The Failing Initiation of #metoo

This piece is a sequel to this one critiquing the men’s right activism (MRAs) from the perspective of collective initiatory experiences and trauma. In that piece I laid out the conceptual grid of trauma and initiatory movements and how they shed incredible light on the MRA movement—an understanding…

The Failed Initiation of Men's Rights Activism

“Traumatic injury in childhood has been equated with a kind of unconscious initiation ceremony—not because it is a spiritual or ceremonial experience, but because the movements within it mimic the movements of the first two stages of real initiation. Understanding the stages of initiation (and the ways in which…

The Universe Is Like Portland: Keep It Weird

The unofficial motto for the city of Portland is "keep Portland weird"– a unique weirdness was hilariously captured in the show Portlandia. The argument of this piece is that Portland is a microcosm of the macrocosmic whole. In other words, existence itself is weird, very weird. I’ve explored notions…

The Attentional Economy = Intentional Mind Control

“The moon was shinning on the lake at night, My Slayer T-Shirt fit the scene just right…” —Weezer, (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To Let’s start with an etymology and a kind of psychospiritual techno-political mathematical equation. Etymology of the word attention:…

Sausage Party: The Animation of Contemporary Gnosticism

Prof. April DeConick one of the premier religious scholars of Gnosticism has written reviews examining Gnostic themes in Dark City as well as Avatar. Gnostic themes occur in multiple films. The Truman Show would be another oft-cited Gnostic film example. And of course The Matrix (I’ll get back to…

Surfing the Waves of Anomalous Experience: Ontological Flooding and the Question of Trauma

In a previous post I examined the concept of ontological flooding, a term coined by paranthropologist Dr. Jack Hunter. Paranthropology is an anthropological study of paranormal phenomena. Ontological flooding is a crucial term (maybe the guiding term) for this site. At the end of the previous post I mentioned Hunter…

WTF is Ontological Flooding?

Dr. Jack Hunter has coined the term ontological flooding (from which we get the subtitle to our site). Hunter works in the area of Paranthropology, which like it’s cousin Parapsychology is to mainstream psychology, is an anthropological investigation in anomalous experiences, high strangeness, and mystical intensities within and across…