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Alien Anthropology Philosophy

Endless Games

The purpose of this game (of life, of experience, of order and human intelligence) becomes the self-perpetuation of the game itself.

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Philosophy

Through the Looking Glass

What if the world is essentially and fundamentally not what it appears to be ?

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Philosophy

On Unity

Self and world are nothing in themselves and it is only in the interactions and creative, fundamentally incomplete interplay that they both gain substance…

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Philosophy

Void

There is so much discussion of mindfulness, what of mind-emptiness ? Lao-Tzu knew the eminent usefulness of that which is not there. Something which is nothing can in fact be absolutely anything…

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Philosophy

A Systems-Theoretical Self

A systems-theoretical self is the empty set, taken as an object and then reflexively, recursively, iteratively reflected back into itself. Like the basis for counting: a base set of emptiness, itself impermeable and mysterious, becomes refracted through some elemental logic into a duplicity of itself and that which it is not. That which something which is nothing is not is itself something and through the impossible…

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art Philosophy Psychology

Deconstructing Self in Zen

We internalise the projected structure and logical matrix of the world, of our understanding and when that narrative is no longer anchored in any concrete sense in the world, in perception or belief, we are ourselves cast adrift…

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art culture Philosophy

“Truth” or Reality ?

Bruce Lee is interesting because, among other things, he saw the ways people bury the creative essence of a good idea in repetition and blind formality. To see things as they really are we perhaps need to see ourselves first, even if that means unravelling the tangles…

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Psychology

Ego Extinction in Zen

Sentience is clearly a magnificent experience, infinitely more to be preferred than the antagonistic conditions of unconsciousness or death, but for all its grandeur and richness it carries within itself a bitter seed: foreknowledge of personal death. The grave awareness of personal extinction is not even necessarily a purely human curse. We can do little […]