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Liberalism and Blame

Liberalism started as being about freedom, equality and fraternity, but it took off in different directions. The dominant form these days is very conservative in the sense that while it may talk about “institutional racism”, it is always framed as a collection of individuals. I call that conservative because it emphasizes individual responsibility and that is because it is based ... Read More »

Aurobindo’s concept of the “physical mind” and integral physicality in Yoga

Aurobindo’s concept of the “physical mind” may seem pretty strange.  It doesn’t mean anything technically physical but rather the level of the mind “closest” to the physical body that translates the mind’s most basic repetitive habits into the constitutional qualities of the vital and physical bodies. Though there are certainly a lot of connotations one may not get without reading ... Read More »

Transcendence

“..the One is not the transcendent that might contain immanence but the the immanent contained within a transcendental field. One is always the index of a multiplicity: an event, a singularity, a life.”–Deleuze   No one should deny the experience of transcendence, but I think it is important to think of transcendence as relative and relational. Derrida calls it “quasi–transcendence”. ... Read More »

Jung vs. Steiner

Discussing what Jung said of Rudolf Steiner, that he had “not the slightest use for him”, John David Ebert says this attitude sums up what is wrong with myth studies these days, and I would say it also points to what is wrong with the New Age. Ebert’s point was that people like Steiner aren’t read because they don’t conform ... Read More »

Ken Wilber and death denial

Mr Ebert is right to point out the death denial driving Wilber’s project. You can even see it in tragic form in the book he wrote about his wife dying of Cancer. In that book, he goes out of his way to deny any kind of emotional bond transcending death, dismissing it as superstition. The whole book is about him and ... Read More »

Aurobindo, the occult and mental silence

(the following is extracted from a letter on the role of thinking vs. devotion) Sri Aurobindo said,  “There is nothing mind can do that cannot be better done in the mind’s immobility” This should be put in context. We are talking about a guy who spent a great deal of time in philosophy and culture. Is he here refuting his life’s work? Of course not. His ... Read More »

Typological vs. Topological thinking: Notes on strategy

extracts from a conversation on Jordan Peterson that veered into this discussion on levels of consciousness and their evolution: My approach probably owes more to Steiner than Gebser in that I find it more helpful to think historically rather than classify people by memes and types. I won’t go into detail here, but one important point is what Owen Barfield ... Read More »

Radiohead and Deleuze

Radiohead started out in the decaying medium of Rock but evolved out of the cyclical attractor that rules all artistic niches and into the complex topological space of affective intensities that cuts across localised developments (D&G’s plane of immanence). Radiohead are continuing to achieve what few artists do: they are maintaining the intensive threshold that keeps them from falling completely ... Read More »

parapsychology and psychic liberation

Mishlove seems like such a nice guy. And I full-heartedly agree with the sentiment here. Yet the obstacles to a psychic liberation are much more serious than he seems to be aware of. Parapsychology is a losing paradigm because it sets itself up already within the confines of a game that is controlled pretty tightly at high levels of military ... Read More »

Debate on Science Theory

Apropos our conversation a few weeks ago, here is a short essay Gopi, one of the main Physicists developing the Reciprocal System, wrote about astronomy.  He is younger than the other guys– just finished his PHD in physics.  I like him because he has a broader interest in philosophy and the history of science: http://reciprocalsystem.org/PDFa/Replacing%20the%20Foundations%20of%20Astronomy%20(Vijaya,%20Gopi%20Krishna).pdf In the essay he compares the ... Read More »