Participation vs. Deconstruction

The wide kind of attention is participatory and contextual. It is a ‘gestalt’, a pattern of being-there. An organised whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts. Imagine motherhood; the attitudes and inner dispositions of a mother towards her child. It does not exclude focused attention, but it is more than that

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McGilchrist on the Left Brain’s Wilful Denial

Insight into illness generally is dependent on the right hemisphere, and those who have damage to the right hemisphere tend to deny their illness – the well-recognised, and extraordinary phenomenon of anosognosia, in which patients deny or radically minimise the fact that they have, for example, a blatant loss of use of what may be one entire half of the body.A patient with a completely paralysed (left) limb may pointedly refuse to accept that there is anything wrong with it, and will come up with the most preposterous explanations for

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Making sense of the pandemic situation

When a society depletes its moral capital, we witness a Tower of Babel type situation; a cacophony of voices without any rhythm or common tune. ‘Treachery’ is on everyone’s lips; the enemy is seen as residing within. Religions factionalise, civil wars erupt.

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Redeeming Religion

There is a problem with “garments of skin”, and religion is a garment, garments are dead and if you rely solely on them, you die. But this is the human condition, he have to use garments, we cannot live in the open, we need the animal skins to cover our nakedness. However these can be transformed [turn death into glory], technology included (another garment). In the book of Revelation the New Jerusalem is not a return to a garden where we are naked, but a garden in the center of a city, so the turning to glory of a dead garment, the city, also keeping the living core.

The purpose of the Cross is not to deconstruct and burn everything away, but to show that even death (and its avatars, the garments of skin) can be inverted and turned to glory. New Jerusalem is a city of light, a garment of death can be turned to a garment of light. Religion can be redeemed.

McGilchrist – The Master Betrayed

In his book, ‘The Master and his Emissary’, Iain McGilchrist makes the case that the worldview of the left hemisphere of the brain (the emissary) has been in ascendancy for many centuries, to the detriment of the more subtle right brain (the master). At page 14 of his book, Iain tells a parable (wrongly attributed to Nietzsche) that gives us the key to his central thesis – a tale of historical usurpation:

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McGilchrist on Scheler – The Importance of Value in Constituting Reality

According to Scheler, values are not themselves feelings, though they reach us through the realm of feeling, much as colours reach us through the realm of sight. Scheler, like other phenomenological philosophers, emphasised the interpersonal nature of experience, particularly the nature of emotion, which he thought transcended the individual, and belonged to a realm in which such boundaries no longer applied.

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McGilchrist – Attention is a Moral Act

‘Our attention is responsive to the world. There are certain modes of attention which are naturally called forth by certain kinds of object. We pay a different sort of attention to a dying man from the sort of attention we’d pay to a sunset, or a carburettor. However, the process is reciprocal. It is not just that what we find determines the nature of the attention we accord to it, but that the attention we pay to anything also determines what it is we find. In special circumstances, the dying man may become for a pathologist a textbook of disease, or for a photojournalist a ‘shot’

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Being and Subversion – Ready Player One

‘Ready Player One’ is a must watch if you are wondering what the future holds in store for the podmen of the 21st century. This vision is preached by people across the political divide – from fully automated luxury communists or euphoric technocrats to crypto enthusiasts like the founder of Superfarm 2021 or even BAP-style accelerationists who seem to have embraced the pod life. They all agree there is no escape from ‘The Oasis’; the only aspects in which we will have a say will be

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The Hopeless Case of Lobster Neocon in 2021

Peterson is back. As glad I am to see him back from the ilness, little if nothing at all seems to have changed in his long recovery hiatus, ideology-wise. If thinkers like Pageau have taken time to ponder on the cultural issues of the day and adjust their understanding accordingly, Peterson, just like his recent guest, Douglas Murray, managed to keep his entire mental picture of the world virtually unscathed. It’s enough to hear him start a sentence and you know where he’s headed, just like our old friend edcibinium.

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Spengler on ‘Imitation and Ornament’

The following quote is from Oswald Spengler’s seminal work, ‘The Decline of the West’. While reading this it is great to notice the parallels between his ideas and those of Iain McGilchrist. ‘Imitation’ belongs to the realm of the Master, while ‘Ornament’ – to that of the Emissary. Spengler seems to be one of the few historians who

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