October 19, 2012 at 5:43 am #5245
“The political landscape is the realm of roads and sidewalks and crosswalks and monuments and historical markers. The vernacular landscape is the playground of worn grass paths, dérive, parkour and shortcuts. The imaginal landscape is the interaction the landscape has with us, territory with an agency of its own and place that is in relationship with us and our lives; places populated by a genius loci; offering liminality, twilight and borderlands. Certainly and likely these together could be the very model of a modern proper Popper fan.”October 19, 2012 at 5:52 am #5246
Scholars of Occult Magic, rejoice! The heretofore unpublished Book of Soyga, written by 16th century magician Dr. John Dee, is coming to print for the first time. Previously known only through references in other texts, the Book of Soyga was discovered in 1994 at the British Library. Since that time, a team of translators, artists, and scholars have been hard at work to bring this text to a contemporary audience.October 30, 2012 at 4:35 am #5472
Flatland – A romance of many dimensions
(With Illustrations by the Author, A SQUARE)
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions is an 1884 satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott. Writing pseudonymously as “a Square”, Abbott used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to offer pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the novella’s more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions, for which the novella is still popular amongst mathematics, physics, and computer science students.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FlatlandNovember 1, 2012 at 7:07 am #5496
In 1928, the late Francis Wayland Thurston published a scandalous manuscript in purport of warning the world of a global conspiracy of occultists. Among the documents he gathered to support his thesis was the personal account of a sailor by the name of Gustaf Johansen, describing an encounter with an extraordinary island. Johansen`s descriptions of his adventures upon the island are fantastic, and are often considered the most enigmatic (and therefore the highlight) of Thurston`s collection of documents.
We contend that all of the credible phenomena which Johansen described may be explained as being the observable consequences of a localized bubble of spacetime curvature. Many of his most incomprehensible statements (involving the geometry of the architecture, and variability of the location of the horizon) can therefore be said to have a unified underlying cause.November 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm #5540
Here’s Peter Russell again. A nice interview-talk about awareness.November 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm #5541
Here is another clip of Peter Russell. He says, there is no Self, no thinker thinking the thoughts. There is just experience.
And even more interesting, the awareness, the experience of being, is exactly the same for every person. Which is also indicated in Mooji’s idea of the “empty space” between the thoughts and feelings. That empty space, since it is empty, must then be the same for every person.November 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm #5542
More good stuff from Peter, what is the “I”? The opposite of the Emperor having no clothes – there’s a lot of clothes there, but no Emperor underneathNovember 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm #5588
Now, for the first time, researchers have devised a new type of measurement apparatus that can detect both particle and wave-like behavior at the same time. The device relies on a strange quantum effect called quantum nonlocality, a counter-intuitive notion that boils down to the idea that the same particle can exist in two locations at once.
“The measurement apparatus detected strong nonlocality, which certified that the photon behaved simultaneously as a wave and a particle in our experiment,” physicist Alberto Peruzzo of England’s University of Bristol said in a statement. “This represents a strong refutation of models in which the photon is either a wave or a particle.”November 16, 2012 at 3:23 am #5734
In 1938 I spent ten days at Solesmes, from Palm Sunday to Easter Tuesday, following all the liturgical services. I was suffering from splitting headaches; each sound hurt me like a blow; by an extreme effort of concentration I was able to rise above this wretched flesh, to leave it to suffer by itself, heaped up in a corner, and to find a pure and perfect joy in the unimaginable beauty of the chanting and the words. This experience enabled me by analogy to get a better understanding of the possibility of loving divine love in the midst of affliction. It goes without saying that in the course of these services the thought of the Passion of Christ entered into my being once and for all.
Simone Weil – French Philosopher, Christian Mystic, Social Activist, Migraine (?) SuffererNovember 26, 2012 at 2:18 am #5841
Reality tunnel is a term coined by Timothy Leary (1920-1996) and popularised by Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007), akin to the idea of representative realism.
Is the prospect of extinction and collapse an objective truth or a reality tunnel?November 26, 2012 at 2:43 am #5842
Who is the master who makes the grass green?November 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm #5845
The ABC conjecture is a young problem in mathematics, first proposed in 1985 by the mathematicians Joseph Oesterlé and David Masser to describe the relationship between three numbers: a, b, and their sum, c. The conjecture says that if those three numbers don’t have any factors in common apart from 1, then the product of their distinct prime factors (when raised to a power slightly greater than one), is almost always going to be greater than c.
