Rendering Darkness and Light Present : Jean Gebser and the Principle of Diaphany

Jean Gebser (1905-1973) was a German poet, philosopher, and phenomenologist of consciousness. He is best known for his magisterial opus, The Ever-Present Origin (Ursprung und Gegenwart, 1949-1953), in which he articulates the structures and mutations of consciousness underpinning the pivotal shifts in human civilisation. Gebser’s key insight was that as consciousness mutates toward its innate integrality, it […]

Faith, Knowledge, and the Decline of the West

In December, the president annually sends all faculty and staff a calculatedly inoffensive “Winter Holidays” greeting, via email. For what it is worth, for many years I have regularly received an unambiguous “Merry Christmas” message from a long-distance colleague at the University of Tehran, under the auspices of whose department I had the good fortune, […]

The Naked Android: Sex, Death, and Immortality in the Age of AI

Alan Turing invented the ideational basis of modern computers with his concept of a universal machine. The machine had a write/erase head and a strip of paper that represented an infinite memory. The strip of paper contained instructions to move forward, move back, or stop; to write, or to erase. Exactly what the machine does […]

Protection of a Holy Rebellious Yes to Life: Book Release

The writing of Azsacra Zarathustra is as difficult to comprehend as the man himself. A philosopher, poet, martial artist and mystic, Zarathustra, it should be said, seems to challenge in his very being the tepid nature of modernity. His call is for us to live and think in white-hot extremes. Fortunately, CyberWit has just released Protection of […]

Gnosis, Politics, and the Inevitability of Dystopia

Recent events in the USA have some celebrating the power of government institutions to enact progress upon society from above, and others decrying the very same activities as a form of tyranny. This statement doesn’t date this article, given that the only part of the narrative which ever changes is the side which is decrying […]

A Forest Passage Through the Kali Yuga

Perhaps the most dangerous illusion of modern times is the idea of safety. I remember clearly the concerns of safety voiced by individuals on my journey to the sacred Mount Kailas, concerns held by individuals undertaking the arduous excursion with me and concerns held by individuals simply hearing of my journey. “Is this safe?” was […]

Tantra, Martial Arts, and The Metaphysics of Pain

“Pain is one of the keys to unlock man’s innermost being as well as the world,” wrote Ernst Junger. “Whenever one approaches the points where man proves himself to be equal or superior to pain, one gains access to the sources of his power and the secret hidden behind his dominion. Tell me your relation […]

Eros, Plato, and The Red Chamber Dream

Plato’s Symposium, an explication of desire in the form of a panegyric to the god Eros, may be taken as the quintessential classical Occidental text on the erotic. Eros (the god) generally represents what we casually understand as the entity sustaining erotic or physical love. However Plato offers a hierarchy of desire beginning with base […]