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    • Circuitry and Reality (Last post by PowderCat)
    • Quote: Also, "absolute lowest level" of what exactly? Altitude above the center of gravity? Literary sophistication? A skyscraper? A role-playing game? Absent a medium, "lowest level" doesn't refer to anything, or does it? Lowest level mathematically. When you do the math for splitting an atom again and then in half again and then in half again, etc, you eventually reach a point in which the part that you split in half ceases to exist in any one point but exists in all points at all times (or so I have heard). This theory actually has driven several mathematicians into ending their own life. And no, I am not clarifying yet. I have left this vague intentionally. :3 Those that are truly interested and listening call feel out many things. Besides, I sort of run my own experiments when I talk. How interesting that you have shown up and that you are in the manner that you are in. Thank you for participating. :D At any rate, thank you Whyte Horse, and everyone else, for that matter (ha, physics jokes). I truly appreciate it. You can bet that at some point, Whyte Horse, that I shall look into that. :3 What is fascinating to me is that there are physicists out there that share my view that consciousness must be some form of matter. After all, everything is really just everything else, only at a different frequency, right? :# Consciousness can be felt. Awareness is some sort of key principal. Not sure about rigidity yet or how that factors in, but I'm sure that we are all familiar with low pressure, low "temperature" consciousness systems that seem hard and leech energy. Lots of resistance in the circuit? At any rate, blah cat meow swish. May the Force be with us. I will post more in this thread quite soon. I look forward to any replies and I will think about clarifying, my new friends. <3
    • 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...
    • The Imperishable Gem (Last post by Kyr)
    • I'd like to offer two from Jim Elliot: "Wherever you are, be all there." "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which you cannot lose."
    • 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... 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 ...
    • What Are You Listening To Right Now? (Last post by Proteus)
    • From a youtube comment (explaining exactly how I've always interpreted this piece): Quote: to me, the humming in the background represents incessant,repetitive,self-critical thoughts that creep in our minds without even us realizing it.the more noticeable piano notes are our desires,ambitions,yearning to be accepted,regrets,sorrows.the gongs in the middle of the song are eventuality of something big,life changing.something that will shake up a lot of things in your life whether you like it or not.similar to what happens in the film.nothing will remain the same except those incessant,repetitive,self-critical thoughts that creep in our minds without us realizing it. Quote: the screeching chant representing the anxiety of the unknown before the silence.
    • From time to time a poem (Last post by Proteus)
    • Quote: Drip... So heavy my limbs, So tired, such an effort to rise up from the comfort blanketness the warm doziness that has fastened me securely to the darkness behind my eyes, Drip...drip Yet it disturbs me, Like an echo that swirls slowly around, That sound, Drip.....drip It calls to me with shattered teeth, Painful stiring within my bones, Wounds the silence with its sharp breath, Drip.......drip, I am falling into myself, With sweet abandonment, Gently darkness caresses' each curve and I am melting into familiar feelings, Yet.... Drip.........drip Such a battle just to turn my head, My cheek resting against the soothing marble, Eyes flutter like dying wings, Drip..............drip There is a pattern of life that smears the reality of the surface it barely touches, It spreads, A flow that leaks into each line, Reflecting surrender, Drip.........................drip, I am undone, I cant turn back, too many steps along this path, Barely a choice, more a natural feature of the stumble across what holds us here, And what are we? If unable to be? If it slips away, as a wave will flow back into the ocean, And you cannot bear the uncovered bleakness? Drip.. Welcomed into the eternity of nothing and nowhere That reaches eagerly to taste the last memory of what is. And........ Silence so deep you can taste the metallic flavour.... ...
    • 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. 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: (
    • Astral Projection (Last post by Katash Weivorki)
    • In all things be mindful. But I'd say not to let fear prevent you from any thing. Demons feed on fear, thus being afraid gives them strength. You'll be able to overcome this beast if you allow yourself to. Or perhaps what you heard, was a manifestation of your fear of the demonic. As a once believer in hell, just maybe it's your subconscious creating a sort of gatekeeper in a matter of words. Not every dark force we sense is demonic.
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by Jamie Stick)
    • Working two jobs and always being afraid whether I'll be able to pay the bills or afford the bus to my second job is awful.

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