December 8, 2013 7 Comments
There is no spoon Neo. Time the test the structural integrity of that good ole’ reality tunnel folks and the usual disclaimer about belief still applies.
believe nothing, simply entertain ideas…
December 5, 2013 10 Comments
The Persian mystic Avicenna proposed the Floating Man thought experiment several centuries ago. Essentially the gist of it is this:– Assume an adult human were to suddenly spring into existence suspended in mid-air some distance from the surface of the earth. Our floating man (or woman) is completely devoid of all access to sensory input i.e. is blindfolded, ears are plugged, etc. and since he has never existed before, has no memories or experiential learning to formulate a conception of the world. The question that naturally follows is what would this floating man actually know?
Avicenna concluded that the only awareness our subject would possess is the sense of “I-ness” inherent to mankind. This awareness of self is the primal aspect of being intrinsic to all human beings. The small “I am” if you will. So where are we going with this H3nry?
Well compadres, when people locate the self within the body, almost without exception there are two places to which we tend to gesture. The first is the head and the other is the heart. When we who kneel at the altar of unimpinged rationality refer to “I,” we tend to point to the temple region on the side of our heads. We have relegated the heart to some inferior capacity and our culture dismisses those who “feel” among us as weak. Think about our decision making apparatus for a second.
The costs of war are not measured from the tears shed by mothers, but by the fiscal concerns. We refer to death as collateral damage. We view charity as tax write-offs. Saving too big to jail bankers is more important than a child waking on the street after entering the dream state in a cardboard box. Get the drift? To add insult to injury, our materialist society of head pointers has waged war on the heart pointing peoples of the world for the past 500 years. Who cares about cancer clusters, or mental health needs of our communities, or help for the homeless, or death and disease endured by tribal peoples impeding the industrial charge, these are solely decided from the vantage point of dollars and no sense.
The heart is the seat of the soul.
In my humble view, a heart based revolution is long overdue if the human experiment is to thrive. It’s time to restructure our cost benefit analysis from the perspective of how do we improve the life of our brethren versus solely fiscal considerations of actions. So here’s the million dollar question – How do we as a species awaken and embrace compassion towards our fellow men? How do we rekindle a culture where self-reference is acknowledged by pointing to the heart?
Institutionalized religions are not the answer as they’ve seemingly been corrupted by gurus and power brokers more interested in organizational preservation and population control than facilitating the well-being of the downtrodden. If religion could provide a solution we wouldn’t be having this discussion right now. Ever notice that pastors often drive better cars than their “flocks” and most sacerdotals are content with people kneeling and bowing before their self-exalted beings? I must conclude that religion provides no immunity from iconoclastic considerations.
But do we really need groupthink to facilitate a recognition that intrinsic to all there exists a yearning to strive for the higher sense of “the Good?” Our cultural cues have been designed to steer us away from this innate tendency and compels definition of the self by how high we can exalt the self over another. For those of us who still think there’s merit in mercy and compassion, this is a rather difficult thing to witness. Blame it mirror neurons or an inherent “weakness,” the fact remains that it can rise to a deafening pitch at times. Hence my travels through the blogosphere and the use of WordPress as an alembic whereby ideas can be distilled and coagulated. I do believe that dispelling the conception of people as a “flock” of anything and adopting a view of each as a unique manifestation of life is a good start.
Blogging however is not a platform whereby definite answers can be framed. Instead, it facilitates a personal restatement of the questions requiring consideration. So on that note my friends, I’ll leave you to ponder whatever Mindspeak constructs this amalgamation of words elicits within your respective reality tunnels.
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein
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November 28, 2013 12 Comments
Before the Lords of Tryptophan compel us to kneel in genuflection at the altar of gluttony, I wanted to take a moment to wish my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. It is sometimes rather difficult for me to accept the imposed holiday memes at face value and not delve into for example, the tremendous suffering that the industrial farming practices inflict on the animals fattened for the feast. However, suitability of time and place is something that I’ve been learning. A poorly timed polemic is merely a wasted opportunity to successfully convince another about the merits of a position. Thus, we’ll save the remedying of historical misconceptions for another day.
So for what it’s worth Argonauts, I hope that you use the day as an opportunity to reflect upon your lives. Embrace cheer and challenge alike as only through the latter do we experience personal growth. And when it’s all said and done, life is but a vehicle for interior transformation. Whether you’re wandering lonely as a cloud or spending the day with friends and family, SMILE, LAUGH and behold the majesty of the mechanism by which the sun greeted you as you awoke (or stayed up from the night before – hey, no judgment here).
Whether Thanksgiving or Day of Mourning, embrace the day folks.
November 18, 2013 2 Comments
All death is birth into a new form; all birth the death of the previous form. There is properly no existence but only “becoming” i.e. a continual passing from one existence into another. Each moment is the union of opposites, being and non-being; the life of the world is maintained by conflict. Each particle of matter is in continual movement. All things are in flux like the waters of a river. One thing alone is permanent, the Universal Law which reveals itself in this movement. This is Zeus, the all-pervading reason of the world. It is only the illusion of the senses which make us fancy that there are such things as permanent substances.
- Joseph B Mayor’s Intro to Cicero’s De Natura Deorum Libri Tres (on Heraclitus)
November 17, 2013 Leave a comment
When the fundamental assumptions of an existing theory cannot be reconciled with newly observed evidence, a new vantage point must be considered. The vast magnetic fields discovered in space as a result of technological advancements have been problematic for cosmologists working with a gravity-centric model of the cosmos. Astronomers working only with gravitational equations could not have anticipated the pervasive magnetic fields discovered, considering that such fields arise only in the presence of an electric current. The second half of the 20th Century has also yielded insight into the role of plasma in the universe that has changed our concept of space entirely.
It seems like even in the fields of cosmology and astronomy the rigidity of perspective has become antithetical to progress. The electric universe does not replace the gravity centric model, but adds the essential role of charged particles in motion. Electric beings in an electric universe, hmmm…
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Here are two other great documentaries created by the Thunderbolts team: Symbols of an Alien Sky and The Electric Comet. The former is particularly interesting from the standpoint of addressing the unity of the archetypes underpinning our mythology. Hope you enjoy.
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November 14, 2013 25 Comments
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”
The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the esteemed scientist, “What would you like to talk about?”
“Oh, I don’t know,” said Mr. Dawkins. “How about why there is no underlying intelligence in the universe, evolution is an entirely random occurrence and life ends upon cessation of breath?” as he smirked smugly.
“Okay,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”
The uncompromising positivist, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.” To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss the Universal Mind underpinning nature, life, and what follows death, when you don’t know sh*t?”
And then she went back to reading her book.
*This is adapted from the “atheist on plane” joke circulating the web.
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