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Racism – past and present

Thanks Claude

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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http://www.bigquestionsonline.com/features/finding-the-sacred-in-the-secular

 

Brian Eno’s rules for breaking rules (especially in music):

http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/brian_eno/oblique/oblique.html

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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A cliché is original to someone who has not seen it before

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Linguistics, Meaning, Observation

 

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After you read this you will be never be the same again.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Aphorism, Psychology

 

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‎”You should not be so judgemental” said the judge.

 
 

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A belief – defensively held – is the first act of war*

This short animation illustrates this reality. It could equally apply to having strong beliefs of ANY type e.g. atheistic beliefs, beliefs that there is only one ‘right’ way of doing things …

* More concisely, this attitude could be described as “Belief as offense” [Thanks for this Ben]

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Aphorism, Ego-threat

 

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Non-dual spirituality non-self vs Atheist non-self

When you believe* in the spiritual concept of ‘liberation’ i.e. a recognition/realisation of the delusion of a separate self, but you don’t have ‘life after death’ beliefs e.g. a belief in heaven, reincarnation etc. – then ‘liberation’ amounts to this:

1) either ‘dying’ when you die i.e. the concept of a separate self dies when your body dies – as for most people

2) or ‘dying’ a few years before you die i.e. the concept of a separate self dies and one’s own experience is transformed into ‘life experiencing life’

Given that for these people liberation only amounts to a few years of changed experience (often quite joyful) … does ‘liberation’ actually amount to much anyway? Is it actually such a ‘big deal’?

Presumably this is ‘something’ like the way Sam Harris (an atheist philosopher) and Tony Parsons (a ‘liberated’ ‘person’) experience the world (at least sometimes during meditation in the case of the former, permanently in the case of the later).

Since neither ‘believe’ in free-will, do they both doubt that you can ‘do’ anything about the outcome either?

* Strictly speaking – perhaps its not appropriate to refer to spiritual teachers as ‘believing’ certain words such as those written here – since they would say that this is the way they ‘experience’ reality – not a set of beliefs they have ‘about’ reality.

Sam Harris:

http://www.bigquestionsonline.com/blogs/heather-wax/sam-harris-already-has-his-next-book-planned

http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/consciousness-without-faith

Tony Parsons:

http://vimeo.com/25376402

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUSGiWV0kqE

 

The perceived attractiveness of a task depends on the perceived repulsiveness of the other tasks before you.

 

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Two types of people:

1 People who like people who like them back

2 Those who don’t give a damn

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Self, Social connection

 

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