Tell el-Burak, Phoenicians, wine, ceramic amphorae, MIT Press the History of Subjectivity, mood and consciousness, Homer

Tell el-Burak wine university

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The Phoenicians didn’t invent wine. But, they didn’t need to.  Instead, they taught us about style, how to adapt wine to our lives, how to enjoy it.  — The rituals last and help us cope even today. Thank you, true mystic sailors. Let’s all go to a 2,600 year-old vineyard, call it Tell el-Burak wine university. Of course I mean “university” metaphorically…

We’ll recapture a sense of appreciation and awe. What an amazing journey it is to be alive — the Homeric wine-dark sea, the coolness of the ceramic amphorae, the vessels into which seasons are poured. Wine reads our moods. No one is in top learning shape without being a little bit relaxed, casual, receptive.

The history of creativity speaks to these things… — The image at the top of this article is from the cover of a book called Phoenician Secrets: Exploring the Ancient Mediterranean, by Sanford Holst. See link at the bottom of this article. 

(For information about Tell el-Burak, see “2,600 year old wine factory unearthed in Lebanon” — The National Geographic)

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Philosophy, psychology, neuroscience

Also, if you are in a more scientific mood, MIT Press published a book entitled Subjective Time: the Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience of Temporality. It looks into the foundations of how consciousness develops certain nuances. Philosophy is not dead, not a discipline of obscure academics. In fact, AI and neuroscience — and physics — have reinvigorated philosophy, cast its viewpoints into new relevance. How psychology and science can contribute to understanding the fabric of awareness and mood — our consciousness.


There is a longer story to the Tell el-Burak wine university, but it is best learned about with a vessel of the sea-dark stuff. By “university” I mean the rich layers of information that find their way to us. about places like Tell el-Burak.

The other alphabet

When civilized humanity was learning the alphabet of taste and mood. Every once in a while, one of our friends decides to “drop out,” live off the grid or as close to that, as possible. Other than the fact that these experiments often fail, they also often teach something about an ancient orientation and sensibility, a connection with nature. We have lost that, but the drop-outs find it. It is not that far — it is in our marrow and blood. The silence of the earth. TALIESIN’S FOAMING MEAD. The smell of the sea in the air when you are a hundred miles from the coast. That kind of thing…


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