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the way to get to know life in its depths, lengths and widths is to get, regularly and systematically, lost ….. and travel inward without losing touch with daily life.

GETTING BACK TO WHERE WE ONCE BELONGED

Take me back sings Van Morrison (1991) in search for when it felt so right, so good, the eternal now. The Eagles sang in Hotel Calfornia in 1976: I had to find my way back..to the place I was before.

Posted in Applying Anthropology, Beauty of Differences and Similarities, First & Second Nations, Practical Mythology, Systematically Getting Lost, Transitional Spaces

The Art of Getting Lost

My teacher, and mental-spiritual-martial art mentor, dr. Ronald ‘Back Horse’ Chavers taught me, between 1980 and 1990, a lot of stuff. Among the most memorable were: ‘systematically getting lost’ (in order to discover new things) and ‘systematic improvization’ (all human

Posted in Applied Mythology, Controlled Folly, Improvising Systematically, Systematically Getting Lost, Vision Quest

Cirkelend ‘terugploegend’ leren

‘JE ZIET HET PAS ALS JE HET DOOR HEBT’ (Johan Cruijff; voetballer en artiest) Onlangs (mei 2016) vroeg een therapeute/student in de 1-jarige opleiding transculturele systeem benadering van het Marjon Arends Instituut Amsterdam, om iets meer te vertellen over ‘handelend

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Clinical Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Improvising Systematically, Organisms as Selfcorrective Systems, Practical Mythology, Research Practices, Systematically Getting Lost

Beyond Ethnography lies Thick Rhyzomatic Thinking

Ethnography & Thick Description are two major shibboleths in contemporise anthropology. In hundreds of publications we tried to solve riddles of sphinxs which are only fascinating to ourselves as anthropologists. Writing, ethnography & thick description is not the key to

Posted in Applied Mythology, Applying Anthropology, Cultural Selfreflection, Epistemology, Improvising Systematically, Practical Mythology, Research Practices, Systematically Getting Lost

The Map is not the Territory

A massive modern human misbelieve (doxa) is that words and concepts are reality. Already Alfred Whitehead warned in 1908 for the ‘fallacy of misplaced concreteness’. One of Gregory Bateson’s most quoted aphorisms is: ‘The Map is not the territory’. He

Posted in Cosmic Jokes, Epistemology, Improvising Systematically, Learning is Breathing, Systematically Getting Lost

Tao Has No Language

(Dis)claimer If this site becomes of any serious value to you, leave it, and do not visit again. Language, certainly written texts, does not lead to wisdom. The Tao text of Lao Tzu starts with the sentences: The Ineffable, about

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Cosmic Jokes

Making and laughing about cosmic jokes is a form of ultimate wisom. If we are able te balance the pros and cons on our personal/collective human condition the only thing left is laugh about it while living it to the

Posted in Controlled Folly, Cosmic Jokes, Systematically Getting Lost

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