Personal Introductions (forum-wide)

Hello. I’m Eduardo Rocha from Brazil. I began to read about Sloterdijk in 2016 and let some things back in 2017. But I returned recently in my studies. I hope to help in some way.

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Hello Everyone,

My name is Lorin Martin and I live in Florida, USA. Some of my interests include writing, poetry, philosophy, learning about almost anything, and psychedelic culture. In May of 2017, I received my degree in neuroscience. I am interested in meeting the so called other people. I would love to participate in a book reading or discussion. If someone could give me a rundown on how to participate that would be awesome. Much gratitude for the creation of this website.

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Welcome Lorin,

I am liking your mixture of the (neuro)sciences and the arts…wondering what directions you have taken this concoction in your personal life, academic or otherwise.

Once you go exploring a bit on this site, you will discover the “other people” are hiding in plain sight, and that we, too, enjoy learning about almost everything and we are not the least bit timid about sharing our collective atypicality. Perhaps you can start by participating in the discussion thread of our friend @jfmartel’s podcast “Weird Studies” …or on any of the various threads to be found on the site.

We are approaching the end of a couple readings in the Readers Underground (Peter Sloterdijk’s 2nd book in the Spheres trilogy entitled Globes and Gao Xingjian’s Soul Mountain) and about to begin another reading group on Sri Aurobindo’s The Life Divine at the end of May. From you listed interests, you might find you’d like to participate in the reading of Erin Manning’s The Minor Gesture. We had the second session for The Minor Gesture today (May 9th) ; the recording of the first session can be found here. You can join the Readers Underground by clicking the link below:

It is never too late to join any of the groups. We also have a weekly Cosmos Café discussion on Tuesdays @ 1 pm MDT (3 pm EDT). @madrush can help if you run into any tech. issues.

I knew your image seemed familiar…artist Fred Tomaselli has his art figured out. I love this work titled Night Music for Raptors
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This is a good depiction of listening with the third ear! Hope to hear you around here soon!

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Thank you very much for the introduction!
In terms of academic studies in neuroscience, I primarily studied autonomic nervous system “dysfunctions” in stress disorders. Specifically, I researched and studied heart rate variability (HRV) as a measure of autonomic nervous system function- the balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic activation. There are many correlations between higher HRV and increased ability to activate the ‘rest and digest’ system. Practically, I believe this is very interesting because it teaches us about self-care behaviors and relaxation. Many modern people spend most of their days in states of psychological stress and fear. With these measures of HRV, we could design bio-feedback systems that teach people how to control their own autonomic nervous systems. Also, we can discover what methodologies of healing work for different people with different psychological disorders. For example, some people have increased HRV after talking to someone, whereas, people with borderline personality disorder often have a lower HRV after talking to someone. Deep breathing can be a good method for activating the vagus nerve and parasympathetic nervous system. Meditation too can be useful, but in people with PTSD it can have the opposite of the intended relaxation effect. Broadly, I guess I am interested in how neuroscience can inform us about the healing arts and the design of a society that encourages human flourishing. I am no longer a part of academia, but I strive to make learning a life-long endeavor. In my personal life, I am very interested in exploring philosophy of mind and consciousness studies. I like to walk the boundaries between the languages of mysticism, science and philosophy. I can’t say that I am unique for wondering why am I here, breathing, experiencing the world as I am: a witness, knower, and embodied consciousness. That seems like a natural human curiosity!

I would love to be part of the reading of the Life Divine. Auroville has always fascinated me as a city that seems to have actually manifested utopian ideals.
Yes! I am glad you recognize the artist. I have a small collection of visionary artists on my hard drive, and Tomaselli is one of my favorites by far. Very beautiful :slight_smile: I hope that in my time here, I can get to you better. It is very nice to meet you!

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This is very cool work, @lorinmartin… you’ll find a number of people here quite interested in this. I have done some work on measuring posture and breathing and have been interested in HRV for some time. I can see how work in this area might naturally lead you towards an interest in altered states of consciousness, but at the same time, I think it takes a special sensitivity to actually engage in this reading - not every neuroscientist would be so open, I would hazard. I look forward to hearing more.

In addition to the Aurobindo reading group, you might enjoy our reading of Erin Manning’s The Minor Gesture. If you have time, listen to the recording of our first session, at which the author was herself present. Although a philosopher rather than a scientist, Erin has worked a lot with issues of neurodiversity, which is another area where the two domains intersect. Our discussions are ongoing, every two weeks, but we are only on Chapter Two so you wouldn’t have to catch up much… Just a suggestion :slight_smile:

Hello! My name is Natalia. I am in my first year of college at Front Range. I’ve always been an artist. My mom says she knew I would be an artist when she was pregnant with me, so I wonder if her insistence on me being an artist turned me into one or if I really was fated to be.