The conjecture intrigues mathematicians because, according to traditional thinking, there shouldn’t be any connection between the prime factors of a and b and the prime factors of their sum. If the ABC conjecture is true, it suggests there’s some hidden property of prime numbers that extends down deeper than we’ve been able to perceive.November 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm #5853
Mari, Is the prospect of extinction and collapse an objective truth or a reality tunnel?
Is the Arctic ice really melting, are the oceans really acidifying ?
Sea creatures’ shells are being dissolved by global warming – making them defenceless against predators, according to new research.
Waters around Antarctica are becoming more acidic due to increased levels of carbon dioxide and are corroding the protective outer layer of swimming snails.
The situation is at its worst in polar regions because the gas is more soluble in cold water.November 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm #5856December 9, 2012 at 11:47 am #6047
A letter from P.B. to P.B.: (1) It is not the tyranny of the ego which is to be removed most of all–although that is a necessary part of the Great Work – nor is it that the ego must be uprooted and killed forever–although its old self must surrender to the new person it has to become. No–let it live and attend to its daily work but only as a purified being, an ennobled character or quietened mind, an enlightened man–in short, a new ego representing what is best in the human creature. He will still be an “I” but one that is in harmony with the Overself – a descriptive name that ought to be kept and not discarded. So do not in your writings attack the ego as so many do, but lift it up to the highest possibility. (2) The teachers increase daily and ask others to follow them. The teachings multiply and the books about them too. They are not your concern. Let them do their very much needed work. But you are to enter a new and different rhythm and tell such as will listen that they need not be forlorn, lost, or without hope because they find none to appeal to their heart or mind. They are asked only to follow the God within themselves, for “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.” P.B. – give this message while giving all proper respect and honour to the teachers of today and yesterday. Those who feel alone in this matter or who can only walk outside the groups on an independent path should be reminded that there is a God within them who can guide and help them if they turn to him.December 13, 2012 at 2:36 am #6160
Death is assuredly the most formidable of philosophical beasts — at least if we are trying to make sense of it and blend it with everything else we know. Like Woody Allen’s character, we might think through everything and eventually avoid suicidal depression by reasoning that we should forget about our eventual physical demise and simply enjoy life moment by moment. Indeed, when you think about it, all that we really know is the living moment. Right here and right now. Everything else is sheer speculation — or, at most, bridges that can be crossed when we reach them. Having said as much, there is still this niggling element at the back of our psyche, a sort of uncomfortable itch that occasionally demands some measure of attention. What happens to the core of our being at death? Will I — will all that is me and all that I am — one day simply cease to be like a flame being extinguished? Or does Nature — the vast system that birthed us and sustains us — offer post-death potentialities undreamed of by conventional thinking?December 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm #6207If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? At first you might think, “of course it still makes a sound!” until further defining what “sound” actually means: the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of hearing by vibrations transmitted through the air or other medium(dictionary.com). When a tree falls there are certainly pressure waves vibrating through the air, but since “sound” is a quality of consciousness, if no ears are around to “hear” those waves, then the tree literally does not make a sound.“To the surprise of many, the world ‘out there’ has turned out to be quite unlike our experience of it. Consider our experience of the color green. In the physical world there is light of a certain frequency, but the light itself is not green. Nor are the electrical impulses that are transmitted from the eye to the brain. No color exists there. The green we see is a quality appearing in the mind in response to this frequency of light. It exists only as a subjective experience in the mind. The same is true of sound. I hear the music of a violin, but the sound I hear is a quality appearing in the mind. There is no sound as such in the external world, just vibrating air molecules. The smell of a rose does not exist without an experiencing mind, just molecules of a certain shape.” -Peter Russell, “The Primacy of Consciousness”December 22, 2012 at 12:39 am #6269January 2, 2013 at 2:01 am #6322
World-renowned choreographer William Forsythe and cognitive scientist Alva Noë, author of Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness, examine consciousness as a kind of dance. Together they will explore Noës assertion that consciousness is not something that happens inside of us, in our brains, or anywhere else. It is something we do, in our active engagement with the world.January 6, 2013 at 1:07 am #6341January 9, 2013 at 3:19 am #6360
“Here in America, we occupy a cultural moment in which our most dominant thinkers tend to equate science with the best humanity has to offer. Fundamentalist religion dominates the media, while spirituality, on the other hand, is greeted with immediate suspicion—a mere vestige of primitive superstitions. I now understood this black and white thinking to be, well, bullshit. And I started to think of Fringe-ology as a kind of prison escape yarn—a story about how anyone might slip through the bars of the cell we’re encouraged to live inside and explore these big questions for ourselves.January 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm #6364
The reason this is strange is that dark matter is thought to barely interact with itself. The dark matter should just coast through itself and move at the same speed as the hardly interacting galaxies. Instead, it looks like the dark matter is crashing into something — perhaps itself – and slowing down faster than the galaxies are. But this would require the dark matter to be able to interact with itself in a completely new an unexpected way, a “dark force” that affects only dark matter. This would be a new fundamental force of the universe, in addition to the four known forces: gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak forces.
