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“Code is Love”: Justice On the Blockchain

We all know that ‘love’ is a dirty word these days. It is relentlessly abused by advertisers who always seek to exploit our earliest psychological bonds with our parents and then by sheer repetition, associate themselves with those symbols we learnt in our childhood relating to those bonds. ‘Love’ is one such, and massively overused […]

Here Be Dragons!

Here Be Dragons!

Manifesto For A New Adventure “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” ― Rosa Luxemburg “Don’t get caught up in the spectacle of opposition. Oppose the spectacle.” “Those who lack imagination cannot imagine what is lacking.” – Situationist graffiti “When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate”. […]

Eczema As Koan Update

Ultimately the way we relate to the world, our cultural conditioning, is not congruent with nature itself, with our own inner nature (which is the same as Nature as a whole of course), and so these autoimmune diseases appear in order to show us that something is wrong. The identification with this whole conditioning can […]

The Emptiness of ‘Emptiness’: P2P Spiritual Knowledge and Community

Michel Bauwens points out in his article ‘If we can have p2p economics, why not p2p spirituality?’ that the dominant spiritual and economic models of a particular age often mirror each other: “Spirituality and religion always bear the hallmark of the social structures in which they were born and become embedded. Emerging religions often represent […]

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Eczema As Koan Part 3: The Way Out

This is part three of my account of how I came to experience full healing from a very severe experience of eczema lasting several years. Part one is here and part two is here. I have covered my journey of healing and discovery up until this point, which took the form of a voyage into […]

Standing at the Gates of Hell

Eczema as Koan Part 1

About four years ago I spilt up with my girlfriend and subsequently became rather ill – I was eventually hospitalised and on admission the first nurse who saw me in a hospital gown assumed I had been burnt in a house fire, so badly destroyed was the weeping, bleeding skin all over my body. I […]

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Rock Bottom

The recent article by Josh Ellis ‘Everyone I Know Is Brokenhearted’ which has apparently gone viral, seems to have struck a chord among large numbers of people seriously disaffected by the current state of affairs in which we find ourselves. I also read a moving companion piece in ‘A counterpoint for the brokenhearted’ in which […]


Privacy, Responsibility, and ‘Floating Anarchy’

Tigre-de-bengala’ If national life becomes so perfect as to become self-regulated, no representation become necessary. There is then a state of enlightened anarchy. In such a state everyone is his own ruler. He rules himself in such a manner that he is never a hindrance to his neighbour. In the ideal State, therefore, there is […]

Are you there NSA? Taken from Boing Boing

Big Brother is the Reincarnation of God

 ‘God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms.’ — Nietzsche, The Gay Science. ‘In one period of experimentation with acid, Barrett and another friend, Paul Charrier, end up naked in the bath, reciting: “No rules, no rules”.’ – Manning, Toby (2006). The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd. […]