A little bit about me and how my mind works,
I don’t know what I want to do or be in life, im just attempting to live life like a game. Not to say trivially, just playfully. What I mean by that is playing with things trying to see all the layers to the human perception of reality, wowing myself by trying to comprehend all of them at once. I like when my understanding moves faster than my words. I also like learning to meditativly just enjoy color and form in front of my eyes. Most especially, melt into the eyes of another human being. Human being as a term illustrates a theory I have that we are beings that are just inhabiting the temporal human form. Its all empty and meaningless to me with such fullness, so I just want to explore this beautiful experiential gift of life and not waste a second of it.

The future I’m creating for myself is to stretch myself out into the world, and not live a small life inside my head thinking and living only to preserve my sense of safety and survival. I want to give away what I’ve gotten to others. I want to have a career as an artist, particularly working on film. I think films have become a very trivial thing and that they have so so much more potential. I can’t even convey the absolute wow and beauty like nothing other that has permeated into my waking life due to movies like 2001 a Space Oddessey, Sycneche New York, My Dinner With Andre, Waking Life, Enter the Void, It’s Such a Beautiful Day, American Beauty, and others. I don’t really believe in myself or my ability to do that at the moment but that’s what I want with a passion.

I’m excited to be on this website, and be apart of the evolution of consciousness.

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Errg … my default response to this site. Simplify please! Here’s my intro:

I’m a 68 yr-old white male, military brat, w/a BA in Psychology/Anthropology, cum laude, 1996, and graduate studies in social work. Married & divorced 3xs with grown children, bio & step. I’ve lived alone in the wilderness in white winter, w/o modern conveniences. I’ve done more mind-altering drugs than perhaps any living human. I’ve lived in 4 countries & 9 states. I’ve owned, built, sold and given-away - possessions, businesses, and homes. I’m the poorest, smart person I know. I am curious, open-minded, creative, adventurous, risk-taking, free-spirited … and disagreeable. I’ve built real things - homes and furniture, tended minds - young and old, male & female, watched loved ones be born and die, wrote novels and taught others how to write - whatever was their preference. Now, I’m working on a book about the 2016 election. It’s experimental. I need human connection with (somewhat) similar humans.

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Hi, again, @takeurvitamins. A pleasure to make your acquaintance, moreover w/r/t your perspective on the film mother (and your mother’s). Try, if you can, to keep @madrush grounded, lest I have to come over there & take matters into my own hands. Cheers.

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Hello everyone,

Arkapravo, from New Delhi, India. My day job is teaching undergraduate engineering students and writing has come to be more than just a hobby. I stumbled upon the forum while looking around for the various options to get my metafiction pieces published.

Until early this year, most of my writing was academic, broadly research papers. My first textbook on AI and robotics was published in January of this year. Since then, I have been writing science fiction, magical realism and metafiction, mostly short pieces and I hope to pen down longer stories in the near future.

I will try to add in a bit of humor to this introduction with two cartoons made by me.

The first one is, ‘my meeting with my creator’

The second one is a caricature of Stephen Hawking with a roomba robot appealing against AI moratorium. I used this cartoon on the title page of my recently published book.

You can find lot more of me at (1) my wordpress blog - https://gaffingaround.wordpress.com/, (2) quora - Arkapravo Bhaumik - Quora and (3) goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/77344935-arkapravo-bhaumik

Regards,

Arkapravo

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I will just repeat my IC Profile summary here (if y’all don’y mind):

Birthplace: Virginia

DESCRIPTION: A retired, full-time, classroom teacher (K-12 Special Education) and lifelong student and disciple of everlasting Truth. I am passionately in LOVE with Wisdom (with a capital “W”)! I am also desperately lovelorn, until I find her and can embrace her with my forehead resting upon hers and our hands clasped in fervent prayers of gratitude. I am just a foolish and insignificant woman who creates her own despair passionately pining after the Truth. It is my only friend and will always be until the End and Everlasting into the New Beginnings. Most importantly, I am an lifelong disciple of Christ Jesus and a faithful believer in absolute Truth (with a capital “T”)!

INSPIRATION: “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4: 6 - 7)

VOCATION:

Currently teaching part-time, online among several E-Learning platforms and second part-time vocation as an Online Network of Evaluators (ONE), “Constructed Response Scoring Professional” with Educational Testing Services (ETS). Certified Scorer/Rater of national and statewide, high stakes, standardized assessments via an online platform, incl. SAT - Reading Analysis; SAT - Writing Analysis; the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR - Grades 6 thru 11); the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC); the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP); and the Test Of English as a Foreign Language - Speaking Integration - Internet Based Test (TOEFL - IbT).

EDUCATION:

  • Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (B. A.) in Philosophy and Abrahamic Faiths from the College of William and Mary (W&M) - Class of 1996.

  • Master of Science in Education (MSEd) - Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University
    (ODU) - Graduated in 2007

  • Licensed and Certified, K-12, Master Special Education Teacher with 17 years of classroom teaching
    experience with endorsements in Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disturbance and Social Communication Disorder”

EXPERIENCE:

Among the above-mentioned, stigmatizing labels is also a conditon referred to as a mysterious continuum of social language expression via autistic behaviors. I despise all previous attempts of the APA to label the remarkable phenomenon of the autistic child and instead, prefer to call it “Social Communication Misinterpretation” on behalf of a non-autistic world that is equally responsible for bridging the social communication gap by sharpening and developing their receptive language skills, and putting more effort into solving the communication challenge via becoming better and more active listeners instead of burdening the autistic child / individual with the full responsibility of making themselves understood by others. Perhaps our
antennae need calibrating.

