Righteous

I just got back from Poland where I was filming for the Reel Time Images project Righteous: unlikely heroes. You may have heard of the Righteous Among the Nations — it’s a designation given to non-Jews who are proven to have saved Jewish lives at the risk of their own and for no material gain. You know of some of them. Read More...
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pavlov and sacred space

Filming in Israel, site of so much concentrated faith, violence, hope and despair – no wonder I found myself ruminating on the question of sacred space. A theme close to the heart of all us involved with the Siloist Parks of Study and Reflection.


In that state I stumbled across this article, which made a connection between “place” and the mind/body response. I found it very thought provoking and so I mentioned it on Twitter @dzuckerbrot :
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Filming about cats

In keeping with the idea of including filmmaking stuff in this mix. Here’s a bit about my latest expedition to the wilds of Washington DC and Philadelphia as part of the making of our documentary The Lion in Your Living Room: a natural history of the domestic cat.
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Conscience, Objective Morality, Monkey Biz

Morality and our sense of justice (or injustice) are interesting things: is there some sort of “objective” morality? Is there a “conscience” that is the same in all of us?

For many “believers”, it is only their particular faith that holds the key to right action. In all seriousness they ask whether, without god, non-believers, “atheists” or others can even act morally. They could ask my friend Jamy...

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Intoxicated Dolphins, Puffer Fish and Zombies

I ended yesterday with a quote from William Blake. Here’s another, this time from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

If the doors of perception were cleansed
everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.


Aldous Huxley used that line for the title of his famous 1954 essay The Doors of Perception about his experience with the psychedelic drug mescaline. It was followed by another essay a few years later titled, what else but, Heaven and Hell.

Copies of those essays are available online here (under resources) and also a BBC video a long interview with Huxley.


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Patanjali Part 3

Patanjali Part 3 along with more art work from Rafael Edwards
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El Circo de Patanjali 3

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teenage memories, notes from Rafa


Among the other things uploaded in the last few days is my first entry about life before Silo. This one is a few pages about an interesting character (and related issues, like drugs and other things appropriate to that era of the late 60s). Pure Sound Jack was the nom de guerre of one of the people who frequented a house I lived in with some friends when I was 16.

On a very different note you’ll find in the body of this post (click where it says “read more”) some comments from Rafa along with some notes about how he remembers the making of Sage of the Andes...

In the near future, more tales of my mis/well spent youth, anecdotes about Silo, another instalment of Patanjali’s Circus, more video, and more on attention, the Pure Form, and…

In an upcoming blog I’ll put forward a very simple hypothesis about prayer. Though simple it may, at first, sound like a very odd notion. It can be expressed like this: atheists, and theists, believers, semi-believers and non-believers all pray. And what’s more everyone’s prayers are heard, and answered, even if there is no transcendental entity that hears them.

As an important British biologist said (back when the word queer only meant strange or odd), “Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose”.
J.B.S. Haldane (1892-1964)


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Medicical Issues in Spanish and...

Hola. If you haven’t noticed there is a Spanish translation of the letter I wrote which covers some anecdotes and observations about illness, medicine and Silo’s advice to me and some others. If memory serves me well this translation is the work of Hugo Novotny and Ana L’Homme.

To make that short video with Silo at the cafe, easy to find I’ve also added it under the menu heading “Silo”. It’s titled “Cafe Chat”

I’ve also added RSS if you want to be notified of new blog entries. It seems to work on Safari. When I look at it in Chrome I just get text and code. Any suggestions? Is it working for you on your browser? Let me know.
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Silo and Liberation

To get things started you’ll find along with this blog entry a number of things that I hope will entice you to continue checking back here.Over the next weeks I hope to be putting up a lot of material, with the exception of the material I’ll link to, the text is mostly mine , the photos and video clips are mainly mine, while the illustrations are almost certainly those of my co-conspirator Rafael Edwards. Rafael Edwards’ participation in this very personal website is no accident. We have been friends since the first day in 1974 when he began his North American sojourn. Besides our longstanding friendship we also have a number of overlapping interests and joint creative projects. A few years back during the filming of Sage of the Andes he was kind enough to act as production designer, artist, counsellor, companion on the road and friend. Perhaps he will be able to add some interesting “making of” stories, he certainly has many wonderful photos of all that.
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