War and Peace and Anna Karenina

Just a link holding post. Mentioned several times that I consider Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” a great piece of work, being about life, the universe, (God) and everything and yet have failed to get very far through his other famous tome. Hat tip @RoseDiel for sharing this 2005 review of reading War and Peace by Laura … Continue reading “War and Peace and Anna Karenina”

Andrea Wulf – Magnificent Rebels

This is my third post of 2024 and the previous two already referred to my reading of Andrea Wulf’s “Magnificent Rebels“. The second of hers I’ve read, after “The Invention of Nature“. The connection between the two is the overlap of explorer / scientist Alexander von Humboldt, his brother Wilhelm and his wife Caroline intersecting … Continue reading “Andrea Wulf – Magnificent Rebels”

Robert Pirsig Association and #ZMM50th News

I have for over 20 years posted Pirsig-related news on my “Pirsig Pages” and today posted an important update. As the result of collaborations, planning and coordinating activities to mark the 50th anniversary in 2024 of the publication of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” ( #ZMM50th ) it was decided to immediately implement … Continue reading “Robert Pirsig Association and #ZMM50th News”

Rory Stewart – Realising the Future.

I  mentioned Rory Stewart just yesterday for his foreword to one of my library of unread books. What I hadn’t noticed until yesterday was he’d been one of the virtual guests at “Realisation2023“. I’ve almost attended Realisation a couple of times now – a mixture of conference and retreat, with a focus on … reinventing … Continue reading “Rory Stewart – Realising the Future.”

A Successful Pirsig Rethinks Life of Zen and Science

A Successful Pirsig Rethinks Life of Zen and Science By George Gent, New York Times, May 15, 1974 (C) Copyrights acknowledged [This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, … Continue reading “A Successful Pirsig Rethinks Life of Zen and Science”

Me, Psybertron and Pirsig

I maintain the “Psybertron Pirsig Page” (PPPage) as an online static (occasionally updated) resource simply to provide fixed public links and updates to other resources related to the life and work of Robert Pirsig including his two books ZMM (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – An Inquiry into Values) and Lila (Lila – An … Continue reading “Me, Psybertron and Pirsig”

Dave Snowden and Mike Jackson

I saw the excellent Dave Snowden speaking at the Annual Mike Jackson lecture at Hull University yesterday evening. [Post Note: The recording now available here.] [Post Note: This post is the start of a conversation in that continues here and again here, in 2024] Excellent in every way – Dave’s presentation and his conversation with … Continue reading “Dave Snowden and Mike Jackson”

Faith, Hope and Carnage

Despite my “STEM” core, avoiding anything remotely supernatural despite strong human spiritual interests, I’ve always been sympathetic to theists and theologists. (Full statement of my “Sacred Naturalism” stance here.) As thinkers, and carers for humanity, smart theists are at least as impressive – generally more so – as any public scientist / atheist types, when … Continue reading “Faith, Hope and Carnage”