Tag Archives: mysticism

The Quest for Authenticity: Mystical Transcendence in Pop Culture

I was asked the following question on Quora: What are some mystic perspectives on pop culture? Here’s my answer: There are many mystic perspectives in pop culture — drone-based music, mystical lyrics, surrealist art, the whole Jedi religion. So here … Continue reading

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The Tao that can be expressed

[This is an essay I wrote in 2008, on an old blog.] The following is the first part of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching — it’s my favourite piece of eastern philosophy. I’ve quoted it many times, ever since I … Continue reading

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The “Streetlight Effect”: a metaphor for knowledge and ignorance

Here’s the beginning of my latest 3QD piece: There is a story that I think anyone interested in human knowledge ought to know. It comes in many forms. Here is one version, incarnated as a joke: ‘A policeman sees a … Continue reading

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