6 02 2012

According to the theory portrayed in the recent film ‘Anonymous’, Shakespeare was essentially the 17th century’s Wikileaks. Great movie… but it is not the Shakespeare theory I contend to. There are many theories regarding who the original author of the Shakespearian works was. Anyone who actually cares enough to look into the matter agrees that it was certainly not the actor from Stratford-on-Avon, however, no consensus has been reached with regards to whom the actual author was, or ‘were’ as the case may be. But even though I do not hold the position put forth by this new Roland Emmerich film, I was still sincerely impressed by the script and performances.

IMDB: Anonymous


TEDxPSU – Richard Doyle – Scaling the Noösphere

11 06 2011

This is a TEDx presentation given by my favorite scholar of the rhetoric of biochemistry and post-vital living, Richard Doyle, about the importance of developing our conceptions of the noösphere.

Currently I’m reading his newest scholarly book concerning his ecodelic hypotheses about archaic and contemporary psychedelic media technologies, Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants, and the Evolution of the Noösphere.

Language – Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography

25 10 2010

“But do they bubble and froth and slobber and cream with joy at language? Do they ever let the tripping of the tips of their tongues against the tops of their teeth transport them to giddy euphoric bliss? Do they ever yoke impossible words together for the sound-sex of it? Do they use language to seduce, charm, excite, please, affirm and tickle those they talk to? Do they?”


Forthcoming: Mike Jay’s High Society

14 08 2010

I enjoy the work of science history writer Mike Jay and this book has been begging to be written so I am really looking forward to this one:

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An illustrated cultural history of drug use from its roots in animal intoxication to its future in designer neurochemicals

• Featuring artwork from the upcoming High Society exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London, one of the world’s greatest medical history collections

• Explores the roles drugs play in different cultures as medicines, religious sacraments, status symbols, and coveted trade goods

• Reveals how drugs drove the global trade and cultural exchange that made the modern world

• Examines the causes of drug prohibitions a century ago and the current “war on drugs”

Every society is a high society. Every day people drink coffee on European terraces and kava in Pacific villages; chew betel nut in Indonesian markets and coca leaf on Andean mountainsides; swallow ecstasy tablets in the clubs of Amsterdam and opium pills in the deserts of Rajastan; smoke hashish in Himalayan temples and tobacco and marijuana in every nation on earth.

Exploring the spectrum of drug use throughout history–from its roots in animal intoxication to its future in designer neurochemicals–High Society paints vivid portraits of the roles drugs play in different cultures as medicines, religious sacraments, status symbols, and coveted trade goods. From the botanicals of the classical world through the mind-bending self-experiments of 18th- and 19th-century scientists to the synthetic molecules that have transformed our understanding of the brain, Mike Jay reveals how drugs such as tobacco, tea, and opium drove the global trade and cultural exchange that created the modern world and examines the forces that led to the prohibition of opium and cocaine a century ago and the “war on drugs” that rages today.


LAUNCHED: The Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture

30 09 2009

The first peer-reviewed journal for the study of electronic dance music culture, Dancecult, has officially launched!!

I had the pleasure of chatting with Graham St. John last weekend at Symbiosis, who is the executive editor of the journal and also editor of the academic volume, Rave Culture & Religion.  He told me we can also look forward to an entire book about the history and philosophy of Psytrance some time next year.  Looking forward to it!

America: The New Atlantis?

20 07 2009

Interesting documentary about the esoteric roots of the USAn Nation.  Deals with Founding Fathers like Ben Franklin and secret societies and mystery schools such as the Rosicrucians and Francis Bacon’s involvement with the founding of the America as well as his successful endeavor to help produce the collected works of Shakespeare.  Quite long, at 2 hours and 45 minutes, but fascinating information that may appeal deeply to some.


John Horgan reviews Benny Shannon’s ‘Antipodes of the Mind’

20 07 2009

Science writer John Horgan reviews Benny Shanon’s highly regarded book about ayahuasca and psychology, Antipodes of the Mind: