Archives for October, 2012

Lotus Effect: Identity Detox

Not This Body, Not This Mind


In Kafka’s story “The Metamorphosis,” first published in 1915, the protagonist’s body turns into a cockroach.  But that’s not the point.  The point is that nothing else changes.  The protagonist (and his neuroticism) remains the same.
This is the irony of change.  Change happens on the backdrop of the changeless.  As the body ages, to a large extent we still feel the same inside.  As...
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360 of Compassion

Neural Diaspora

Neural Tribe: chasing its tail of Form, ignoring its Essence

Diaspora is a dispersal, scattering, migration of people away from their ancestral roots, away from their origins.   In modern use, we tend to equate the word "diaspora" with the notion of an ethnic, immigrant community.  For example, a such-and-such diaspora in such-and-such place (say, an Armenian diaspora in US).A diaspora is a new coordinate, a kind of portable...
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Wherever you find neurons, there – as a species – you are

Context: please, if you haven’t yet, read my posts on the Neural Tribe (NT) Perspective -  Neural Tribe (an Introduction to the Meme)  and Neural Tribe Doctrine - to get a better sense of where I am coming from with all of this.  Both of these posts introduce a new narrative about what we are and what we aren't.

Neural Topology, Neural Stats

Neurons are neurons whether they inhabit a mammalian form...
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Compassion is Self-Care

New Human Narrative (NT Perspective)

Context: please, if you haven’t yet, read my posts on the Neural Tribe (NT) Perspective -  Neural Tribe (an Introduction to the Meme)  and Neural Tribe Doctrine - to get a better sense of where I am coming from with all of this.  Both of these posts introduce a new narrative about what we are and what we aren't.

Neural Tribe is Information-Processing Tribe
Neurons process information and share it with each...
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360 of Compassion

Neural Tribe Doctrine



Context: please, if you haven't yet, read my post Neural Tribe (an Introduction to the Meme) to get a better sense of where I am coming from with all of this.

Neuron Doctrine

We've known that any given organism is composed of individual cells as far back as 1839 when Theodore Schwann proposed so.  It took about 50 years (until 1888) to extend this notion to the nervous...
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Planet’s Revenge?

Amazing chains of cause-and-effect happen on this planet. Here's one such causal

1. Meat production is reportedly a big contributor to global warming. "In a 2006 report, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) concluded that worldwide livestock farming generates 18% of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions — by comparison, all the world's cars, trains, planes and boats account for a combined 13% of greenhouse gas emissions." (Source: "Meat: Making Global Warming...
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