Tag Archives: Consciousness

Lost

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you, If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here. ... Read More »

ALTERED STATES: Sensory Deprivation and the Mind

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Imagine a state of mind in total sensory deprivation: floating in a void abandoned by sound, absent of all light, and devoid of gravity. In this void there is no sense of up and down, left or right; the perceivable contrast between the you-internal and the world-external has faded away. In this void you are simply a plane of being—the “I” who thinks, ... Read More »

ALTERED STATES: The Parallels Between Physics and the Mind

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All human knowledge is derived from human experience…and there can be no essential difference between the raw materials of physics and the raw materials of psychology. -E. B. Titchener (1867-1927) How does one see the unseeable? By altering the state of observation. In other words: change the rules of the game, change how we “see.” Altered states of observation are ... Read More »

What If God Became Bored?

Statue of man lying by river

I recently stumbled across an excerpt of an Alan Watts lecture titled What if God Became Bored? It suggests that God, an omniscient, omnipotent being, had exhausted all its options for creation and exploration and experience. Having exhausted the entirety of its entertainment options, God decided to stop being God. God created an infinite number of options where anything would be ... Read More »

Shhhhh, Stephen Hawking has Something to Say

Stephen Hawking

Why is it when Stephen Hawking speaks, I listen (very carefully)? Maybe it’s because I’ve heard he is the smartest guy in the world. Though to be fair, quantifying “smartest” is almost impossible. Let’s just say he’s a big mind; a very very very big mind. So when he expresses concern about our future, particularly in the realm of Artificial ... Read More »

Zen and Faith

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In Zen practice, there are three kinds of faith. First, there is ordinary, practical faith. I have faith that my bank will keep an accurate record of how much money I have in my account. I have faith that when I go through a green light, I won’t get broadsided by someone who didn’t stop at the red light on ... Read More »

Future of the Mind

microchip brain, which might be the answer to consciousness and technology

Stephen Hawking has a microchip attached to the rim of his eye glasses. It reads his brain waves, turning his thoughts into text. For lesser minds, the same chip has to be attached directly to the brain, just under the top of the scalp. Eventually, these chips will be able to receive downloads, allowing us to learn complex volumes of ... Read More »

Louis CK

Louis CK

Louis CK and the horrors of cell phones. Read More »