Category Archives: Fables, myths & parables

Edit: Two Stories About Skin

His eviction notice was his own overwhelming desire to get out. He had to leave this place immediately. It was not a matter of escaping here; it was a matter of being there, a there unknown apart from its distance, a distance from which … Continue reading

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American Olympus

One of the ideals I somehow absorbed or derived or instaurated from Nietzsche is the concept of Olympian pluralism. For a passionate practical worldview to be divine — as opposed to titanic — it must maintain loyalty to a deeper … Continue reading

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Conceptual zombies

Zombies are ghosts in reverse. A ghost is a soul without a body. A zombie is a body without a soul. Both are products of the question: “Where did this person’s personhood go?” * Conceptual zombies are real. I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Evaporated

Around 1994 I had a horrifying dream about a melancholy girl who lived in a tiny apartment above a Ducati showroom. In my dream, she decided to annihilate herself by feeding herself into a transparent tube (like the pneumatic tubes … Continue reading

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Ancestors and siblings of process thought

While I’m scanning passages from C. Robert Mesle’s Process-Relational Philosophy, here are two more that inspired me. The first passage appeals to my designer consciousness: Descartes was wrong in his basic dualism. The world is not composed of substances or of … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur dream

Last night after we broke the Yom Kippur fast, I fell asleep and had a very vivid dream. I was in a yard behind a suburban ranch house where two trees were growing. One tree was yellowed and barren. It … Continue reading

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Shells and pearls

This is a series of rewritten, streamlined posts on the theme of shells and pearls, which I’m considering incorporating into my pamphlet. I’ll link to the originals. If you have time to compare, let me know if you think anything was lost in … Continue reading

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Memories of oblivion

I’ve been asked to write a 500 word spiritual autobiographical essay, and this has me thinking about my experiences with Vipassana meditation. I only have room for a line or two on meditation in the essay, so I’m venting my verbosity into … Continue reading

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Dreams

I had unusually vivid dreams last night. I saw two identical bristling wolves drowning two identical boys in a crystal-clear winding river. Then I was trapped under mounds of trash beneath a sprawling trailer park, and I was trying to … Continue reading

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The Spoiler

I am about to read a story about a man of profound faith who voluntarily sacrifices his beliefs to understand some inconceivable truth his child urgently needs to share with him. He is a man whose faith and beliefs are … Continue reading

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Epistemological hiker

An epistemological hiker became disillusioned with his backpack. “If I can’t fit the wilderness in this backpack what good is it?”

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Life on the complex plane

The image of the Mandelbrot set is a map — a 3rd person perspective survey — of Julia sets. But each image of the Julia Set is a 1st person perspective on the same space as that described by the … Continue reading

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Another origin myth

What seemed to be the solid earth was surveyed, and it was discovered to be an island, and not a very large one. It was in fact a very tiny island. It bobbed and swayed and creaked. The thin planks … Continue reading

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A month of coins

A month of coins purchased what? An explanation for an inexplicable abhorrence left in the wake of defied expectation. A base motive is better than no motive. * Compare me to something and tell me what I am like.” The … Continue reading

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Midas touch v.2

“What can be counted is an instance of a category,” thought Midas. And he reflected on gold, “Is it gold I really love? Or is it the quantity of gold that I have counted that makes my face glow with … Continue reading

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Myth thematics and mathematics

Myths are narrative formulas. In mythological algebra the characters are variables; the plots, operators. * To express an objective matter with precision, mathematize it. To express a subjective matter with immediacy, mythematize it. * Is mathematics inherent in nature? Are … Continue reading

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Cast scotoma

Hermes casts a scotoma instead of a shadow, and wherever the scotoma falls, the ground looks exactly like it should: a human-shaped pool of blindness shimmering with perfection.

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Grid sky

One of the points in the universe from which all the stars appear arranged in a grid, happens to be an inhabited planet. So far it has not occurred to the astronomers of this planet to ask why the stars … Continue reading

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Excavation

Many people believe humankind once possessed truth and then lost it, and so they now look for it in ancient sources. When that truth is found it will be this: the truth made by each future for its future.

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The visionary

There was once a painter whose eyesight was limited to the domain of artistic expression. He was literally blind unless he had a blank or painted canvas in front of his face. When he wasn’t painting or contemplating paintings, he … Continue reading

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