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 [...]