Consumer Temples

November 16, 2009 / 0 comments

Gizmodo reports on Apple’s newest retail store on the upper west side of Manhattan.  The article is called “Inside Apple’s Newest Temple” and in it the author writes: I call it a temple because the architecture conveys a nearly religious aesthetic, a place to worship Apple, beyond any other Apple store you’ve ever been to….

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Quantum Activism

November 11, 2009 / 0 comments

Dr. Amit Goswami, professor emeritus of physics at University of Oregon, has a media rich web site where he discusses a “science of consciousness.” He calls himself a “quantum activist.” Just as modernist empirical science constructed a vision of reality as material, could the quantumn revolution construct reality as spiritual/religious?

Laughlin & Throop (on experience and reality)

October 10, 2009 / 0 comments

“The forms of knowledge that technologies mediate is integral to both a society’s cultural information pool, and to the extramental reality in which they live. Technology itself constitutes an alteration of that relationship — especially as it intervenes in the experiential aspects of that relationship . . . Technologies are in a sense ‘artifacts of…

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Andy Letcher at Horizons 2009

October 9, 2009 / 0 comments

I looked forward to hearing Andy Letcher speak at Horizons.  I hadn’t heard of his work or his book “Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom,” but the synopsis for his presentation sounded interesting: For those who have encountered the sacred mushroom, the psilocybin experience is like an ancient codex whose glyphs are at…

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Horizons

October 1, 2009 / 0 comments

The 3rd Horizons conference in New York City was September 25th, 26th and 27th.  Although I wasn’t able to attend all the sessions, I was able to attend the performances at the opening reception, see William Richards and Franz Wollenweider on Saturday and Andy Letcher and Bob Jesse on Sunday. Horizons is a “forum for…

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OGMA

May 31, 2009 / 0 comments

OGMA releases his his first album. His ecstatic music can be heard on myspace.

Pogo

May 31, 2009 / 0 comments

One year ago I blogged about Pogo’s youtube video “Alice” – here’s an insightful post about his music on Poemocracy thanks to Our Future Environment for sending this to me. You can download Pogo’s amazing creations on last.fm.

Experience of a “Contemporary” Christian Church in the American South

April 13, 2009 / 0 comments

I asked the writer to recount their experience of visiting a “contemporary” church in Arkansas, Easter 2009. The photograph they showed me of the coffee shop was so interesting, I wanted to know more. Here is what they sent me: The last time I went to church it was in a bar in Brooklyn. Yesterday…

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