Dear Friend and Reader:
Good Wednesday morning. Today’s edition of Planet Waves audio takes us into one of the mythical worlds of Kurt Vonnegut — the island of San Lorenzo, where Bokononism is the religion of choice. From that religion we have the Sun god Borasisi, after which a little planet got named in the early 2000s — and Friday’s New Moon is conjunct this critter. We’ve talked about it a bit before; today is Borasisi’s full debut.
One of the themes of our Age of Ethics is knowing what we believe. Usually, this thing we call belief operates just a shade below what we jokingly think of as ‘full awareness’. Belief has a way of lurking in the denial zone, where we can pretend we don’t need to take responsibility for it. Borasisi brings the issue to the surface in a kind of mythic world where Sagittarius and Pisces intersect and really push us to pay attention to this awesome power of belief that we tend to use so casually.
As you listen, remember that Vonnegut’s novel is an allegory not just for science but also for its ultimate indiscretion: the atomic bomb. Dioxin, PCBs, plasticizers and genetically modified organisms definitely count — but the real Ice Nine is the bomb.
But wait — there is another.
PS, I have a factcheck: in the audio I say how Vonnegut was a PR guy and spokesman for GE — facts now in hand say he worked in PR as a kind of researcher/storyteller about science, which cast GE in a positive light. More on that next week.
The old player is in its usual location. The new player is the nifty gray icon below. Enjoy.
Yours & truly,