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Cosmic bifurcation

Thursday, 9 June 2022 at 21:08

Eros on Dr John Dunn. Cosmic bifurcation

Dr John Dunn 2022.

The critical point to be made out of the blog re-posted below is that, to survive as an individual, a race and a species, humanity must be anti-entropic, i.e. anti the reduction of all diversity into one amorphous soup, which is the goal of the globalisers.

The great metaphor for the individual, the race and the species and the action they must take to survive, is the cosmic Beginning, which was the victory against entropy, i.e. the state of chaos that was the realm of Ananke before she was violated by the Originatory* Principle, which is Love.

The indiscriminate cosmos, that state of perpetual equilibrium, the indefinite cycle, was ultimately penetrated by mind, and diversity became apparent.

The challenge ever since the great cosmic awakening has been to struggle against the entropic tendency to return to the One.

This cosmic bifurcation is the basis of human action, be it in support of Love, or be in support of the entropic return. It all comes down to good v evil.

*I apply the word ‘originatory’ to the Beginning, the first principle of everything, i.e. the ‘Originatory Principle’.

Strictly speaking it is not a word; in most cases ‘original’ would suffice nicely.

I feel that in the context of my attempted cosmogony, the word needs to be more active than original. ‘Original’ feels like the first and last and only, i.e. an original act once done is over and gone.

‘Originatory’ feels to me more alive, i.e. original, but with an ongoing originality.

As a consequence the expression ‘Originatory Principle’ will be found throughout my recent and forthcoming writings.

John Dunn ©


Dr John Dunn 2022.

The Orphica suggest that the goddess Ananke came first, fully formed with her consort Chronos, and together they brought about the universe from an egg, and it was from this egg that Eros hatched.

The necessity (Ananke) that was in equilibrium with time (Chronos), which existed before Eros, is not to be confused with order, it was Chaos.

Any closed system, which is what the entropic necessity of Chaos represented, is subject to inevitable decay, or entropy.*

This was the Chaos from which Eros, emerged.

Eros, Love, the disrupter of everything, represented LIFE.

For life is the opposite of entropy.

Life is sustained by breaking out of the equilibrium of a closed system and drawing upon life-serving sustenance from outside that system, be this animal, mineral or vegetable.

Plato adapted the Orphic myth in The Timaeus. In his version Ananke was paired with Nous, or intellect, the conscious and thinking mind that is uniquely the possession of mankind.

“The subjugation of Necessity to wise persuasion was the initial formation of the universe” wrote Plato.

In this creation myth “the initial formation of the universe” meant the emergence of life, at the pinnacle of which is mankind.

Why? Because it is with the intellect that mankind opposes Ananke, upends the equilibrium of necessity and defies entropy.

As the highest expression of the anti-entropic development of the universe, man is capable of continuing the creative development of the universe insofar as he the living image of the first Creator.

*Second Law of Thermodynamics - having a tendency to change from a state of order to a state of disorder.

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Frivolity maketh man

Wednesday, 8 June 2022 at 20:45

Egg on Dr John Dunn. Frivolity maketh man

Dr John Dunn 2022.

...that is the serious point made in the blog re-posted below. Man is different from all other aspects of the cosmos, animal, vegetable or mineral, in that he is not subject to the laws of necessity. As Beatrice says in the Divine Comedy, man can break the rules, or in the terminology developing throughout my most recent series of blogs and ‘Thought pieces’, man is the violator of equilibria, the disruptor, the creator, and it is after the overturning of the equilibrium, the violation of Ananke (the goddess of necessity, inevitability and fate), that we have the Beginning, the cosmic Beginning being a metaphor for man’s personal Beginning. Man smashes the stasis, he smashes eggs.

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Smashing eggs

Dr John Dunn 2022.

The free life, without struggle, unfragmented and detached from the necessity of action, appears in the guise of frivolity.

Frivolity thus stands against the Spinozist, Marxist, Stalinist and scientistic axioms that freedom is the recognition of necessity.

The whole man is revealed on the level of a frivolous life. We must laugh at him.

How do we reconcile individual sovereignty through frivolity?

The answer comes via Dante’s Purgatory XVI,in which he explained how the world came into being in an act of spontaneity. There was no pre-determined reason for its creation, which was an act of total freedom. The spontaneity of this act was likened by Dante to a child at play who turns eagerly to what delights it. Such unrestrained freedom became the foundation for positing our own human freedom. It is because we were born out of this spontaneous action that we can go on believing that there is such a freedom for us.

