The Wellspring Publishing Group

Welcome to The Wellspring Publishing Group (WPG) — a virtual community "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike"[1] a "school," or a "learning institution," as these labels are usually applied in contemporary human culture.

The purpose of The Wellspring Publishing Group is to provide a "virtual space" for those who wish to participate in the project of learning to be human — based upon the premise that this is something that is at best poorly or not at all understood among the human residents of planet Earth.[2]

The project of learning to be human is necessarily a kind of "bootstrap" operation in which its self-selected participants are more or less on an equal footing: each with something unique to contribute to the gradual illumination of us all; and each with much to learn from our peers, and from our collaborative explorations of virtually anything that excites human interest.

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1. Douglas Addams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Chapter 2:

A short while before this, Arthur Dent had set out from his cabin in search of a cup of tea. It was not a quest he embarked upon with a great deal of optimism, because he knew that the only source of hot drinks on the entire ship was a benighted piece of equipment produced by the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. It was called a Nutri-Matic Drinks Synthesizer, and he had encountered it before.

It claimed to produce the widest possible range of drinks personally matched to the tastes and metabolism of whoever cared to use it. When put to the test, however, it invariably produced a plastic cup filled with a liquid which was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.

2. If clear understanding of "how to be human" were widespread among contemporary and historical humans, then would it not be reasonable to expect more widespread satisfaction with "the human condition" among humans than seems to be the case at present, and historically? See the introductory description of The Wellspring Library for further discussion.


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