Richard Doyle was awarded the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State University, where he has taught since 1994. Ever since reading the work of futurist Alvin Toffler at age twelve, Doyle has been on a scholarly and personal quest to understand the effects of information technologies on the evolution of human culture and consciousness. Following this path, Doyle has encountered what many mystical traditions have long known: that feedback loops can be initiated and sustained with modes of awareness not available to egoic consciousness – the domain of consciousness that identifies with an “I me mine” feeling, thought and perception. Through personal practice and sheer luck, Doyle, aka möbius, has been healed of severe asthma, nearly whole body eczema and severe depression through the grace of ayahuasca, LSD, psilocybin, chanting and meditation, all of which taught him, and continue to teach him, techniques for letting go of ego and abiding states which transcend the “I”, such as agape or selfless love.
The states available to human consciousness through these practices, particularly meditation, are observed by Doyle, after long suffering and much stumbling practice, to be the necessary and sufficient modes of healing ourselves, and by extension humanity and the planet. In the paroxysms of despair and distress now convulsing the planet through the pandemic and global unrest, Doyle has devoted himself to sharing simple, non denominational, free, and open source tactics and guidance for achieving these states on our own, and to do so without taking himself very seriously at all and recognizing his comic and joyful insignificance. As literally none of his ideas are his own, an inexhaustible list of Doyle’s teachers includes Evelyn Fox Keller, Brian Rotman, Frederick Dolan, Avital Ronell, Jacques Derrida, Norma Panduro, Gary Weber, Violet Doyle, Alexandria Lockett, Ramana Maharshi, Vidur Mishra, Margery Kempe, Dhruv Dsjepaul, Spinoza (whose mad tulku he sometimes resembles), Jackson Doyle, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Trey Conner, Cannabis, and, of course, Mamahuasca.
In 2019 Doyle founded Metanoia Press with Producer Suzanne Winters in order to share the treasures of syncretic non dual practices for letting go of the old world, and birthing the new. Metanoia hereby focuses its attention and intention on the global shift in individual perspective that is necessary and sufficient to surviving and thriving through climate change, pandemics, economic distress, and manifest our future as the loving, space faring healing and sharing creatures we are destined to be. Maktoub, it is written. Doyle has been the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Penn State Alumni Association. Mobius offers one on one and collective dialogue for integration of non dual states, the cultivation of cannabis as a plant teacher, and the exploration of non duality through poetics and sound, chanting, meditation.