Jonathan van Belle

Author and independent researcher

"Jonathan van Belle is a genial and engaged guide. He leads us through little-known byways to novel heights—and we gaze with rapture upon dazzling mindscapes of higher thought. The man seems to have read everything. His browsable compendium is likely to change the way you see the world."


     — Rudy Rucker

          Author of Infinity and the Mind and The Ware Tetralogy


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Zenithism is the prospect that an infinite natural system evolves infinitely many maximally advanced conscious beings.

Zenithism, the first book on the subject, examines zenithist philosophy through essays, aphorisms, short stories, and a Grecian dialogue. This mixed-genre work is an invitation to explore the eschatological possibilities of science, technology, and nature. 

"Hauhet's Happy Dream" from Zenithism

Art and Animation by Zuriel van Belle

Narration by Jonathan van Belle

Other Books


Online Education Avoids the "Hidden Curriculum" of Cultural Expectations

with Prof. John Kaag

"Several years ago, one of us wrote an anonymous article about the dangers of anonymity in online education. Since working together on a new educational platform called, the error of his ways has become apparent to him."

Thoreau's economics: the truly precious cost precious little

with Prof. John Kaag

"The word ‘economy’ evolved from the Greek root οἶκος. ‘Oikos’ had three interrelated senses in ancient Greece: the family, the family’s land, and the family’s home. These three, taken interchangeably, constituted the first or fundamental political unit in the ancient Greek world,

especially in the minds of Greece’s hereditary aristocrats..."

What Thoreau can teach us about the Great Resignation

with Prof. John Kaag

"America is giving up. Collectively, we’re putting in our two weeks. Please accept our national letter of resignation."

Select Short Stories

Mater Dei

"In her grass crown, her red-feather ruff (to match her scarlet teeth), and necklaced with the heads of Dodo, Laughing Owl, and Great Auk, she dances . . ."

Deep Overstock, Issue #3: Paranormal Romance

The Joy-Lord

of La Jolla

"Eugene, Joymax’s father, was wealthy, so Joymax, Eugene’s only child, was wealthy. And Eugene’s wealth he consecrated to the perfection of his son, as a herald of human perfections to come."

Deep Overstock, Issue #4: Nautical Lore


of Chalcis

"Lycophron of Chalcis was appointed by Ptolemy II Philadelphus, son of Ptolemy I Soter, to manage the comedies of the Library of Alexandria . . ."

Deep Overstock, Issue #12: Mystery


The Orbit

In this episode of the video and podcast series "The Orbit," hosted by Connor Miller, Connor talks with Jonathan van Belle about philosophy, poetry, and Jonathan's forthcoming book, Zenithism.

Deep Overstock Fiction Podcast

Aaron Rasmussen, co-founder of Masterclass and founder of, interviews Jonathan van Belle about the relationship between zenithism and transhumanism.