The website of M Alan Kazlev - esotericist, futurist, palaeontology nerd, veganarchist, and scifi writer.
In my current work in progress, I am interested in integrating the three fields of Esotericism, Integral philosophy, and Big History into a holistic theory of everything. Big History provides an understanding of empirical reality, including Earth History. Integral philosophy (a poorly defined term, although see this essay by Jennifer Gidley, so in this context Integral philosophy can be used in the context of the work of Jean Gebser, Ken Wilber, and Rudolf Steiner) provides the counterpart through its emphais on the evolution of states of consciousness. Whereas Big History and Integral Philosophy are both theories of everything in the context of modernity, Esotericism (which also includes Steiner, as well as many other) considers the inner, subtle, or mystical dimension, and for the most part is grounded in “pre-modern” (axial, early post-axial, medieval, and early modern) thinking. For further updates, including my work with ChatGPT, see my blog.
Big History - The Cosmos, the Earth, Life, and History through time
I want to create a new sister Palaeos project here, emphasising the Earth through deep time over phylogeny (phylogeny, the evolutionary tree, can still be accessed at the Palaeos com site). Only a few pages up here at the moment. So far I've only written some notes for the Precambrian. Hopefully something will get organised here.
This will be another project, with essays on science fiction, storytelling, worldbuilding, and more. This material is also related to my book on Mythopoesis.
(Note: no longer writing this; will produce a separate scifi project instead).
All sentient beings regardless of species have intrinsic value and moral worth.
Kheper - Evolution and Metamorphosis
I want to at some point get around to upgradinge the kheper site, most of which dates from mid to late 1998 (though including earlier material), with later material added willy-nilly until about 2010. But that would have been an intimidating project, given the size of the Kheper section. And anyway, a lot of its charm comes from its random, disorganised structure. I left out a few pages, especially the Gurus section, which caused a lot of problems because of its confrontational nature. I may at some point put some of those pages back up. Most of it though is still the same as it was on the old kheper net domain name, so please update your links accordingly. The broken links will hopefully be fixed at some point. Most of the external links are no longer current; it says something about the volatility of the Internet. These links will be deleted as I go through the site.
Regarding the broken links (and spelling mistakes), hopefully they'll be fixed (eventually). The external ones will be deleted as I go through the pages. The problem here, especially since most of the original Kheper site is more than twenty years old, is as sites go down or web pages change URLs, it becomes too much work to keep maintaining them. Toby White, the co-author on Palaeos com, had the same problem with links there. I'll only keep a few reliable links like Wikipedia and TVTropes.