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Adam Robbert
Adam Robbert
Facilitator of The Side View | Managing editor of Pacific Editing
Facilitator of The Side View | Managing editor of Pacific Editing
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From Adam’s web page:

I run a publication called The Side View. We are an independent publisher that integrates theory and practice, while running parallel to academic and public conversations. We publish a journal, online and in print, and a podcast that explores the nature of perception and attention by having conversations with architects, cognitive scientists, athletes, philosophers, contemplatives, and more. We have an online shop, and you can learn more about us here, or on TwitterFacebookPatreon, and most podcast platforms. 

I am also a philosopher by training. My first book is contracted with Revelore Press, and will be finished in the fall of 2020. The book is about askēsis (exercise) and its relation to perception. Askēsis aims at a transformation of perception through a variety of exercises, including contemplative practice, philosophy, athletics, art, and more. These practices are concerned with the development of our inner and outer senses. You can read a draft excerpt here. I write about these themes on my blog, on Medium, and on Twitter.


The Side View
The Side View
The knowledge and intuition we use to navigate the world

Attention is an art form


The ethos underlying the idea that “attention is an art form” and, specifically “how we become skillful perceivers and doers, people who know, in the moment, the right details to attend to and the right actions to take” is very similar to a core theme within Bill Torbet’s Action Inquiry, as explained here.

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From the About section of their Facebook Page:

The Side View is about the knowledge and intuition we use to navigate the world. It’s about how our minds meet the world, but it’s also about how our minds, when trained in the right way, change how we perceive what’s around us and within us. In other words, The Side View is about how we become skillful perceivers and doers, people who know, in the moment, the right details to attend to and the right actions to take.

The idea is that we can develop new ways of making sense of things, ways that change what we’re able to do in the world. From our perspective, sense-making is its own kind of craft, and the medium of this craft isn’t paint or stone or wood, but your own perception. Perception on this view is a skill you can shape through practice. We see our ability to pay attention to things as an art of its own. It’s an art of looking at things in a certain way.

These are good tag lines for The Side View—attention is an art form; perception is a skill—but when we dig deeper into what this approach really means, to what it makes possible for us in our lives, we find something more interesting: When we start to look at our own perception in this way, we find that we can actually take hold of some of these dynamics and change them. In a way, the whole process of learning is about creating these transformations in perception. The Side View is about making sense of this process. By looking at perception and experience, we’re making sense of how we make sense.


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Last 50 posts on own channels (YouTube, Podcast, Medium or Website/Blog):

Casseroles — Rich Mexican Corn
Published on: 27 Mar 23 in Adam Robbert – Medium by AE Robbert

Easy Grilled Lemon Chicken — Meat and Poultry — Chicken Breast
Published on: 22 Mar 23 in Adam Robbert – Medium by AE Robbert

Grilled Greek Potatoes — Potato
Published on: 15 Mar 23 in Adam Robbert – Medium by AE Robbert

Gin Drinks — Bee’s Knees Cocktail
Published on: 7 Mar 23 in Adam Robbert – Medium by AE Robbert

Cookies — Oatmeal Buttermilk Cookies
Published on: 28 Feb 23 in Adam Robbert – Medium by AE Robbert

Revisioning Reason and Spiritual Exercise
Published on: 25 Sep 20 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

Askēsis and Care of the Soul
Published on: 17 Jul 20 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

Philosophy: The Practice for Death and Dying for The Stoa
Published on: 4 Apr 20 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

Pierre Hadot: Philosophy and Askēsis
Published on: 27 Jan 20 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

Askēsis in Art and Aesthetics
Published on: 21 Jan 20 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

Logos, Epistrophē, and Paraskeuē
Published on: 16 Jan 20 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

The Primacy of Practice in the Modern World
Published on: 13 Jan 20 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

Against Depressive Realism
Published on: 10 Jan 20 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

Peter Sloterdijk: Athletics and Anthropotechnics
Published on: 9 Jan 20 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

Perceptual Learning as Intuition-Making
Published on: 5 Jan 20 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

Who or What Is the Self?
Published on: 5 Dec 19 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

What Is Askēsis?
Published on: 28 Nov 19 in Adam Robbert – Medium by Adam Robbert

The Variety of Integral Ecologies
The Variety of Integral Ecologies
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Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era (SUNY series in Integral Theory)
Integral approaches to ecology that cross the boundaries of the humanities, social sciences, and biophysical sciences

In the current era of increasing planetary interconnectedness, ecological theories and practices are called to become more inclusive, complex, and comprehensive. The diverse contributions to this book offer a range of integral approaches to ecology that cross the boundaries of the humanities and sciences and help us understand and respond to today’s ecological challenges. The contributors provide detailed analyses of assorted integral ecologies, drawing on such founding figures and precursors as Thomas Berry, Leonardo Boff, Holmes Rolston III, Ken Wilber, and Edgar Morin. Also included is research across the social sciences, biophysical sciences, and humanities discussing multiple worldviews and perspectives related to integral ecologies. The Variety of Integral Ecologies is both an accessible guide and an advanced supplement to the growing research for a more comprehensive understanding of ecological issues and the development of a peaceful, just, and sustainable planetary civilization.


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Transcripts of a collection of podcasts from The Side View Podcast

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The latest issue of The Side View Journal. Topics include ecology of practices, metamodernism, memetic mediation, Game B, integral philosophy, collective intelligence, the meaning crisis, warm data, meta-rationality, sensemaking, long-term thinking, & more.


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