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    • Weight Check-In Thread (Last post by Connor L.)
    • Why not? Sounds good to me. SW: 340 lbs GW: 200 lbs CW: 305 lbs I did my first leg of weight loss earlier this year, ending in June. now, I am maintaining for a few months and will begin my second leg. I am hoping to get to 270 or so by Christmas or February.
    • From time to time a poem (Last post by tzb)
    • The Door and the Darkness I followed you down Lower, towards the treeline Where, deep in opaque shadow We found an old house Crouched beneath the twilit dawn Wooden steps dark with dew You turn a handle, step through Into darkness, utter black A silence like the dying night On the steps, and though I Never see your face, I know Like the trees, the house The door and the darkness, You are another me.
    • Circuitry and Reality (Last post by Gisteron)
    • Yeah, this is the kind of thing people come up with after they learn about science rather than studying the actual thing... There is no such thing as a "lowest level mathematically", because a level is always and without exception of something, and math is not a medium, let alone a real one. Likewise, I don't know what you mean by either splitting the atom in half nor doing the math for that. What is half an atom? Does it mean one that has half the proton count, or half the nucleon count? Do you mean it has half the mass or half the charge or half the size? You make it sound like as if the atom was a cake you could simply cut in two halves, when the very word itself literally means uncuttable, indivisible (albeit an outdated meaning, inapplicable to the thing the label refers to). So what is half an atom anyway? And what math are you referring to? I could even go a step further. Let's say there was an infinitely divisible thing and you kept splitting it in two and every half in two again, ad indinitum. The number of parts would exponentially grow, approaching (though never reaching) infinity, and the size of every part would likewise exponentially fall, approaching (though never reaching) zero. There is no reason to assume that the sum of the parts would occupy any more space than the entire thing. You can break a glass and leave it shattered in the frame. If we are arguing mathematically, if the cake doesn't take up more space after being cut in two, and neither half is occupying more after being cut in two again, then it won't occupy any more after being cut in two trillion pieces or indeed infinite. Infinity does not mean all and all does not mean infinity. Would you kindly provide a list of mathematicians who killed themselves over this "theory", please? Now after that we have a little personal paragraph, so I might as well do one of my own. I'm glad you appreciate my contribution. I wish the feeling was mutual. The socratic method does not consist of being intentionally either wrong or incomprehensible at all times but of leading the listener through suggestion rather than revelation. Being vague for its own sake is unhelpful in communication, and if you aren't trying to communicate, one cannot help but wonder why you write at all. Being vague to leave the listener to fill in the gaps may on the other hand help said listener understand better, but only if there is a thing to be understood and if the plateaus provided between the gaps are themselves helping for that filling in. Arguably the forum post format, as opposed to real time communication, may not be ideal for this kind of exchange... I may be familiar with those low-pressure low temperature consciousness systems, but I don't know if I am because I have no idea what you mean. I'll come back to this later. A fundamental misunderstanding philosophers have about the nature of science is that allegedly science is in search of truth. It isn't. Science seeks to build models of reality that partially or fully account for the hitherto gathered data and can successfully predict future data as well. Understanding consciousness as a state of matter, so far did neither of the two, which is part of the reason it hasn't been widely accepted yet. What individual physicists believe is of course up to them, and they are free to and have published their ideas for peer review and here we are today, moving onward, one step at a time, thanks to thinkers, no thanks to dreamers. On a side note, I doubt that what they share is your view exactly, seeing how they actually studied the subject at hand and try to argue from within it whereas you try to be too vague to have to face any argument. Just as with levels, frequencies are also always of something. It's part of the reason the aether has been hypothesized for so long until there was no more need for it to account for anything. Quote: Pootwattle's stringent treatment of the relationship between the (re)formation of post-Hegelian criticism and the delegitimization of the parent-child dynamic demands a break with the organization of 'the book' as we know it. - The Virtual Critic
    • What gives you strength? (Last post by Cyan Sarden)
    • Apart from meditation, it's photography for me. Sometimes I can completely zone out for hours just wandering through the streets and snapping away, only to get home with a smile on my face. I guess taking pictures could also be considered meditation - it's fully concentrating on the subject, on the camera and on he situation - fully being in the moment. With the added bonus that looking at the pictures is actually quite interesting: you seemingly have captured that moment but at the same time, you realize that you haven't - and that's impossible to capture a complete moment. You've only capture a minimal amount of information of that particular setting, because the camera's sensor is limited to capturing visible light (and not even all of it). Still sometimes the pictures come out stunningly beautiful. And when you think about it - your senses are much like that sensor - incapable of ever perceiving everything - and still, some moments are completely beautiful despite our limited abilities.
