It’s All Holographic, Stupid!


This phrase just popped into my head after reading Alex Fradera’s post on an event he led at Atlantic College recently. To be clear, and fair to Alex, it’s not directed at him! I’m not even quite sure what it means, that’s what sitting down to write this is for. It just seemed a niceContinue reading “It’s All Holographic, Stupid!”

Living Like a Caveman


I’ve had the pressure of a thought building up for a while. It has to do with what is so misdirected about the entire virtual-world-based enterprise. You can see that this might give some pause. Still, this day of Steve Jobs’ passing might be the time to flesh it out. I sit here writing onContinue reading “Living Like a Caveman”

Further Notes on the Meaning of Wealth


We all act as though what we mean by wealth is obvious and lacking in ambiguity. Wealth is enough money to wield power so as to conserve one’s ability to keep a lot of money. Hmmm… That’s probably not what you had in mind. Has wealth always been the same thing? Is it going throughContinue reading “Further Notes on the Meaning of Wealth”

Routine, Another Cost of Efficiency


The ripples keep expanding from Krishnamurti’s insight into the way knowledge, especially psychological knowledge, locks us into routine responses that, as he put it, atrophy the brain. In my penultimate post, I speculated on how this could be a way to speak directly about a significant aspect of what’s led us to where we findContinue reading “Routine, Another Cost of Efficiency”

On Medieval Cathedrals and the Limits of Proprioception


The inevitable question arrived via Twitter. “If civilization is all bad, what about the cathedrals?” I must say I invited this kind of question, literally asking for examples to unpack…. Still, I’m leery of the exercise. I don’t write to convince anyone. I write as a record and a way to extend and fill outContinue reading “On Medieval Cathedrals and the Limits of Proprioception”

The Trouble with “Uncivilization”


There is a tremendous lurking flaw in any initiative that frames itself as a negative. We know that, yet we struggle with finding a framework, and a simple title for it, that denotes the activities around weening our attention from the grip of civilization without resorting to this awkward and negative term, Uncivilization. This mayContinue reading “The Trouble with “Uncivilization””

Craft’s Collision with Civilization, a starting point


Andrew Taggart recently asked me to clarify how I see the deterioration and loss of Craft resulting from its confrontation with civilization. This is a big question! Let’s begin with a few definitions. I’m beginning to see Craft as a central focal point in examining how our confrontation with civilization has led us to whereContinue reading “Craft’s Collision with Civilization, a starting point”

Shaping Awareness


I began this piece sitting in an automotive dealership’s waiting area, a U of chairs arrayed around a television playing daytime tv at full volume. I shared this space with a handful of other inmates, all eying the screen in between looking at a magazine, or a best-seller, or texting on a mobile phone. TheContinue reading “Shaping Awareness”

Gort barada nikto


I’ve just realized that a propelling fantasy behind so much of what I do is in an attempt to put myself in the position of Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still, when he goes into the study of the “Einstein” character and writes some notes of correction and clarification on his blackboard. InContinue reading “Gort barada nikto”

Liberal & Conservative, Bankrupt, empty labels.


Liberal meant freedom-loving once. Conservative meant upholding time-tested values. Their “competition” could be seen, within the noise brought on by corruption and bad-faith, as a way to work out differences held for laudable reasons, a balancing of perspectives. This may never have actually been true, but it was the way the struggles were portrayed, theContinue reading “Liberal & Conservative, Bankrupt, empty labels.”

On Intention, Stumbling towards a Loose Rigor


Here’s a series of statements, let’s see where they lead. My intention is to be effective. To be effective is to avoid futility. Intentional striving is futile. To be effective requires letting go of intention. * Is this squaring the circle? Or describing a paradox?