Towards the Formalization of Cosmos as a Cooperative

and perhaps ala Graham Harmon the table you present to is a third table. Recently, read the short essay, and riffed upon the possibilities. I would say the third table and the third eye and the third ear are in need of coordination. And this is happening.

Last night I dreamed that I was in a beautiful house and that my beloved Beatrice was appearing. She passed away years ago and so I was triggered by her elegant presence. I felt a strong desire to once again take care of her but I had so many tasks to perform, responsibilities, appointments to keep in different kinds of time. How can I take care of her and keep track of all of these other commitments? I can’t!

I was also re-enchanted by her, her beauty and charm and radiance. I was drawn to her as the great teacher she was for me when we are together on earth. I had been present when she died, I had been alone with her, as she took her last breath, the deepest intimacy I have ever shared with another. Without a doubt she was my best teacher. The real Beatrice doesn’t need my help.

As all of this shared knowledge was re-activated I saw her make an amazing leap from down a stair case and that she landed on her feet. I realized that she had come to me, as an image, and that she was in many ways, not the real Beatrice.

I felt the bind and proceeded with caution. I touched her gently, and said," Go back." She began to shrink. She was the same shape but had become the size of child, I said again," Go back." Her image melted, into the floor. I put my foot upon the place in the floor where her image dissolved and said, for the third time, " Go back." And that image of her, which was not the real Beatrice, was gone, and I was free to keep my cosmic appointments. I left the beautiful house and hopped on a bike and moved at a great speed through hills and rills in a gorgeous landscape, eager to fulfill my Big Time aspirations.

1 + 1…1x1…extensive/intensive…Goethe comes to mind and his new way of seeing.

And then there are the imaginary numbers represented by i. Only the third table is real. And this arrangement is not to be messed with.

the different forms of (a verb in an inflected language) as they vary according to voice, mood, tense, number, and person.

coupled, connected, or related

a substance formed by the reversible combination of two or more others.

a mathematical value or entity having a reciprocal relation with another

Conjugation is the mathematical operation of multiplying a complex number by its reflection. The result of a conjugation is a real number.

Reality is what Reality does. We do not create our own Reality and we do create our own Realiity. This is an awesome responsibility.

Lucid Dreamers of the world must learn to conjugate. Can we allow the dream to unfold? Or will we be distracted by the Master/Slave dynamic?

We must become merciful. We must also become swifter than eagles. We do not need to calculate. We need a dream calculus. Not more numbers to crunch but ways to twist and twirl and whirl. I’m working on it.


I believe it is worth highlighting that cooperatives themselves are a tradition, with their own principles, histories, and values—and that I specifically named Cosmos as a co-op—rather, than, say, a non-profit, a corporation, a church, or a personal brand—because I wanted to align with this tradition, which is in multiple concrete ways intends to be a counterforce and evolutionary alternative to extractive, imperial capitalism.

I also chose Cosmos Co-op as an aesthetic statement, because I want to prove that poetry, art, and philosophy—Supermind—can play in the big leagues, on the world stage, and offer a different, more compelling vision of the future than capitalism, even of the so-called conscious kind. Art does not have to be co-opted by corporate profiteers, rich patrons, or outsized egos. What if the artists themselves own the means of production? Cosmos being and doing itself is a revolutionary act—a new economic, cultural, technological and spiritual (integral) whole. And there is, I believe, unique beauty in this movement.

But it is also an expression, and meant to contribute to the evolution, of multiple traditions, not only the literatures and cosmologies of East and West, North and South, wholes within holes, but the economic and social traditions of cooperative praxis which are the historical result of laborers self-organizing and empowering their own networks through action, which has already been effectively codified on a planetary level, as well as in countless local enterprises.

As much as I might often to go into abstraction and pure imagination, if Cosmos is going to be a real co-op (with the right to designate itself by that label), then I think we should keep the whole movement in mind, which goes back to the mid 19th Century, but arguably is (in essence) as old as humankind itself. As we draft our own vision, mission, and value statements—keeping these as simple, or making them as complex (yet still elegant) as they must be—how can we keep a living tradition of cooperation in mind? It is likely we cannot truly innovate without doing so.

In the years before David Foster Wallace committed suicide, he was working on a novel called The Pale King, which he never finished, but which one might sum up as being about the paranormal lives of IRS tax accountants. In correspondence and interviews, Wallace tried to explain that he was attempting to come to terms with extraordinary boredom. He wanted to find the beauty, the Zen, the Infinite in the utterly mundane. What could be more boring than tax accounting?—he thought. How exciting is it to be dead?—I wonder.

But Wallace also suggested that because we (in general, as entitled beneficiaries of vast, intricate, corporate-governmental technical systems) are unwilling to do the drudge work, we are taken advantage of by those who can work with the underlying codes: the lawyers, engineers, business suits, and so on. I think it may be unfortunate that he chose the terminal boredom of tax accounting to write about (though the fragments of the novel are very good), when there were other, more meaningful forms of boredom to get interested in.

I am finding a lot to admire in the work done by the cooperative tradition and movement—as stuffy as some of the language or imagery may appear on the surface, actually read what they’re saying and I think there is a lot to love. To be a co-operator in this special sense involves a commitment to certain principles in our work together. Luckily, we don’t have to do the work of figuring them out. They are spelled out here:

I would like to explore how Cosmos—as a co-op in the above sense—can become a unique expression of cooperation in the domains of education and creative work in general, including through literature, the arts, and new media forms. How can we innovate through a tradition which is still very young, but very well could become (as I believe it is becoming) a model for future human forms of association?

I don’t mind not reinventing the wheel—as long as we can go somewhere other than techno-capitalist dystopia! I believe creative cooperation points a way out of the deep, painful rut of late-capitalist, nihilistic, narcissistic, postmodern despair.


As Above,so Below-So within, so without


Been a passionate fan of cooperative forms, worker and member co-ops of various kinds since at least the 70s. Food Co-op founding member in 1972 and was part of a cooperative schooling movement when my kids were growing up, I bank with a cooperative credit union, am supporting the development of low-income housing co-ops here in my town, and of course I am a happy member of Cosmos Co-op! I think the cooperative form is at once traditional and futuristic, which is exactly, it seems to me, what’s needed now on our planet!


I was a member of the Park Slope Food Co-op back when I lived in Brooklyn in my mid-20s, and used to shop/hang out at now the defunct Boulder Food Co-op, when I first moved to Colorado. Since then, however, I have mostly had experiences in non-profits and small businesses. It was my dissatisfaction with the models of private entrepreneurship (literally: grabbing the middle) and disempowered do-gooding that led me back to co-ops

I believe that the co-op structure, in principle, offers a sweet spot between individual and collective, local and global needs and aspirations. It is both traditional and futuristic (I like how you put that!) in how it seeks to harmonize power, equality, and development. I also appreciate that co-ops can be idealistic and pragmatic at the same time.

That is great that we have your cooperative experience on board! Collective ownership to me means walking our talk. I am glad we get to walk and talk together for a while…




I also have a fair amount of experience with coops. Member of two different food coops at different times, members of several banking coops, peripherally involved in a housing coop, and a founding member of a sailing coop. I must admit I kind of implicitly assumed we would follow standard coop values and approaches.