Feb 11, 2023·edited Feb 11, 2023Liked by Heliotroph

Interesting essay. The concept of a 'narrative microbiome' is a very useful framing for some of the problems we moderns face, and the mythic/spiritual implications have given me a lot to chew on.

I noticed your book is currently unavailable on Amazon - do you know whether this will be back in stock soon?

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Hello, I'm glad you like the idea and I hope you're able to apply it in some interesting ways.

I'm not seeing any issues with the book on my end - perhaps it's location related, since the book is printed by amazon itself which might limit it geographically somehow

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Ah, I think that's it - I checked from another location and it's available. Gotta get through a few more books before I can justify buying more, but it's on my list!

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A vivid example that makes what you're saying terrifyingly *real*: https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2003/jun/14/weekend7.weekend2

It's a true 'holy shit' moment. One of the few semi-controlled experiments on how important this is and what it does, too!

Also, as an aside: Goldman's English translation of the Ramayana is finally complete, and available in a non-academic reader friendly format. (Here: https://www.amazon.com/R%C4%81m%C4%81ya%E1%B9%87a-V%C4%81lm%C4%ABki-Translation-Princeton-Translations-ebook/dp/B0973N29RL/ ) Sharing here since it's in the reference class of things it appears you actually expose yourself to and enjoy.

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