"Segne den Becher, welcher überfließen will, daß das Wasser golden aus ihm fließe und überallhin den Abglanz deiner Wonne trage!" – Nietzsche


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

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, poetry and literature, cognitive and social psychology, psychotherapy process research, comparative religions, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Zen, classical music and opera, entheogens in history and culture, and world history from the paleolithic through the present.

I’ve worked as a contributing editor and technical writer, most recently for Facebook, where I was the first and only technical writer dedicated to internal services and tools for several years; for Oculus VR, where I documented software libraries and APIs for consumer virtual reality headsets;  and for Erowid, where I worked on drug law, pharmacology, cultural history, and the psychological and spiritual effects of altered states of consciousness.

In 2018, after 18 years in San Francisco, I moved to Berlin with Mrs. O’Cosm and our cat Django.

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.

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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

  2. I stumbled, or rather, was guided to your words on The Lion, the Bull, and the Birth of Tragedy. I was looking for a good explanation on Linkedin of a painting I did on The Ouroboros the snake chasing its tail, a symbol of eternity. … the serpent wheel forever, in perfect balance of opposite energies…in which I put a lion and a bull. Your evidence was just right. post is at:
    Now I’m a fan. You can see my work at
    danke shoen

    Denis Perval

    August 27, 2018 at 5:56 pm

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