Mesocosm

"A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us." – Franz Kafka

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I write about the history of culture and ideas, with an emphasis on philosophy, literature, music, religion, and history. You can read more about the history of this blog here.

Ares of interest include general system theory, metaphysics and phenomenology, ethics, Modernist poetry and literature, cognitive and social psychology, psychotherapy process research, comparative religions, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, symphony and opera, entheogens in history and culture, and world history from the paleolithic through the present.

By day I’m a technical writer at Oculus VR, focusing on our mobile and game integration SDKs.

I currently live in Redwood City with Mrs. O’Cosm.
mes-o-cosm [mez-uh-koz-uh m] –noun  1. The intermediary zone of engagement that lies between the microcosm (individual) and the macrocosm (the universe). Usually understood to be the domain of human interaction and culture.

Or, if you prefer, Urban Dictionary gives: “It’s in between macrocosm and microcosm which mean really big and really little, respectively. It is commonly used by crazy English teachers who enjoy torturing their students and eating the souls of little toddlers.”

Mesocosm is written and maintained by Barnaby Thieme. I can be contacted at bathieme  (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Except where indicated, Mesocosm is licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution.

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Written by Mesocosm

May 18, 2010 at 2:56 am

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  1. Good stuff. The need for “something” in our Western cultures is very hard to fulfill, if indeed that is the “cure”. There was a time when I thought becoming a monastic might be a good idea. The “God Business”, for folk such as you (and I, I think) is nearly non-existent. One needs to be independently wealthy, yet, if accident of birth did provide such a life, the “enwisened” are not generally willing to lead the life (or subjugate ideals) needed to generate that sort of income or assets. For me, Mahamudra (a combo seemingly of Tibetan and Zen Buddshim) and its mantra of watching the mind seems to both point and be a good direction for further mind work. Take care! Paul

    Paul Stevenson

    August 25, 2014 at 7:31 am


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