Such a force has been speculated theoretically in previous work and even searched for in small colliders but, if Dawson’s results turn out to be true, this would be the first observational evidence of its existence. Though the dark force is not part of any current model of physics, it could help explain certain behavior seen in dark matter.January 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm #6370March 7, 2013 at 10:22 am #6751March 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm #6765
An Orthodox Christian perspective on UFOsApril 15, 2013 at 11:00 am #7146
This is a list of topics that have, at one point or another in their history, been characterized as pseudoscience by academics or researchers. These characterizations were made in the context of educating the public about questionable or potentially fraudulent or dangerous claims and practices—efforts to define the nature of science, or humorous parodies of poor scientific reasoning. Criticism of pseudoscience, generally by the scientific community or skeptical organizations, involves critiques of the logical, methodological, or rhetorical bases of the topic in question. Though some of the listed topics continue to be investigated scientifically, others were only subject to scientific research in the past and today are considered refuted but resurrected in a pseudoscientific fashion. Other ideas presented here are entirely non-scientific but have in one way or another infringed on scientific domains or practices. Many adherents to or practitioners of the topics listed here dispute their characterization as pseudoscience.April 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm #7147
Free energy and other interesting possibilities.
April 24, 2013 at 4:48 pm #7184
Michael Shermer: Why People Believe in Conspiracies
A skeptic’s take on the public’s fascination with disinformation
But as former Nixon aide G. Gordon Liddy once told me (and he should know!), the problem with government conspiracies is that bureaucrats are incompetent and people can’t keep their mouths shut. Complex conspiracies are difficult to pull off, and so many people want their quarter hour of fame that even the Men in Black couldn’t squelch the squealers from spilling the beans. So there’s a good chance that the more elaborate a conspiracy theory is, and the more people that would need to be involved, the less likely it is true.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-people-believe-in-conspiraciesMay 8, 2013 at 1:20 am #7316
Is the steak real, or just in your head?May 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm #7320
Feynman was good at maths and physics but hopeless at philosophy, and evades the issue and hides his ignorance, by making a joke of it. That won’t do.
We are animals, biological creatures, we have to eat to survive. We need food, steak is food.
His example is ridiculous.
When he was speaking, very little was know about how the brain functions. Nowadays much more is known, and all that has been discovered is that it is more and more difficult to understand.
Photons from the steak reach the eye. What happens after that is very complicated, both in terms of neurology and in terms of philosophy, epistemology, that is, the phenomenology of what we actually experience to be happening.
The problem I mentioned to you, was not to do with whether the steak is inside or outside your head. That can be considered relatively simple and easy compared with the far more profound and difficult problem of abstract concepts. The steak has a tangible reality. It can be sensed by touch, it can be weighed empirically, on a scales, it has all the qualities of matter that makes it suitable for science to investigate. That’s the EASY part. That’s the bit that science is good at, where it has had it’s great success over the last 4 centuries.
What I was talking about was ABSTRACTIONS, things which have no corresponding tactile, tangible, located, measurable, substantial THING, to which we can refer.
That does not necessarily mean that they do not exist. They may or they may not. Some may, some may not. Examples might be concepts such as zero, or luck, or beauty, or the electron, and so forth.
These can exist as ideas, as I said to you, ‘not-something’ and ‘something’ and ‘absence’ and so forth, are all concepts, existing in your mind, they are ideas, they are neuro-chemistry, they are electro chemical activity in neurons.
There is SOME relationship between that mental, cerebral, activity and what is called the ‘external world’ or ‘reality’ or ‘the Universe’, but nobody so far, has arrived at any satisfactory or agreed understanding as to what that relationship is.
Okay, it is convenient to gloss over this problem, as everyone does, and ignore it, as everyone does, but it remains. I could elaborate, but I’ll leave it there.
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