Or again, in Dante’s Paradise I, Beatrice says of nature that all things have their bent, their given instincts. Just as a flame always rises when lit, a stone always falls when dropped. This is the natural order.

The question should already be rising in the reader’s mind - are we like that? Think of that child, who turns spontaneously without necessity ‘to what delights it.’The answer to the question is, most emphatically, no. Beatrice explains by expanding upon the theme of creativity with a metaphor from art. ‘Just as form is sometimes inadequate to the artist’s intention, because the material fails to answer, so the creature, that has power, so impelled, to swerve towards some other place, sometimes deserts the track.’ In other words, within the description of the order of the cosmos, Beatrice emphasises that human beings are the odd ones out, with the power to deviate from the cosmic order.

Man can break the rules.

Just as Eros, the primordial god of Creation and Life and Orphic symbol of the divine likeness of man, broke out of the Cosmic Egg to disrupt the goddess Ananke’s equilibrium of Chaos, man too can break the rules.

Man can break out of the straitjacket of closed systems be they religious, economic, Dawinist, Spinozist, kabbalistic, Marxist etc.

To accept a system as closed, to accept freedom as necessity, is to withdraw into nature, to return to Mother Nature, to Ananke and an amorphous state of pre-Eros, pre-Love and pre-Being. Closed systems are the path to entropic death.

The systems we compose for ourselves can neither be closed at their beginning nor at their end.

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Chance and struggle

Tuesday, 7 June 2022 at 21:54

Dante on Dr John Dunn. Chance and struggle

Dr John Dunn 2022.

In a previous blog entitled Dawn I ended with questions. Is the Beginning in a personal sense a metaphor for the cosmic Beginning, or vice versa? Or are they one and the same?

In the blog below, I add to these questions the chance element, i.e. the chance encounter. In Dante’s case the encounter was famously with Beatrice. This marked for Dante the Beginning

“In that book which is my memory,
On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
Appear the words, ‘Here begins a new life’.”
(Dante Alighieri, Vita Nuova)

The chance element, the inexplicable element, is Love.

Eros is the Originatory Principle.* Love is God.

Then again in the following short blog I go on the stress the importance of resistance and struggle if one is to carve out a life apart from Ananke’s realm.

Surely resistance and struggle follow the Beginning; that is Dante’s journey, that is the path from the garden to the cross and beyond.

*I apply the word ‘originatory’ to the Beginning, the first principle of everything, i.e. the ‘Originatory Principle’.

Strictly speaking it is not a word; in most cases ‘original’ would suffice nicely.

Ifeel that in the context of my attempted cosmogony, the word needs to be more active than original. ‘Original’ feels like the first and last and only, i.e. an original act once done is over and gone.

‘Originatory’ feels to me more alive, i.e. original, but with an ongoing originality.

As a consequence the expression ‘Originatory Principle’ will be found throughout my recent and forthcoming writings.

John Dunn ©

Reflections on Dante’s Divine Comedy

Dr John Dunn 2022.

Half way along the road we all must take,
I found myself lost in the dark wood…

The Divine Comedy is a retelling of the creation myth, for the creation myth is also an individual myth of emergence from the hell of innocence and unknowing. It is also a retelling of the mystery of the Resurrection, about being lost and found, about dying to the old life and being born to the new, about the Passion.

He was lost in a dark wood, where he, like the plants and animals about him did not observe nature, but rather was in it and of it, indistinguishable from it, porous to it, one with it; that is until the balm mud and spittle applied by Beatrice.

A chance encounter between two people can have implications for eternity. (Francois Mauriac)

For humanity to be distinguished from the plants and animals, life must be carved actively out of the forest or the brambles of nature will return.The same applies to the individual; life must actively be carved out, or oneness will envelop him. The same applies to the race.

The radical application of Dante’s work to everyday living was teased out by Georges Sorel:

. that creativity is the defining characteristic of being human;
. that there is no rational harmony in the world;
. that the proletariat is the carrier of true moral values;
. that there is no inevitable teleology of history, only the (unpredictable) outcomes that can be achieved through struggle;
. that to live is to resist, and
. that ceaseless struggle is the necessary precondition of emancipation.

John Dunn ©


Sunday, 5 June 2022 at 21:31

New dawn on Dr John Dunn. Dawn

Dr John Dunn 2022.

I did another blog on a similar subject to the one posted below, a little later than this, entitled Precursors. The precursors in question were precursors to the light, not the light, but each bore witness of that light. In other words this blog and Precursors are about the dawn just before the Beginning.

