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wired: A November Witch is, as the name suggests, not something to trifle with. The colorful name refers to the particularly nasty storms that pummel the Great Lakes around this time of year. They can be merciless systems; one such … Continue reading

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Wealth is not happiness nor is swimming pools and villas. Nor is great work alone reward, or fame. Foreign places visited themselves give nothing. It is only you who bring to the places your heart, or in your great work feeling, or in your large house place. If you do this there is happiness.

Richard P. Feynman, 1954
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Recognize that something sinister has been sculpting the landscape of dream. We are seeing an unprecedented colonisation and colonialisation of the dream worlds. When we discussed incubation it was made clear that the Ancient World understood the importance of dream, and since then it has been accumulating a grey silt. The dream world is becoming as polluted as the natural world, as despoiled. Before we can even reach the Asclepium, our minds are chorusing with chatter, assailed by demands. The previous strategy of ‘thou shalt not have unauthorized dreams’ has been superceded by a more terrible strategy. It is not simply dream which is derided as meaningless, but every aspect of our lives. In a parody of Hasan Il Sabbah, nothing is true and thus nothing permitted. We parade our inner selves which are revealed to be no more than loyalty to a sect of compatible brands. When we see ourselves and the world around us we do not recognize the sacred. Our culture has devoured itself. It is little wonder that Christianity sees the end of days, that Islam retreats to medieval certainties, that everyone else is plunged into their digital soma slavery.

Peter Grey, Apocalyptic Witchcraft (via portionsofeternity)
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This is why we’re so f*cked: Our politics are only going to get worse

This is why we’re so f*cked: Our politics are only going to get worse

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futurist-foresight: nubbsgalore: this is a sea angel (clione limacina), photographed by alexander semenov swimming with its wing like fins in russia’s white sea. these translucent pteropods, measuring only a few centimeters in length, are actually sea snails sans shells. lacking this cumbersome but … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Quantum computers simplified… sort of – In a Nutshell

Pretty awesome intro to quantum computation.

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Why it is nearly impossible for America to pass gun-control laws

One day after 14 people died in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, America’s Senate defeated a bill that would have prevented people on the terror watch list from buying guns. It seems even the mildest measure to curb guns in America is doomed to fail

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Perhaps many people were trying to figure out how to do vipassana in the late 1800s. Only four succeeded. They all started from descriptions in the Pali scriptures. The most detailed are in the Satipatthana Sutta, the Visuddhimagga, and the Anapanasati Sutta.

In the mid-1800s, these texts were revered because supposedly they showed the way to nirvana. However, the way they were practiced was for groups of monks to ritually chant the text in unison. This is like a bunch of people who don’t know what a computer is reading the manual out loud, hoping the machine will spring to life, without realizing you need to plug it in.

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The Englishman and the Octopus

The Englishman and the Octopus