An Esoteric Guide to Spencer Brown’s Laws of Form #4

(New readers will want to start with the first installment.) We ended the last installment having come to realize something of the esoteric significance of the taijitu, or yin-yang, form, in something of an extended tangent. We return now to the text. GSB himself seemed to understand the importance of the Laws of Form, even if there...

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An Esoteric Guide to Spencer Brown’s Laws of Form #3

(New readers will want to start with the first installment.) We ended the last installment noting that the first distinction must be of distinction, but this must be considered as a complex, recursive creation and simultaneous crossing of a boundary that is just precisely the boundary between that very activity of its creation and the fact...

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An Esoteric Guide to Spencer Brown’s Laws of Form #2

(New readers will want to start with the first installment.) Let us continue our beginning: LoF p. 1 We take as given the idea of distinction and the idea of indication, and that we cannot make an indication without drawing a distinction. We take, therefore, the form of distinction for the form. If this doesn't strike you as having a "mystical"...

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An Esoteric Guide to Spencer Brown’s Laws of Form #1

(A full PDF of this article can be had here.) George Spencer Brown (in his spirit, I would like to say: "Let George Spencer Brown = GSB"), a logician, engineer, and teacher, wrote a curious little book called Laws of Form, that inspired countless interesting people of widely varying backgrounds.  The book is not a...

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Notes on the roots of epistemology in recursion

There is a necessary recursion at the very heart of epistemology. Epistemology can never be founded upon a principle of linearity, where thinking traces its origin to something that lies before thinking, and somehow emerges or grows out of it, because the very existence of this "before", whatever its nature, must always be assumed...

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A Theoretical Beginning

Every moment of transformation enacts an epistemology.  Part of what it means to be human is to have the potential to awaken to this fact, and more: to recognize that the recognition of the inescapable relation between action and epistemology leads to the unfolding of a life-long quest and question: how do I know?...

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Goethean Studies Notebook

PDF: Goethean Studies Notebook (40mb) PDF: Higher quality, print version (180mb) This notebook was created as a personal record of the 1999-2000 Goethean Studies program at Rudolf Steiner College. This unique course, conceived of and taught primarily by Dennis Klocek, is still being offered -- it is now called Consciousness Studies. When I took the course,...

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Levels of Dreaming and the Makeup of the Human Being: The Spiritual Ontology of Dreams

By Seth Miller Full PDF Everyone dreams, but few people find sufficient interest in their dreams to move beyond mere curiosity at their strange contents.  Even many who work with dreams as a part of a transformative practice usually concentrate on their content, and only more rarely question their form, ontology, and origins. Exploring these aspects,...

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Book Review: Supersizing the Mind by Andy Clark

When Minds Won’t Stay Put: A Review of Andy Clark’s Book Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension by Seth Miller Ask your neighbor: “If you had to locate your mind, where would you point?”  In all likelihood, the overwhelming response will be a finger on the cranium.  Ask Andy Clark, a professor of Philosophy in...

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Inception: Dreams, Waking, and Epistemology

The movie Inception is the best “question reality” movie since the Matrix (ultimately the Matrix is better, in my opinion), and it raises many fascinating questions having to do with the differences between the two primary states of consciousness available to humans today: waking and dreaming. This issue has been around for about as long...

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Workshop – Elemental Transformation: Changing How We Work with Change

Unfortunately, the workshop has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled this Summer; keep an eye out here for the announcement! Form / Re-Form / In-Form / Trans-Form Elemental Transformation: Changing How We Work with Change A hands-on/minds-on workshop with Frank Chester and Seth Miller Saturday, March 20th 9 am – 5 pm Live Oak Charter School Petaluma, CA Pre-registration is required. All workshop materials provided....

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