Philosophy, literature, mythology, psychology, climate, history.


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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. Ares of interest include climate and climate change, 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.

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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