Re-Visioning My-Your Purpose to Master Apparent Chaos
In my last post, I described how, in a matter of a few days, I met Richard Kirby, and decided to move to
Richard introduced me to dozens of people and through them I met even more people. I introduced ten of them in my last post and I will introduce you to several more in this post. Richard ‘volunteered’ me for numerous projects, and I read the two books mentioned in PhD-24jan08, The Leadership of Civilization Building and Nurturing Civilization Builders, and Nurturing Civilization Builders. The former Richard co-authored with Richard Spady of the Forum Foundation.
Richard introduced me to Yitzhak Hayut-Man
author of The Truth about Judas Iscariot
I read it and am writing a review, posted at:
Dr. Kirby asked me to make a list twice a week of “Things Dan Wants to Know!”.
Yitzhak studied under the “father of cybernetics”, Gordon Pask
and will be able to help me answer some of my most pressing questions, especially regarding the use of computer games for political, social and spiritual-religious innovation.
During my brief time in
Richard has made repeated reference to Olaf Stapledon, so for a start I’ll have a look at his wiki listing:
I began to study Russian, I’ll be researching and writing about language acquisition and English as a second language. And we discussed the nature of ideal communication, and how to measure the efficacy of education and thus improve and perfect it.
I had jokingly quavered, “I won’t have to learn calculus, will I?” and so Richard assigned me to read Morris Kline’s “Mathematics for Liberal Arts,” which I have begun. Richard has assigned me to read Kline’s other two books as well.
Dr. Kirby and Dr. Ellis have published “Basics of Modern Education,” under the North American University Press imprint, and I am studying that. It is a primer on New Paradigm education from the Russian perspective.
Richard asked me to read the Wall Street Journal (which I found included the Seattle Times!) with particular attention to hyper-intelligent venture capital.
Given everything that I was doing in my brief stay in
I have found such principles to be useful at earlier times in my life. My teacher, “Father Andre” had helped people in our group, “OWLS,” to identify their “path” and “point”. I recall that my path was “knowledge serving the physical.” Although to an observer this might seem impossibly broad, to me it was also narrow enough, and it made sense of what I was doing. Years later I began studying the neo-Mayan cosmology of Jose Arguelles a.k.a. Pacal Votan, called the Dreamspell. My birthday, according to this system, gave me this affirmation:
"I unify in order to know
I seal the store of accomplishment
With the magnetic tone of purpose
I am guided by my own power doubled"
Again, although this self-description may seem enigmatic to a stranger, to me it makes perfect sense; this article and all my writings have an element of “seal the store of accomplishment”.
Calculate your Mayan birthday “tone, glyph, and affirmation” here:
I intend for me PhD thesis to be broad enough and narrow enough to encompass all I am doing, and also focus my research, “like a laser,” as Dr. Kirby says. If you are feeling stretched to your limit, perhaps this brief article will have helped. Please let me know how I can continue to make these blog posts even more useful and effective.