If I were to write a book…

In response to my blog post Burroghts, PKD, and Ligotti, the writer of the Grim Reviews blog wrote (here):

“It’s even regrettable these points aren’t explored further in a more serious form than an informal blog post. With some elaboration, this is the type of analysis that would do well online or in print to help revive the curiously stifled field of weird scholarship the past few years.”

I agree with him.  I would like to explore this further in a more serious form.  I have been slowly thinking out a set of ideas these past several years and my blogging is part of this.  Each blog post is just one glimpse on a larger perspective.  I’m a person that looks at interconnections and my mind is wide-ranging.  There is a long blog that I’ve been working on for a month or so now that does articulate some of this more fully, but it’s still just another blog post (assuming I ever post it).  If I miraculously became motivated enough, I would love to get an essay or book published.  That would take work… but anything is possible.  Here is an outline of a possible book I could write.

I. Explanatory Theories

A. Basic Structures

(1) Platonic Ideals

a) Abstractions

b) Meta-Abstractions

(2) Archetypes

a) Tropes

b) Archetypes Proper

(3) Enactivism

a) Subjective Experience

b) Objective Reality

B. Classification Systems

(1)  Natural World

a) Categories

b) Patterns

(2) Spiritual World

a) Astrology, Seasons, and Cycles

b) Mythological Explanations

(3) Human World

a) Human Culture: Ethnicity and Caste Systems

b) Human Nature: Types and Functions

C. Inclusionary Models

(1) Developmental (Descriptive and/or Prescriptive)

a) Psychological

b) Social

(2) Integral

a) Structured

b) Loose

D. Beyond Theory

(1) Non-Systematic and Non-Linear Thinking

(2) Postmodernism (e.g., Derrida and Religion)

(3) Paranormal: Imaginal, Daimonic, Trickster, and Science

II. Western Tradition

A. Religion and Philosophy

(1) Monotheism: Egyptian, Greek, and Jewish

(2) Dualism: Zoroastrian, Egyptian, Greek, and Gnostic

(3) Natural Law: Greek and Zoroastrian

(4) Astrotheology, Solar Theology, and Mythicism

B. Eastern Influences

(1) Translations of Eastern Texts in the 1800s

a) Theosophy and G.R.S. Mead

b) J. Krishnamurti and U.G. Krishnamurti

(2) Eastern Thought Mixing with Re-Popularization of Ancient Western Thought

a) Eastern Traditions in Egypt and Rome

b) Similarities between Hinduism, Buddhism, Classical Thought (e.g., Heraclitus), Gnosticism, and Manichaeism

c) Carl Jung, Herman Hesse, and Philip K. Dick

C. Humanity and Nature

(1) Pessimism

a) Peter Wessel Zapffe and Thomas Ligotti

b) Paul Shepard and Derrick Jensen

(2) Optimism

a) Ken Wilber and Integral Theory

b) Arne Næss and Depth Psychology (along with Transpersonal Psychology and the New Age)

(3) Other Views

a) Marty Glass’ Yuga: An Anatomy of our Fate

(3) Visions of the Future: Directions and Possibilities

III. Contemporary Thinking

A. Writers as a Nexus of Thoughts

(1) Carl Jung

(2) William S. Burroughs

(3) Philip K. Dick

(4) Ken Wilber

B. Culture and Pop Culture: Religion, Philosophy, Psychology, Literature and Film

(1) New Myths and Philosophies, New Perspectives and Paradigms

a) Perennial Philosophy, Mysticism, Buddhism, and Integral Theory

b) Counter-Culture: Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, and Terrence McKenna

– Psychedelics, Conspiracy Theories, and Reality Tunnels

b) Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, Star Wars, and the Matrix Trilogy

(2) Gnosticism and Christianity

a) Carl Jung and Philip K. Dick

b) William S. Burroughs and Philip K. Dick

c) New Age, New Thought, and A Course In Miracles

(3) Horror and the Weird

a) Franz Kafka and Edgar Allan Poe

b) H.P. Lovecraft, William S. Burroughs, and Thomas Ligotti

(4) Social Commentaries: What is Human?

a) Victoria Nelson’s The Secret Life of Puppets

b) Eric G. Wilson’s The Melancholy Android

(5) Neo-Noir and SF: Gnosticism, Kabbalah, and Alchemy

a) Eric G. Wilson’s Secret Cinema

b) Thomas S. Hibbs’ Arts of Darkness

C. The Paranormal and Science

(1) Charles Fort, Jacques Vallee, and John Keel

(2) Patrick Harpur’s Daimonic Reality and George P. Hansen’s The Trickster and the Paranormal

IV. Conclusion

A. What does it all add up to?

B. The Personal and Experiential