Theory Engine

Changing the system I set out to observe

Contemplative Practice That Isn’t Meditating

More and more people are talking about meditation and even worse, suggesting that I try it. While I appreciate that other people like the activity, some of the woo-vocabualry and the way that people treat it as a panacea really scratch my face. But also, I’m kind of indignant about the fact that there are […]

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Hades, an egregore

This egregore is the god of the Unseen Seen. Things which it is possible to see, but which we prefer not to see. Things which we know are there, but delude ourselves into “knowing” are not there. If we see the unseen, by will or accident, we mostly experience shock and dislike, and we go […]

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Book Review: Impro by Keith Johnstone

Keith Johnstone’s classic is applicable to much more than theatre work…

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Reaction to: We’re A Niche, We Just Didn’t Know

A few weeks ago an essay by @TheAnnaGat exploded all over my Twitter-Blogger-sphere. It outlined a possible movement of people that she has noticed building. The essay landing, and the reactions, were so exciting that I quit my work contract and returned to full time thinking! Here’s the original essay: https://medium.com/@the_i_i/were-a-niche-we-just-didn-t-know-9561f662e127 And Anna has set […]

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A snowflake with blurred background by Aaron Burden
A small stone

Meaning-Maker Manifesto (poetic version)

We are the wisdom seekers and the wisdom finders, the finders and the founders, the builders and the doers, the creators and the makers. The informed and enriched and sovreign narrators, the leaders and the workers, inter-connected collaborators, communicators, educators, entertainers, facilitators. Wise and learned, humble and mirthful, playful and responsible. We are maturing, evolving, […]

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lego train with two tracks and a lego man holding a lever

Unpublished Draft: The Trolley Won’t Be A Problem

Unpublished Draft Wednesday: Can we stop talking about the trolley problem?

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Escaping the tyranny of the ‘no new ideas’ myth

I was reminded recently that a few years ago I chose to reject the maxim that there are no new ideas to be had. This truism comes in a variety of forms. I remember hearing it most often when it comes to stories. Apparently humans are all basically alike and any story about humans has […]

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Philosophy labels

  Crisis I have this problem where I get up in the morning or go to bed and worry about what I’m doing with my life or what I like or what my purpose is. It happens really regularly, it pops up in my diary all the time when I review it. This is particularly […]

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Philosophy of tool use

Causal Direction It has taken me a very long time to come to a fruitful understanding of tools.¬†It was when I watched my artist housemate use a pen with a needle taped to the end in order to poke holes in clay that it finally fell into place. Tools are things that someone invented to […]

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Another opinion u-turn

I realised with a bump the other day that I no longer view a person being both a scientist and religious as a contradiction. This is another example of a u-turn of my opinions in recent years. I was watching TV and two characters were having a discussion. The person was talking about how they […]

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