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The Magus Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Topics for Discussion

Assuming that the conclusion that Nicholas comes to is the correct one, that he is in fact the subject of some kind of strange experiment by Conchis, et al, discuss whether what Conchis does is moral or immoral. Does any human being have the right to test and/or challenge and/or manipulate another in the way Conchis does to Nicholas? Is Conchis a hero for getting Nicholas to see a broader truth, or is he a sadist, spiritually turned on by causing another human being spiritual pain?

Discuss the meaning of the question posed by de Doukans to Conchis - "Are you living the water or the wave?" What is the meaning of the image? What is the relevance of this meaning to the way a life is lived? Is Conchis living the water or the wave? Is Nicholas?

Consider the moving statue described...

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