The material at this blog represents a work in progress, an ongoing attempt to interpret the deep structure of human history and culture. The foundation of this work is a theory of history as a cycle of differing visions of the nature of reality, each one drawn in a recurring sequence from the three main areas of human knowledge — science, society, and inner experience.
If you are interested in this theoretical material, the best way to approach it is by starting with the entries listed under the heading of The Dance of the Visions.
However, if your primary interest is in my speculations on the great innovators and exploriers of the Paleolithic, those entries are listed here.
There is also a second historical section which at present includes a relatively small number of entries dealing with the period from the Neolithic to the rise of the first civilizations.
I began to develop my theory of recurring cultural cycles in 1972, just as the 60′s counterculture was winding down, and I have been eagerly anticipating the next countercultural period ever since. In the entires listed under the heading The Rising Counterculture, I follow follow events since 2010 that appear to be part of just such a great cultural quickening.
Each counterculture represents an attempt by those who are dedicated to new visions of possibility to challenge and overthrow the old, fossilized visions that are no longer effective at steering society. But at the leading edge of the counterculture itself, even newer visions are being born. The section Emerging Visions discusses these newest visions and their potential.
And finally, there are are a number of entires on that which lies beyond the visions themselves and serves as their source — a mode of human awareness that is tied in with myth and imagination and that I generally refer to as higher knowledge.
There is a brief listing of the entire sequence of visions here.
There is an annotated listing of all entries at this blog in chronological order here.