    • The Imperishable Gem (Last post by silentdynamo)
    • Om Namah Shivaya All that I am and the Divinity within and without bow and submit to the great Destroyer/Transformer, Lord Shiva. Through this submission and annulment of the self to the Self, I am given strength and peace. I offer up grief, stress, weakness, and anxiety for You to destroy it and transform it into joy and peace. Your might empowers me, and I see through Your eyes. I see the constant power of transformation from state to state, the shedding of the snake's skin, all around. For this is the constant state of maya. And between these states, I feel and receive the Force, Sat. --A meditation given to me moments ago in anticipation of the birth of my first son.
    • [Science] - Effects of the 'Phantom Road' (Last post by Adder)
    • When I left Sydney (busy city) and moved to the bush (middle of nowhere), I could hear the sound of the roadnoise (which wasn't actually there) for about 3 weeks after before my ears adjusted to the quiet :blink: Maybe people develop their own version of active noise cancellation, like a shadow to mitigate the constant levels - not actual sound, but the experience of noise perhaps... or something. Did I get that backwards, as noise v sound? One is the disturbance of air and the other is the cognitive experience of the other (I forget!) - derail~
    • Light Saber/Universal Remote (Last post by RyuJin)
    • ok i want.... could just gut the wiimote and install them in the saber hilt....a little solder and wire and presto...plus that would look pretty cool to wave a saber hilt around and see the onscreen cursor move....
    • Healthy Whole Grains Are ANYTHING But Healthy (Last post by RyuJin)
    • my diet....mostly meat, whole grains/multi grains, very few vegetables (in fact i usually only eat veggies once or twice a week), and according to my last physical (done last friday) i'm in perfect health....other than the bursitis in my hip, which is not caused by diet/nutrition, but by impact or other physical damage.... everyone's body is different and has different needs...the basics remain the same; protein, fat, carbs, etc...the proportions needed vary....this is where it is beneficial to be able to listen to your body...it will tell you what it needs...trust me, mine never shuts up :lol:
    • Login Problems (Last post by Jestor)
    • This happens sometimes when the browser "retains" an 'older' version of the site, it can be just a few minutes older... Ive opened the site, and got busy, not logged in, and when I tried, received the same message... A quick close/cache clear, and everything is (should be) good...
    • In Praise of slowness (Last post by Vusuki)
    • I thought this article was pretty good. There's some sort of suggestion that I find quite wise- a sort of apt exercise in awareness in the moment and present... www.farnamstreetblog.com/2015/08/in-praise-of-slowness/ Full article below... Spoiler: Quote: In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed by Shane Parrish @farnamstreet We live in a world of scarce understanding and abundant information. We complain that we never have any free time yet we seek distraction. If work can’t distract us, we distract ourselves. We crave perpetual stimulation and motion. We’re so busy that our free time comes in 20 second bursts, just long enough for us to read the gist and assume we understand. If we are to synthesize learning and understanding we need time to think. *** The modern storm of bits and stimulation, relents only when we sleep. (And then only if we remember to turn off the iPhone.) Lost in all of this is the art of stillness. We live in a world with more information than ever and yet we understand less. We have come into the belief that the simple act of reading confers understanding. Worse, most of our reading is elementary reading, or skimming — a far cry from syntopical reading, which seems more fertile for the mind willing to do the work. But that’s just it. We don’t want, or can’t find the time, to do the work that’s required to hold an opinion. It’s much easier to simply read the opinions of another and let them think for us. What’s worse is that we get confused. When someone else does the work we think we understand the problem better than we do. This is why Elon Musk asks questions of depth when hiring people. He wants to filter out the people who did the work from the people who took credit for the work. And so with thinking. Deresiewicz concentrating Understanding comes from focusing, chewing, and relentlessly ragging on a problem. It comes with false starts, dead ends, and frustration. Thinking requires time and space. It’s slow. It means saying I don’t know. In short, thinking is everything the modern workplace is designed to eradicate. We’re expected to have an opinion about everything and yet our time to think is near zero. We hold more opinions than ever but have less understanding. We don’t even understand ourselves. How could it be otherwise? As Milan Kundera wrote in his 1996 novella Slowness, “When things happen too fast, nobody can be certain about anything, about anything at all, not even about himself.” *** In Praise of Slowness Larry Dossey, an American physician, coined the term “time-sickness” in 1982 to describe the belief that “time is getting away, that there isn’t enough of it, and that you must pedal faster and faster to keep up.” Carl Honore, wrote a book, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed, to explore why we’re always in such a rush, what if anything is the cure for time-sickness, and whether it’s desirable to slow down. The book is not an all-out declaration of war against speed. Speed has helped to remake our world in ways that are wonderful and liberating. Who wants to live without the Internet or jet travel? The problem is that our love of speed, our obsession with doing more and more in less and less time, has gone too far; it has turned into an addiction, a kind of idolatry. Even when speed starts to backfire, we invoke the go-faster gospel. We’ve become fast and fat. Overwork is a health hazard in other ways, too. It