The human brain is the most public organ on the face of the earth,
open to everything, sending out messages to everything. . . .virtually all the
business is the direct result of thinking that has already occurred in other minds.
We pass thoughts around, from mind to mind . . .
--Lewis Thomas,The Lives of a Cell
This section of my webpage has the least commentary in it; it is my
effort to share my internet serendipity at finding sites which shatter paradigms, incite
insights, or simply delight a person with a strong twist of perspective.
These are websites which either explore the finding of connections of thought or stimulate the
mind with perspectives and thoughts different from those with which most U.S.Americans
Edward O. Wilson argues for a return to interdisciplinary or associative thinking in
his latest book, *Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge*, discussed in
A conversation with Edward
O. Wilson in Atlantic Unbound. Such connections enable a person not
only to weave a conceptual web but to personalize her or his connections with these ideas;
Karl Erickson explores this personalizing with his melding of idiosyncratic and
idea with universe to coin the term
Idioverse. One method of
strengthening an awareness of connections is to play one of the variations of Herman Hesse's
Glass Beads game: the idea behind this game is explored in this
article on the
concept while Hipbone Games provides
its own clever iterations of the game. On a more abstract level,The Church of the Virus considers the
spread of thoughts (including their interconnections) in its focus on meme theory, the theory
that ideas pass from individual to individual in a fashion not unlike the spread of viruses. A consilient Theory of Everything which focuses on physics and chemistry
but also references metaphysics, psychology, and philosophy & religion can be
explored at Virtual Chaos. A new method
for examining evolution and taxonomy can be reviewed at
Cladistic Evolution, and here is a
website which examines other
Controversies about Evolutionary
Theory, including its compatibility or incompatibility with religious thought.
This 1995 article by Tosh Berman describes
the Benshi Tradition, a
practice of viewing film which is fairly different from what most U.S.Americans are
used to (with the possible exception of fans of *The Rocky Horror Picture Show*). In contrast, U.S.American film as well as other elements of U.S.American popular culture and society are analyzed at
highly accessible primer on Semiotic
Analysis teaches the basics of semiotic theory to the budding student of film or literary
analysis. For those with a sense of humor, I recommend reading about
The Great God Contest for a new way
of looking at traditional religions. A website devoted to
the equally playful yet far more spiritually serious works of Richard Bach can be found at
A Dedicated Page about Richard Bach and his Wife, Former Actress Leslie Parrish-Bach. For an incisive review of the less-enlightened offerings on the internet
from one of the more enlightened people I know, I commend
Kevin M. Clark Page o' Evil. Finally, how better to end a section on new paradigms and new perspectives
than this revising of the classic game of Rock-Paper-Scissors into
Rock Paper Scissors Spock Lizard.
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