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This is an experimental project, a hypertext book-in-progress meant to reflect my never-ending quest to understand myself and other people. It is based on the idea that, because human thinking is nonlinear, it can be best captured in the nonsequential form.
I will use this project to explore some philosophical questions: "How do we see the world around us and why?", "What is our existence about?". My quest will be also guided by more practical concerns: "Why do people hurt each other?", "Why do misunderstandings happen?" and "How can we collaborate across divides?". Finally, on a more selfish level, I want to use this hypertext to help myself navigate life's uncertainties and challenges. I hope my readers will understand me. After all, each person wonders once in a while "What's the point?", and no one wants their life to be meaningless.
In a way, I embarked on this journey to stay sane. This experimental book is going to be my creative outlet, something that I can share with the world as I am doing it. Some may say, it's a curious way to combat my own perfectionism. The second - though no less important - reason for starting it is to develop and promote my scholarship. For this purpose, the book is based on the rhizomatic method proposed by postmodern philosophers Deleuze and Guattari.
This project was launched in February 2021. It may remain in the state of becoming for a while (months? years?), as my plan for its content and form implies. Whenever you revisit this site, you will find something new. I am not planning to delete old content, although I will be editing existing pages to make my writing more complete and compelling. Meanwhile, the book will be constantly expanding in multiple directions through additional links and interconnected pages. Despite the unusual format, I hope to see this book cited by future readers.
As it goes with hypertext books, you can click the links on this and any other page to see where they will lead you. Most links will take you to different parts of this book, but some will serve to connect the project to other texts on the World Wide Web.
CAVEAT: Even as the number of completed entries is growing, there will also be plenty of empty pages. Realizing that my readers won't enjoy stumbling around links that lead nowhere, I have created a this list.
If you want to chat with me about any of this, feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.