Kevin Kelly: 12 Inevitable Tech Forces That Will Shape Our Future


In a few years we’ll have artificial intelligence that can accomplish professional human tasks. There is nothing we can do to stop this. In addition our lives will be totally 100% tracked by ourselves and others. This too is inevitable. Indeed much of what will happen in the next 30 years is inevitable, driven by technological trends which are already in motion, and are impossible to halt without halting civilization. Some of what is coming may seem scary, like ubiquitous tracking, or robots replacing humans. Others innovations seem more desirable, such as an on-demand economy, and virtual reality in the home. And some that is coming like network crime and anonymous hacking will be society’s new scourges. Yet both the desirable good and the undesirable bad of these emerging technologies all obey the same formation principles.

The True Meeting of Science and Spirituality (SAND)


A Taste of Science and Nonduality Gathering http://www.scienceandnonduality.com

“This is the place where big questions ‘Who am I?’, ‘What is life?’ can be explored utilizing all lenses.”

“No question is off limits, every question is worth asking.”

“Is there a basis for what we perceive in the manifest world as spiritual? The answer without a doubt is “Yes”, but what that is, is what has been explored here.”

“What is the truth about Reality?”

“What is the Truth of my experience at this moment?”

“The ultimate science is not the science of physics, but science of consciousness.”

“The only absolute knowledge there is, is the knowing of our own being.”

“When all the talking is over, when all the questions have been asked, when there is clarity of understating about thought and metal processes and you live this truth in the world…”

“There is so much love and openhearted wisdom coming from the mouths and minds of all these people. I guarantee you, at least one person will touch you in a way that will change your life forever. Like a pebble in a pond, it ripples out. This is what SAND will do for you.”

The mission of Science and Nonduality (SAND) is to forge a new paradigm in spirituality, one that is not dictated by religious dogma, but rather is based on timeless wisdom traditions of the world, informed by cutting-edge science, and grounded in direct experience.

“The Dawn of Life” by J.H. Rush

DawnofLife

KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a study of life — its beginnings, its essential substances, its chemistry — life on the earth and its possibility in the universe. What distinguishes life from the non-living, what are the theories advanced for the origin of the earth, what was the state of the earth before life began — these are among the questions examined. The contributions of the men of science are compared and knowledge to date is summarized always with the thought that conclusions must be tentative and dogma is folly. Although non-academic, this effort is not for the beginner.

Sunday Night Translation <3

Aloha all’ yall, ever notice when anyone share’s an idea, theory, or practice that they themselves created and used towards a better definition, understanding of the their own experience’s, same as Thane’s Translation? Our human equation mind begin’s immediately trying to (opinion-ize) same, throwing out resistance toward’s making that which is a wheel, into a better wheel? However Thane originated Translation, and perfected same far beyond any other idea’s put forth, to this day? Thus the only deficiency in Translation is (not) doing the Translating, isn’t it? Thus same as all great leader’s, teacher’s of the way, is simply to (listen) apply, and practice, isn’t it?

Sense Testimony- the lie about the truth already established; Myself and others impede or block my way.

Conclusion’s; 1) Truth/Consciousness is one Self, married to Itself, proceeding without impediment or repudiation.

2) I AM I consciousness, unchangeable, constant Beingness, the ever lasting Way of life.

3)The Truth is I am the Vivacious Agreeable Way Always and Everywhere knowingly powerfully present.

4)Truth being the arch-way organically innate obvious intuitively knowing it’s own character substantially supporting life itself I am that I am identity it’s own intimate relationship.

Memorable lines from “La Belle et La Bete” (1946)

LaBelle

Beauty and the Beast (French: La Belle et la Bête) is a 1946 French romantic fantasy film adaptation of the traditional fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published in 1757 as part of a fairy tale anthology (Le Magasin des Enfants, ou Dialogues entre une sage gouvernante et ses élèves, London 1757). Directed by French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, the film stars Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais.

Avenant:  Don’t be scared.
Ludovic:  I’m not scared.  I’m thinking.
Avenant:  Same thing.

Beast:  Love can turn a man into a beast.  But love can also make an ugly man handsome.  Are you happy?
Beauty:  I’ll have to get used to it.  Where will you take me?
Beast:  To my kingdom.
Beauty:  Is it far?
Beast:   We’ll fly through the air.  You won’t be frightened?
Beauty:  I don’t mind being frightened . . . with you.

Schrodinger’s book: “What is Life?”

WhatisLife?

What Is Life? is a 1944 science book written for the lay reader by physicist Erwin Schrödinger. The book was based on a course of public lectures delivered by Schrödinger in February 1943, under the auspices of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. The lectures attracted an audience of about 400, who were warned “that the subject-matter was a difficult one and that the lectures could not be termed popular, even though the physicist’s most dreaded weapon, mathematical deduction, would hardly be utilized.” Schrödinger’s lecture focused on one important question: “how can the events in space and time which take place within the spatial boundary of a living organism be accounted for by physics and chemistry?”

Biography: Parmenides

Parmenides

Parmenides of Elea (late sixth or early fifth century BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Elea in Magna Graecia (Greater Greece, included Southern Italy). He was the founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy. The single known work of Parmenides is a poem, On Nature, which has survived only in fragmentary form. In this poem, Parmenides describes two views of reality. In “the way of truth” (a part of the poem), he explains how reality (coined as “what-is”) is one, change is impossible, and existence is timeless, uniform, necessary, and unchanging. In “the way of opinion,” he explains the world of appearances, in which one’s sensory faculties lead to conceptions which are false and deceitful.

“Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness and the Illusion of Death”

BeyondBiocentrism

Some selected quotes from the book:

“Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t.  That’s logic.”
–Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)

“In reality, Heisenberg said, all possibilities simultaneously exist, until a  single one materializes upon observation.”

[Attention students of RHS:]  “[T]he past isn’t something that has already irrevocably occurred.  Rather, long-ago events depend on the present observer.  Until they’re observed at this moment, the events didn’t really unfold, but lurked in a blurry probabilistic state, all ready to become an actual ‘past’ occurrence only upon our current observation.  This astonishing possibility is called retrocausality.

“I am reality without beginning . . . I have no part in the illusion of ