the Globalisation of Addiction

12 February 2017

a Study in Poverty of the Spirit.


the Globalisation of Addiction – a Study in Poverty of the Spirit by Bruce K. Alexander

Part I – Roots of Addiction in Free-market Society

Chapter 1 – Vancouver as Prototype

Despite enourmous efforts, the same great institutions of modernity could not, and still cannot, prevent alcoholism and other forms of addiction from growing and spreading. Neither legal prohibition, moral medicine, scientific medicine, psychoanalysis, Alcoholics Anonymous, counselling, compassionate love, tough love, behavioural managment, acupuncture, case management, therapeutic communities, civil commitment, eastern meditation, behavioural genetics, neuroscience, sophisticated advertising, antagonist drugs, psychedelic drugs, motivational interviewing, community reinforcement, treatment matching, harm reduction, nor any combination of these techniques has come close to overcoming alcoholism or any other type of addiction. Read the rest of this entry »

the Secret Powers of Time

2 February 2017

Phil Zimbardo provides some perspective on practical, interpersonal relativity.

Phil Zimbardo has written two very key books that has contributed to theAbysmal view of time and human nature: the Time Paradox and the Lucifer Effect.

Hearts beat Trump

31 January 2017




the Myths and Gods of India

30 January 2017

Daniélou, Alain. The Myths and gods of India – the Classic Work on Hindu Polytheism from the Princeton Bollingen Series

ONE: Philosophy

1. the Theory of Polytheism

the Representation of the Transcendent
Transcendent reality is, by definition, beyond the limitations that condition our means of knowledge. Yet, even if we cannot understand its nature, we may indirectly conclude that some form of being beyond the sphere of our perceptions must exist. Whenever he carries any form of experience to its farthest limit, man has a glimpse of an unknowable “Beyond” which he calls divinity. This divinity cannot be grasped nor understood, for it begins where understanding fails, yet it can be approached from many sides; any attempt at understanding its nautre can merely be called a “near approach,” an Upa-nisad. We can only point to the necessity for a substratum, we never experience it directly, although it is ever near; for, at the limit of each form of experience, we apprehend some aspect of it. the more we can seize of the different aspects of the phenomenal world, often apparently contradictory, though which the Divine may be approached, the more we come near to a general, a “real,” insight into the mysterious entity we call God. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy New Year

21 December 2016

theAbysmal Year 4 begins today

Hope you have an enjoyable spin around the Sun.

It’s been awfully fun, but now we’ve got our work really cut out for us.

Today is opposite to Month 6, the peak of the Year. It is the ideal time to figure out what you want to accomplish, something to take a full year to figure out, and set that intention. Then spend the first 3 months figuring out the hows/whys/wherefores, the next 3 months cutting out the excess, the next month, i.e. Month 6, celebrating a month of the year’s equivalent to the Golden Age of history, the following 3 months figuring out what it was that you did to make that month so golden. The last 3 months writing it down, organizing one’s thoughts, then continuing with whatever that was, or starting something new the next year.

This is the way I’ve managed to take the rather dissatisfying January 1st New Year’s Resolution tradition, and transform it into an annual exercise in doing engaging things.

theAbysmal Year 4 (Year of the Forge) will see me:

  • get through Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain, and learn the basics of visual art. I’ve been meaning too for a while.
  • develop a visual English language (think Maya glyphs and Chinese logograms).
  • throw a Shut Up and Dance party on the Full Moon M1 D22 (Feb 10th)
  • facilitate creative storytelling workshops

I’m somewhere ruminating on this. I hope you will join me, wherever you are.

mycelium - theAbysmal Color

Scales of History

20 December 2016

13 and 20 and 20 and 20.

Ah, theAbysmal Days, when apparently we Leap over theAbyss and my mind overflows with thoughts on the higher functions of how the way in which we view or perceive time affects the way we think. It changes our mind. Between what I’ve researched astronomy, chronobiology, body function by time of day, time of month, time of year, time of life, embodied cognition, neurobiology, story, symbol, imagination, creativity, history, and reaching back to anthropology as well as calendar systems themselves in order to come up with this. It isn’t idle chatter. It’s the result of my subconscious knitting it all together in the background, and as  has become habit, at the New Year, it presents itself for consideration.

Supercoiled DNA molecular model

In this case, it’s the shape of history, or at the very least longer measures of time. 260 seems to be at the heart of it. 13 is one sacred number to the Maya, the other is 20, which is multiplied much like we do with 10 in observing decades, centuries, millennia. I also noted that the 13 is often associated with the major articulations of the body (ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck), 20 is associated with the fingers and toes. Read the rest of this entry »

Resonance: Movement Through Time

20 December 2016

Welcome to theAbyss, where everything congeals in real-time over a few days.

Thinking in terms of resonance between systems, like pendulums, it’s clear.

between people? Well, we do vibrate, and our body carries out countless functions according to time of day (as sensed through light and heat), time of the lunar cycle, time of year. When we converse, I mean engage in a discussion where we are very present, our minds share similar images, and so our minds resonate. (Guy Claxton covers some of this in Intelligence in the Flesh where he describes embodied cognition – whole-body integration). Read the rest of this entry »