Talk:William Irwin Thompson

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To do list[edit]

To do list for William Irwin Thompson article:

  • mention:
    • resacralization of science
    • Wendell Berry as friend
    • Walt Disney as influence
    • enantiodromia
    • The Mother
    • Yeats
    • Cronenberg
    • Nietzsche/Steiner comparison
  • define:
    • noetic polity
goethean 17:07, 14 November 2005 (UTC)

Yes, Nietzsche the "nihilist"[edit]

I was momentarily browsing this article when I came across the ambiguous, and contentious, statement "He has also dismissed the approaches of 'nihilist' Friedrich Nietzsche". The central ambiguity: does the statement claim irrespective of Thompson's dismissal Nietzsche is a "nihilist" or did Thompson dismiss him because he saw Nietzsche as a "nihilist" or merely dismissed him but also perceived him as a "nihilist"? If either of the last two are the case, then this would be acceptable and not so ambiguous: "He has also dismissed ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche, viewing him as a 'nihilist'..." or something along those lines. — ignis scripta 18:23, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Fixed. — goethean 18:34, 29 June 2006 (UTC)
I have since removed the phrase on Nietzsche, since Thompson's opinions on Nietzsche are more complex than I originally communicated. — goethean 19:41, 10 July 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, Goethean, as Nietzsche impressed me in college--The Birth of Tragedy--and his work really is more Wissenskunst than academic philosophy--even if he was an academic for a while. WIT —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:41, 21 August 2009 (UTC)

Odd article[edit]

Goethean, this article strikes as a little odd. The influences section comes off as a little strange. I'm not going to hack it up without chatting it over with you a little, however.

I think the article should focus on his relevance as a social philosopher and critic, as that is what the majority of readers will find of interest. Also, do you have cites for the fact that he still practices the very dated kriya yoga. I actually know the man and remember him saying that he practiced it long ago, as a young man. whether he was blessed by Aurobindo's successor is downright unimportant, as an example. DocFaustRoll 23:27, 10 July 2006 (UTC)

Go ahead and improve the article in any way that you wish — I'm not very happy with it right now. — goethean 19:04, 12 July 2006 (UTC)

Thanks G,

If he is doing Kriya yoga still, it must be one darn idiosyncratic version, and of limited interest on this brief page. I know he has a very vivid imagination and practically has his own version of VR or ars memoria. I'm leaving on vacation, and will try something when I get back. He is a fascinating and incisive thinker who merits mention. It would be nice to place him in a historical context and not make the page look like advocacy, to include criticisms of him and debates with others. Thanks for being open to collaboration. DocFaustRoll 23:40, 12 July 2006 (UTC)

He says he still practices kriya yoga in this interview from 2006. Mporter 10:33, 25 July 2006 (UTC)

I practice Yoga Nidra, and benefit from what I learned from kriya yoga in the 1970's, such as pranayama and the yoga of sound meditation. Basicly, I am eclectic--more of an independent artist than anyone's disciple.William Irwin Thompson (talk) 00:48, 21 August 2009 (UTC) William Irwin Thompson (talk) 17:53, 2 February 2008 (UTC)(WIT, 2/2/2008). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:48, 2 February 2008 (UTC)William Irwin Thompson (talk) 03:05, 22 August 2009 (UTC)

to do[edit]

I'd like to work the quotations into the text of the article. — goethean 19:51, 21 December 2007 (UTC)


Bill has now linked to this article from the front page his website, which seems to indicate some sort of approval of its contents. — goethean 19:52, 21 December 2007 (UTC) Yes, it's OK now, as I tried to clear up the yoga bit and make Whitehead more formative as an influence, since I read him in high school. William Irwin Thompson (talk) 00:49, 21 August 2009 (UTC) WIT


No critical voices cited. andycjp (talk) 05:29, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Thank you for your suggestion. When you believe an article needs improvement, please feel free to make those changes. Wikipedia is a wiki, so anyone can edit almost any article by simply following the edit this page link at the top.
The Wikipedia community encourages you to be bold in updating pages. Don't worry too much about making honest mistakes—they're likely to be found and corrected quickly. If you're not sure how editing works, check out how to edit a page, or use the sandbox to try out your editing skills. New contributors are always welcome. You don't even need to log in (although there are many reasons why you might want to). — goethean 01:09, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
Notable critical comment would have to exist. User:Fred Bauder Talk 17:49, 18 March 2013 (UTC)


The time William Irwin Thompson and Lindisfarne spent in Crestone in the 80s and what they did and built there is not covered. Are there any good sources? User:Fred Bauder Talk 17:49, 18 March 2013 (UTC)

The bare bones in this could be used for a grant of 80 acres in 1979 by the Strongs, building of a chapel and fellowship hall, and donation of the center to the Colorado Mountain Zen Center. User:Fred Bauder Talk 18:25, 18 March 2013 (UTC)
However it is not a reliable, third-party source. User:Fred Bauder Talk 19:03, 18 March 2013 (UTC)