The Alchemy of “Golden Girls”

Some tongue-in-dentures fun. By: Peter Parker Okay I couldn’t resist, here’s Golden Girls as a metaphor for the alchemical magnum opus. A further sign I have way too much time on my hands. In alchemy the magnum opus or great work was the production of the philosopher’s stone, a special mineral that could convert matter…

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome – Esoteric Analysis

By: Jay As with many 80s films I grew up with, they seemed quite innocuous on the surface level, but as you mature, you are able to reflect on the subtler messages and meanings in film and literature. My own and Peter Parker’s reviews here have garnered quite a few thousand hits over the past couple years,…

Husserl on the “Horizon” of Objects

By: Jay For Husserl, the perception of objects is necessarily inadequate due to what he and Merleau-Ponty describe as the “horizon.” This refers to the hiddenness of any object of perception due to a singular human vantage point and finitude. Any perception of an object can only be of a determined aspect or dimension of…

Intentionality in Husserl

By: Jay In Thing and Space, part 4 (page 12), when Husserl explains that intentionality is the existential determinant, he is describing a feature of out perceptual constitution. He writes that we have pure givenness or pure intuition which relates us to phenomenal objects. Objects as presented to us directly are an essential feature that belongs…

Merleau-Ponty Destroys Psychologism and Pure Empricism

By: Jay    The first account Merleau-Ponty deals with in the selections from Phenomenology of Perception as found in Vision and Mind is the notion that sense-perception is identified with the object perceived. He believes that because of its presented immediacy, we mistakenly believe the two are the same, and they are not. One does not…

Improv and Comedy Showcase – Several Characters and Skits

Here’s a sampling of the videos I’ve done so far, which have been viewed 15,000 times: not bad for a few videos thrown up in the last year. All the impersonations and voices are done by me with no edits or stops. Very little planning beforehand is done. Enjoy! -Jay Snake Plissken, aka, ‘Rattler’ responds…