“End of Time” Redux

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

  In recent weeks, I’ve found myself contemplating again a key point I came to in the discussion section of “The Subjectoscope” – how reality could consist of a vast assembly of Planckian Instants.  There I referred to theoretical physicist Julian Barbour’s 2001 Oxford Press volume, The End of Time. Comes in this week’s New …

News Flash: Plato was a Yogi!

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

Just finished reading a magnificent and most provocative piece of scholarship: The Shape of Ancient Thought: comparative studies in Greek and Indian philosophies by Thomas McEvilley, published in 2002 by Allworth/SVA (no relation). In the course of 732 pages of beautifully written and carefully documented prose, McEvilley establishes the evidence for a number of surprising …

Yoga Science Prefigurement – Part 2

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

Here I’ll look to the update on Faivre provided by his student Wouter Hanegraaff’s New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought, published in 1998 by SUNY. This book brings our “prefigurement” up to the 1990s with a detailed study of the “New Age:” its roots in the Renaissance esotericism …

Yoga Science Prefigurement – Part 1

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

Continuing study of Faivre and Hanegraaff reveals that as they distill and characterize esotericism, I find countless echoes of Yoga Science.  It is as if there is a Principle of Prefigurement at work: the more fundamental the fact for Yoga Science, the more clearly it appears as a theme they have found characteristic of esotericism …

A New Stage for the New Age

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

With the proposal for my ISSSEEM workshop finally submitted, my conversation with Kent about nonduality and Dzogchen ongoing, and discovery of Faivre and Hanegraaff opening a new window into the historical roots of my “New Ager” mind, to this morning’s hypnopompic eye appeared a new constellation of Yoga Science as facets of a precious gem: …

Mark Comings, Part 2

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

I’ve been working through my three hour conversation with Elizabeth Rauscher at ISSSEEM, taking notes as I go in anticipation of a load of follow-up questions for her. In the course of the conversation, I ask about Mark and she reports that he was a student of hers at UC Berkeley. A bit later, our …

Cutting Through Complexity

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

My dialog with physicist Elizabeth Rauscher continues.  I’ve worked through the recording of our 2.5 hour chat in Boulder at ISSSEEM taking detailed notes.  I’ve followed up on a bunch of items that came up and yesterday sent off a long letter with follow-up questions and various materials of interest. Just now discovered a page …

Major Developments

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

Received a positive response to my “brief technical report” from a number of my “big name” contacts including ISSSEEM President Norm Shealy Md PhD who requested I also offer a workshop at next year’s ISSSEEM. I’m finalizing that submission over the next few days — Norm extended the deadline to 12/1. Meanwhile, my friend and …

Powerful 5min Health Video

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

I here lapse for a few minutes into my previous career as a health care practitioner: This video was forwarded to me today by a former medical colleague, forwarded in turn to him from one of the pioneers in nutritional medicine, Russell Jaffe Md PhD. It is a 5 minute video posted July 30th on …

Afternoon with Kent Palmer

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

Enjoyed a six hour visit with Kent last Saturday at his home in Orange.  We came up with some important links between his work and my Subjectoscope — main one having to do with the three types of self-organizing systems that we’ve both been fascinated by for many years — dissipative, autopoeitic, and reflexive. (His extensive …

Yoga Science uploads

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

Just uploaded the “brief technical report” I’ve submitted to next years ISSSEEM meeting that summarizes this past year of work on the Yoga Science:  “Intention & The Causal Heart..” I’m happy how it came out.  we’ll see how it plays.  I’ll be sending it around for comment.  (ISSSEEM does not insist on exclusive rights…) I’ve …

Yogicly-informed Scientific Intuition

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

Steven Wolfram describes in his New Kind of Science the unique opportunity he has had to spend years running computer experiments with cellular automata – basically as a kind of play — and how this “informed his scientific intuition” in an equally unique way. I’ve come to feel that my experience has perhaps been unique in …

Intention & The Honest Heart

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

Ever since ISSSEEM I’ve been wondering about Norm Shealy’s suggestion in May that I might look to submit my “Subjectoscope” article for the 2008 meeting. In my dream just now, came “Intention & The Honest Heart:” I’m with a large and studious group looking through various new printed literature and there, with three of four …

Breaking the Stranglehold

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

Our world is increasingly in the grip of a devastating materialistic scientism (MS). As a Yogi I’ve struggled for years to understand this obvious pathology – so clear to me a form of mental sclerosis. The roots of this MS include “proximal” and “distal” causes – in fact, perhaps a whole spectrum of causes lying …

Elmer Green – Yogi + Scientist, part 1

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

During May I read through The Osawkie Book of the Dead – Alzheimer’s isn’t what you think it is by psychophysiology pioneer Elmer Green PhD. I was moved to do this for several reasons:  I feel I’ve been a student of Elmer’s since I first discovered biofeedback in college in the spring of 1968;  I was …

Leaping Forward

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

My “Yoga Science Fall Review” seems to be wanting to leap forward (may be “the story of my life”) to what I’m beginning to think is the most interesting thing I’ve run across this year (thanks to Jon Cunnyngham at ISSSEEM): the WingMakers > Lyricus > Event Temples story. Re-reading the wikipedia entry this morning, …

Elmer Green – Yogi + Scientist, Part 2

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

This is the fourth time I’ve started this entry in the past ten days.  Finally realized what the hang up is: there are 93 skinny Post-it stickies in my 3 volumes of Ozawkie in green, red, blue and yellow.  These mark the many items that caught my attention during my slow read through in April, …

2007 Review, Part 1

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

Along with the above noted, in December ‘06 I also worked to change the name of YREC to the Yoga Science Foundation and develop a simple YSF website.  The new name, the website, and the newly discovered STSe all debuted in brief presentations at SYTAR in Los Angeles in mid January.  (We subsequently changed the name …

’06 Recap

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

  2006 was an eventful year for my Yoga Science project – culminating with the extended SummaTime Scale and associated subjective/objective correlation alignment that I’ve been exploring since. To begin the ’07 Fall Review, it seems useful to recap the major events of ’06 that set the stage for the developments of this year. Monthly …

Fall Review

Scott Virden Anderson Blog

Been a couple of weeks since the last entry.  I’ve been reading the comprehensive review of the 25 years of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research project in the recent issue of Explore Journal, following up on many provocative ideas from my meeting with Jon Cunnyngham at ISSSEEM, and delighted to get webmaster Wolf’s reports about …