Perhaps the real challenge in AI (artificial intelligence) is not consciousness but is sexuality. Just as we cannot separate ourselves from our consciousness (indeed it is the essence of who we are), we cannot separate ourselves from our sexuality either. So even if AI creators could eventually come up with an AI which is self-consciously … Continue reading “Perhaps the real challenge in AI is not consciousness but is . . .” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.
By Maria Popova (brainpickings.org) “The need of reason is not inspired by the quest for truth but by the quest for meaning,” Hannah Arendt wrote in her incisive meditation on the vital difference between thinking and knowing. “Knowledge consists in the search for truth,” Karl Popper cautioned in considering truth and the dangers of relativism. “It is not the search for … Continue reading Nietzsche on Truth, Lies, the Power and Peril of Metaphor, and How We Use Language to Reveal and Conceal Reality
By Maria Popova (brainpickings.com) In the autumn of 1911, just as the dawn of quantum mechanics and Einstein’s groundbreaking theory of relativity were unsettling our understanding of existence, some of the world’s most influential physicists were summoned to Brussels for the Solvay Conference — an invitation-only gathering that would become a turning point for modern physics … Continue reading Nobel-Winning Physicist Niels Bohr on Subjective vs. Objective Reality and the Uses of Religion in a Secular World
December 4, 2016 (BigThink.com) Cartoonist’s portrayal of Ali Abdullah Saleh, former president of Yemen. Ethnobotanist and hallucinogenic scion Terrence McKenna said in one of his lectures that, “Culture is your operating system.” Through hallucinogenic drugs, McKenna posited, one could shed that operating system for a time and gain union with nature, other humans, and even an … Continue reading “Does the Language We Speak Affect Our Perception of Reality?” by Philip Perry
Any study of the relationship of gay writers to the discourse on heterosexual marriage in modern drama must begin with Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), but while Wilde was basking in his all-too-brief success as a West End playwright, Edward Carpenter (1844–1929) was writing one of the works that would make him both a canonical gay writer … Continue reading “Edward Carpenter and Oscar Wilde: Ideal and Real Marriage” by John M. Clum
NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 24, 1924 – Influences. If you wish to hear new things in a new way, you must listen in a new way. This is necessary not only in the work but also in life. You can become a little more free in life, more secure, if you begin to be interested in … Continue reading A few words from “Views from the Real World” by G.I. Gurfjieff (contributed by Randy Ramsley)
Dr. Meinard Kuhlmann Physicists speak of the world as being made of particles and force fields, but it is not at all clear what particles and force fields actually are in the quantum realm. The world may instead consist of bundles of properties, such as color and shape. Physicists routinely describe the universe as being made … Continue reading “What is real?” by Meinard Kuhlmann from “Scientific American” (August 2013)
Wendy Cicchetti The Capricorn partial lunar eclipse is visible from only some of the world’s regions, as can be seen at: https://www. timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2019-july-16 Capricorn’s nature is dedicated and hardworking. But under a lunar eclipse, even the most loyal and devoted people could question what all their striving is for. This may be especially apt if there is a background issue … Continue reading Capricorn Lunar Eclipse Full Moon, July 16, 2019, 2:38 pm PDT
We all break. The key is to become strong in the broken places. Ryan Holiday Follow May 31, 2018 · (medium.com) Top highlight There is a line attributed to Ernest Hemingway — that the first draft of everything is shit — which, of all the beautiful things Hemingway has written, applies most powerfully to the ending … Continue reading How To Recover When The World Breaks You
THE TIME AND LAND OF ARASCUS by Mike Zonta, H.W., M. Even in the time and land of Arascus, men felt the overpowering sensation of the oneness of the universe. Thus, when there was born to them a certain one, they could see him and notice him from afar off. They saw in him the … Continue reading “The Time and Land of Arascus” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.