Currently under revision to add additional context and clarity, excerpt Socrates; re-publishing date imminent.
'I Searched Myself,' Heraclitus & Socrates On Wisdom is a seminal offering in the field of Philosophy. Considered 'nimis obscurē' or 'too obscure' by academics for 2½ millennia, he is presented clearly here in lesson format for those who would profit from the teachings of the man who, it is now evident, was the most significant of the exclusive fraternity of Ancient Greeks who laid the foundation of Western thinking along with his predecessors Socrates (of particular significance), Plato and Aristotle.
Scholars may sniff at my uneducated take from their ivory towers, but I in turn am inclined to gently point out that they admit, freely, to having failed to fully parse him, so perhaps a fresh approach and perspective were what was needed all along.
Of particular relevance considering the current state of affairs in the US of late, always for true patriots only.
Power to The People – American Cultural History and Revolutionary Values Revisited, written with the conceit of naming Thomas Jefferson as co-author, as he is quoted extensively, is a narrative look at America today through the lens of Jefferson's thoughts on a wide range of relevant and timely topics, with further commentary from the author’s perspective and modern point of view.
An unflinching, informed and unbiased take on the issues at the forefront of current affairs and several which should be, Power to The People is a love letter of sorts, written to the people of a once-great nation in the hope that an injection of much-needed context and perspective might contribute to a new American Revolution.
My Works In Progress
I'd planned to take a break from writing and focus on My Miao, but I've been rethinking my approach to getting Heraclitus of Ephesus read, recognized and relevant, my current edit now titled On Wisdom and spinning Socrates off as his own Steve Jobs' Wish for An Afternoon With.
I've decided to list all of my unfinished business here, including my planned attempts at novels, which will be published, assuming no major house comes knocking, not as a Bubo Book (non-fiction) but under the Neuromancy Online imprint.
Working title and cover.
I am very aware just how much I might appear to be presuming when I suggest that I have certain insights into Michelangelo – my closest equivalent to God – and his intentions. I struggled long and hard with the notion of offering anything relating to Il Divino for public perusal but in time I grew more confident.
If I see something, it is because it was meant to be seen by the greatest communicator in human history. If I fail to convince, to 'show my work' then, well, I might well be wrong. It won't be the thousand and thirty first time.
My humble insights into Renaissance artist and singular thinker Michelangelo's famous lesson, as manifested by his sculpture David, with regards to the type of mind he considered possibly worth his time to teach and one intensely personal way in which these minds can and have tended to seek expression today, as well as a narrative take on his famous painting of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling frescoes.
Est. publication date 2019.
An Afternoon With Socrates
Remembering Steve Jobs' Wish
Work In Progress.
New context and insight into Socrates' thoughts, lessons and other questions that have puzzled those who've studied him since his death, excerpted from my book 'On Wisdom.'
Intended to blow Steve Jobs' mind, albeit tragically too late to do so, this collection of coherent, convincing and compelling new insight into Socrates, gleaned entirely by accident while parsing his great influence, Heraclitus of Ephesus, is intended to be a free, hopefully widely-circulated pamphlet, so minds greater than mine and voices far more eloquent might begin a discussion that, I hope, in time will both delight and enlighten, as well as bringing attention to the 'famously obscure' Heraclitus' teachings as well..
Est. publication date mid 2019.
Quoting Inspiration, Genius And The Ways They Have Influenced Me
Working title and cover
Inspired by a modest collage I assembled in 1997 and recently tripped over for the first time in years. Other than being great spirits and geniuses of one variety or another, what they have in common is that SJ stole their shine for Apple's 1997 Think Different ad campaign, which being the sucker I was I duly obliged, with these four as my carefully chosen role models.
Michelangelo, as always, remains well beyond my comprehension, if not my abject awe. If I see anything in his work it's because it was meant to be seen.
Working title and cover.
This is an attempt to examine the origins of the Vatican theocracy, not Christianity itself, to separate truths from fiction in order to present what the author believes to be important, relevant, reasoned suppositions concerning this millennia-old, horrifically corrupt, repressive and at times outright murderous institution, both in light of its past and ongoing transgressions and with an eye to its role, if any, going forward in these hopefully more tolerant and inclusive times.
My convictions, however, coupled with research done both while writing previous books and specific to this topic has proven too convincing to me not to express my beliefs and observations, supported by as many facts and relevant anecdotes or quotations as I can assemble, including what I hold to be a cohesive, compelling and condemnatory 'last judgment' rendered by none other than Il Divino himself, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni.
Est. publication date late 2019/early 2020.
My Online Venture
My Miao is a project I would like to launch, a venture into online businesses with socially-conscious values and an unapologetic philosophy of embracing everyone, whatever their gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, political, cultural or religious beliefs, etc., as long as they respect others equally in turn.
If you'd like to learn more, please use the contact form at the bottom of this site or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There's a fair bit I haven't shared on the site, in the interests of not giving everything away for free, but I am pretty confident that I can show how and where and why My Miao will be the next iteration of certain social media niches and very confident that I have, or can design her to be all she could be, and to communicate that vision effectively to coders, graphists, etc.
I am particularly interested in meeting potential co-founders and/or mentors, and of course possible investors would not be unwelcome. I believe that for modest initial funding, followed by a very reasonable seed round once partially established, that My Miao can, if development, deployment, partnering and advertising efforts reach their intended audiences, reasonably target eight- to, if scaled wisely and the many pitfalls of startup successes navigated, in time low ten-digit annual revenue figures with the potential to continue growing both horizontally and vertically.
It's about design and staying lean, curious and clever, with vision and values properly aligned, not reinventing any unnecessary wheels, technologically speaking.
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