Hello out there - I’m Oshan Jarow.

Each of us are here only briefly, as startling blinks of wakefulness, bundles of flesh & potentiality in a vast, rich, & strange cosmic neighborhood. I’m looking for existential creativity.

As the world grows more complex, I suspect consciousness and culture grow more entangled. Exploring new cultural systems might give rise to new kinds of consciousness, in the same way that exploring consciousness might give rise to new kinds of cultural systems.

Here, you’ll find my podcast, essays, newsletter, book notes, & map through the digital wilderness - all exploring that co-emergent relationship between consciousness & culture.


Recent Essays

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Vending Machines of Desire

What is needed are methods of making knowledge visceral. Practices of feeling the loss of biodiversity as the loss of our own limbs.

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The Musing Mind Podcast

From contemplative philosophy to radical economics, these conversations explore the full spectrum of possibilities for how we might live in the 21st century.

I speak with guests whose lives are beacons of existential creativity, who help stretch our collective imagination of what’s possible.

Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? ... What do we ever know that is higher than that power which, from time to time, seizes our lives, and reveals us startlingly to ourselves as creatures set down here bewildered? ... We still and always want waking.
— Annie Dillard (Queen of Words)

Book Notes

Collected notes & quotes from some of my favorite books.


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Mind Matters Newsletter

A dispatch of thinking, writing, & reading at the nexus of consciousness & culture. 

If you dig the website’s vibe, you might enjoy the newsletter. I share my latest essays, findings from the mixed-bag of fields I wander through - meditation, philosophy, economics, neuroscience, literature - and book notes from what I’m reading.

My subliminal, ever-present question is this: In the face of certain death, a universe of size unknown, and the innumerable possible organizations of conscious experience, how might we live?

If you’re interested, let’s connect.

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