When a delivery person from the pharmacy brought his pain medication, he noticed the ichthys necklace she wore and asked her what it meant. In an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, it all came back to me. And not only could I remember it but I could see it. The girl was a secret Christian and so was I. We lived in fear of detection by the Romans. We had to communicate with cryptic signs.

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It was recommended that someone cut-and-paste this to start a new thread. So, here it is. Hello, PKD fans! I was a sophomore in college when PKD died. I remember seeing the story on the news and I knew who he was and that I liked the little of him that I had read. Since High School I would keep an eye open at used book stores and snag up his titles when I found them because, I believe, they were mostly out of print.

I remember laughing out loud when Lord Running Clam was introduced into the story. Those where my favorites until some time in the 90s. From then on I have regularly read and reread the majority of his novels. I came to this discussion group because I am looking for a place to dialog about "The Exegesis of Philip K Dick" while I am reading it. It fell into my lap this Christmas.

I hope this can be fruitful. My first contribution. I was expecting his speculations to reach further or be more varied from a pretty conventional liberal Christianity that we see running on for pages upon page. Also, it is as close as most of us will ever get to having a conversation with the great conversationalist.

But, I think it is fair to acknowledge that there is a lot of it and it often is pretty conventional. I enjoy seeing him explore this experience that he had, and as a reader I get to see how it affects his emotional and imaginative mind, and the way that he probes that experience, as something important, the way that a scientist obsessively works with a phenomenon in the world in an attempt to understand it.

Another thing that I find interesting is that he lived in a personal world that was much more spiritually populated than anything I have experienced or even given thought to as a possibility I was raised as an evangelical nondenominational First Christian in the Southwest.

I have to admire someone whose spiritual world is so populated. The man should never have been lonely, he could have been possessed by a dead friend, an early Christian, an alien. He considered that his experiences may have been information or messages directly from God. I admired the same thing in St. They both had Angels and Demons and all sorts of other spirits bumping all around them.

To him they mattered and were a part of how things worked and were affecting how things were going to work themselves out. When I think of that it makes me feel like I live in a world that is positively vacant, only the physical world, and animals and the eco-sphere, and people. His spiritually populated world reminds me of another thing that he discusses at length during the first pages. He says he is a Platonist. He portrays the Logos as having a will and plans for us in the world.

I sent my philosophy professor, who is an authority on Plato, I took a directed reading with him on Plato 30 years ago an email about this to make certain my memory was correct. Plato described the Forms or Ideas as existing eternally and without consciousness or plans. Objects in the physical world have the characteristics they do to the extent that they successfully participate in the Idea of a given characteristic. People have Character attributes to the extent that their lives participate in the Ideas such as nobility and beauty and justice and courage.

We remember the Forms from seeing them before we were born. The act of birth causes us to forget what we know about the Forms but life experiences and discourse will allow us to remember our pre-life vision of the Forms or Ideas.

The clearer we remember what was forgotten during the trauma of birth the greater is our ability to take on the personality characteristic of a given remembered Form. The Logos was the greatest, most comprehensive, and elusive of the Forms. My professor confirmed that I was remembering, in a nut-shell, everything correctly. So, my question is, what should we make of PKDs presentation of the Logos and his characterization of that presentation as Platonism? Thank you, for this opportunity.

I hope that it will be appreciated by some members and that we can have a constructive and fruitful dialog.


The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

One Mind there is; but under it two principles contend. The Mind lets in the light, then the dark, in interaction; so time is generated. At the end Mind awards victory to the light; time ceases and the Mind is complete. He causes things to look different so it would appear time has passed.



Made it a little more than halfway. Total Dick-Head: Exegeting the Exegesis On the one hand, fiction intrudes into nonfiction as evidence; on the other hand, autobiography intrudes into fiction as literary device: It was revealed to me that ultimately he wins every hand. Is the goal of this higher intelligence to restore man to a pre-Christian path? But the memory is within us, somewhere deep down our minds, and if we are capable of retrieving it, exegesid stands revealed and explained. I am bringing out those elements I find helpful or illuminating from a Christian standpoint, realizing of course, there is much in the Dxegesis which I miss out because of this. No need of telepathy in love, nor memory for love complete itself. Selected Stories of Philip K.

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