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Meeting the Five Challenges to Aging Well

After posting essays on aging for fifteen months, I decided to see if there is a common thread that binds them together, a set of ideas, a personal philosophy.  1,280 more words

Letters On Aging

Anglossic-Qabbalistic Explorations: The Geology of Morals (Part I)

Judgments of God, I

The first AQ equivalence appears almost right off the bat:


We thus have a distinct and direct connection between Plateau 3 (10,000 BC: The Geology of Morals) and Plateau 13 (7,000 BC: Apparatus of Capture) . 1,139 more words

Play: A Sociological Approach

In their recent essay ‘Heterophony and Hyper-Responsibility’, Åkerstrøm Anderson and Knudsen present a sociological approach to play that is worth recording:


Gregory Bateson suggests that play is a special form of communication in which the message is that ‘these actions in which we now engage do not denote what those actions for which they stand would denote’ (2000: 180). 291 more words

Occasional Cafe

A View of Neurosis as Entropy

If you were to bust into a psychiatric conference, attract everyone’ attention by some means, and then object loudly that both psychiatry (and medicine in general) are deeply flawed because they treat people as if they were physical or material entities, you would undoubtedly provoke a fair amount of laughter before you were escorted unceremoniously to the door.  7,449 more words

Longer Articles

Bateson, schismogenesis, etc and The Wire...

So, am reading about Institutional Work.  And stumbled on an article that used the best television show that I ever saw (‘The Wire’) to talk about this and a LOT else.   953 more words


Gregory Bateson's Steps to an Ecology of Mind

Much is being said in this day and age about the idea of humanity and human consciousness undergoing a massive “paradigm shift.”  The phrase “paradigm shift” was first coined by physicist Thomas Kuhn in his book, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” which he wrote in 1962.  621 more words

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