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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 29 Aug 21

This post is just to let you know that I will be hosting, along with my good friends Owen Cox and Eskil Avelon, an educational gathering…Continue reading on Medium »

This post is just to let you know that I will be hosting, along with my good friends Owen Cox and Eskil Avelon, an educational gathering…Continue reading on Medium »


By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 24 Jul 20

Originally published on Parallax (https://www.parallax-magazin.de) on July 1, 2020Jean-Jacques Rousseau got it backwards when he said ‘Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.’ On the contrary, men and women are born in a state of radical un-freedom. We come into the world attached by the umbilical cord to mother, family, and tribe — and only after a great struggle can we dream of any kind of relative freedom. Freedom could only exist in a web of responsibility, contingency, and interdependence.When John Lennon wrote the song Imagine he was similarly off the mark. Imagine is the ultimate hymn to romanticism: that …

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Originally published on Parallax (https://www.parallax-magazin.de) on July 1, 2020Jean-Jacques Rousseau got it backwards when he said ‘Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.’ On the contrary, men and women are born in a state of radical un-freedom. We come into the world attached by the umbilical cord to mother, family, and tribe — and only after a great struggle can …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 17 Jun 20

Paul Cézanne’s ‘Nature morte de pêches et poiresOriginally published at https://www.parallax-magazin.de on June 11, 2020.Now is the time to re-invent the world, to make it beautiful. We need to actually become beautiful, John Vervaeke tells us. Vervaeke isn’t speaking of aesthetic or cosmetic beauty particularly, but something more intrinsic—related to virtue and wisdom. Vervaeke uses the latin term reinventio, which means to create but also to discover the beauty of the world.Becoming beautiful doesn’t mean becoming what Hegel sarcastically called: the beautiful soul—or the one who is overly precious, sanctimonious and refined. No, beauty also has her rough edges and provocations.We often think …

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Paul Cézanne’s ‘Nature morte de pêches et poiresOriginally published at https://www.parallax-magazin.de on June 11, 2020.Now is the time to re-invent the world, to make it beautiful. We need to actually become beautiful, John Vervaeke tells us. Vervaeke isn’t speaking of aesthetic or cosmetic beauty particularly, but something more intrinsic—related to virtue and wisdom. Vervaeke uses the latin term reinventio, which means to …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 11 May 20

Awakening from The Meaning Crisis (Episodes 49,50) commentary. Concluding Remarkshttps://youtu.be/kkykBqApP4AMaking my way through the 50 videos of ‘Awakening From The Meaning Crisis’ has been similar to reading a big fat 19th Century Novel—even if John Vervaeke’s style is much more hospitable and congenial than that of Fyodor Dostoevsky. The series is intricate, highly conceptual, but at the same time Vervaeke is on fire with dramatic urgency. I suspect most people will give up listening at around episode 20 due to the conceptual complexity of the series, but the hard core listener will be rewarded richly if he or she can …

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Awakening from The Meaning Crisis (Episodes 49,50) commentary. Concluding Remarkshttps://youtu.be/kkykBqApP4AMaking my way through the 50 videos of ‘Awakening From The Meaning Crisis’ has been similar to reading a big fat 19th Century Novel—even if John Vervaeke’s style is much more hospitable and congenial than that of Fyodor Dostoevsky. The series is intricate, highly conceptual, but at the same time Vervaeke …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 26 Apr 20

A short commentary on John Vervaeke’s Awakening from The Meaning Crisis (Episodes 46, 47, and 48)https://youtu.be/qrkqopjEceUKairosIn the final episodes of ‘Awakening from The Meaning Crisis’ series, John Vervaeke proposes certain ‘prophets of the meaning crisis’? But what does he mean by prophet? And who are the prophets we should listen to—as one world falls apart and we move into a brave new world with all its dystopian and utopian possibilities?The prophet sees the kairos, which means a threshold or turning point in history. He or she is not a fortune teller or an occultist in Vervaeke’s formulation, but more like a …

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A short commentary on John Vervaeke’s Awakening from The Meaning Crisis (Episodes 46, 47, and 48)https://youtu.be/qrkqopjEceUKairosIn the final episodes of ‘Awakening from The Meaning Crisis’ series, John Vervaeke proposes certain ‘prophets of the meaning crisis’? But what does he mean by prophet? And who are the prophets we should listen to—as one world falls apart and we move into a brave …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 7 Apr 20

