Hexnet Hexagonal Tag Feed: nature A feed of tagged nodes. https://hexnet.org/blog Watts on Hexagons <p> [Edit 2013-10: The existence of this post has bothered me since I first published it three years ago. Basically, this was intended as the first installment of what was to have been a sprawling series of posts attempting to reconcile what I will loosely term "Eastern monism" with the semantically precise, mathematical ontology I have been trying to develop in light of hexagonal principles&mdash;and in a real, meaningful way, not just in some fake-ass pop quantum mysticism sense. I won't recapitulate my whole line of thought here, but suffice to say I had and continue to have more substantive and I think relevant ideas on these matters than those expounded in this limited post, which by itself I think ends up conveying either that I misunderstand or misinterpret people like Watts, or that I am not particularly interested in the finer implications of what they tried to communicate. And I would like to think neither is true. Watts was a huge intellectual influence on me in my youth, and it was writings such as his that actually turned me from my earlier phase of hexagonal thinking as a teenager&mdash;only to return to it with more clarity of thought over a decade later. And having later become of aware of his passing references to hexagons, I was very eager to draw out these ideas and sort of riff on them with the greater perspective gained from the ensuing years. But I left the task unfinished, and, again, I think this post, by itself, is sort of weird. I gave serious thought to deleting it or leaving it unpublished in this latest iteration of the site, but ultimately decided to leave it here, with this disclaimer. I intend to revisit these issues at some point, hopefully in greater detail, at which point I will perhaps modify or edit this post further.] </p> <p class='quote'><i>"Where is it writ large that talking monkeys should be able to model the cosmos?" &ndash; Terence McKenna</i> </p> <p> <img src='/files/images/hexnet/p34-tao.png' title='I don&#x27;t even remember what this is supposed to be lol' alt='Some sort of ideogram or something in a thing idk' class='image-right'/> I remember reading a short but eloquent endorsement of hexagons by <a class='ex' href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&index=aps&keywords=Alan%20Watts&tag=hexnet08-20">Alan Watts</a> once, probably seven or eight years ago. Since I wasn't particularly interested in hexagons at the time, I quickly forgot about it, and where exactly I had read it. However, times have changed and my hexagonal thinking has evolved, and with the advent of Google Books and all, I recently decided to look into the matter further. After an <a class="ex" href="http://www.google.com/search?tbs=bks%3A1&amp;tbo=1&amp;q=alan+watts+hexagonal&amp;btnG=Search+Book">exhaustive search</a>, I found two mentions of hexagons in Watts' books, which I shall now share with you, and duly expound upon. </p> <p> I am not entirely sure either of these is in fact the passage I remember reading, but if it were either of them it would be this first one, which can be found in the essay <i>What on Earth Are We Doing?</i>, from the collection <i><a class='ex' href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0394719999/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0394719999&linkCode=as2&tag=hexnet08-20">Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown</a></i>: </p> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:54:48 +0000 https://hexnet.org/content/watts-hexagons https://hexnet.org/content/watts-hexagons