leaves less time and energy for exercise, and makes us more likely to drink too much alcohol or reach for convenience foods. It is no coincidence that the fastest nations are also often the fattest. Up to a third of Americans and a fifth of Britons are now clinically obese. … One reason we need stimulants is that many of us are not sleeping enough. With so much to do, and so little time to do it, the average American now gets ninety minutes less shut-eye per night than she did a century ago. “Inevitably,” Honore writes, “a life of hurry can become superficial. When we rush, we skim the surface, and fail to make real connections with the world or other people.” Moreover we don’t make connections with ideas. We don’t synthesize. We don’t test theories over time. We don’t play with ideas. When everyone goes fast, most advantages brought by speed get lost. The only choice we see is that we have to go faster. It’s an arms race that I call the Red Queen Effect. David Foster Wallace summed this up perfectly when he said “Bees have to move very fast to stay still.” The implications on thinking are fascinating. We are all fast-thinkers now. We have forgotten how to look forward to things, and how to enjoy the moment when they arrive. Restaurants report that hurried diners increasingly pay the bill and order a taxi while eating dessert. Many fans leave sporting events early, no matter how close the score is, simply to steal a march on the traffic. Then there is the curse of multi-tasking. Doing two things at once seems so clever, so efficient, so modern. And yet what it often means is doing two things not very well. Like many people, I read the paper while watching TV— and find that I get less out of both. In this media-drenched, data-rich, channel-surfing, computer-gaming age, we have lost the art of doing nothing, of shutting out the background noise and distractions, of slowing down and simply being alone with our thoughts. Boredom— the word itself hardly existed 150 years ago— is a modern invention. Remove all stimulation, and we fidget, panic and look for something, anything, to do to make use of the time. When did you last see someone just gazing out the window on a train? Everyone is too busy reading the paper, playing video games, listening to iPods, working on the laptop, yammering into mobile phones. Instead of thinking deeply, or letting an idea simmer in the back of the mind, our instinct now is to reach for the nearest sound bite. In modern warfare, correspondents in the field and pundits in the studio spew out instant analyses of events as they occur. Often their insights turn out to be wrong. But that hardly matters nowadays: in the land of speed, the man with the instant response is king. With satellite feeds and twenty-four-hour news channels, the electronic media is dominated by what one French sociologist dubbed “le fast thinker”— a person who can, without skipping a beat, summon up a glib answer to any question. In a way, we are all fast thinkers now. Our impatience is so implacable that, as actress-author Carrie Fisher quipped, even “instant gratification takes too long.” This partly explains the chronic frustration that bubbles just below the surface of modern life. Anyone or anything that steps in our way, that slows us down, that stops us from getting exactly what we want when we want it, becomes the enemy. So the smallest setback, the slightest delay, the merest whiff of slowness, can now provoke vein-popping fury in otherwise ordinary people. Slow does not always mean slow. Fast and Slow do more than just describe a rate of change. They are shorthand for ways of being, or philosophies of life. Fast is busy, controlling, aggressive, hurried, analytical, stressed, superficial, impatient, active, quantity-over-quality. Slow is the opposite: calm, careful, receptive, still, intuitive, unhurried, patient, reflective, quality-over-quantity. It is about making real and meaningful connections— with people, culture, work, food, everything. The paradox is that Slow does not always mean slow. Speed is not always the best policy. Evolution works on the principle of survival of the fittest, not the fastest. Remember who won the race between the tortoise and the hare. As we hurry through life, cramming more into every hour, we are stretching ourselves to the breaking point. Fast eats time. One consequence of fast is that we make poor decision after poor decision. Those decisions don’t go away never to be seen again. It’s not like we make a bad decision and we’re done with it. No, the consequences are much worse. Poor decisions eat time. They come back to haunt you. They create issue after issue. They feed into the perpetual motion machine of busyness. And in a culture where people wear busyness as a badge of honor bad decisions actually lead us to think that we’re doing more. ***
    • jedi haiku (Last post by Alexandre Orion)
    • Our parts, we all play - - Grounds of consciousness, perhaps A beastie or two ...
    • The lost years of Jesus (Last post by Loudzoo)
    • I haven't checked the source material in this article but it references sections the of the Bhavishya Maha Purana (a late edition from after 1739) and the Rajatarangini (1148 AD). Who knows whether the Isha Masiha is Jesus, but there are old myths in India about a foreigner that could be easily (and have been) conflated with Jesus, rightly or wrongly. It doesn't seem to be solely a recent phenomenon. www.adishakti.org/forum/history_of_isha_...hrist_12-13-2006.htm Some Islamic accounts from the late 1st Millenium also suggest that Jesus did not die in Palestine but went to foreign lands. The English, the French, the Americans, Egyptians, and Ethiopians have all claimed that Jesus visited their lands at some point. Again - I'm not sure whether the historical truth of any of these stories is the thing we're meant to focus on. Having said that, if the source documents for Novotich's translation could be identified and dated that might or might not lend credence to an older source for a visit to India: (reluctant-messenger.com/issa1.htm)

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