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The Indigo Children: New Age Experimentation with Self and Science

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The Indigo Child concept is a contemporary New Age redefinition of self. Indigo Children are described in their primary literature as a spiritually, psychically, and genetically advanced generation. Born from the early 1980s, the Indigo Children are thought to be here to usher in a new golden age by changing the world's current social paradigm. However, as they are "paradigm busters", they also claim to find it difficult to fit into contemporary society. Indigo Children recount difficult childhoods and school years, and the concept has also been used by members of the community to reinterpret conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and autism. Cynics, however, can claim that the Indigo Child concept is an example of "special snowflake" syndrome, and parodies abound. This book is the fullest introduction to the Indigo Child concept to date. Employing both on- and offline ethnographic methods, Beth Singler objectively considers the place of the Indigo Children in contemporary debates around religious identity, self-creation, online participation, conspiracy theories, race and culture, and definitions of the New Age movement.
... More demand attributes a meaning to products as such products can be found less (Kastanakis and Balabanis, 2012). The snob effect indicates a snowflake syndrome (Singler, 2017) and the associated desire to keep oneself separate (Amaldoss and Jain, 2005). ...
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The pandemic has prompted the government to implement online distance education, which is considered safer. In practice, online learning has several obstacles because it requires adaptation for students, teachers and parents. From the student's point of view, this study aims to determine the description of students' self-regulation and their involvement in online learning. This research is a descriptive quantitative study and aims to present an overview of self-regulation and the involvement of teenage students during online learning. The data collection technique used purposive sampling technique by distributing online questionnaires. Participants in this study were 61 students (38 female and 23 male), aged 12-18 years. Descriptive data analysis was carried out for data from questionnaires with a Likert scale and the processing of answers to open-ended questions was carried out categorically based on similar themes. The results showed that in self-regulation, the dimension that best describes the condition of students when they go to school from home is environment structuring, meaning that students choose a comfortable place to avoid distractions while studying. Other aspects of self-regulation, such as task strategies, help-seeking, selfevaluation, and goal setting were discussed in this study. Regarding student involvement, the three aspects discussed (learner to content, learner to instructor, and learner to learner) have a balanced response in describing the conditions of student involvement. The results of this study are useful for parents, schools, and related education policy makers to improve services and implementation of online learning that can support student learning achievement.
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This study aims to understand more deeply about the life experiences of indigo individuals in early adulthood. The selection of participants is carried out using a purposive sampling technique with the characteristics of indigo individuals who have been diagnosed by a psychologist or psychiatrist, have been indigo individuals for at least four years, aged 18 to 40 years, and are domiciled in Java. There were three participants in this study, namely participants from BN, TA, and GS. Collecting data using semi-structured interviews, which are then used as transcripts to be analyzed using an interpretative phenomenological analysis approach. The results of this study found ten superordinate themes, namely (1) self-identification as an indigo individual, (2) the self-disclosure process, (3) the similarity of excess ability with family, (4) the psychological impact that appears, (5) the physical impact that is felt, (6) acceptance of one's strengths, (7) increasing devotion to God, (8) self-control over one's strengths, (9) the desire to be beneficial to one's strengths, and (10) concern for others. There is one special theme that emerged in the two participants, namely communication to families and partners regarding their strengths. Living life as an indigo individual is not easy, it is important to accept and exercise self-control so that the advantages possessed can be properly directed. Keywords: indigo; early adulthood; self-disclosure; family; interpretative phenomenological analysis
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This chapter is a kind of pilgrimage, site-hopping a variety of sacred locations. Questions to be addressed are what it is that is believed to be sacred, where the boundary to the sacred is drawn and how manipulable that boundary is. The idea of a sacred site will be employed rather broadly in order to allow readers to explore a wide range of different ways in which the concept is conceptualised and how it is contained. The journey will us take through natural landscapes to both small and large artefacts and then on to the more abstract conception of the religious community as a sacred site. As a point of reference, the chapter will take the ideas formulated by the sociologist Émile Durkheim and the anthropologist Mary Douglas.
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“My first long haul flight that didn’t fill up and an empty row for me. I have been blessed by the algorithm ”. The phrase ‘blessed by the algorithm’ expresses the feeling of having been fortunate in what appears on your feed on various social media platforms, or in the success or virality of your content as a creator, or in what gig economy jobs you are offered. However, we can also place it within wider public discourse employing theistic conceptions of AI. Building on anthropological fieldwork into the ‘entanglements of AI and Religion’ (Singler 2017a), this article will explore how ‘blessed by the algorithm’ tweets are indicative of the impact of theistic AI narratives: modes of thinking about AI in an implicitly religious way. This thinking also represents continuities that push back against the secularisation thesis and other grand narratives of disenchantment that claim secularity occurs because of technological and intellectual progress. This article will also explore new religious movements, where theistic conceptions of AI entangle technological aspirations with religious ones.
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