Book I: Soma

The cosmos has been colonized, civilizations have risen and fallen, and humankind struggles amidst a multiverse of gods, demons, and precursor technology that is indistinguishable from magic. [ Buy now on Kindle ] Explore this mythic world of demons and monsters, of humanity in crisis, and emerge wiser, confronting the infinite void, and bringing the […]

Reading List

I love to read, and I’ve often struggled with multiple “to read” lists: handwritten in a journal, or on social media (back when I used social media), or books lying around waiting to be read. I’ve realized there are more books I want to read than I’ll ever have time for. This page is to […]

Orienting to the Unknown

Has anyone ever told you to get out of your comfort zone? We intuitively grasp the meaning of such advice, but what actually is a comfort zone? And where should you go when outside of said comfort zone? Comfort Zone To be fair, and despite conventional wisdom, a psychological comfort zone is not a bad […]

Prisoner’s Dilemma

The Prisoner’s Dilemma, from game theory, originally stated as: Two members of a criminal gang are arrested and imprisoned. Each prisoner is in solitary confinement with no means of communicating with the other. The prosecutors lack sufficient evidence to convict the pair on the principal charge, but they have enough to convict both on a […]

Writing as Thinking

Writing is a method of thinking. An essay, for example, is a trial of an idea. It literally means “to test the mettle of”. Writing doesn’t always have such a predefined goal. Writing, if done properly, can extend the limits of thought. In all cases, writing is an exercise in thinking. Ideas expressed in writing […]

The Fool

From Medieval Latin follus, from Vulgar Latin follis (foolish) meaning “windbag, empty-headed person.” The Fool is an archetypal character common in art and storytelling, often with religions connotations (be it Christian, Buddhist, or Islamic). In the esoteric interpretations of Tarot, the fool is a naive protagonist traversing the mysteries of life. The “Fool’s Journey” is […]

Peregrination

Peregrination (v: peregrinate); a journey or pilgrimage with mystic connotations, e.g., travel for the love of God; voluntarily explore beyond the known, beyond known danger and into the infinite unknown. As Carl Jung described it, the aim of the mystical peregrination is to understand all parts of the world, to achieve the greatest possible extension […]

Truth, Symbolism, and Fractals

we godless anti-metaphysicians still take our fire too, from the flame lit by the thousand-year old faith, the Christian faith which was also Plato’s faith, that God is Truth; that Truth is ‘Divine’ ~ Friedrich Nietzsche What does it mean to say something is true? Truth is one of those words that we can’t quite […]

Invocations of the Muse

Eternity is in love with the productions of time ~ William Blake A mystical union, be it with god or muse, is a union with the transcendent… an invocation of the divine. All of existence is part of a seemingly eternal movement towards something. I prefer to think of it as an Infinite Ideal, that […]

改善

改善 [or Kaizen (Japanese), or Gǎishàn (Mandarin)]; improvement or change for the better, commonly referring to a continuous improvement philosophy that originated in Japan. A Kaizen approach is one that makes continuous incremental improvements to any system or process (e.g., writing a book, building a car, learning a foreign language). This philosophy is universally applicable, […]