Dissydoodle

  I was asked to draw my dissertation (which is in its beginning stages). Here's what happened:

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Ahriman and the Internet: Is there a third path?

Context: The following post is prompted by discussion of a recent response I made concerning two essays: the first by Sergei Prokofieff, entitled "The Being of the Internet", in which he argued that the digital media are carriers of such darkness that they are unredeemable, and the second, a reply to Prokofieff, in an article...

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A little presentation on the Golden Mean / Phi — for fun!!!

A golden section is a geometric form constructed in a particular ratio of 1:1.618... (it's an irrational number that goes on forever without repeating... I like the idea that the golden ratio is irrational).  Technically, the golden section is defined as the relation between two sections (a short and a long) on a line...

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A response to: “Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education: The Web as Will and Idea” – Can Digital Media be Redeemed?

The following is my response to a recent article by Eugene Schwartz entitled "Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education: The Web as Will and Idea", which is Eugene's response to an article by the renowned anthroposophist Sergei Prokofieff, who wrote a remarkable article entitled "The Being of the Internet", in which he argued that the digital media...

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The Art of Nature: Alchemy, Goethe, and a New Aesthetic Consciousness

Are you fascinated by the beauty of forms in the natural world?  Do you sense something amazing at work out there, like an intelligence that lies just beneath the surfaces of things?  Then I invite you to read a new essay that explores the building of a new aesthetic consciousness that seeks to connect us...

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Waldorf Educators: A Light on the Path

The world has problems; LOTS of them.  But as long as there are people like my friend Nancy, who devote their lives and love to one of the most important and practical callings on the planet, education of our young, I have hope for the future. Let me give you a picture, in her own words,...

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Consequences of the discovery of perspective in art

The “discovery” of perspective was a radical point (pardon the pun) in the development of art, and was intimately tied in with a whole shifting of consciousness during the time of the Renaissance and forward, having correlative expressions in the increasing reliance upon an “objective” perspective from which to view the world.  Science in...

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Coincidence, Randomness, and Meaning

Maybe you've had this experience:  You are thinking about an acquaintance that you haven't thought about in a long time and at that moment the phone rings.  "What are the odds that it's Jerry?" you think to yourself.  And when it IS Jerry on the other line it seems somehow magical, amazing, beyond mere...

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Musings on the rise of the intellect in ancient Greece

I’ve always been struck by the historical uniqueness of ancient Greece.  The most amazing and radical transitions were experienced by the culture(s) present around the Aegean sea during only a few centuries.  The most striking thing about the transformation was the rise of a thinking that started to take itself as its own object. ...

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Musings on Paleolithic Art and Consciousness

I’m actually somewhat uncomfortable calling Paleolithic renderings “art” – not because they don’t meet some standard set of criterion, but because of the very nature of the ‘calling’ itself seems to go against the experience of the makers of the art.  See, there again, an assumption: “the makers of the art”, which includes a...

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Bifurcations, Chaos Theory, and Alchemy — oh, and YOUR LIVER

Bifurcations are "splits" in the way a system develops from one state to the next.  Think of them as two roads diverging in a yellow wood; one leads to some unknown mystery.  The other leads to MILKSHAKES (stay tuned). My understanding is that bifurcations are always relative (did that paradox slip by you?); depending upon...

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