Francisco Varela, 1946 – 2001. Francisco Varela was a Chilean neurobiologist with a rare multi-disciplinary expertise within and across biology, neuroscience, Buddhism, mindfulness, mathematics, and phenomenology. He coined the term neurophenomenology, which has become the epicenter for my desired research and my life’s work. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, there has been minimal […]Read more "Introduction to a dedicated analysis of Francisco Varela’s Unity of Consciousness Hypothesis"
I’m just happy. That’s it. I’m exactly where I want to be. – (paraphrased, Joel from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) An orchestral arrangement of my life and all of the events, emotions, and tiny insights within could be punctuated by a recurring melody of moments distinguished by profound, deeply connected romantic love. All […]Read more "Ecstatic Solitude, or: Filling my own presence with creative expression."
Recently, the following questions have been occupying my mind: What is art, what does it mean to be an artist, and how is art enacted? How can we resolve some of the major communication barriers that limit our ability to transmit our experiences to others? What can art transmit, as a mode of expression, that is […]Read more "Phase II. The Challenge: How Can I Develop an Empirical and Creative Study of Experience?"
Zero Point is a 15-minute 3D virtual reality documentary made for the Oculus Rift and about the Oculus Rift. The documentary equally represents the positive and negative, utopian and dystopian, potential of psychologically immersive 3D virtual reality technology. The film takes the viewer on a tour of various domains of experience that the oculus can […]Read more "Review of Zero Point: The Oculus Rift Documentary"
“Don’t get any big ideas — They’re not gonna happen. You paint yourself white And fill up with noise But there’ll be something missing.” – Radiohead, ‘Nude’ I wanted to open with this quote because I think that so much of the time we overwhelm ourselves with the pressing urge to really do something grandiose in order […]Read more "What if all of life is just a process of becoming more aware?"
In the last dialogue of Waking Life, director Richard Linklater re-enters the film and is found playing pinball by protagonist Wiley Wiggins. Linklater was also in one of the earliest scenes of the film, in the “boat car” with Wiggins, and he gives the driver very specific turn-by-turn instructions as to where to drop off […]Read more "We Are All One Being: The Invitation, and “No, not just yet!”"
Yesterday while driving in to work and thumbing through CDs (finally growing tired of Mojo Magazine’s Dreamers mix of tracks inspired by Kate Bush), I found Band on the Run. The line, “And the first one says to the second one there, ‘I hope you’re having fun.’” is one of my favorite lines. And I realized […]Read more "I’m Still Here: A Survivor’s Guide to Optimism."