aurelius (3 pts.)

9. The Shock of the New, Robert Hughes (3 pts.)

10. The Painted Word, Tom Wolfe (3 pts.)

11. The Decline of West, Oswald Spengler

12. Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (3 pts.)

13. The Teachings of Don Juan, Carlos Castaneda (3 pts.)

14. Kurt Vonnegut, one work (3 pts.)

Media ( 20 pts.)

The Cruise (Film) (2 pts.)

Eisenhower’s farewell address, 1961 (1 pt.)

Apocalypse Now (Film) (2pts.)

Adbusters Magazine (1 pt. per issue, 3 max)

Martin Luther King Jr. Recordings, A Knock at Midnight (1 pt. per sermon, 5 max)

The Wire (HBO TV) (2 pts. Per season)

Philosopher’s Zone (Podcast) ( 1 pt. per episode, 2 max)

Philosophy Bites (Podcast) ( 1 pt. per episode, 2 max)

Ted Talks (Podcast) (1 pt. per episode, 3 max)

Zencast (Podcast) (1 pt. per episode, 2 max)

2001: A Space Odyssey (Film) (3 pts.)

Dr. Strangelove (Film) (2 pts.)

I Heart Huckabees (Film) ( 3 pts.)

Generation Kill (Film) (3 pts. For miniseries)

Into the Wild (Film) ( 2 pts.)

Into the Wild Soundtrack ( 2pts.)

Waking Life (Film) (2 pts.)

Network (Film) (3 pts.)

Works of Art and Architecture (See 3 in person) 1 pt. each:

1. Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo

2. David, Michelangelo

3. Moses, Michelangelo

4. Mona Lisa, Da Vinci

5. Madonna of the Rocks, Da Vinci

6. Guernica, Picasso

7. Les Madmoiselle D’avignon, Picasso

8. The Scream, Munch

9. Lacoon Group, greek

10. Roman Pantheon

11. Roman Coliseum

12. Notre Dame Cathedral

13. Dali Museum in Florida or Spain

14. The Thinker, Rodin

15. one work of Vermeer

16. one work of Rembrant

17. one work of Caravaggio

18. visit collection of Van Gogh

P.O.G.

Professor of Globatronics (P.O.G.)

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The Oath

I (insert name) swear to uphold the principles represented by Globatron University and in doing so confront existence and pursue the exploration of purpose and truth, both for myself and for the good of mankind. I will practice Globatronics in all aspects of my life and see in every exchange and encounter an opportunity for sincerity, knowledge and enlightenment.

As a Professor of Globatronics I will commit to a few specialized areas of interest simultaneous to a continuous process of integrating myself to the whole of human knowledge, never giving into the impossibility of the task. When I make new discoveries in my research I will share them with Globatron and participate in the growing science of Globatronics.

And finally, as a Professor of Globatronics I will explore the paradoxical power of belonging and individuality and affirm the notion that only in belonging to a community do we discover the full range of self-expression. As a P.O.G. I will honor others and avoid conflict that seeks domination, seeking clarification only out of sincere curiosity. I affirm that only in the love of others can we find the ultimate aims of Globatronics.

The Act

To become a Professor of Globatronics you must take the above oath and create one object of expression (art, movie, song, essay, anything that can embody your creative force) then share that object with us in whatever form it takes. The work must express your learning of Globatronics as well as express a unique relationship with this new science. We will add it to our growing library and share copyright with you. As a P.O.G. you may then consider yourself always welcome as a Globatron contributor and member, crafting your identity in our community however you like. Below you will find some advanced works for further study, but these are only suggestions, works works that continue to confound and set new heights for us. Feel free to profess to us your revelations as they come. As a P.O.G. we support new information and welcome new teachings.

The Horizon

Persecution and the Art of Writing, Leo Strauss

The German Ideology, Karl Marx

The Question Concerning Technology, Martin Heidegger

Wilsonianism, Lloyd Ambrosius

Prologema to Any Future Metaphysics, Immanuel Kant

Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Ludwig Wittgenstein