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Poor Richard
"There is no Answer. There is no Solution. There is only Practice."
"There is no Answer. There is no Solution. There is only Practice."
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Important mind-brain-eye training!  This artist video is - at one level - stunning and beautiful magic — waving two big LED screens around at the end of a pair of 6-axis arms and presenting stunningly well-planned visual illusions.  At another level, it’s pretty important that you be able to, with a mental turn, choose to SEE that it’s just a pair of flat screens.  The illusions never leave the boundaries of those screens, which would be plain to viewers at any angle except that of the camera.  We need to immerse ourselves in these grand new arts.  AND we need to be able to spot that man behind the curtain.

http://vimeo.com/75260457

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Poor Richard commented on a post on Blogger.
Conches, Subconches, Unconches ... LOL

""I think we have lost our capacity to hold pain and discomfort"

Also to stay in non-judgement, to stay with the question, etc.

I think that one definition of "enlightenment" might be the ability to tolerate cognitive dissonance indefinitely without needing to squirm out of it somehow.

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Poor Richard commented on a post on Blogger.
Jules wrote: "It would appear to be logical therefore to consider the likelihood that our problems arise from an underlying root cause i.e that there is an endemic, built-in defect within our economic system which highlights and brings forward in sharp relief the negative aspects of Human Nature, and that our problems are in fact systemic and will require major restructuring and reorganisation in otherwords rebuilding from the foundations up."

Let me propose a rephrasing:

It would appear to be logical therefore to consider the likelihood that the problems in our economic system arise from an underlying root cause i.e an endemic, built-in, non-adpaptive defect within aspects of Human Nature, which will require major restructuring and reorganisation, in other words rebuilding from the foundations up.

Of course rebuilding human nature from the foundations up is a tall order , which is why our economic and social problems are so perennial and refractory. (refractory is my favorite adjective for things pertaining to human nature)

One of my petit grand theories is that human culture is analogous to the projections on the wall of Plato's Cave and the proximate source of those projections is DNA, a massively parallel and distributed computer. Another metaphor is that people are just "fruiting bodies" and culture is the mycelium, again with the massively & etc. DNA thing. (I say DNA is the proximate source of culture because who can say what the ultimate source of the DNA computer might be. As likely as not it came to Earth from elsewhere in the universe. Maybe tiny bits of it are floating around everywhere out there.)

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"If there is life on Mars, it’s not too farfetched to believe that such Martian species may share genetic roots with life on Earth.

"More than 3.5 billion years ago, a blitz of meteors ricocheted around the solar system, passing material between the two fledgling planets. This galactic game of pingpong may have left bits of Earth on Mars, and vice versa, creating a shared genetic ancestry between the two planets."

http://web.mit.edu/.../2013/detecting-dna-in-space-0709.html

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"Carmen is a 23 year-old fighting to keep her family's home. Yesterday she was electrocuted by a taser at the Department of Justice while peacefully protesting with Occupy Our Homes and the Home Defenders League for her rights as a homeowner."

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A fascinating perspective on due process: Thane Rosenbaum speaks about his book, Payback: The Case for Revenge, in which he argues that revenge and justice are not mutually exclusive ideas.

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Fascinating interview with Professor Marina von Neumann Whitman, daughter of mathematician and scientist John von Neumann , economist, and corporate executive.

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IRS "scandal"? Leaving aside the usual shameless hypocrisy, hyperbole, and spin of right-wingers crying wolf (give me a break)..the IRS did not target "conservative groups" (a spin that even the liberal media and Obama government seem to concede)--they quite rightly targeted the Tea Party and related "astroturf" organizations. The Tea Party and related movements under various other "brands" (9/12, Patriot, etc) are not conservative. They are radical, racist, psuedo-libertarian (corporate-anarchist) movements created, funded, and promoted by billionaires like Rupert Murdoch, the Koch brothers, Glen Beck, and Dick Armey. Such groups have no business applying for 501c4 status--that should be criminal fraud--instead of seeking tax-exempt designations more appropriate to primarily political groups. There is one and only one reason for their desire for c4 status: to conceal their sources of funding and control not only from the public at large but even from the clueless members of the groups themselves. Watching Obama, Holder, and gutless Dems backpedal and kowtow to the right on this issue, and to see their haste to find scapegoats to throw under the bus, is disgusting. THE IRS DID EXACTLY THE PROPER, LEGAL, AND RESPONSIBLE THING for crissake. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing

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I tagged this "utopias" but it differs from type by being based on experimentation rather than preconceived beliefs.

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