I'm retaining this page for now; I've also moved some stuff from the old About Me Index page here, For more see my biography
List of things i'm doing atm
especially Palaeontology and the evolution, transformations, and the phylogeny of life through Geological time
especially esotericism and occult cosmologies, and the theme of involution, evolution, and metamorphosis, leading to the ultimate Divinisation of the world
|Science Fiction/ Fantastical Fiction
whether reading, writing, or worldbuilding. I co-founded the transhuman worldbuilding project Orion's Arm; currently I find myself to be more interested in what might be called Fantastical Fiction or Low Fantasy as a mythopoetic genre; more at my Mythoworlds Blog
I have been working on and off on a book called Integral Metaphysics and Transformation, which will present a new paradigm, epistemology, and understanding of reality, beyond both physicalism and religionism, and also rejecting the chaivinism, sexism, and specieism of traditional esotericism. This book provides a totally new interepretation of the Integral Paradigm, albeit one still informed by an Aurobindonian perspective
Here is an essay - an essay I wrote some time back - published on-line in Cybersociology magazine
Here is a short story ( ("cyber-grunge" quasi-science fiction)) that I've written This is a standard text html format. It is one of the very few stories I actually finished. At one time some years ago I was thinking of making a graphic format of the same story, but am too busy on other things now.
Another short story - This is a cyberpunk story based around a character I many years ago worked on for some time, this was intended as the first chapter of a novel, but it was never finished.
IRC on AustNet - an example of a virtual community - by Cyberrdewd - an esay I wrote some years back, concerning the developing world of virtual or cyberspace communities, with specific reference to IRC on the AustNet servers. This essay appears in issue no.2 of Cybersociology magazine
This website contains a lot of metaphysics, so it might seem like I am a bit eccentric as far as my understanding of Reality goes. Well I am, in that I do not conform to either of the dominant western paradigms - the reductionist-materialist (science is all and explains everything) or the literalist-religionist (there is an external God as described in the Bible). I am also like Agent Scully in the early seasons of the X-files in that I take a very cynical approach to many so-called psychic, cultic, spiritualist, conspiracy-ist, and other beliefs and phenomenon, which is why I reject much of the current "new age" movement. But I am also like Dr John Lilly (Programming and Metaprogramming of the Human Bio-Computer) in that I see conceptual limitations (e.g. materialism, rationalism, reductionism, literalism, religionism, sectarianism etc) as self-imposed restrictions on consciousness. Reality is unimaginably vast, unbounded, and full of infinite possibilities, whether physical, paraphysical, supra-physical, or non-physical. It is our conceptual understanding that limit us to tiny little boxes.
The best story I have ever come across about the the nature of Reality is the parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant.
As for what I actually believe, well, I am an empiricist. I accept only what is certain. For me, certain is the light from within. This is what I (following Plato and the Coptic Gnostics) call Gnosis. What we perceive through our senses may be illusory. Indeed, quantum physics has shown that it is. But the Light of Consciousness is - as the Kashmir Shaivites point out - absolutely certain. However, were I to align myself witha particular spiritual revelation, I would choose that of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, as theirs is the only teaching broad enough and "integral" enough to be able to encompass and explain everything, as well as not telling people to run away from the world as so many other spiritual teachings do.
For many years I was looking for a tribe to belong to, but neither the "new age" (in the broadest and most positive)-alternative nor the sci-fi geek is wholy me, although I have aspects of and strong sympathies with both. Eventually technology arrived and I found the internet where I could disseminate ideas, as earlier in this life I had been blocked by my stutter from expressing myself. I am an activist and a social-ecological idealist without a party or affiliation (I reject the social protest movement because of their political bias (protest against GWB and globalisation but not against Chinese or 3rd World human rights atrocities for example - what's wrong with demonstrating against both?), except where they are protesting against environmental destruction, where I wholeheartedly support them). I am working for a new civilization, as are many spiritual people today (spiritual of course in this context has nothing to do with religious). Only by going beyond the limitations of left and right, reductionism and acosmism, one-sided activism and backward-looking conservativism, can we arrive at the goal.
I wrote this some years ago and it has a somewhat adolescent and narcisstic quality about it, as do all such lists . But because some effort went into it, and because some people like reading lists like this, I've retained it. If you don't to want to read any of this just scroll down. (even better press the "back" button on your browser ;-)
astrology sign: Aquarius with Sag moon and Pisces rising
cat or dog person: Cat Person
Keirsey Temperament Type: Idealist
Geek Code (Version 1.0.1) : GS/O -d+ p- c+++ l u e++ m++ s-/- n++ h f g+ w++ t+@ r+ y*
Geek Code: (Version: 3.1) GS/P/O dpu s-:- a+ C+++ U P L E? W+++ N o? K? w O? M? V? PS+ PE- Y PGP- t+@ 5+ X- R@ tv b++ DI D G e++ h r-- y*
Geek Code: (OA Version: 1.0.1) >H++ OA+++ M+++ L+++ P++ B++ S++ D+ Sp++ SF++ TS+++
profession: at one time I was a scientific consultant (for Edugraphics - palaeontology) / science-fiction/fantasy writer / worldbuilder / esoteric philosopher
interests: meditation and self-transformation, esoteric-occult cosmology, formulating a new esoteric science, working on my web site, metaphysics, evolution and palaeontology, nature, cycling, the beach, cats, anime, the Internet, reading and writing science fiction, transhumanism, integral philosophy, and the future
nationality: technically Australian, but I consider myself a Cosmopoliton - a citizen of the Universe
current abode: St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia, Earth/Gaia, Sol System, Orion Arm, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Universe
favourite football team: none. Sorry, I'm not into competitive sport
favourite books (fiction):
favourite books (nonfiction):
favourite female vocalists:
favourite movie soundtrack CD: Romeo & Juliet
favourite 'puter game: Civilization, the original
Your IQ score is 135
This number is based on a scientific formula that compares how many questions you answered correctly on the Classic IQ Test relative to others.
Your Intellectual Type is Visionary Philosopher. This means you are highly intelligent and have a powerful mix of skills and insight that can be applied in a variety of different ways. Like Plato, your exceptional math and verbal skills make you very adept at explaining things to others - and at anticipating and predicting patterns.
(shux, I knew it :-))
||Another picture of me, dating to early or mid 1990s. Sorry about the red-eye flash thing. This is me at the helm of Enterprise.|
||Some of my room. Books, photocopies, and potted plants. Yep, my room is a mess! I have heaps more books in the hallway and living room, but unfortunately the cable on the webcam (which i used for the screen capture) doesnt extend very far, so for now there are only pictures of my room. This photo was taken in 2003|
||Bonnie and me. Bonnie was a beautiful Rhode Island Red hen who taught me a great deal about the sensitivity if animals. This photo was taken in July 2007|