I just found out yesterday that Robert Aitken who wrote the awesome Zen Master Raven died back at the end of August and I missed it. Another interesting author gone sadly.
Also Benoît Mandelbrot, who I assumed had already died sadly, actually died a few days ago on the 14th. While I don’t claim to understand his work very well it was interesting, and the sheer number of places it seems to crop up is fascinating.
In other news I’m mostly idle from regular work this week as I’m working on prep for my viva on Monday, this is giving me a chance to revisit my thesis work. I think its probably a good thing I still find it an interesting area and work that I think is valuable.
I always find this situation a little sad.
I’ve just been reading June Singer’s Seeing Through the Visible World: Jung, Gnosis, and Chaos and marvelling at the way she seems to tie it all together, being as she retrained as a psychologist in her 40s I think and wrote the book in her 70s.
I was interested to mail her and find out her views on some kabbalic theory she mentions (she brushes over the trinity suggesting it needs another female participant but doesn’t enter the normal YHVH, Father, Mother, Son, Daughter stuff) and also to see if in experiences of modern gnosticism she’d encountered the Thelemic crowd at all, and what she made of it all.
Sadly it would appear she died in 2004. A shame, she seemed so sharp and able to contemplate new theories at even late ages, it would have been fascinating to hear her views.