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Sunday, December 11, 2011
really a lot (maybe most) of his awesome things have more to do with the attitude one directs toward the thing rather than the thing itself being awesome or not.
examples (including his last 3 posts):
#95 When that kid crying in the mall isn’t your kid
#96 Basement couches
#97 When someone takes care of you when you’re sick
#103 Gutsy city animals
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Campaign Video of the PJ PARTY of Canada for the May 2nd 2011 federal election.
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WE MUST STOP HARPER to SAVE CANADA NOW!!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
A comic strip I created poking fan at Bem's recently accepted studies showing "experimental evidence" for premonition (psi).
Created using http://stripgenerator.com
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Related Notes from wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychonaut):
"Psychonaut, literally a "sailor of the psyche", is a person who actively explores the psyche through the use of hallucinogens or other trance-inducing and mind exploring techniques, such as shamanic ritual, self-hypnosis, sensory deprivation, or lucid dreaming."
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
[transcribed from a note written sometime in between 2001 and 2002.]
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
I just "discovered" a new way (to my knowledge) of assessing what kinds of questions individuals are collectively curious about. This provides an intriguing way of probing the current collective consciousness of our society.
To experience this for yourself, type in "does X" in a standard Google search box, where X represents an object or idea of interest. Then examine what is automatically generated by the intelligence horse-power built into the Google search engine.
For example, I typed in the search string "do animals", and the search engine automatically listed: "do animals have souls", "do animals go to heaven", "do animals dream", "do animals cry", "do animals have rights", "do animals have feelings", "do animals feel pain", and "do animals have periods."
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Awaken today and realize the empty promise of consumerism.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, December 08, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
This video was 100% inspired by Jon Lajoie's modus operandi. Check him out!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
The scene depicted in the novel is relevant for answering the question because in the plague-ridden society, money is completely irrelevant. The arbitrary accumulation of money is of no value. Furthermore, social approval is drastically downplayed because only a few hundred individuals remain across North America most of which live alone. Hence, individuals (as portrayed in the novel) generally focus on acquiring items that have functional value for survival and pursue activities related to intrinsically motivated goals. For example, Gene doesn't acquire new clothes or luxurious jewelery that don't provide any additional functional benefits or acquire items for the sake of keeping up with his neighbors.
The exercise of going through this hypothetical situation and asking how one would live their life could potentially be a valuable exercise for individuals seeking to probe more deeply into what is truly important to them and how to better align their actions with their inner-directed goals.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
According to Duane Elgin, "we can describe voluntary simplicity as a manner of living that is outwardly more simple and inwardly more rich, a way of being in which our most authentic and alive self is brought into direct and conscious contact with living."
In voluntary simplicity, our most “authentic and alive self” is brought into direct and conscious contact with living. This implies that in extravagant living, our authentic self is indirectly brought into contact with living. In other words, something is interfering with the alive self being able to live. Thus, the non-essential extravagance blocks the authentic self from fully involving itself with actual lived life.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
perceive an object as not being part of a category of objects, but as a classless experiencable object itself. object being perceivable as an object in its own sense; as a directly sensory experience.
i am being completely analytical; unmindfully synthetic. every thought elicits higher-order thoughts. this mode is interrupting my optimal neutral state of mindfully being. but i can nonetheless enjoy the moment. ;-)
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
However, thinking more profoundly about connections per se may pique your interest a bit more. Connections, links, or associations are ubiquitous in our daily experience. We can have connections to other individuals, to objects, to the Earth; we can have connections in thoughts and ideas. In an abstract sense then, it seems that the concept of connection is the central entity that permits reality. We would not be able to form a coherent view of reality without connections. Can you at all imagine a reality without connections? Without associations, there would be no separable entities, and thus no reality as we know it.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Has it really come to the point in our society where the majority of citizens cannot see through these point systems? The fact that these systems exist suggests that they probably do work in general. I 'm trying hard to imagine the scene where clever individuals are sitting around a board room table ironing the logic behind these schemes. Perhaps it goes something like this: "OK, all we have to do is make people think MANY POINTS = GOOD, and then make the points worth next to nothing, but because we're given them so many points (e.g., 10,000!), they'll buy into it!" This seems scarily reminiscent of the movie Idiocracy....
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I argue that being spontaneous as an individual human being (and in a couple) is a necessary (but not necessarily sufficient) condition for living a more natural, free, exciting, and fulfilling life.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
This thought seemed a lot more interesting at the time it was elicited, but I figured I'd put it down on paper anyway.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Although I've never met the man, I've been deeply touched by his spirit.
Monday, March 31, 2008
A person is what one stays for." (LeBel, 2008)
When we encounter a stranger, all we know is her body. Only subsequently can we learn about her person. In certain circumstances, however, we could experience both a stranger's body and person if we are observing a behavior diagnostic of their person. For example, observing a cute girl helping an elderly woman getting off the bus. But strictly speaking, wouldn't the perception of the person's physical body come BEFORE the interpretation of meaning of that person's bodily-caused action?
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
does the passage of time during the weekend subjectively feel different than the passage of time during the week? if it does and it's the weekday, as an exercise try experiencing the current passage of time as being part of the "weekend" mindset. how does that feel?
then think about cleansing your perception of time such that it's neutral (does not feel like the weekend or weekday). my speculation is that living life having a time-neutral mindset may be mentally healthy and be important for well-being. or at least, to experience most days as feeling like they're part of the 'weekend of life'.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Adapted from Richard Layard's (2005) book "Happiness: Lessons from a new science."
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
"Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science." Henri Poincare (1854 - 1912)
I like this quote because it applies to so many different levels and topics. For one, it relates to the idea that individuals that know many facts might be knowledgeable, but that without organization and connections between facts, they may nonetheless not be wise. For two, the statement foreshadows the ills of poorly-integrated (and arguably the low contributability of) modern day social psychology. For three, the statement is consistent with the argument made by some philosophers of science that there needs to be more integration and cross-pollination between scientific disciplines!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I was reading this passage from a book I can't unfortunately recall at this time, but it was saying that in many East Asian cultures, particularly those based on Buddhist or Taoist beliefs, "desire, craving, lust, and ambition are viewed as the source of suffering." Thus, the idea is that we should "seek to emancipate the self from egoism" (de Silva, 1993; Sinha & Sinha, 1997). From this perspective, the individual self is seen as illusory or unreal; the ideal state requires the "transcendence of self-hood and complete identification with the forces of the cosmos" (Ho, 1995; Inada, 1997).
So break free from your ego!
Emancipate yourself from egoistic slavery!!!
Friday, November 23, 2007
"Even a broken clock is right twice a day". (Anonymous)
What exactly does this mean? Perhaps it means that even suboptimal actions, individuals, events have some value in our world. Viewed slightly differently but nonetheless similarly, perhaps it means that even individuals that are generally devalued in our society are valuable and thus should be appreciated.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
For example, when I'm riding in a car and we're driving past a bus stop, I sometimes think about how the people at the bus stop might be thinking "I wish I was in that car".
When I'm sitting on the bus, I generally look around the bus and speculate about what other people might be thinking about. Although these days most people on the bus just listen to their I-pods, I'm sure they nonetheless at times actually reflect about what's on the minds of other individuals on the bus.