(2014: LECTURE about Slow Thought (Language:English) in Budapest @ Bősze Ádám Zenei Antikvárium, Király utca 77. (Enter from Csengery utca) DATE: June 19, 18.30. Facebook Event

Same lecture in Hungarian, June 26, 18.30 Same location.

For other lectures (about music, listening and awareness) at same location, see Music tasting.org

For more info, send me an e-mail.)


Slow thought explained in progressively larger chunks. One sentence:

Slow thought = self exploration.

Two sentences:

Slow thought is philosophy (love of wisdom) in action. But not the wisdom of the old Greeks or Germans but your own wisdom.

Three short sentences:

Listen. Think. Talk.

Four sentences:

This is getting predictable. One, two, three... Why not five or seven? It is time to kick the chair from under you, reader. Otherwise you might become what Rimbaud called a "sitter".

As you might have noticed that was not four sentences. But I never promised four sentences. I just wrote "Four sentences", which is not a promise, just as this

is not a pipe.

Understand that I seek an intelligent, even interligent [one that makes both parties wiser] relationship with you. That can best be reached by spending some "Socratic" time together. To do that one needs to be in the same time and space (currently Budapest, Hungary). Lacking that, you can read this FAQ, these meditations, and subscribe to a newsletter (soon).

I understand that one should have a "mission statement" nowadays. So here is my “missionary” position, my goals.

I. Increase tempo awareness (not tempo)

The question of tempo, the tempo of life, needs to be on the agenda. Some people, musicians mainly, are already occupied with this question. That is good for music but not much else. Rhythm is no specialist subject of merely academic interest. Vibration, velocity and speed are aspects of all creation.

II. Heighten awareness about the quality of thought

We care about (or at least talk a lot about) quality of food, water and air. Thoughts contain just as much life, vitality, bacteria and poisons as water. From the seeds of thought our lives are born. They are the bricks with which we build our world. They need to be treated with care.

III. Encourage a renaissance for wisdom-seeking conversation

We think about philosophers as solitary outsiders, sitting in their ivory towers, toiling away until they find the Big Answers. That is SO first millennium. Let us instead sit together and “disturb each others circles” in a respectful way. And why look for answers when we haven´t even found our questions?

IV. Make the world a more musical place

How can this be done? Perhaps by understanding the musicality of first rate musicians and translating (exporting) their skills from the domain of music into the world at large.

Ladislaus Horatius