“Perhaps the real challenge in AI is not consciousness but is . . .” by Mike Zonta, H.W., M.

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.

Nietzsche on Truth, Lies, the Power and Peril of Metaphor, and How We Use Language to Reveal and Conceal Reality

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

Nobel-Winning Physicist Niels Bohr on Subjective vs. Objective Reality and the Uses of Religion in a Secular World

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

“Does the Language We Speak Affect Our Perception of Reality?” by Philip Perry

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

“Edward Carpenter and Oscar Wilde: Ideal and Real Marriage” by John M. Clum

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

A few words from “Views from the Real World” by G.I. Gurfjieff (contributed by Randy Ramsley)

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)

“What is real?” by Meinard Kuhlmann from “Scientific American” (August 2013)

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)

The Writing of “Silent Spring”

Rachel Carson and the culture-shifting courage to speak inconvenient truth to power. Brain Pickings (getpocket.com) Maria Popova “Life and Reality are not things you can have for yourself unless you accord them to all others,” philosopher Alan Watts wrote in the 1950s as he contemplated the interconnected nature of the universe. What we may now see as … Continue reading The Writing of “Silent Spring”

Ongoingness: Sarah Manguso on Time, Memory, Beginnings and Endings, and the True Measure of Aliveness

By Maria Popova (brainpickings.org) Some of humanity’s most celebrated writers and artists have reaped, and extolled, the creative benefits of keeping a diary. For John Steinbeck, journaling was a tool of discipline and a hedge against self-doubt; for Virginia Woolf, a way to “loosen the ligaments” of creativity; for André Gide, a conduit to “spiritual evolution”; for Anaïs Nin, … Continue reading Ongoingness: Sarah Manguso on Time, Memory, Beginnings and Endings, and the True Measure of Aliveness