The politics of well-being is not a new phenomenon. There have been many times in history when governments have sought not merely to increase their coffers, but to enhance the well-being of their citizens. That, in fact, was the model of Christian society for some centuries; it was the philosophy behind Confucian societies; it was Read more…

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Here’s another chapter of the little book / long essay I wrote in 2008, called Everything Is Full of Gods, about the connection between comics, animation, and animism. In this chapter, I talk about Renaissance magic, and how it influenced contemporary comic culture. The Magus Florence 1463 AD. In the library of the Villa Careggi, Read more…

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The other day, I was watching Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy, and something struck me. Hellboy is based on a comic strip by Mike Mignola, about a demon from another dimension who is sucked into our world by a Nazi occult experiment gone wrong. Luckily for us, he’s a friendly demon, and he dedicates his life Read more…

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I’ve been trying to find a parallel for Stoicism’s unusual theory of tonos, or tension. As far as I can understand it, ancient Stoics believed that all beings had the sacred fire of the Logos within them, vibrating at different tensions. In rocks, the tension is very low, because they are without consciousness, although they Read more…

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I’ve written before about how fascinating and bewildering I find modern astro-physics, with its Pullman-esque talk of multiple dimensions and even multiple universes. I admire the incredible ambition, and optimism, of modern physicists, with their eager search for a ‘theory of everything’, which will combine quantum mechanics with quantum physics, and will finally explain the Read more…

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