Achievement Society & its Dissidents

At a certain point, you have to lower your standards to get anything done. Lower them now so they can be higher later. Byung-chul Han describes our achievement society as the next evolutionary step after Foucault’s disciplinary society. Occurring within neoliberal globalist capitalism and associated with sterilized digital aesthetics, the achievement society implants the disciplinary … Continue reading Achievement Society & its Dissidents

What Conspiracy Theorists & Fake Skeptics Both Get Wrong About Conspiracies

Preface: The first draft of this article started in early 2020, and attempted to equally highlight the mistakes of both conspiracy theorists and fake skeptics, or conspiracy deniers. But the situation has become so awful in mainstream media and discourse that the article’s final draft is ultimately more sympathetic to the “conspiracy theorists”. Any remnants … Continue reading What Conspiracy Theorists & Fake Skeptics Both Get Wrong About Conspiracies

Ideology in Politics, the Nutritional Sciences, & Beyond

N.C. Wyeth - The Unwrit Dogma (1917) Increasingly into adulthood, I notice how often people will cling to their ideological convictions at the expense of the wellbeing of themselves and others. Probably this is unconscious in the majority of people: their reflexive, deflective neural pathways for shutting down cognitive dissonance are so strong that they … Continue reading Ideology in Politics, the Nutritional Sciences, & Beyond

Perfectionism, Mind, & Mitochondria: Dismantling the Rabblement

Moonlight Sorrow (ca. 1856) by Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa One factor in creative block is that the threshold of self-consciousness about the desired manifestation of your ideas overrides your ability to take action and create those ideas. In other words, your idiosyncrasies are not embraced within, and so are implicitly suppressed by your superego, and … Continue reading Perfectionism, Mind, & Mitochondria: Dismantling the Rabblement

Coffee Part Trois: Cinnamoylquinides, Endorphins, Immunity, Amplification

Coffee and the Endocannabinoid and Endorphin Systems Our endogenous opioid system communicates via endorphins released from the pituitary gland, blocking pain and contributing to our ability to experience pleasure, relaxation, and euphoria. Endocannabinoids confer similar effects, but are released throughout the nervous system.  One endocannabinoid, the omega-6 arachidonic acid-metabolite anandamide, etymologically means bliss-amide, and is … Continue reading Coffee Part Trois: Cinnamoylquinides, Endorphins, Immunity, Amplification

Creative Absorption & Production: Embodied Cognition, Empathy, and Exploration in the Artistic Process

New learning is rewarded with new paths becoming visible, because the more we learn, the more we're able to integrate previously unknown concepts into our field of understanding, and then the more material we have to reflect on and generate novel work from those reflections, transmuting what's been absorbed into innovation; any worthy concept or … Continue reading Creative Absorption & Production: Embodied Cognition, Empathy, and Exploration in the Artistic Process

Self-Reliance in an Authoritarian Culture

Thinking for yourself is a continuous struggle, a quality that must be nourished and championed within the self because we're under constant coercion, even self-coercion that urges us to default to someone else's way of thinking. It's a great relief when we can trust and follow someone's advice because it provides security. Often this can … Continue reading Self-Reliance in an Authoritarian Culture

How to Cultivate Creativity & Confident Process In Your Work

Over the last year, I’ve done the most creating that I probably ever have, and it seems that maneuvering the hurdles of the creative process is a skill in itself. I think it’s important to talk about the possible mechanisms behind that, for myself and others, those looking to develop or enhance their creative potential. … Continue reading How to Cultivate Creativity & Confident Process In Your Work

Imperatives for Stimulatory Life: Guiding Purpose Through Biology

"To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light." –Carl Jung, Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology What we fail to manifest socially, constructively, generatively, when we’re conditioned into a reductive, shrinking energy, inevitably manifests as its shadow equivalent: addiction, destructive impulse, cumulative escapism; evil. Rage instead of righteous indignation that … Continue reading Imperatives for Stimulatory Life: Guiding Purpose Through Biology

Authoritarianism, Obedience, & Awareness

We continually armor and arm ourselves with whatever most pleases our sensibilities and simultaneously appears most useful. Our calibration systems for this can be distorted from an early age, as a consequence of intense stress, and thus one comes to calibrate maladaptively, and armor themselves with superfluous junk, rust, and poison, that only serves to … Continue reading Authoritarianism, Obedience, & Awareness