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WOTD      
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 24th May 2018
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gnosis (noun) NO-sis



Knowledge, especially spiritual understanding of spiritual mysteries or truths.

Our science, in the sense of our collective gnosis, is so huge in its implications and far reaching in its sophistication it defies description, let alone assessment.

Article written under the pen name of The Barefoot Doctor, The Observer, 31 December 2000. Observer

No genius can be conventionally religious; each must have his or her gnosis.

Frank Kermode, Guardian, 12 October 2002, Guardian
reviewing Harold Bloom's Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds. Amazon

This crash course in gnosis is followed by five chapters on common fixations like "What if nobody likes me?" "What if my lover leaves me?" and "What if I really am sick?

Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times, 30 October 2005, New York Times
reviewing Robert Leaky's The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry From Stopping You. Amazon

The Gnostics, named after gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge, believed that Jesus had imparted "secret knowledge" to his disciples and that Judas was more capable of understanding it than the other disciples.

Jonathan Petre, Telegraph, 7 April 2006. Telegraph




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