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Nov.25.2013
  We (can) go from wanting everything to wanting nothing. This vector of desire makes sense to me. We (can) go from conditional joy (enjoying ourselves only when conditions are in accordance with our desires) to unconditional joy (enjoying ourselves regardless of the conditions we find...
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Dec.24.2012
I feel half-human today and that's ridiculously too much.
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Dec.24.2012
I read today in Scientific American (Jan 2013 issue) about the work of Kacy Cullen and Douglas Smith (with University of Pennsylvania): this brilliant duo has been working on devising a neural adapter for jacking into human peripheral nervous system (PNS) as an interface for next-generation...
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Dec.02.2012
1:27am. Baby has been crying so I am awake. Downstairs I sit down to read. I see a stink bug on the floor. Correction: I see a fellow neural colony inside a stink bug body-form. (I am relating to it: the neurons inside this insect are same as mine, just fewer, it’s a neural namaste moment). I...
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Nov.16.2012
Adi Da wrote in “Not-Two is Peace”: “Humankind is functioning on the principle of ego – or separate identity and separative activity. Separateness and separateness – or ego-”I” – is the idea of “difference.” That idea inevitably manifests as the process of “objectification,” control, and...
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Nov.15.2012
The NT perspective is that neuron is a species and each of us is a neural colony of the larger Neural Tribe (NT) that inhabits a variety of body-forms. This perspective implies a question: is any given neuron conscious? My own take on this is - yes. The sum total of your consciousness is the...
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Nov.13.2012
All phenomenology is just life of skin: the inner-outer dynamics of whatever is. Skin of Being
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Nov.06.2012
November 6th, 2012: the day we vote on economy… the year of apocalyptic partisanship… the year of promises of new economy… I usually don’t mess with economics. The last time I spoke on the topic was when I re-phrased the all-too-familiar “It’s economy, stupid!” meme into “It’s psychology, stupid...
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Nov.04.2012
  We tend to think of a brain as an organ, as something solid, monolithic, continuous.  But it's not.  A brain is not an organ but an organization of stand-alone neurons, a centralization of neurons. In my previous post, Neural Tribe Doctrine, I remind the reader of the so-called...
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Oct.31.2012
"It is the function of art to renew our perception." (Anais Nin). Put differently, art alters consciousness. Put differently, art is a pattern break. Put differently, art leverages presence. Put differently, art is mindfulness. Put differently, art is about "putting it differently." - Mindstream
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Oct.25.2012
Diaspora is a dispersal, scattering, migration of people away from their ancestral roots, away from their origins. In modern use, we tend to equate the word “diaspora” with the notion of an ethnic, immigrant community. For example, a such-and-such diaspora in such-and-such place (say, an...
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Oct.23.2012
Neuron Doctrine We've known that any given organism is composed of individual cells as far back as 1839 when Theodore Schwann proposed so. It took about 50 years (until 1888) to extend this notion to the nervous system. Santiago Ramon y Cajal was first to seriously posit that nervous system...
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Oct.22.2012
Introduction of the NT Meme A human - or any animal, for that matter - is a multicellular colossus that consists of various cellular types. One way of looking at our nervous systems is that they are not really systems but colonies of stand-alone neuron (all neurons - as close as they are to each...
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Oct.18.2012
Amazing chains of cause-and-effect happen on this planet. Here's one such causal beauty... 1. Meat production is reportedly a big contributor to global warming. "In a 2006 report, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) concluded that worldwide livestock farming generates 18% of the planet...
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Oct.03.2012
I am holding in my hands the October 2012 issue of Scientific American. The cover features a giant synaptic gap between two neurons next to the following blockbuster headline: "The Language of the Brain: how the world's most complicated machine processes and communicates information." I am...
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