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Where God Comes From explores how the sublime and miraculous can be found in a whole range of processes-- from chemistry and biology to language and literature and social interactions -- and how they loop back on themselves to form complex systems, stitching themselves and their environments together. The book traces an arc that passes through a series of different essay forms: a prose poem in Twitter-length units, a philosophical dialogue, traditional essays, and finally a story. Each is a metacognitive investigation of mystical experience as what happens when consciousness discovers its family resemblances with other recursive processes.
Ira Livingston is Professor and Chair of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Vision of Ezekiel and the Films of Stanley Kubrick
Miracles and Signs
Recognition to Infinity
The Gravity Suspension Miracle
The Perfect-Fitting Clothes Miracle
The Fried Noodles Miracle
The Miracle of the Materialized Key
The Mockingbird Sign
The Jellyfish Sign
Road Trip #1: The Story of Virgil
Where God Comes From
The Pedestrian Sublime
A Web of Meandering Connections
Keats and Kauffman
Are We Being Hustled by God?
Dumb Luck Versus Intelligent Design
Getting Stuck and Unstuck
The Lamb Soup of Xinjiang
Nonlinear Time Is Rife with Messiahs
Theory of Mind
Famous Poems Made Up of One Enormous Word
Chaos and Complexity Theory
Finding Your Theme Music
Poetics and Autopoietics
Ending and Returning
Road Trip with(out) Professor Lee
Waking Up in Beijing
Road Trip #3: An Answer for Thad
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