Cipher on a Wall Archive

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    Joseph Smith and the Archetypes of the Collectively Unconscious Male

    In their 1990 publication, King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette suggested during the apex of the “men’s movement” that males...
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    Stories and Stone

    Having arrived in London last week on an ordinary mid-week mid-morning, I exited the lofty frame of St Pancras International Station, onto Pentonville Road. Consulting the compass on my phone,...
  • Battles

    Battles – ‘Gloss Drop’ Tour, London

    From the packed-in floor of a dark club (under Victorian railway tracks), and through the dancing columns of sound and light, the three members of Battles appear as conjurors, athletes,...
  • Five 'Fingers'

    On Shoes

    According to their origins, shoes are functional items. They give a degree of protection against the chance of you stepping on something sharp or unfriendly, and may be designed to...
  • Marathon

    ‘We Have Won’: The Spirit of the Marathon

    In the year 490 BC, so the story goes, a herald from Athens named Pheidippides, already having run 150 miles over the previous days, ran the 25 mile distance from...
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    The Illusion of Equality

    Today, a guest post from Helen. I read a review of Rebecca Asher’s book the week it came out in print, and decided to order it straight away. One of...
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    Love letters to Amy Poehler

    A few years ago I was crossing Castro street in San Francisco after a yoga class when I was stopped by an enthusiastic man. “Hey! You look exactly like that...
  • Tattoos

    A System

    In the 2000 Christopher Nolan film Memento, the central character (Leonard) has a big problem with his memory. After an accident an indeterminable amount of time ago, he is unable...
  • Dream River

    What Dreams May Come

    There are two ways into the world of dreams. The first is to walk in consciously, the second is to achieve consciousness during or after it. These two modes suggest...
  • Rewards

    Marshmallows, Obedience and You

    In the famous Stanford Marshmallow Experiment (1972), Professor Walter Mischel gave four year-old children a marshmallow, and instructed them that if they waited twenty minutes without eating it, they would...
  • The View Outside

    The Good Book

    I love getting books in the mail. No seriously: I feel like no one could possibly understand how much I love it. It doesn’t happen often enough, but when we...
  • The Village

    “Come to Zion”

    ‘Zion’ has become a dirty word in our world: now it is shorthand for the displacement of native peoples from their homelands, and a justification for the flexing of military...
  • Fractal Square Root

    Time’s Fractal Line

    ‘I wish I had more time in my life.’ A friend wrote this on his Facebook wall yesterday. It’s a problem I can certainly relate to: I often feel the...
  • Ansel Adams

    The West

    Yesterday on ‘Rogue Cinema’ I wrote about one of my Granddad’s favourite films, the 1955 version of Oklahoma!, and pondered how this representation of the American West appealed to his...
  • The Black Hills, Wales

    Let’s Walk Together

    It’s easy to be unconscious about our consciousness. The stories that we tell ourselves make up our world, but it’s natural to be unaware of the huge potential power that...
  • The Book of Mormon Musical

    Family Home Evening at “God’s Favorite Musical”

    Guest Post: by Ian — An Early Review of The Book of Mormon Musical. This past Monday I had quite the Family Home Evening—I saw a preview performance of the...
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    A Prophet at Wartime

    What does this Prophet deplore in war? The actions of the enemy? The actions of the US-led coalition? War in general? It’s hard to tell and this appears to be...
  • Michelangelo: Creation of Adam

    Adam-God Theory

    What we believe truly matters. Most of what we believe has its roots in what we were taught as children by people who we once rightfully worshipped as demi-gods; [...]...
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    Leaving

    I’m in the process of choosing to leave. I’m almost there. There’s only a consideration of the cost.
  • Reflected Sphere

    Mirror

    When the Universe ends—or re-begins?—how will we know? Who will write the history of it? And what is the basis of any hope that anyone would care to read it?
  • van Gogh: The Good Samaritan - feature

    The Golden Rule

    [UPDATED] I am bound and cannot escape. I live in shadows and mists along the edges of that magical world of my childhood; a realm where all of humanity is enslaved...
  • Sassetta: St Antony beaten by the devils

    Scapegoats

    “Don’t blame it all on the devil” seems a reasonable enough point for mature minds. Maybe too obvious a point? It’s tempting to take all of this at face value...
  • Christoph Niemann: Visitor from the Kid's Room

    The Power and the Glory of Quirky Observation

    I’ve recently been reminded of how some, more quirky observations can easily lead to delightful moments of wonder and a spine-tingling connectedness with the whole bad-ass universe. We might fail...
  • Picasso - Three Women

    Bake-ru

    ‘Bake’ isn’t just about changing, its about the charm that transforms everyday innocuous items into unrecognizable, uncooperative objects through unknown mischief. When we find ourselves stupefied by keys that should...
  • Brueghel - Tower of Babel

    Mojibake!

    [Updated with Bad Religion] The Holy Bible tells a story rich in metaphor which marks the tendency for information to change as it passes through and between human minds. The...
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    London Calling

    [UPDATED] I took a call from London at four this morning – that’s 11 AM London time. It was my fifteen year-old daughter in tears at having discovered that she...
  • Blue Earth and Gray Moon

    Wish I Had A River

    Taking a break this week but I want to share just a little something anyway. Because it’s Christmas and not everyone feels warm and cozy today. Some may be as...
  • Approaching Star

    Lamb Chop In The Sky

    If a boy becomes a man and can still feel the tug of an emotion from across 40 years, one may guess that the experience was profound — and so...
  • Golden Slumbers

    Golden Slumbers

    Golden slumbers kiss your eyes, Smiles awake you when you rise; Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry, And I will sing a lullaby, Rock them, rock them, lullaby. Care is...
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    Penelope’s List

    Is the desire to be happy a human universal? Or is it just another one of those preferences that arise from the murky depths of some personalities? On its face...
  • The Antikythera Device

    Device

    Birthdays are a natural time to put one’s current moment into the perspective of history. This past week I’m realizing just how much history has slipped by in so little time. I...
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    Blessed Eve, Mother of All Living

    The opposite of life is not death, rather never knowing. Yet knowledge has been called a forbidden fruit and a poison … the root of all evil … a bitter...
  • I am Alpha and Omega

    A Man of Letters

    Everything I have learned about God is written in a book. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine how my worldview might differ had certain ideas not been memorialized, glorified, and...
  • "Golem" by KD Matheson

    Golem

    There is a story among my people of the time before. It is a story meant to answer the youthful questions: “Who am I? What am I? Where do I...
  • Galaxy of Galaxies: section of a Mandelbrot set

    Seeing

    Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line …
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    Foreplay/Long Time

    How the mind trips on time. This message was set to appear live on the web at 11 AM GMT on Saturday, October 16th 2010. If all went well with...
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    Forgotten

    Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul laments Humbert Humbert. The recollection of Lolita draws Nabokov’s unreliable narrator far back in time as the middle-aged...
  • Third Eye

    Cipher on a Wall: Of Mind, Memories, and Dreams

    The mind is a stage. Does this sound familiar? Descartes continues: where ideas are illuminated by the inner light of reason. In 1973 a Mormon Apostle, Boyd K. Packer, ventured...