Meditation, Hell, Pain, Suffering, Immortals, Enlightenment

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  In his book In Our Own Image (2015), the artificial intelligence expert George Zarkadakis describes six different metaphors people have employed over the past 2,000 years to try to explain human intelligence. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   There are a lot … Continue reading

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Hermeneutics of Suspicion, Demiurge, Scientism, Theopoetics, Taoism

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            You do not have to leave the room. Remain standing at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait. Be quite still and solitary. The world will freely … Continue reading

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Imagination, Imaginary, Imaginal, Psychedelics, Bindu Point

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Mundus Imaginalis, or the Imaginary and the Imaginal by Henri Corbin In offering the two Latin words mundus imaginalis as the title of this discussion, I intend to treat a precise order of reality corresponding to a precise mode of perception, because … Continue reading

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Heaven’s Mandate, Premodern, Modern, Postmodern Soup, Money, Bankers

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Insects are conscious, egocentric beings, according to a new paper that also helps to explain why and likely when consciousness first evolved. Recent neuroimaging suggests insects are fully hardwired for both consciousness and egocentric behavior, providing strong evidence that organisms from … Continue reading

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Much Mattering of Words

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Nobody really knows what thought is. We can find observable correlates of mental activity–i.e. electrical impulses in the brain–but this does not demonstrate that thought is no more than those impulses. If someone claims that thought is reducible to observable … Continue reading

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Daniel v. McPherson, an assessment.

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It has been on my conscience, slightly, as to whether I have been scrupulously fair, in my dissection of what occurred on NBL, so it struck me that perhaps I should check, not so much for anyone else’s benefit, but … Continue reading

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Hindu Philosophy, Physics, Double-Slit Experiment, Samatha, Scientism

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Hindu philosophy refers to a group of darśanas (philosophies, world views, teachings) that emerged in ancient India. The mainstream includes six system of thought – Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya,Vaisheshika, Mimamsa and Vedanta. These are known as the orthodox traditions, and include the Vedas as … Continue reading

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Consciousness, Panpsychism, Salvia, Quantum Information, Indra’s Net

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  The proper description of quantum teleportation requires a basic mathematical toolset, which, although complex, is not out of reach of advanced high-school students, and indeed becomes accessible to college students with a good grounding in finite-dimensional linear algebra. In … Continue reading

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Paranoia, Paraphrenia, Insane, Unsane, Sane

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  Chapters 1-4 Each of the thirteen chapters bears the name of a species, living or dead—an emblem for the topic at hand. The first four chapters form a unit, laying out much of the basis for what follows. For … Continue reading

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From Kabbalah to Morphogenetic Fields

This gallery contains 57 photos. Perhaps science will never be capable of proving without a shadow of a doubt whether or not the afterlife exists. But science is at least capable of determining how many people have reported experiences of the afterlife. Studies also show … Continue reading

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