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Perilous Ascent: An Exploration of Actaeon and Revolution

The myth of Actaeon expresses the pattern of revolution. The purpose of this article is to analyze how this pattern is imaged within the story. In this analysis, different elements of the myth will be drawn upon to show how the pattern manifests at different levels of reality. The Myth…

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Faith, Art, and Symbolism – Boston Talk

February 15, 2020 • 3:00 pm

I will be giving two talks in Boston on Feb. 15th on art and symbolism There will also be an included lunch as well as a tour of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral hosted by myself.  The price is only 15$.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Humanity – With Dr. Paula Boddington
How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Humanity – With Dr. Paula Boddington

Dr Boddington is the author of “Towards a Code of Ethics for Artificial Intelligence”. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the New College of the Humanities and has held academic positions at the University of Bristol, the Australian National University, Cardiff University, and Oxford University. She has received research awards from the Future of Life Institute, the National Institute of Health Research, and the Wellcome Trust.

Old World vs New World – with John Heers
Old World vs New World – with John Heers

This is an episode of the WAWTAR (why are we talking about rabbits) podcast where we look at the difference between the Old World and New World and why that is relevant today.

The Dark Knight – How to Be a Hero in an Upside Down World.
The Dark Knight – How to Be a Hero in an Upside Down World.

We look at how Batman in The Dark Knight shows us how to be a hero in an upside down world in the scene where kidnappers dress up their victims as perpetrators. We compare this story to Christ turning the tables over in the Temple to chase away the money changers.

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Food, Sex and Communion

Food, Sex and Communion

This post is a transcript of a video from June 2018. Thanks to Heather Lee for the transcription and JP Marceau for the edition. This video is based...

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About

Jonathan Pageau

Jonathan Pageau

Professional Icon Carver

Jonathan Pageau is a professional artist, writer and public speaker, giving workshops and conferences all around North America. He teaches carving, speaks on art, but mostly explores symbolic structures that underlie our experience of the world.

Through his YouTube channel and podcast, The Symbolic World, he also furthers the conversation on symbolism, meaning and patterns in everything from movies, to icons, to social trends.

Articles on the The Symbolic World are contributed by several writers engaged with Jonathan in the exploration of Symbolism across all fields.

To see the Jonathan’s art, please visit his carving website, his Patreon Art page or follow him on social media.