The Consequences of Our Precarity


"Most of all you can break out of your mind’s silo and initiate yourself into the tribe -- become one of the people. But however you move, you know you can’t do this stuff on your own. Somehow you have to decipher the law. Our ways of understanding life in graphs and linear narrative are… Continue reading The Consequences of Our Precarity

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Political Failure, a Clarification


There's a critical piece missing from the last post. That is, what does political failure entail? If we look at it from within the assumptions of "the game," the conclusion that what is needed and inevitable is a grand failure will be misunderstood. Saying that any one leader, any one party should fail, is just… Continue reading Political Failure, a Clarification

The Order of Thought


I'm writing to ask you to take a look at my friend Peter Kajtar's Kickstarter campaign. Peter is writing a book building on the work of David Bohm and J Krishnamurti, The Order of Thought. I've cited his work many times here. I consider what he is doing to be one of the most significant… Continue reading The Order of Thought

Beyond Zombies and Vampires


Zombies & Vampires, Oh My! This post, an essay for Vinay Gupta's The Future We Deserve, delineated the lay of the land today. We are hemmed in by these two types, both of behaviors and of ways of looking at those around us. But, in the end, is there anything to be gained by remaining… Continue reading Beyond Zombies and Vampires

Pattern Which Connects, Finding Community


One reason things have been a little slow here in the past few weeks has been the work involved editing this conversation with Jeppe Dyrendom Graugaard. It is now up on his site: Pattern Which Connects. Here is his introduction: Last February I approached Tony Dias for an interview about his involvement in and thoughts… Continue reading Pattern Which Connects, Finding Community

Conclusions


Dialogue is an opportunity to proceed as climbers do. We are tied together and are able to alternately anchor each other as we move into precarious territory. We can rely on each other to warn us of dangers beyond our own views. Within dialogue we can go where it is impossible to go any other… Continue reading Conclusions

A cross-post: A conversation on Fiction, or a fictional conversation…


Have you ever wished, after a good long talk, you had thought to record it? There’s a specific quality to the way we express ourselves in conversation, to the spacing and timing of what gets said, when, and how. In fiction it is always a wonder to read a conversation and have it ring true.… Continue reading A cross-post: A conversation on Fiction, or a fictional conversation…

The Eight Hundred Pound Gorilla in the Room


A confession. A sin of omission, I guess it must be. The result of ignorance, or the way in which all our purported "access" is actually working to keep important works hidden in plain sight. I've just read Daniel Quinn's Ishmael. I've added a link because there may yet be one or two of you… Continue reading The Eight Hundred Pound Gorilla in the Room

The Outer Ring, a Permeable Membrane


Let's begin at the outside. We live in a holographic universe. The whole is encoded in every part. Maintaining this quality in whatever we endeavor to do, as opposed to cutting away all we would rather not consider as the reductivist's knife would have us do, is a way to keep contact with a deep… Continue reading The Outer Ring, a Permeable Membrane

Catalytic Conversation, a Concentric Approach to Dialogue


There is a vacuum of attention as we persist in focusing on our perceived problems. We are trapped within our confusion that arises around our conceptions of clarity. We arrive at clarity. It cannot be manufactured. How can we find/create a portal, a place through which we might pass and come together in dialogue? –… Continue reading Catalytic Conversation, a Concentric Approach to Dialogue

An extended reply…


John Cline commented on the last post, Coherence is Provisional: I really like what you are saying. I wonder, though, what would happen to human personality if this model of thinking was the norm. We are mostly tribal in our actions. We gravitate too easily toward charismatics, and like lemmings will follow a bad idea… Continue reading An extended reply…

Jeppe Dyrendom Graugaard’s Conversation with Andrew Taggart


I've come across an opportunity to extend what goes on here by pointing you at another conversation. For me there is great Joy in being able to do this! It is a sign of the growth of community I've been experiencing lately after so many decades in the wilderness. Let me leave it at that… Continue reading Jeppe Dyrendom Graugaard’s Conversation with Andrew Taggart