On Mechanism, Holism and (an) Organisational Logic of Life

On mechanism and holism: we often enough mistake the discrete, bounded artefacts with which we are presented as being the reality and substance of this world when it is the immaterial abstractions and a matrix of interdependence and representational cross-reference between them which is the true reality. This is where a "logic of life" manifests…

Beauty and Impossibility

Looking into such a beautiful face, it brings to mind all the lives I have lived, all the dreams that I followed in some alternate reality, and all the lives that I will never, can never, live. It is as though all of these dreams, aspirations and desires have followed every possible path and configuration…

Evanescence

Travelling into the future is an inverse archaeology of entropy. There is some possible future, a singular branch of most probable outcomes in an undiscovered and unknowable configuration of ourselves towards which we all travel. A small consolation lies in being clever enough to decode this inexorable material process and abstract logical labyrinth of decay…

Monday mornings…

...a vast and yawning abyss of commuter futility only partially masked by the endless distraction of engorging ourselves on information artefacts, channels, opinions, fiction and repetition. It is as though we can not even savour our loneliness and feelings of dispossession or pointlessness at all of this cyclical and directionless repetition. The cognitive landscape of…

On deep dives and dumbing it down…

I am the living entropy of embodied experience and a philosophical longing for truth, intelligence, wisdom and beauty. As are you. The requirements for popular communication and subjective comprehension of this world act like a vast and ponderous anchor and dead weight on our collective aptitude to save ourselves, from ourselves. We must unevitably bear…

Taxonomies, Marmalade and Technology

Taxonomies, the branching logic of binary algorithms and decision-trees that - as though by the stealth of cultural (and commercial) entrainment and that generally unwitting human self-obsession which rarely notices that the rising tide and hyper-inflating menu of choice has become anything but an augmentation of freedom - have flooded us with logical paths and…

FOMO

Fear of missing out is much deeper and more challenging than the superficiality with which it is commonly portrayed. At some level we are all aware that we have very little effect on this world, that despite our starring role in the narrative theatre of our own life - we have almost no influence or…

Devaluing Creative Intelligence

I have been seeking a sophistication and beauty of intelligence in life, in humanity and - by an inevitability of existential or logical extension - in myself which may just never have existed.  Can we ever truly make our own meanings, our own worlds and our own destinies or are we forever bound to be…

Spring Blossoms

Flowers fascinate me - it is Spring here and they are blooming everywhere.  There is no simpler representation or resonance of natural beauty and symmetry.  They also remind us of the transience, fragility and value of our own sentience, life and experience; external appearances and a temporary flourish of colour and life are wonderful, glorious…

The Worst-Case Climate Scenario is Occurring

Don't be fooled into a false sense of security by the fact that a worst-case climate apocalypse is intimately terrifying on a scale exceeding any story that humanity ever told itself and is so far beyond our limited experience that we more readily characterise it as myth or fiction. At the scale of disaster we…

Extinction

The utter vacuum and meaningless emptiness at the very heart of our existence is disconcerting, dissonant and it is in general the last thing that anyone wants to hear about or acknowledge. From those brief few years we may each be lucky enough to experience, we seek and weave what little meaning and purpose we…