This provides an opportunity to ask two open-ended questions. Is the Beginning in a personal sense a metaphor for the cosmic Beginning, or vice versa? Or are they one and the same?

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Light passed through

Dr John Dunn 2022.

He knew there was something there, almost at the end of my school life. He would have rather been in the Thoor Ballylee writing poetry... but he was stuck with teaching, even though he was too good for it. He battled on despite nagging disappointment, always fierce and serious; but I felt newly confident and understood in his presence. He tried to coax life out of me, often hoping for responses to books that I had not properly read. Yet he knew there was something there, somewhere.

This Fenian had caught me at the time of first love, my love for Butterfly -when the tiniest of fissures in the Eros egg were allowing the faintest of soul-light to pass through. It was late in the school year, but his influence helped me to engineer a life of the mind when just about everything else (the forest of much later realisation) conspired against this. I chose the lowest threshold option into university possible and just scraped together the qualifications to get there. I did it all myself. Something was driving me. I created space - space to read and think.

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Thoth Tarot and all

Saturday, 4 June 2022 at 22:02

Crowley on Dr John Dunn. Thoth Tarot and all

Dr John Dunn 2022.

Globalised mainstream thought has its apparent opponents, but collectively they form a controlled opposition.

If you control what is taught in schools, if academics are in your pay, if you control publishing across all the media, why would you allow a genuine opposition? It stands to reason that all opposition is controlled.

If the controlled opposition of so-called rebels is selected and their exposure is in turn controlled, then only the thinkers writers and intellects from the past, whose work reinforces globalised mainstream thought, will get on to the curriculum, appear in the galleries, remain on publishers’ lists, have PhDs and biographies written about them etc. Likewise the new media of our own time will only give exposure to today’s ‘rebels’ if what they have to say serves to consolidate the protocols of what is considered acceptable.

Aleister Crowley is a case in point. I was drawn to both him as an interesting historical figure and his occultism because, whatever I thought of his life work as an alternative world view, he did appear at least to offer an alternative world view. However, that temptation passed. Upon further reading and consideration, Thoth Tarot and all, it turns out that Crowley, like all ‘rebels’ serving the mainstream, was a consolidator, not a disruptor. His role was, and remains, to keep everyone in Beulah, mentally, let alone physically.

I include below the first thoughts I had about Crowley once the occultist mystery had dissipated.

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One like the others

Dr John Dunn 2022.

The more I consider Aleister Crowley, the more do I come to understand him as no more than an advocate of mainstream western thought, which is emanationist, kabbalistic and freemasonic. He was a consolidator rather than a rebel.

Emanationism sees the manifestations of the cosmos as unwilled and necessary, and modes of existence of an infinite, undiminished, unchanged primary substance.

The various modes of existence, including mankind, are often explained as an outflow of beings of descending perfection from the infinite and originatory substance.

Salvation is often thought of as rising through the stages of emanation to become one with the ‘Active Intellect’.

And this, it seems to me, is what Crowley advocates. The tarot ‘fool’s journey’ as he understands it, is to start from 0, i.e. the original and unspoken Logos, travel through all of life’s emanations, struggle to ‘do what thou wilt’, only to accept that one is ultimately inseparable from the originatory substance. This is the salvific journey.

Emanation and pantheism go together in that everything is considered to be an emanation of the one underlying reality. There is no separation from the One, only the illusion of separation.

The human response to emanationism has been to accept that any notion of separation from the One is illusory and that, in reality, man has to accept that he is not a free and creative entity with a free will. The truth is that free thinking can only aspire to the acceptance of necessity. The response ultimately to emanationism is the suicide of the self.

Emanationism has its roots in Pre-Socratic philosophy, Orphism and other related Greco-Roman origin myths, Helenistic Judaism, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, Jewish Kabbala, freemasonry and modern materialistic science. I have limited this list to Western schools and in doing so acknowledge the exclusion for now of the emanationism which is the foundation of many Eastern religions.

Modern emanationism has its roots in the Iberian expulsion of the Jews and Luria’s modification of Kabbalah to suit an exilic mindset. Spinoza took much from Luria, influencing western philosophy and economics, particularly through John Locke and Karl Marx.

