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About John Likides
I am the author of GOD IS A HEARTLESS RECLUSE: A NOVEL-ESSAY-SCREENPLAY SYNERGY (2017), FOUNDATIONS OF MEANING: STORIES AND ESSAYS ON BEING IN THE ETERNAL NOW (2013), EROS TRIUMPHANT (2010), INFINITE SUSTAIN (2007), OUT OF THE LABYRINTH (2003), and six screenplays. I have an MFA from the City College of CUNY, and my work appeared in CONFRONTATION, THE PORTABLE LOWER EAST SIDE, CONTRAPOSITION, and other journals. I work in threes: WRITE interdisciplinary texts, COMPOSE soundtracks for my books, and PAINT the covers of my books and CDs. A guardedly-optimistic freethinker, I show that with plenty of creative work, a lot of patience, and some good luck, humanity can navigate successfully between the Scylla and Charibdys straits of utopia and dystopia. The journey from cave-dwelling to space-walking has been impressive, and greater things wait ahead: lunar settlements, then Martian ones, and beyond--humanity's perpetual improvement and systematic expansion around the Milky Way, on to other galaxies, and then to other universes, ad infinitum.
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Titles By John Likides
The story of an atheists search for universal ethics, God Is a Heartless Recluse demonstrates that theists claim of God as their Heavenly Father is delusional. A god who allows terminal childhood diseases, mass murderers, cannibals, and genocides is at best a heartless recluse. In reality, God is a figment of megalomaniacal minds that dont have the courage to accept the facts: Humans evolved from earlier primates. God is a human invention: animism, panpsychism, pantheism, polytheism, monotheism. The universe is indifferent to humanity. Paradise is a fictional luxury resort. Humanity is an adolescent civilization with the potential to mature, spread across the Milky Way, then to other galaxies and other universesto live forever in this eternal multiverse.
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In MARGINS OF PHILOSOPHY, while discussing the challenge before phenomenology, Jacques Derrida speaks of the ground of signification and the pedestal of silence, but his two very apt phrases also apply to the ENTIRE human project of understanding ourselves and the multiversethe aim of THIS book. In other words, FOUNDATIONS OF MEANING expresses the ENTIRE range of human experience in the multiverse: dream-speak, stream-of-consciousness, dialog, storytelling, analysis, synthesis, meditation, music, and so onsynergized into a polyphony that resonates in frequencies that no one mode (from science to mysticism) can attain alone because all such modes reject one another and thus limit their effectiveness. In other words, as inclusive and multicultural societies are the most advanced and best-prepared for the future, so FOUNDATIONS OF MEANING heals the rifts separating the many human disciplines, synergizes the many human modes of expression, focuses our aims as a civilization whose inner ANGELS have been at war with our inner DEMONS, and shows how guarded optimism and free thought can empower humanity to mature and spread across this galaxy and then on to othersad infinitum.
Out of the Labyrinth Mar 19, 2003
Out of the Labyrinth is a literary romance novel of ideas about synchronicity, reincarnation, and unprecedented uses of technologytold from the viewpoint of a freethinker in search of enlightened peers with whom to jam, an authentic mystic with whom to study, and an intellectual babe with whom to shack up.... After a decade of conducting experiments in posthumous sustain with the use of super computers and theurgic drugs, a wealthy programming wiz has a suspicious motorcycle accident, falls into a coma, but is sustained by a computer system and his Zen teacher, an American original with extraordinary powers.... The books mellifluous language, the keen psychological insights, the succinct articulation of the main philosophical arguments for and against the existence of god, the insightful connections among classics from The Republic to Ulysses, and the synthesis of Western skepticism with Eastern mysticism comprise a profoundly original thesis about humanitys potential for immortality in this universe and on to others, beginning in the here and nowtold from the perspective of a freethinker looking for the intellectual babe of his dreams while his alter ego is pestering him to hurry up and get laid....
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