Metaphysics

Martin Heidegger  —  in Brief

Martin Heidegger  —  in Brief

You will find here a 10 minute interview between philosopher Martin Heidegger and Thai monk Bhikku Maha Mani, conducted sometime in either n 1963 or 1964. I’m grateful for venues like YouTube for, among other things, providing individuals like myself an additional means by which to discover some of history’s most interesting thinkers.

The Psychology of Evangelion — On Falling in Love with Existence

The Psychology of Evangelion — On Falling in Love with Existence

With the recent release of Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix, as well as the anticipated conclusion of the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy in 2020, it seems fitting to dive back into the franchise as a whole and explore what it may have to offer viewers. Despite belonging to medium which has largely been overlooked or denigrated in the West, as far as anime is concerned, Neon Genesis Evangelion nonetheless contains a subtle yet substantial message about human psychological development, one as relevant now as when the series was originally aired in 1995.

"God Is Existence" — Thomas Keating, Thomas Metzinger, and the Contemplative Life

"God Is Existence" — Thomas Keating, Thomas Metzinger, and the Contemplative Life

I've been really enjoying the late Thomas Keating's The Human Condition, in which he describes psychological development through contemplation and meditation. Keating's work actually reminds me a great deal of modern leaps in neuroscience, especially as outlined by philosopher Thomas Metzinger in The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self. In this post, I compare Keating and Metzinger’s work in leading a contemplative life.

Called/Calling into Existence- Be(com)ing in Quantum Physics

Called/Calling into Existence- Be(com)ing in Quantum Physics

A common theme in Eastern thought, and mysticism generally: no thing and no one exist "in themselves," but only in relation to all other things. We are not neatly-separable objects, but knots of contexts. And it's in this sense that we literally call each other into existence.

The (Un)willing Zeus — Heraclitus, Hermeneutics, and Religious Expression

The (Un)willing Zeus — Heraclitus, Hermeneutics, and Religious Expression

I’ve recently found myself fascinated with the surviving fragments of Heraclitus and his philosophy, especially what he has to say about what we may call religious expression. What follows is a brief exploration of his ideas and an application to religion generally, especially my own native Mormonism.

Nested — Toward a Mormon Mysticism

Nested — Toward a Mormon Mysticism

A somewhat more personal piece, this post amounts to a series of notes briefly exploring Mormon thought and its history, in an attempt to establish a tentative mysticism or contemplative worldview within the tradition founded by Joseph Smith.

The gnosticism of Harold Bloom — or, What Does the Daemon Know?

The gnosticism of Harold Bloom — or, What Does the Daemon Know?

I’ve known about Harold Bloom since I first read The American Religion (1992, 2013) in 2015, but about two months ago I discovered for the first time what may be called (despite Bloom’s own wishes) the spiritual successor to that previous book: Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, and Resurrection (1997). In reading Omens, I was captivated afresh with a topic that I had known about since I was a teenager, but which Bloom himself seemed to capture and articulate in ways I never could: namely, the ancient spiritual traditions collectively known as Gnosticism. Instantly intrigued, I devoured Omens, reread American Religion, and set out for more books by Bloom (I’ve attached a list of suggested reading to the end of this post, in fact).