Gaian Consciousness

For all ancient cultures, the earth was an all encompassing reality. Hesiod writes that the heavens themselves were birthed out of Gaia, "the steadfast base of all things," providing her with a sacred canopy spotted with stars. But the moon landings made a reality what had already been true for much of the modern period: [...]

The Planetary Era

The title of the course I'm participating in at Schumacher College is "Gaia and the Evolution of Consciousness." Biologist Stephan Harding and philosopher Sean Kelly are leading us through the scientific and cultural history relevant to these issues. Another biologist, Rupert Sheldrake, will join us for a few days next week to share his view [...]

Welcome to London…

...where the wifi's free and the weather's not half as good as Miami. I've arrived! Well, sort of. I'm stuck waiting at Paddington Station for my 1pm train to Totnes. I didn't get any sleep on the flight, but I did watch two decent movies: finally saw "2012," which was entertaining, but I was over [...]

Christopher Alexander’s Science of Imagination

I'm six chapters into The Luminous Ground, and Christopher Alexander has already convinced me that living architecture has the potential to profoundly alter the way we relate to the universe. A building composed of what Alexander calls "living centers" literally opens a window to a deeper dimension of reality. We do not see these openings [...]

A comment to Hyper Tiling concerning anthropocentrism

You can find Fabio's blog here: http://hypertiling.wordpress.com/ Fabio, You've succeeded in getting me interested in speculative realism and object-oriented philosophy. Kantian skepticism is perhaps the main obstacle I must overcome in my dissertation, which loosely described is an argument for a more richly textured ontology, such that any full accounting of reality must include its [...]

“The Luminous Ground” by Christopher Alexander

Christopher Alexander is an architect, but in order to build living structures resonant with human feeling, he had also to become a cosmologist. "A person who adheres to classical 19th- or 20th-century beliefs about matter," writes Alexander, "will not be able, fully, to accept the revisions in building practice that I have proposed, because the [...]

Notes from chapters 1-5 on Schickler’s “Metaphyics as Christology”

The following are my notes on Jonael Schickler's Metaphysics as Christology: An Odyssey of the Self from Kant and Hegel to Steiner. I figured I'd post them to give inquiring minds a taste of the ideas he develops in the text. Chapters 6, 7 and the conclusion will follow soon. "Metaphysics as Christology: An Odyssey [...]