What do Dyson Spheres and the philosophical discussion have to do with one another? In this talk Damien has fun with a response to Sam Harris’ denial of free will, as widely debated on Clubhouse in the week of this recording.
Every story has two levels – the Surface and the Archetypal On the surface every story is unique. But beneath the surface level all stories explore the same basic patterns of human life – the archetypes. The fourth workshop in Advanced Scifi & Fantasy : writing the 21st century myth, begins with a deep diveContinue reading “Workshop 4 – Advanced Scifi and Fantasy”
Blade Runner 2049 creates arguably the most intricate and fascinating allegory in contemporary cinema. But despite thousands of essays, fan theories and YouTube videos interpreting the meaning of Blade Runner 2049, most of the audience is blind to the movie’s hidden allegorical meaning. An allegory that, from the threads of science fiction, weaves an intenselyContinue reading “The hidden meaning of Blade Runner 2049”
My major teaching project for this year has been Advanced Scifi & Fantasy : Writing the 21st Century Myth. This new course is my journey to try and understand what myths are doing in our lives today. I’m happy that almost five thousand students have so far enrolled on the course to join that journey.
A highlight of the course – and of my year – was interviewing John Vervaeke, Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Toronto (where he teaches alongside Jordan Peterson) on the meaning of myth. And of Star Wars.
A member of John’s community created a brief edited video from out 90 minute conversation. In just a few minutes, it captures the whole meaning of our discussion.
Christmas is the mythiest of all days. But what does it mean? Christmas comes but once a year. It’s the day we do one thing above all others…indulge our love of myths. Christmas itself is a weird hodge-podge of many myths. The celebration of Yule is a Germanic and Nordic festival, a time for drinkingContinue reading “Day of Myths”
Given the kind of year 2020 has been, I felt this was exactly the season’s greetings you all would appreciate. Please…leave santa alone. Thanks to artist Jakob Rosalski for capturing the spirit of 2020 for me. # Building on the success of my online teaching – 2020 saw us pass 35,000 students – this yearContinue reading “Leave. Santa. Alone.”
Long time readers will know I am a super-fan of the Culture novels by Iain M Banks. I’ve essayed and videoed them half to death already, and in recent years have read or re-read almost Banksy’s entire output. Great artists steal, goes the saying, and Iain Banks was something of a magpie for cool ideasContinue reading “The book that inspired the Culture of Iain M Banks”