Some notes Covid 19 and beyondThe Rashomon gate which Kurosawa’s crew constructed for Rashomon (1950)“Corpses piled on bridges, corpses blocking off a whole street at the intersection, corpses displaying every manner of death possible to human beings. When I involuntarily looked away, my brother scolded me, “Akira, look carefully now.” When that night I asked my brother why he made me look at those terrible sights, he replied: “If you shut your eyes to a frightening sight, you end up being frightened. If you look at everything straight on, there is nothing to be afraid of.”Akira Kurosawa describing his boyhood experience after …

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Some notes Covid 19 and beyondThe Rashomon gate which Kurosawa’s crew constructed for Rashomon (1950)“Corpses piled on bridges, corpses blocking off a whole street at the intersection, corpses displaying every manner of death possible to human beings. When I involuntarily looked away, my brother scolded me, “Akira, look carefully now.” When that night I asked my brother why he made me look …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 13 Mar 20

Chapter 1: Embodied Cognition, Living Systems and the Culture WarsWe are lost in the woods. It is 2020, and the mist grows thick and full of desperate voices. As we wander blindly, we hear growls that might mean the end of us. The decade began with images of hell fire; the burning bush in Australia flickering to the charred husk of Soleimani’s car. We are running out of time, and so we run. The voices cry out paths to freedom, but we don’t know which ones to trust or which way to turn.We have been lost for some time now. Many of …

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Chapter 1: Embodied Cognition, Living Systems and the Culture WarsWe are lost in the woods. It is 2020, and the mist grows thick and full of desperate voices. As we wander blindly, we hear growls that might mean the end of us. The decade began with images of hell fire; the burning bush in Australia flickering to the charred husk of …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 13 Mar 20

Chapter 1: Embodied Cognition, Living Systems and the Culture WarsWe are lost in the woods. It is 2020, and the mist grows thick and full of desperate voices. As we wander blindly, we hear growls that might mean the end of us. The decade began with images of hell fire; the burning bush in Australia flickering to the charred husk of Soleimani’s car. We are running out of time, and so we run. The voices cry out paths to freedom, but we don’t know which ones to trust or which way to turn.We have been lost for some time now. Many of …

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Chapter 1: Embodied Cognition, Living Systems and the Culture WarsWe are lost in the woods. It is 2020, and the mist grows thick and full of desperate voices. As we wander blindly, we hear growls that might mean the end of us. The decade began with images of hell fire; the burning bush in Australia flickering to the charred husk of …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 9 Mar 20

A short commentary on John Vervaeke’s Awakening from The Meaning Crisis (Episodes 43, 44, and 45)In the present meaning crisis, according to John Vervaeke, we tend to ‘conflate the having mode with the being mode‘—or mistake the ‘product’ for the ‘process’—the shallow representation for the real. Wisdom means to know and love what matters deeply. But wisdom, like love, is not something we can have or acquire — it is deeply existential, complex, and about being in the world.Vervaeke points out that while there are many valid scientific or psychological theories of wisdom, they too often focus on the product of wisdom—rather than the …

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A short commentary on John Vervaeke’s Awakening from The Meaning Crisis (Episodes 43, 44, and 45)In the present meaning crisis, according to John Vervaeke, we tend to ‘conflate the having mode with the being mode‘—or mistake the ‘product’ for the ‘process’—the shallow representation for the real. Wisdom means to know and love what matters deeply. But wisdom, like love, is not …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 5 Mar 20

RationalityA short commentary on John Vervaeke’s Awakening from The Meaning Crisis (Episodes 40, 41, and 42)To be rational usually means to be good at logical games, to be able to see through cognitive bias, to make empirical arguments, to score high on an IQ test. However, John Vervaeke tells us that this common view of rationality is narrow; it has, over time, been divorced from relevance or depth. But rationality can’t be reduced to logical or propositional knowing, just as wisdom can’t be reduced to mere intelligence. Rationality has more to do with ‘relevance realisation’ and wisdom than mere logic.Aristotle’s rationality included …

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RationalityA short commentary on John Vervaeke’s Awakening from The Meaning Crisis (Episodes 40, 41, and 42)To be rational usually means to be good at logical games, to be able to see through cognitive bias, to make empirical arguments, to score high on an IQ test. However, John Vervaeke tells us that this common view of rationality is narrow; it has, over …

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