And now for something completely different, a bit of verse, set to music https://youtu.be/jtzPrU25q6E by O Society Feb 8, 2020 Dryad colors dance, blinding eye Idunn's golden apple, hangs from branches I love her as I always do “I am the little acorn, who becomes the mighty oak!” I call to her, or at least … Continue reading Dryad
Consciousness is neither a spooky mystery nor an illusory belief. It’s a valid and causally efficacious biological reality by Massimo Pigliucci by O Society Jan 15, 2020 It is highly fashionable to label consciousness an ‘illusion’. This in turn fosters the impression, especially among the general public, that the way we normally think of our … Continue reading Consciousness is Real
by Alexander Wynne edited by O Society At Wat Doi Kham, my local temple in Chiang Mai in Thailand, visitors come in their thousands every week. Bearing money and garlands of jasmine, the devotees prostrate themselves in front of a small Buddha statue, muttering solemn prayers and requesting their wishes be granted. Similar rituals are performed … Continue reading Who was the Buddha?
What's cookin' at Wal-Mart? Why let's see what's in the oven... by O Society December 9, 2019 Looking back over the last week, our essays are titled nasty stuff The Origins of White Supremacy, Humanity Is Riding Delusion to Extinction, and The Authoritarianism at the End of the Impeachment Rainbow. Not exactly happy topics, but hey, … Continue reading Have A Walmartian Christmas! Echochamber Monday
by O Society October 25, 2019 https://youtu.be/z80dyTAcFOQ Hymn of the Earth Under the boundless welkin, green hills bathe in the sunlight Breeze ripples. Cloud floats. Sheep jumps. Horse gallops Every creature enjoys the wonder of life. Everywhere is the music of life Warm sunlight pours down like summer rain, deeply sinking into soil This is … Continue reading Hymn of the Earth: Musical Interlude
https://youtu.be/TVyyhHFKI8E Combining ‘a blend of east and west,’ the Hu find their way to 45million YouTube views with a smash hit debut album by Jim Farber edited by O Society October 24, 2019 https://youtu.be/-LYc06l2gGo The chant started long before the band took the stage. https://youtu.be/ck3X8aEL5jk “HU!! HU!! HU!!,” yelled the crowd, at escalating volume, for a … Continue reading Steppe Change: How Mongolian Rock Conquers the World
by Jessica Manuel edited by O Society October 14, 2019 “The secret of fusion is the fact that the artist's eye sees in nature... an inexhaustible wealth of tension, rhythms, continuities, and contrasts which can be rendered in line and color." ~ Susanne Langer Susanne Langer (1895-1985) in her 1942 book, Philosophy In a New … Continue reading Susanne Langer on Creative Philosophy in a New Key