The Time of the Place There's no such thing as a waste of time. Even those who have wasted most of it have learned the benefit of getting the most of their experiences and doing the right thing, albeit after the fact. The bigger the waste (spending the rest of one's life in jail after … Continue reading Getting the Most out of our Experiences
A Comparison of Meaning and Quality of Life in Indigenous vs Contemporary Western societies https://gatherfor.medium.com/maslow-got-it-wrong-ae45d6217a8c There is a lot to say for the convenience and extravagant ways of living that most modern societies offer. Food is accessible and often 'free', meaning that if you really, really need it, you can put on your most slovenly … Continue reading Blackfoot indigenous vs Large-scale Modern societies
Dualities are ubiquitous in nature, but that doesn’t mean that they are what they seem, otherwise physicists wouldn’t be looking for a unified theory. Perhaps the most enduring dualities are the mind/body; particle/ wave; space/ time; materialist/ idealist, but there are many more, for instance; as above, so below; energy and matter; macrocosm and the … Continue reading Both/ And: Dealing with Duality
In a time of reduced or curtailed travel, people have started to find renewed interest in the places they live, or that they have previously taken for granted. I have experienced both. My home, Victoria, B.C. Canada, is considered by many to be a paradise, although I have not always shared this view, mainly because … Continue reading Purpose in Place: Belonging where you live and living where you belong
William Gass might be the oldest and most important writer you have never heard of (post in the comments if you are familiar with this man). He is a thoughtful writer, one not concerned with satisfying the marketplace, or stretching out already thin prose into several long and superfluous books. His list is short, a … Continue reading The Phenomenology of Reading Brilliantly
Putting a Positive Slant on a Critical and Controversial Issue (Climate Change) I recently failed to publish an essay entitled 'A Balmy Approach to Climate Change' in a number of online and print magazines, but I have not given up, which is why I am not publishing it here. Instead what I propose to do … Continue reading A Balmy Approach to Global Walming (sic)
I recently had a HUGE epiphanic realization, to wit... That the phenomenal world, everything behind it, and everything in front of it--that is, the epiphenomenal effects that perception has on those phenomena and the noumena from which they are suspended--are examples of lying by omission. We do not have the facts, nor have we ever … Continue reading Lying By Omission
What is our relationship to Place when we leave the security of the stable, solid ground in order to journey to the edge of the Earth's atmosphere (the moon is actually inside Earth's atmosphere https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/the-moon-is-inside-earths-atmosphere-claims-study?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1) to behold it not only from above, but from without. It seems strange to ask this question 50 years after … Continue reading To the Moon and Back… 50 years later?
Presuming that we have been 'contacted' by them, and presuming that They are 'among us', I would venture to ask... are they but devolved versions of ourselves? Are they Us from the future, returned to find the point where their species veered off into idiocy and complete lack of originality? I use the word originality … Continue reading Are Aliens Even Intelligent?
A Theory of Everything is Not Material What we take for verity and certainty are the limits of knowledge, the limits of what we can know or learn within this short span of time, or moment of life, because our knowing can only penetrate so far, therefore our knowing is actually a kind of uncertainty … Continue reading The Limits of Knowledge and the Problem with Materialism