Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

I’m heading off the grid for a week, but I really look forward to giving this more attention when I get back: “artmonks: children of Thoreau & Whitehead,” a post by Adrian Ivakhiv. If Thoreau’s quest to “live deliberately […] and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” were cross-bred with […]


Posted by on Mar 2, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

Renaissance humanist philosopher Pico della Mirandola, who died at 31 in 1494 shortly after determining to become a monk, wrote “The Oration on the Dignity of Man” when he was only 23: He [God] received man, therefore, as a creature of undetermined nature, and placing him in the middle of the universe, said this to […]

The Buddha

Posted by on Nov 1, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not […]


Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Ken Wilber, in Always Already: The Brilliant Clarity of Ever-Present Awareness: Many people have stern objections to “mysticism” or “transcendentalism” of any sort, because they think it somehow denies this world, or hates this earth, or despises the body and the senses and its vital life, and so on. While that may be true of certain […]

9/11 and Compassion: We Need It Now More Than Ever – From Karen Armstrong – Compassionate Action Network

Posted by on Sep 11, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

via Jon Ramer, “9/11 and Compassion: We Need It Now More Than Ever- From Karen Armstrong” – Compassionate Action Network. In today’s Huffington Post from Karen Armstrong: The anniversary of 9/11 reminds us why we need the Charter for Compassion. It should be an annual summons to compassionate action. The need is especially apparent this […]

The Chronicle Review » The Objective Study of Subjectivism

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

The Objective Study of Subjectivism – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education. Brian Knutson, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Stanford University: Thanks to accelerating technological advances, however, the gap between the objective and the subjective is closing fast. Scientists are beginning to objectively study subjectivity. By “subjectivity,” I refer here […]

Experimental Metaphysics? « Larval Subjects .

Posted by on Aug 29, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

I’m imagining a Universal Otherhood for Experimental Metaphysics… Everything becomes a matter of signs, propositions, representations, texts, and contents. However, what role do practices play in philosophy? This role, if it is indeed crucial, would tend to disappear in philosophical texts, leaving only subterranean traces of nonhuman encounters– perhaps what Deleuze would call “becoming-x’s” –that deeply […]

Getting the questions right

Posted by on Aug 16, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Examples of the secular world learning from the world’s ancient contemplative and spiritual traditions abound.  Neuroscientists, psychologists, doctors, cognitive scientists and cosmologists are learning from inner technologies of meditation and contemplative practice. But what of the outer, visible, measurable technologies of those traditions? How are we learning from those technologies that fit into what is […]