Divorced. No children.

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Hi there, just a little introduction :crystal_ball: I’m a curator and PhD student in the Art dept in Newcastle UK (up north), but living and working in London (down south). I’m interested in sci-fi, cybernetics and magic. I teach undergrad students in contemporary art history, I make exhibitions and I write : )
I’m really keen to join the 2019 Bateson and Bateson group, although 5.30am might be a bit exhausting for live contribution (!) :zzz:
Looking forward to joining in x

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Hi @artex, it would be great to have you on board for the Bateson group. I’m not sure how you arrived at 5:30 a.m. for the meeting time, though - the meeting should be at 4:30 p.m. your time…

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Oh yes! @Geoffreyjen_Edwards you are, of course, correct. I counted five hours in the wrong direction, thank you for the correction. That’s good news.
I would love to join the group, am I right in thinking it will take place on Zoom? I am extremely new to this forum, so please forgive my ignorance. Thanks a lot.

Yes, details will be provided soon. If you haven’t already seen it, here is the discussion about the Bateson thread : Reading Groups 2019 - #14 by Geoffreyjen_Edwards

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Hello everyone! My name is Bryan. I have been interested in reading and writing since I was little. I have been chronically sick for 7 years, but writing has helped with that. It is very personally helpful for me, but sometimes I branch out creatively as well. I am excited to be a part of this community!

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Great to have you here, Bryan! Navigating the site can be a challenge for the best of us - if you need help, don’t hesitate to ask!

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Hello, I’m AGEID, I’m an infinite game designer looking forward to engaging with the community!

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Hello AGEID. I am liking the “Magister Ludi” forum name. Quite fitting for an infinite game designer! We have a couple of Hesse fans around this neck of the woods (I just finished rereading his translated collected works a couple weeks ago as I followed along with Gunnar Dekkar’s Hesse biography). You may have noticed we play around with a few glass beads. Interested in what arises from your engagement here. Welcome!

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Wow, it took me a long second to figure out how to “reply” to the whole group, as opposed to reply to particular posts, or threads, or whatever they are called!

Phew! Well, now that that is figured out, I wanted to say hello and introduce myself. My name, as you can see, is Andrew Field. I’m 38 years old, and work as an adult services librarian at a public library on the west side of Cleveland. I live actually on the east side of CLE, with my wife and two sons, who are twins and seven years old and great kids.

I was very excited to discover Metapsychosis and Infinite Conversations. I am a poet - I had a chapbook published in 2016 by a publisher called Red Flag Poetry - but have recently been writing in a somewhat different form, voice and style, less narrative-based, more akin to a certain extent to the free-wheeling, associational poetry of many poets associated with the New York School (hopefully that term is meaningful - sorry if it is not familiar, and let me know if you have any questions about it). One of my biggest obsessions in this life has been the work of poet John Ashbery (has anyone out there read him? I saw some posts on quantum physics and self-referentiality; JA is a great example of said self-referentiality, as well as probably other things, too), and his voice has been seeping into my latest stuff.

I am also something of a scholar; I earned a master’s in English from the University of Toledo, and even started a PhD program in English at Case Western, but dropped out after a year. It just wasn’t for me, and I was miserable. One of the things I’m hoping to do here is learn from y’all more about integral theory and literary theory, because I really would like to write something on integral literary theory. For example, has anyone written about the overlap between the rhetorical triangle (ethos, pathos, logos) and the four quadrants?

In the early 2000s I was heavily into Wilber’s writing, as well as my own meditation practice, which was called “Sahaj Marg” (it is now called Heartfulness). I took a break from most things spiritual to build my character, start a family, find a reliable job, etc. But now that my life is pretty grounded, I started practicing Heartfulness again, and also do the daily workbook exercises in A Course in Miracles. Both practices have truly changed my life/perspective/consciousness. And of course, I’ve started really getting into integral theory again.

Well, I am on my lunch break, and see it’s about time to wrap up (not to mention this post is getting probably too long!) I appreciate everything I have seen and read here, and I wanted to say how grateful I am for what everyone on this site is contributing. It is truly heartening, exciting, and inspiring.

all the best from Cleveland,

Andrew Field

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Hello Andrew . . . lengthy posts (especially introductions) are most welcome. I didn’t know that y’all made it that far north! I appreciate the insight in your Medium writing (I am concerned about my state Kentucky following the lead on recent “Heartbeat” legislation . . . ).

On a more positive note, I think you will find a few friends familiar with poetry, rhetoric, Wilber’s integral, a love/hate relationship with higher education. Glad to have you aboard! If you ever need any assistance with posts/navigating this beautiful mess of a forum you can reach out anytime. Welcome!

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