The Price Of Wisdom: Master of Frenzy and Ecstasy

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The Price of Wisdom, Master of Frenzy and Ecstasy; original painting by Marisa Eichman, Novemenber 2015

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I was the model for this recent painting by my wife Marisa Eichman, completed recently. The imagery is based on the Wotan/Woden/Odin mythic stories, and the painting […]

Happiness and the riddle of experience versus memory – Daniel Kahneman’s model of selves.

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Called one of the most influential psychologists of our time, Daniel Kahneman has been appearing in articles from Freakonomics – yes because of a recently released book, Thinking Fast and Slow – and here’s an example:

Q. You recommend the use of checklists in business […]

Programming the Mind of God – yeah that’s right…

So – if we are software, then all kinds of interesting things become possible, is I suppose the takeaway from this piece. It does still posit something outside, tinkering with what’s inside.

Inherently unsatisfying or supremely satisfying, depending on your favorite imprinted storylines.

How to Build a Computer Model of God

Can Souls […]

“Stairway to Eleusis – the EXEGESIS exegesis and the dharma of Philip K Dick”


I attended a lecture given by Richard M Doyle -Â “Stairway to Eleusis – the EXEGESIS exegesis and the dharma of Philip K Dick” – as I understood it, he was part of a team of researchers who had the opportunity to go over the infamous and near mythical 9000 page book written […]

Tim Leary reappears in Truth Out

Good old uncle Tim gets reprinted by truthout – nice to see him again. His ideas will reappear in time to be studied anew. This snippet starts with some mention of his idea of neurogenetic castes and stages.

After the tribal (familial) and feudal (childlike) stages of human evolution came the industrial […]

Aleister Crowley photos from Life magazine

Life magazine has been posting photos from it’s older collections, and a recent one featured Aleister Crowley. Yeah yeah, spooky right? No. Crowley was a jerk, a freeloader, and a drug addict, and a bit of a religious crank, but some of his work is brilliant, and like a lot of the creative people […]

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His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99 per cent of human evolutionary history, we have lived as hunter-gatherer communities surviving on our wits, leading to big-brained humans. Since the invention of agriculture and cities, however, natural selection on our intellect has effective stopped and mutations have accumulated in the critical “intelligence” genes.

“I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas and a clear-sighted view of important issues,” Professor Crabtree says in a provocative paper published in the journal Trends in Genetics.

“Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues. I would also make this wager for the ancient inhabitants of Africa, Asia, India or the Americas, of perhaps 2,000 to 6,000 years ago,” Professor Crabtree says.

“The basis for my wager comes from new developments in genetics, anthropology, and neurobiology that make a clear prediction that our intellectual and emotional abilities are genetically surprisingly fragile,” he says.


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