Hawkeye Pierce gets it. In this interview with Robert Sapolsky from Stanford, they talk about the illusion of free will. This interview is pretty good too.
I often hear people say they have seen that the self / ego is an illusion and that they are “the one” – but then they lost it. They often say things like “the ego came back” or “life got in the way”. I’m hear to tell you that the realisation that can be lost […]
The fundamental need that every single person has is to “fill the hole”. We struggle to name “the hole”, but it exists inside all of us. It manifests itself in different ways for different people, depending on their genetics and conditioning and environment, but it’s the same hole. It’s that feeling that you are irrevocably […]
Once we have seen our true nature, there is no going back. It is a permanent transformation. It’s like a blind person being given the gift of sight. You’ll never again think of yourself in the old way. Enlightenment (aka realization) happens suddenly although it may take years of work to be ready for the […]
If you haven’t seen the American sitcom “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”, then you are missing out. It’s one of my favourite comedies of all time. Seriously funny and wrong. Of course YMMV. This morning over coffee, Chrissy and I were watching this collection of bloopers from the show, and it struck me that if […]
I just finished reading Daniel C Dennett’s latest book “Intuition Pumps And Other Tools For Thinking” and, while it’s overall an engaging book, his final section is just plain disappointing. In the final chapters, Dennett attempts to demonstrate some of his “intuition pumps” (tools for improving our thinking about difficult problems) by tackling three very hard […]
The Great Teaching is very simple. It is so simple that most overlook it, even when given to them freely. They complicate it with ideas and concepts, with prejudice and fear. They believe they are not worthy of it and so delay their acceptance of it. This is not their fault – they do what […]
What is the difference between dreams and reality? One obvious answer is that we wake up from dreams but we don’t wake up from reality. But does the dreamed person in our dreams ever wake up from the dream? Or does their ‘reality’ just end for them? One minute they are living inside their reality […]
I was listening to the Radiolab podcast this morning and, yet again, was amazed by their story. This episode is about living in the moment. It’s 15 minutes long. Enjoy.