Sunday Morning Potpourri

Two unrelated thoughts for your consideration: a reality check and a pattern-break

1. Reality (and by that I mean Cosmos) is "zero-fat."  Reality saves up nothing for a later day.  Reality has no reserves of potential.  Reality is maxed out, non-stop, eternally.  All that can...
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The Lesser Travelled Road to Satisfaction

I won't bend your ear for too long.  Just a thought for your consideration:

We typically think that freedom has to do with doing whatever you want to do - you know, all that jazz about following your passion and desire.  Yes, that is a kind of freedom, a familiar kind.  But here's another kind of freedom, a less familiar kind: not doing what you want, not following your desire even...
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From Nonduality to Duality and Back

Carl Jung, when he was six or so, used to play this game with himself:
Often when I was alone I sat down on this stone, and then began an imaginary game that went something like this: "I am sitting on top of this stone and it is underneath." But the stone also could say "I" and think: "I am lying here and he is sitting on top of me."  The question then arose: "Am I...
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Selfish Machines: Fear Not AI (Artificial Intelligence), Fear AI (Autopoietic Imperative)

There is AI (artificial intelligence) and then there is AI (autopoietic imperative).  Fear not the former.  Fear the latter.    Intelligence of machines is no threat to us.  But their selfishness definitely might be.

Let me explain.  No, not the artificial intelligence - that's for whiz kids from Carnegie Mellon to explain.  I want to say a word or two about the AI of autopoietic imperative.

"Autopoiesis" is Greek for "self-reproduction" or "self-maintenance" αὐτo- (auto-) means "self"...
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Embrace Disillusionment

Disillusionment is a loss of illusion. A loss of illusion is a gain of truth.

Seeing reality as it is, without illusion, is an important reality check that allows us to recalibrate our expectations.  Having realistic expectations is adaptive.

So, as painful as it may be...
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Neurons “Slept In”

When you go (meditatively) inside your own skull, what you find there is - no, not the brain - but neurons thinking about themselves.  That's right: a brain isn't an organ, it's an organization, an organization of neurons that you experience as you.  So, when "I" go (meditatively) inside my own skull, here's the question that my neurons keep asking me/themselves about: "Why don't we (neurons) recognize neurons as life-forms?"

A few years ago I started...
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