Zen Teachers?

  So, I’ve been doing a lot thinking about Zen teachers, about what it means to have a teacher, about what a zen teacher even is, and about what it means to be a zen student, especially in our particular, modern, Western context or situation. So, let’s talk about that right now! I guess you […]

Document the Journey: T.k. Coleman, The Minimalists, & Hakuin

I’m two parts into my “Montaigne & Buddhism” series (Part 1 Transcript and Video & Part 2 Transcript and Video) but, decided to take a little sidetrack this week, and talk about some things I’ve been reading, listening to, and thinking about. In the video above and the rough transcript below I talk about the importance […]

The Democratization of Religion pt. 2

  Below is the second part to a paper I wrote for my Undergraduate Senior Seminar which seeks to explore the deeper connections between religion and technology, each of their innovative processes, and their potentiality for catalyzing a kind of emancipatory democratization. Please let me know what you think! Enjoy!   James Gleick writes that “Every new […]

The Democratization of Religion: (ir)Religious Innovation in a Technological Age

Below you’ll find an excerpt from a paper I wrote recently as part of my final research paper for my Senior Seminar in Religion. It is a bit of a lengthy essay so I will be posting in in two parts. The paper attempts to explore the connections between religious innovation and technological innovation, or […]

It’s Not You, It’s Me (‘Unbelief’ is not a failure)

I recently came across an article on Patrol Magazine written by editor Jonathan Fitzgerald entitled “We are the Reason They Don’t Believe.” Fitzgerald is also the author of a book I’ve recently begun reading entitled, Not Your Mother’s Morals. The book explores the ways in which modern popular culture is changing the very ways in which we engage with and understand […]

A Declaration of ‘Cloud’ Independence

One of my current research obsessions is exploring the intersecting of anarchism and technology, or more specifically, the ways in which ‘The Cloud’ is a space ripe for the construction of Temporary Autonomous Zones/Pirate Utopias and for offering alternative social, political, and economic structures of engagement and participation. Mark Van Steenwyk suggested in his book, That […]

T.A.Z. Unbound: Pirate Utopias Set Free by ‘The Cloud’

This writing is in large part a brief continuation of my previous post entitled “Pirates in ‘The Cloud’s or the T.A.Z. Cloud”, in which I set out to begin exploring the intersections of Pirate Utopias/Temporary Autonomous Zones and ‘The Cloud’. This continuing investigation and thought experiment was inspired predominantly by Kester Brewin‘s recent book Mutiny!, […]

Pirates in ‘The Cloud’ or the T.A.Z. Cloud…

  I’ve been taking a much needed, although short, break from my academic studies. In this brief time off I’m enjoying spending much more time with my family and I’m also using this time to attempt to redefine, realign, and ultimately refine the trajectory and focus of where and upon what my research and work […]