Tag: life

A few weeks ago I watched through the 1980 series ‘Cosmos’, written and narrated by the master himself, Carl Sagan. It was re-released on DVD recently, and with western society’s infatuation with ‘popular science’, as made famous by the likes of Richard Dawkins and David Attenborough, I figured it was time to give it a watch. It might be almost 30 years old but it’s awesome. It’s the best grounding in science, philosophy and (astro)physics that you can ever hope for…

Every day there are more of them. You look around and you’re sure there’s a few more than last time. One by one everyone’s becoming a geek. Eventually there’ll just be you and your infatuation with reality TV — everyone else will be happily geeking away. But what’s this? You want to become a geek? You don’t want to be the last one boozing and partying and subsisting away the best years of your life? ‘Let me on the band wagon!’…

The stagnancy of human culture and later, the formation of civilization, is staggering. Think about it for a moment; think about just how far we’ve come since the dawn of art and culture 10,000 years ago. Or how far we’ve not come, as the case actually is. Sure, we have technology. Sure, we have philosophy. But are we actually any different? Is it the way we do something that defines us? The way we ‘think’ about something? Or is it…

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Gods, this is going to be a sappy one… It’s the kind of sentence that comes right out of left field, right from the author rather than the character. Lulled into a false sense of security by Scout’s oft-inane stream of consciousness and then blam, the kind of phrase that makes you stop and…

Yesterday I laid the ground rules for mysteries and why they have played such a huge role in the development of our society. Note how I say ‘huge’ rather than important or vital. Are these mysteries a good thing for survival? Better yet: is this incessant hunt for the unknowable a human-only trait? Did we evolve this love of mystery? The general argument goes like this: we like to see patterns. We attribute cause to every effect. We like to…

Darkness. Enigma. Secret. Curiousity. Surprise. Paranormal. Superstition. Rapture. Riddle. Myth. Magic. Mystery. * * * The definition of mystery, though multi-faceted, is a good place to start: Anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret. That [which] is not fully understood or that baffles or eludes understanding; an enigma. But it goes further. I’m not the only one that has noticed the prevalence of mysticism in contemporary civilisation: The skills, lore, or practices that are…