Posted in October 2008

Reading List:

“1000 Years of Nonlinear History” by Manuel DeLanda. I just cracked open this book last night. It’s surprisingly good for an “academic” book, but I find it totally difficult to explain in one sentence. The pages are arranged very uniquely, with chapters being small font (verdana font, even), and then the first page or two … Continue reading

William James on “Radical Empiricism”

This is an excerpt from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: James’s fundamental idea is that mind and matter are both aspects of, or structures formed from, a more fundamental stuff — pure experience — that (despite being called “experience”) is neither mental nor physical. Pure experience, James explains, is “the immediate flux of life which … Continue reading

What happens after postmodernism?

Looking ahead to some end point , whether it be actual, ideological, or abstract could be the spoil of man. There has never been an end, or final point, nor has there ever been an ultimate answer. The postmodernist knows this well, yet he too seems preoccupied by this matter, often too busy criticizing the … Continue reading

I saw Ralph Nader

Yesterday, I went to a Ralph Nader speech: Communist, socialist, and independent parties were abound. What follows are my notes, for the most part unedited, that I took during the event. The place is crowded, bustling with excitement and energy. A reverend makes a passionate introduction; “there is no middle class, just haves and have … Continue reading

Presence: Reflections on meditation

Being present does not always mean thinking present. There is a simple awareness we have that is before thought or emotion, and allows us to see both. By remaining in this place of mindfulness, we are betters suited to gain self knowledge and understanding of others. This is the act of meditation. There is no … Continue reading

What Meditation Does to Your Brain

Following up on the previous blog about meditation, I’ve been digging around for some interesting links on how meditative states correlate with brain waves. Here’s a basic rundown on how: (Graph from crystalinks) The brain itself emits electromagnetic energy, and this brain activity differs according to its state (sleeping, awake, thinking etc). There is a … Continue reading

10 Tips for Effective Meditation

1. Daily Practice. Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean taking a few hours out of your day. In fact, morning and evening meditation can fit easier into your schedule. Try simple breathing exercises after you lie down to fall asleep. When you wake up, spend a few minutes with the same breathing exercises. A regular mindfulness practice … Continue reading

Ethics, Society and the New Tomorrow

As we spiral deeper and deeper into the information age, the singularity appears to draw near. We can get vast amounts of information at the push of a button—In fact, if we wanted to, we could download vast libraries of books, media and other forms of both entertainment and education. The internet, above all new … Continue reading