Michael William Clark, Ph.D.
I was born in 1962, the TV / Space Age. One of my earliest memories is sitting in front of an archaic B&W TV, playing with the knobs and bunny ears, trying to get an optimal picture. Sitting that close probably did some irreparable radiation damage. But we didn’t think about stuff like that back then!
Always curious, I asked the big questions as a kid: How did we get here? What’s infinity? What will the future be like?
My parents were of good Protestant stock. My Mom’s father was a much-loved country doctor and provincial member of parliament. On my Dad’s side, there’s a long history at the University of Toronto. My great grandfather James Loudon was the President of the U of T. And my uncles Gilbert and Bruce made significant contributions in math and literary criticism, respectively.
Baptized as an Anglican, I didn’t really believe in God or spiritual beings as child. My summer heaven was Georgian Bay and my winter wonderland, Collingwood ON. A lot like Sigmund Freud, I saw the biblical “God” and “angels” as projections. And like many people, I naively believed that science had a monopoly on truth.
Graduating from high school at NTCI, my beliefs evolved. I did an Honours B.A. in Psychology/Sociology at York and Trent U; a M.A. in Philosophy and Religion at Visva-Bharati, India; and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (now Classics and Religious Studies) at UOttawa. My Ph.D. deals with Carl Jung‘s concept of synchronicity and Michel Foucault’s mature views on discourse theory.
After my Ph.D., I branched out to study mythology, the arts, science, and the history of ideas.
In the early 1990s I was drawn to the spiritual power and beauty of Catholicism, and converted in 2001. So in love with what I’d found, I explored both priestly and monastic vocations. But after some time I sensed the many issues now making the headlines, and realized I had to discern my own path.
More recently, I delved into the world of MIDI. Music production is an art like any other. It takes time, talent and dedication to get it right. So let’s just say, I’m still working on it!
Among many ancillary interests (guitar, piano, songwriting, music listening, sci-fi, photography) my primary focus is God, whom I understand as wholly other but immanent.
I enjoy connecting with interesting people on the web. So pls don’t hesitate to contact me through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Tumblr 2, Pinterest, Flickr, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, SoundCloud or through my Contact Form.
Thanks for stopping by 🙂
MC — February 2017