Welcome! My name’s Dan Jacob Wallace. Untrammeled Mind is where I explore, engage, and offer up for discussion philosophical musings, social and cultural commentary, music, and whatever else I happen to be working on or struggling to understand. Comments, questions, and suggestions are encouraged!
Most of what I post here are first drafts.
If there’s a set of guiding principles here, it’s this: confusion over certainty, collaboration over debate, compassion over hate.
As someone endlessly driven to write about far more topics than I could ever hope to fully understand, I also like this quote from Christopher Hitchens’s memoir, Hitch-22 (emphasis mine):
Every article and review and book that I have ever published has constituted an appeal to the person or persons to whom I should have talked before I dared to write it. I never launch any little essay without the hope—and the fear, because the encounter may also be embarrassing—that I shall draw a letter that begins, “Dear Mr. Hitchens, it seems that you are unaware that…” It is in this sense that authorship is collaborative with “the reader.” And there’s no help for it: you only find out what you ought to have known by pretending to know at least some of it already. (p 362)
Which reminds me, I often link to books at Amazon.com that I consider worth checking out. If you click on a link and buy something, I get a small commission.
A longer bio is coming at some point, for now check out my music bio.