This is key

I just stumbled upon Donald D. Hoffman's work in The Atlantic Magazine. It was one of those exceedingly rare moments when a crucial new piece is added to the puzzle. He's a cognitive scientist. He's been studying the roots of perception and his research has led to his articulation of a key missing link if… Continue reading This is key

Separation Anxiety

We're expected to, "Get over it!" In a time with few acknowledged initiation rituals this traumatic breaking of unity is almost universally accepted as a rite-of-passage. Why does separation – let's consider it in any and every form it can take. Why does it create anxiety? What does this say more generally about the violence,… Continue reading Separation Anxiety

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

“The Greatest Illusion in the World is the Illusion of Separation”

The greatest benefit I've found from the internet is the way it functions as a tool for Serendipity. It is an electronic I Ching of sorts, though with many additional pitfalls one avoids by sticking to casting bones or sticks. The title of this post appeared as one of those FB images sent out to… Continue reading “The Greatest Illusion in the World is the Illusion of Separation”

Taking a breath…

After a week out of town and still recovering from a cold caught in that time away from my customary relative isolation, I'm still not ready to write anything substantive here. This post is just to let you know this blog is not down, only temporarily awaiting fresh energies. I actually welcome these times –… Continue reading Taking a breath…

“Fishing in the Swamp,” a cross-post from Antonio Dias Fiction

This post, at The Living Notebook gave me the title and the impetus to write on this subject here. The line comes from Hemingway and TLN – I'm sorry, but the blog appears to be anonymous and I don't have the writer's name… – uses it to weave a connection between two approaches to writing.… Continue reading “Fishing in the Swamp,” a cross-post from Antonio Dias Fiction

Isaac Newton Wasn’t a Newtonian, Socrates wasn’t Plato…

Perhaps a little one, as insights go, the title of this post came to me last week. I've long railed at the power of a reductivist, Newtonian world view that has given those who see the world as a series of problems to be solved the tools, from ballistics to The Calculus, to run down… Continue reading Isaac Newton Wasn’t a Newtonian, Socrates wasn’t Plato…


Nothing exists solely to fulfill a single purpose or to take a singular role in a single process. How can I realize that the "answer" is not to remake the world in my image, that no singular image of what the world "should" be is either possible or beneficial? If these are true, then what… Continue reading Resistance

Wrestling with the World in Virtual Reality: a Reblog from Networkolgies

I’ve followed Christopher Vitale’s Networkologies for a few years now. His work is exciting and dense. This post lays out so much of what I’ve been grappling with so well, I’ve decided to make it my first “reblog.”

There is so much that resonates here between what he has uncovered looking at Buddhism through the eyes of contemporary translators and similar glimpses I’ve found notably in the work of David Bohm and Jiddu Krishnamurti.

Towards the end he even makes connections with Ancient Greco/Roman practices that Andrew Taggart uses in his philosophical practice. Beyond that Christopher illuminates the background of looking at philosophy not as a profession but as a way of life.


On the Difficulty of Understanding the Insights in Classical Buddhist Texts

Classical Buddhist texts having something in common with Deleuze, or Networkological thought? I must admit, I’ve spent a lot of time reading Buddhist texts, and never saw these parallels before. But recently I’ve returned to these texts, by means of contemporary advocates that have argued that the core insights of Buddhism tend to get lost in translation between cultures. And after having read some of these texts, I’ve been shocked to see that once these common misunderstandings are cleared up, there’s actually a great deal of overlap between classical Buddhism, and many aspects of philosophy that I find interesting, powerful, and important.

And this is why I’ve found that to approach Buddhist texts in the present day, one needs mediators, people who translate not only the words from one language to another, but who, like Hadot, who can translate…

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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

Drowning in Search of Security

There is a persistent delusion behind the fevered activities of the state. As our predicament deepens it acts as an accelerant as it focuses the attentions of the most powerful among us to act in increasingly destructive ways. Simply stated it is the expectation that exceptionalism can be maintained in any meaningful way as we… Continue reading Drowning in Search of Security

What’s to Come? Beyond Bohemia

Shoal Hope has been, among other things, an opportunity to look into the phenomena of Bohemia as it evolved in the early Twentieth Century, the way the concept of Bohemia began to lose its way; from Berger's Moment of Cubism before World War I, to the aftermath of that war, and the corroding effects of… Continue reading What’s to Come? Beyond Bohemia