Crowley and his ilk are thus to be considered as cheerleaders for, rather than rebels against, the dominant thought forms of the western mainstream. In fact the entirety of the western canon of art, literature, philosophy and science serves to bolster this emanationist, kabbalistic and freemasonic western tradition through figures as diverse as Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Nietzsche, Hegel, Baudelaire, Blake, Steiner, Marx and Engels, Voltaire, Rousseau, Darwin,Heidegger, Freud, Jung, Blavatsky, Steiner, Pollock, Warhol. The immediate political manifestation of emanationism is globalism. The psychological impact of emanationism upon the individual is the suicide of the self.

Evolutionism differs from emanationism in that it claims to be directionless (though often theories stress progress). In evolutionism the transformation and development of matter forms the constitution of the universe, whilst in emanationism the primal source or principle remains unchanged as everything else proceeds from it.

What does not change in evolutionism is the Law, the continuous unfolding of the Law of Evolution. The individual remains subject to the Law of Evolution.

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…beginning of the Beginning

Friday, 3 June 2022 at 21:04

Ananke statue on Dr John Dunn. …beginning of the Beginning

Dr John Dunn 2020.

So having conceded that there can only be metaphor, symbol and allusion, I have established the beginnings of a mythology, a creation myth, a cosmogony.

Returning back to my initial thoughts on the Beginning, i.e. the violation of Ananke by Eros, i.e. by Love, I have added below my Ananke-Eros juxtaposition, which holds in embryonic form a Zarathustrian counter-polarity of Evil v Good, though not in a fully formed and finished manner, and with further development to be done. Suffice to say that equilibrium is on the pole of Evil and violation and disruption is on the pole of Good.

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‘Ananke - Eros’

Dr John Dunn 2020.

Ananke- goddess, indestructible force, bestower of love and life, upholder of the law of fate and ultimate destruction, giver and destroyer.

Eros - primordial God of Creation and Life - symbol of the divine likeness of man.

Ananke- Entropy, Chaos, oneness, heat-death in which the world will be reduced to one vast temperature equilibrium in which nothing new ever happens, death.

Eros - anti-entropy, diversity, individuality, developmental potential, life.

Ananke - equilibrium, unviolated.

Eros - disrupter, violator.

Ananke - passive.

Eros - dynamic, creative.

Ananke - Mistress of the Labyrinth, cave, darkness, deepest mystery.

Eros - bringer of light, penetrator, painter of the cave, artist.

Ananke - Aphrodite, Demeter, Mother Earth, Nature, animal, despair, woman.

Eros - son, new birth, Renaissance, human, hope, man.


Eros - LOVE.

John Dunn ©


Thursday, 2 June 2022 at 20:56

Vernadsky on Dr John Dunn. Vladimir Vernadsky in 1889


Dr John Dunn 2022.

I was left wondering about closed systems and how truly to burst out of them.

There can only be metaphor, symbol and allusion.

In my mythological cosmogony, Ananke is the symbol of undifferentiated Oneness, equilibrium, the endless repeating cycle and entropic death. The champion of violation is Eros, the victims of equilibrium are the Innocents, the promoters of the One are the Children of Urizen. Ultimately the contest is between Love and Evil.

In the one infinite Cosmos without man, there would be no ‘that is’, there would be no ‘be’ing.

Where there is no being, there is void, no-thing; there is 0. Without man, 1=0.

And it all started with a wondering.

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‘Violating 0’

Dr John Dunn 2022.

My belief is that life has always something to do with breaking out of closed systems. The very act of birth is the physical act of breaking free - but life is more than this.

A closed system is an equilibrium of one sort or another that remains unviolated; this is just as true at a cosmic as well as an individual level.

For life to break free the cosmos had to be violated, just as an individual must be violated to attain life.

I am equating life here to consciousness and mind. Breaking out of a closed system is a coming to consciousness. It is the emergence of mind.I am equating life therefore to something that is uniquely human; to humanness.

The emergence of life as consciousness and mind has been argued for before on an evolutionary basis. For example, Rudolf Steiner argued that only the mind of man can continue and complete the evolutionary purposes of God.

There was also Vladimir Vernadsky’s concept of the noosphere, in which the sphere of nous, i.e. of mind, is an evolutionary stage higher than the biosphere, i.e. the world of minerals, plants and animals; but yet again, Vernadsky placed the emergence of consciousness and mind within a structured evolutionary process.

Both Steiner and Vernadsky had consciousness and mind within processes of evolution and therefore remaining in closed systems.

This leaves me wondering about closed systems and how truly to burst out of them; how to violate the equilibrium in order that there might be life, or that life might be. For to break free is a coming to being, with the implication that not to break free is to exist in a state of non-being, or locked in the closed circle of 0.

John Dunn ©

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