How did it come to this?

While studying in Boston, I had a near death experience which resulted from an arduous brain infection, and recovered after an emergency surgery. I was unconscious for three days while healing.

This set me on an inquisitive, sense-making path into life and the nature of reality, and made me insatiable for experiences which could shed light on existence. The journey led me through many religions, meditative practices, through books, through conversations with fascinating people, through certain physical and mental austerities, through the use of psychedelic compounds, through the artistic process, through the exploration of the foundations of human language, through an attempt to understand the ancient history of our species, through a fascination with physical laws and especially quantum phenomena, through a huge steaming heap of solitude, and through interpersonal experiments of one kind or another.