Eric Smith on the geochemical inevitability of life on earth

For more from Smith, see this co-authored essay "The Origin of Life": "As we see it, the early steps on the way to life are an inevitable, incremental result of the operation of the laws of chemistry and physics operating under the conditions that existed on the early Earth, a result that can be understood …

An interview with Jesse Turri at Home Brewed Christianity on Science, Religion, Imagination, and more…

HERE is the interview. I haven't listened to it yet, but I remember a wide-ranging conversation on everything from my own intellectual and spiritual development, to the relationship between science and religion, to the role of imagination and psychedelics in the philosophy of nature. HERE is Jesse Turri's personal website.

Solstice Prayer from Dec. 21st, 2014

The photo is from last summer's Burning Man festival, taken by Zipporah on Sunday morning while I sat in the Temple of Grace contemplating my life's loves and losses. Later that night, the Temple collapsed in upon itself like a curtsying ballerina after burning for fifteen short minutes. ....... I read the following prayer at the opening of a small medicine ceremony I …

Schellingian Reflections on Latour’s 2nd Gifford Lecture – “A Shift in Agency, With Apologies to Hume”

Latour is introduced by professor of physics Wilson Poon, who publicly confesses to being a great admirer of Latour's work. Latour, thinly veiling how tired he is of the "Science Wars," thanks him for the "rare confession": "I don't have many friends among physicists." Poon contributes to a course at the University of Edinburgh on …

Fragment of a Dialogue: A Walk to Imagination’s Limits

This is an incomplete project that I may not be able to pick up for a while. Thought I'd post the fragment. It was inspired by Schelling's dialogue Bruno. ----------------------------------------------------- A Walk to Imagination’s Limits Chroma: We have chosen a wonderful evening to set out on a walk along the riverside. Don’t you think so, my friends? …

This Must Be Heaven : Sam Harris responds to Eben Alexander’s NDE

This Must Be Heaven : Sam Harris responds to Eben Alexander's near death experience. I must admit that I was deeply moved the first time I heard Alexander recount his seizure and ensuing comma. His description of his NDE–a hyperreal encounter with numinous beings from another world lying in wait beneath the phenomenal space and time of our …

Participatory Psychedelia: Transpersonal Theory, Religious Studies, and Chemically-Altered (Alchemical) Consciousness [final draft]

Participatory Psychedelia:  Transpersonal Theory, Religious Studies, and Chemically- Altered (Alchemical) Consciousness Photo: Tree of Life by Ron Barnett Preface: Take it and eat it.   Walking alone on a quiet beach at dawn, I found an old, leather-bound book half buried in the sand whose title, once stamped with golden letters, was now too worn …