The purpose of this website is to present my work as a whole rather than as a collection of disconnected parts. As I have thought about this “whole,” I have become increasingly conscious of how deeply my thought is indebted to ancient Greek philosophy, particularly Plato’s two erotic dialogues, the Symposium and the Phaedrus, and Plotinus’s doctrine of the cosmic Mind or nous. This is true on both a substantive and a descriptive or historical level. Substantively, I now hold a philosophy of mind very similar to that which Plotinus apparently held, one that sees the body-brain as a “filter” or “transmitter” of consciousness instead of its producer. Descriptively and historically, I have been especially interested in how these same noetic currents were picked up and transformed by various early Jewish and Christian communities, with their emphasis on an innate and immediate gnosis or “mystical knowledge,” and transmitted to us today through the long and complex histories of Hermeticism, Western esotericism, Christian heresy, Mesmerism, Spiritualism, modern occultism, the mystical and countercultural receptions of Asian religions, and, most recently, metaphysical movements and paranormal currents like the human potential movement, New Age literature, and the psi-fi literature of figures like Philip K. Dick, Whitley Strieber, and Grant Morrison.