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By ‘spirituality’ – I am referring to things related to experiencing reality without a separate ‘self’

Optimal disorder?

If you had a lab or a scientific vision that was TOO well organised, would it reduce your chances of making serendipitous discoveries? If you had society what was TOO well organised would it reduce your chances of making serendipitous friendships and acquaintances? (e.g. Imagine a society in which procedures are so well worked out and explicit that you don’t even need to ask people questions about how and what to do?)

Is there an argument to be made that for the purposes of scientific discovery and promoting human connection, that there should be a certain element of disorder/chaos in labs, institutions and societies?

Serendipity

 

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Some men will not sleep* with a prostitute mostly because it allows them to maintain a feeling of moral superiority over those who have.

(I have never slept with a prostitute. So there.)

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* Or pick any ‘bad’ thing e.g. cheat romantically, cheat on taxes, lie, gossip etc.

 

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Link

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

 
Aside

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

 
 

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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

 

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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Follow your bliss. Even if you’re crap at it.

Link to Joseph Campbell Foundation 

Joseph Campbell Videos

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Meaning, Observation, Spirituality

 

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Some time ago I passed through that immature phase commonly known as ‘the need to be right’. What a relief it is to have transcended such childish ways! Now I content myself with life’s simpler pleasures; such as showing people that they’re wrong.

 

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The limits of empathy

Imagine feeling empathy for Eric Cartman* when he doesn’t get what he wants.

* In South Park

 

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