Douglas Powers

How Do I Get Free?

The Mind  |  The University   |   Douglas Powers  |   June 17, 2014, 11:00 am

“The capacity of the mind is vast and far-reaching; like empty space, it has no boundaries. It is neither square nor round, large nor small. Nor is it blue, yellow, red, or white. It has no above or below, no long or short. Moreover, it has no anger or joy, right or wrong, good or [...]

Chaos and Immediacy

The Mind  |  The University   |   Douglas Powers  |   May 3, 2012, 4:30 pm

For Deleuze, time itself is always in the newness of our immediate experience. Any sense of time that we add to the present experience is a mental construct. But any mental construct is itself experienced in the newness of each moment. So as we realize ourselves foundationally, it’s always within this newness. We are constantly living in a tension created by the immediacy of sense experience and the meaning that we create through various mental constructs. [...]

Romantic Utopianism

The Scene  |  The Tribe   |   Douglas Powers  |   October 6, 2011, 4:00 pm

We are a lost generation, desperately clinging to anything that feels real, but too afraid to become it ourselves. We are a defeated generation, resigned to the hypocrisy of those before us, who once sang songs of rebellion and now sell them back to us. We are the last generation, a culmination of all previous [...]

Beyond Alienation

The Mind  |  The Scene  |  The Tribe   |   Douglas Powers  |   September 5, 2011, 7:46 am

My last post on Late-Capitalist Youth looked at Nietzsche’s call to control our passions, in order to gain a sense of freedom and new direction for our lives—but the Buddha looked at self-overcoming as well. To move towards a new patterning for our desires, we need to have some space for the conditioned systems of [...]

Got Lack?

The Mind  |  The Scene  |  The Tribe   |   Douglas Powers  |   August 29, 2011, 9:00 am

So what went wrong? As Lacan and Zizek point out, our dissatisfaction begins with a sense of lack. For Lacan this lack is basic to our psyche. Why did each of us get so confused and dissatisfied with such a simple project? We are conscious and aware. If we have enough to eat, a place [...]

Deleuze as Prophet of the Moment

The Scene  |  The Tribe   |   Douglas Powers  |   August 14, 2011, 7:35 pm

We visited Taiwan for several weeks and witnessed the marked ascendency of Asian economic dynamism grounded on a functional culture and rational economic policies. There is a good balance between free-market capitalism, functional social values and pragmatic public expenditures. The speed of economic growth and social optimism during the last 20 years is in marked [...]
Youth, without much self-reflection, certainly feels the fluidity and markless flow of emotions, thoughts and overwhelming stimuli, and has reacted with various defensive postures from back-to-the-land movements to in-your-face hedonism. Looking at the contemporary world with all its challenges and possibilities, I am reminded of Nietzsche and his admonishment of modern mankind’s quest for freedom [...]

Rooted in Confidence and Stillness

The Mind  |  The Scene  |  The Tribe   |   Douglas Powers  |   May 22, 2011, 5:15 pm

There is hope! There is a place of inner confidence from which we can see what’s going on. This isn’t the false bravado of ego that represents an over-compensation for not knowing. Nor is it the misguided sense of certainty through which we set up an external symbol and to which we give up our [...]