A Note on the Strangeness of Natural Things (and Vice Versa)

Art critic, André Gide describes how Henri Michaux was fascinated by ‘the strangeness of natural things and the naturalness of strange things.’ But listen to the contrast in the two modes, how the strangeness of natural things adheres to the rhythms of speech, while the naturalness of strange things draws attention to the strangeness of its own sound. It … Continue reading A Note on the Strangeness of Natural Things (and Vice Versa)

Phenomenology of Psychedelics

Psychedelics and phenomenology are at the core of consciousness studies, consciousness itself being psychedelic in nature; the drug that other drugs use as a template to make consciousness more recognizable to itself. The word psychedelic derived from the Greek, psychē ψυχή + dēloun δηλοῦν, literally meaning, ‘mind-manifesting’. Experiencers often report a feeling more real than … Continue reading Phenomenology of Psychedelics

Making Our Own Days (excerpt from The Littoral)

***This is a rare occasion, wherein this excerpt from The Littoral ('the book') will be available on this site until it is sent away to be published, or is published elsewhere. It is my distinct pleasure, therefore, to offer it to you now. and, thanks for reading Making Our Own Days, My Own Summer (or … Continue reading Making Our Own Days (excerpt from The Littoral)

Purpose in Place: The Continuity of Care

Through the enlightenment and into the fourth industrial revolution, Anthropocene civilization has succeeded in establishing a practical use for nature, but has failed to locate its purpose or source. Becoming in the process, a kind of modern myth, making up a story for nature as an expedient to making up a story for itself, because … Continue reading Purpose in Place: The Continuity of Care

The Holographic Principle: My Big ‘I’ Idea (after Thomas Campbell’s My Big TOE)

            Every Theory of Everything (TOE), in the sense of unifying consciousness and matter, seems like the right one, until another, better one comes along. Just as every camera, car, television, weapon, tool seemed like the best one, until it was replaced by a more up to date version. The question is, whether we are inventing … Continue reading The Holographic Principle: My Big ‘I’ Idea (after Thomas Campbell’s My Big TOE)

Phenomenology, Mysticism and the Education of Place

            The mystical tradition is the link, the middle distance between the humanities and the sciences. It is the addition of this source knowledge that results in a greater understanding of each sub-system of epistemology. Like mercury or the 'philosopher's stone', it joins science + mystery school, philosophy + mystery school, psychology + mystery school. Taken … Continue reading Phenomenology, Mysticism and the Education of Place

Consciousness and the Measurement Problem, part. 1

            Everyone from scientists to religious adherents believe in an, as of yet, undiscovered law or theory of everything. Suggestions have included a fundamental crystalline structure, the holographic principle, super-symmetry, quantum gravity, God and consciousness itself. In one way or another they are all incomplete because, they depend on our anthropocentric views of the world, which … Continue reading Consciousness and the Measurement Problem, part. 1

Meaning in Adversity in Relation to TOE (Theory of Everything)

            Meaning comes through adversity, where traumatic events (as well as fortuitous ones) lead to breakthroughs, realizations; timeless, ecstatic revelations that structure the crystal of one’s life in the same way that similar events; collisions, explosions structure the universe. Each event being a node in the crystal. The purpose to life is a life of purpose, … Continue reading Meaning in Adversity in Relation to TOE (Theory of Everything)