Paul and Terra

How do we live a life of integrity amid the constraints of a fragmented culture?

We must do those things that others will not do,
and say those things that others will not say.


Our daughter Zinnia would like you to know that the world is alive. I know this, because she writes books and songs about it, having learned this, no doubt from her parents. The writing that is. The aliveness is all around her.

Our own writing slides between other stories where we incrementally build our house—a structure that now seems a living being in her own right—and the seasonal stories of planting and harvest that mark our lives. We are rooted in place and also semi-nomadic. We are farmers with roots that straddle 400 miles of lower Appalachia.

New Work

We are excited to present Massive Information & Other Short Works to Dethrone Descartes.

Massive Information (MI) is a collection of essays in radically holistic ecology.

These essays reaffirm ecological relationships and interconnections by providing them an objectively measurable basis in gravitational theory. These relationships are denied legitimacy in materialist science, but MI creates a bridge between the mystical/psychedelic experience of interconnection and oneness and the materialist or Cartesian worldview. The foundation of this bridge is in an ecological interpretation of emergent gravity and information theory.

MI draws together insights from complexity theory and modern physics to draft a new ecology that acknowledges the inviolate whole in every ecological system. The entire system of thought is elegantly derived from a single principle: all information has mass. This principle may be expressed in the mass/energy to information relationship E=ktI. An extensive ecological system of thought results from this principle, because living systems embody complex flows of information which are the story of the system.

Massive Information is available as a free download in pdf.

It is also now available in print

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Please check out our earlier books as well! Thank you!

SVBook (208K)

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Sacred Violence: A Family's Quest to Uproot Hitman Culture

Sacred Violence (2017) is an autobiographical account of Paul and Terra's quest to become more closely connected to their own basic needs. When they met in 2001, they shared the recognition that the economic systems that supported their lives were inherently violent, and they began to seek ways to extract themselves from participation in what they have termed "hitman culture." Sacred Violence is their story of committed and direct relationship to the natural world so that they can produce their basic needs with minimum exportation of violence. The book is simultaneously light, thought provoking, engaging, and easy to read. (Excerpts available on sidebar.)

"With Sacred Violence, Paul Feather and Terra Currie have illuminated the ways our everyday lives often empower the very systems we protest. Even more importantly, they offer us a way to contemplate our own personal avenues out of supporting these systems and provide the basis for building and redirecting our resources to local systems that can sustain us and the next generation. Thoughtful, humorous, and nonjudgmental, Sacred Violence is a life-affirming joy to read."
—Megan Bell, Co-Owner, Underground Books and Hills & Hamlets Bookshop

Sacred Violence has now been assigned as required reading in courses at the University of West Georgia and at Appalachian State University, where one student testifies, "I don't know if I have ever connected so hard with a piece of literature...Seriously, this book is amazing!"

QJBook (208K)

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Quantum Justice: Theories and Theatrics for the Ecozoic Era

Quantum Justice (2018) explores the imbalanced cosmology that is the root cause of social and environmental injustice. Human activity is largely driven by our Newtonian/Cartesian mechanical stories of the world, and these stories are quite different from the modern physical models of relativity and quantum mechanics. Quantum Justice sketches a map of the world that is consistent with these modern theories and finds many parallels between that map and the worldview described by some of the surviving traditional and indigenous cosmology.

The main thrust of QJ is to consider human behavior as a function of the stories that coordinate human cooperation. Injustice is defined as the presence of structural privilege granted to any person by those stories. The stories themselves are presented as massive resonating wave structures of which every person is a quantum element. All of this is interwoven with a symbolic theatrical piece that addresses the same themes and ideas.

Our newest book, Massive Information should be regarded as a prequel to QJ. MI better lays the foundations of our ecological map of the world. Although accurate, QJ lacked the precise definition that readers will find in MI; the newer work benefits from research that Paul has done in the time since QJ was written. Readers of QJ will also benefit from and enjoy the reading of The Universe Story by Swimme and Berry; The Tao of Physics by Frijtof Capra; The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler; Borderlands by Gloria Anzaldúa; and We Have the Right to Exist by Wub-e-ke-niew—all of which shaped the content of QJ. We are also available to address specific questions, contact us.

Please enjoy this short video describing Quantum Justice.