Dreaming in Epistemology a. In his Meditations on First Philosophy he wanted to find out what we can believe with certainty and thereby claim as knowledge.
Posted on April 19, by Scott Alexander That story about the blockchain-based dating site gets better: For example, from the MCTB review: If you really, really examine your phenomenological experience, you realize all sorts of surprising things…one early insight is a perception of your mental awareness of a phenomenon as separate from your perception of that phenomenon.
The real process of meditation is paying real close attention to what is happening around you without passing it to the mind immediately for analysis…the mind becomes perceived to be another sense.
You see, you listen, you hear, you smell, you think. From the MCTB review: The main point of [mindfulness] meditation is to improve your concentration ability so you can direct it to ordinary experience. Become so good at concentrating that you can attain various jhanas — but then, instead of focusing on infinite bliss or whatever other cool things you can do with your new talent, look at a wall or listen to the breeze or just try to understand the experience of existing in time.
Building the instrumentation to keep your consciousness stable enough to put the attention on the thing, is about three or four years work. It takes years to grind a perfectly smooth reflector.
Then you silver coat it. Then you point it at the sky and now you can see the moons of Jupiter. It takes you years to design the microscope, you look into the water, now you can see the microbes and you just discovered germ theory.
Building the instrumentation takes time. Years and years and years because you need long periods — 35, 40 seconds minimally — when there are no thoughts in the mind to be able to begin to turn the awareness onto itself.
So lengthening the gap between thoughts means lowering the mental background noise. There are lots of these matches. The weird thing is — everyone who opens up the big door and looks out into the magical Universe where all the cosmic shit lives, sees something different. The purpose of religions is to enforce conformity on the mythology that floods your brain once you open up the cosmic forces.
If you are a strict moslem and you experience your enlightenment in a moslem context, the mystical model of the world that gets slammed into your head when you finally look at the Universe in that way, will be in conformity with the dominant culture around you at the time.
This is part of the reason that everything in Western culture went nuts when they discovered LSD, because you had all these people experiencing enlightenment outside of the conformity of the church. So rather than becoming Saint Ignatius of Loyola, you wound up as acid-crazed Bill.
My name is Ken Wilbur. Where the hell did that come from? He made it up and then told you it was cosmic law. Just like all the others did. This is how it really works. Later in the session, a questioner asked: You talked about some beautiful abstractions. Every individual who goes up there sees the same shit, more or less.
And then you come back down and try and tell people about it in language, and you wind up building a model that you use to communicate. That is exactly correct.
I read Ingram, and I read Gupta, and they seem to be saying broadly the same stuff, and it appeals to me, and seems to fit with what I already know of the world, and gets me thinking that all this enlightenment stuff is starting to make sense.
One possible escape from total relativism: The description of what meditation is doing. The distinction between samatha and vipassana meditation. Maybe we should reframe it as talking about two different parts of the brain?Science/Technology Documentaries "Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity." –Nikola Tesla.
Preface. Unlike the anthology of the plombier-nemours.comra Nikaaya in this series by the Ven.
Nyaanaponika, this selection from the plombier-nemours.com is by three different hands: Part I (WH ) by John D. Ireland, Part II (WH ) by the Ven.
plombier-nemours.coma, and Part III by the undersigned. Since the choice of each translator ranged over the entire Nikaaya, the three parts do not present the whole. I haven’t dug into it myself, but second hand I’ve heard that UCLA’s mindfulness meditation stuff is very evidence based and not mystical, so if you want to dig into it without the mysticism you might have luck?
I keep meaning to do it myself. Like Locke, the Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico believed that human beings are not innately rational; he argued, however, that understanding results not through sense perception but through imaginative reconstruction. Although Vico’s ideas were not widely known in the 18th century, Early life and career.
Vico was the son of a poor bookseller. You probably won’t be finding any of this in your Zen master’s upcoming teishos, but it is nonetheless worthwhile to get caught up on recent neurological studies of meditation and its impact upon the brain, an organ which has revealed itself to be far more plastic, adaptive, and regenerative than was ever suspected in those golden years of brain .
Columbia: Hobbes, Ibn Ezra heresies, Praise or Blame, Durant Tribute , G-D, idea of G-D, Idea of God, Hampshire—conatus, Hampshire—libido and conatus, Durant—Herbert Spencer's words that I can't help, but think they apply to Spinoza: Whoever hesitates to utter that which he thinks the highest truth, lest it should be too much in advance of the time, may reassure.