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The stuff ideas are made of…


Intuition.  Desire.  Epiphany.  Awe.  Synapses.

Without reason we know. Our intuition is stirred up. We can feel it in our gut. 

The longing to understand drives us. The perpetual desire to figure it out. The fuel. 

A moment of insight strikes. The spotlight of epiphany. A fleeting clarity. 

Oh the wonder of it all. Struck by awe. Moved beyond reason.

Mind on fire. Synapses ignited. Weaving it all together. 

This is the stuff ideas are made of!

Now what if we look at this from a different angle… what if we turn the prism of perspective to refract a different outlook on the notions of ideas, mind and individuality?

What if we are not individuals but completely connected by the perpetual thought process of an evolving mind… the collective noos.

Does this alter the questions of life after death, or create a new sense of interbeing if our minds and ideas are fluid as such?

The Trembling Giant

I was in Utah for a motorcycle adventure. Riding for miles over dark lava encrusted landscapes among brilliant Aspen trees was a sensorial pleasure. My mind was lulled into a meditation on the lessons of nature. 

Fortunately one of the other riders was a geologist who explained we were riding through the amazing Pando Aspen Grove. 

Pando (Latin: “I spread”), also known as The Trembling Giant, is a clonal colony of a single quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)… a single living organism with one massive underground root system.

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The colony encompasses 106 acres and has over 40,000 stems (trunks), which die individually and are replaced by new stems growing from its roots.  The average age of Pando’s stems is 130 years. 

The root system of Pando, at an estimated 80,000 years old, is among the oldest known living organisms.

Humm, makes me wonder about us… are we a Trembling Giant, one common organism rooted in a collective Pando Mind of the Noosphere where all ideas are connected in one way or another?



 Mark’s Myth is an exploration into the synergies of ideas… riffs blending wordplay, story telling, technology and the arts weaving together a tapestry of synapses and milestones.

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Mark’s Myth is an exploration into the synergies of ideas. Blending story telling, technology and the arts, as Ideapod’s Artist-In-Residence Mark is one of the first users to explore the full potential of Ideapod helping to nurture its evolution. To view Mark's gallery of ideas go to

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