Archive for January, 2013


As evidence of the veracity of the traditional mystical view that wisdom erupts from ordinary mind, I discovered the following life-transforming advice from actor Hugh Jackman, as related through Anne Hathaway’s appearance on Entertainment Tonight in promotion of Les Miserables, which program I watched with my mother over dinner last month.

The key to physical fitness, overlooked by all but the greatest adepts, is that one must exercise first thing in the morning, before eating a scrap of food. “Exercise” means 45 minutes of light cardiovascular training.

I’m telling you it works wonders. I have more energy throughout the day, and I’m thriving on 6 hours of restful sleep at night. My breathing patterns are more robust, and I’m paying more attention to detail.

Hugh Jackman is a kind of guru figure traveling through various media. Anne Hathaway occasionally acts as his emissary. I am grateful to my mother for watching Entertainment Tonight.

Never roll your eyes at culture.

“By all means doubt; but then, doubt the reasons you have for doubting, for they themselves are doubtful.” — Pierre Bayle

Hyperhumanism

Combining the terms ‘transhumanist,’ ‘anthropocene,’ and ‘hyperobject’ in a concept stew, I wondered about positing something like “hyperhumanism,” which would maintain fluid relations with these terms but without, however, transferring to the term’s user any constraints of association coming from all the perceived qualities or contextual inheritances of those other terms.

What does “Hyperhumanism” mean?

Presently, I’m going to think more about this…

 

In 1802, Thomas Jefferson asked the Spanish to permit a group of explorers to travel the Missouri River; their motives would be “no other than the advancement of geography.” Months later, Jefferson sent a secret memo to Congress arguing that, because France and Spain would view the expedition as “a literary pursuit,” the United States could use the exploration to wrestle the Indian trade away from Britain. Dupree suggests, in addition, that Jefferson utilized an international ethic of scientific achievement to mask an ambition for a dominant position among competing Colonial powers on the continent.

Thus science as an objective was for foreign ears; commerce as an objective was for Congress; and the real purpose, which had to do with the claims of empires, was carefully screened by silence, secrecy, and an ambiguous title to the act. (p. 26)