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Archives for June, 2012

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Streams of Present

900 or so years ago Omar Khayyam asked:
Life was given to me without my my own existence filled me with astonishment.
Elsewhere he writes:
Let us abandon the vain search after the unattainable, and give ourselves up wholly to the joys of the present.
Elsewhere he adds:
I am racked with thirst, and yet a fresh cool stream flows before me.

Omar is drunk with life, intoxicated with...
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Vanity of Philosophy

900 or so years ago Omar Khayyam asked:
How long will you expend your existence on vain self-love, or in search for the source of being and of non-being?
While I typically waste my time on the latter (on the search for the source of Being and Non-Being) rather than the former (vain self-love), I wonder if my philosophizing and the search for truth isn't vain...
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Lotus Effect: Identity Detox

Mirror Fast

There are three inventions that have fundamentally changed the trajectory of human civilization.

The first one was the invention of fire keeping. Fire set us free. It bought us time to sit down and reflect. The second is the invention of the wheel.  The wheel put us on the road.  It kicked off progress and set us in motion.  The wheel yanked us out of contemplation.  The third is the invention of the...
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Skinthink

Here's an arguably heady (but hopefully useful) piece on what I call Skinthink (from "History of the Next Big Bang;"  it's a psychoanalytic socio-cosmology in the tradition of Russian Cosmism and Vedic Cosmology).

Mind is Skin 

Made of skin, mind thinks like skin.  It is a fact of human embryonic development that CNS [Central Nervous System], the seat of human intelligence, begins as nothing more than involution (envagination) of ectoderm.  The ectoderm enfolds onto itself (through a process called neural tubing) and becomes centralized, externally, as...
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The 10th Mirror

In getting to know your essential self (in dis-identifying from what we are not), there are ten mirrors of identity to look into:

The Mirror of Reflection (physical mirror)
The Mirror of Others’ Minds, Approval, & Feedback  (social mirror)
The Mirror of Circumstance, Status, Rank, & Reputation...
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Lotus Effect: Identity Detox

The 3 “I-s” of the Ego-Self: Identification, Information, Impermanence

Ego is not an anatomical structure.  It’s not something that you will see on an X-ray.  Ego is an informational structure.  That’s what the term ego actually means: it is a Latinized translation of “das Ich,” which is German for “the I.”  “The I” is “the information” that you have about you.

The ego-based view of the self is as unstable as a table on three legs.  There are three issues with ego...
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Losing Your Ego, Losing Your Halo

(for context, see my prior posts on Information Poisoning and Identity Detox/Info-Detox)

So, why is it that we give away our essence, exchanging the original for a copy?   The answer is complex, nuanced, and case-specific, but here’s a bird’s-eye view of the problem.

You see, the brain translates life into information.  Some of the information that we receive has nothing to do with us.  We either ignore it or file it away...
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