After a couple of days of teaching the science of climate change to my 6th graders, I found myself wistful for a different message. In between the sanitized lessons, it was impossible to hide my perspective, boiled down to a single idea: lost hope. They, more than I, will live in a mad world of […]Read more "Living in the Anthropocene"
I have written and rewritten this post well over five times already, not to mention the tweaks and modifications made in my mind before ever putting into writing. It was the fever pitch of the 2018 Midterm Elections, and on the night of, when I thought inspiration was on my side, the crushing news for […]Read more "Deserving to Live"
This sometimes brilliant critique of paleo-archaeology’s blind-spots, and the resulting light it sheds into the prehistory of magic, can sometimes feel scattered and over-ambitious. But, then again, that’s commendable scholarship on the author’s part, rather than something to sneer at. I just wish he’d separated this massive tome into two volumes, rather than one. The […]Read more "Reviewing: Star.Ships"
I believe in magick–to a certain extent–and I also believe in the natural history of the world, so often devoid of the mystical. Here is my argument for the reality, and usefulness, of magick: For starters, we have to acknowledge that our current worldview is essentially devoid of magick. We might say this was the […]Read more "Arguing for Magick"
Interrogating myself and what I believe in has taken me a long time, but perhaps it is now time that it bear fruit. Perhaps this is where I set it down, for myself, to see if the argument holds weight. Bear with me, this post is deeply personal. By 2008, I was finishing my Anthropology […]Read more "Defining My Faith"
In a recent conversation with a friend–whom I respect both at a personal and intellectual level–I made the discovery I lead with in the title of this post. It’ll be a short post. I just feel it has to be recorded now, before the realization vanishes and I fall back into confusion and disassociation. Through […]Read more "Not A Mystic"
This might be controversial, but I feel like I’ve been getting to the point for a while now, it needs saying without reservations: The most pagan thing I know is science. Now on to the somewhat lengthy explanation. The word “paganism” has been reclaimed by modern folks–witches, druids, non-indigenous shamans, Wiccans, and more–for a good […]Read more "Finding Paganism"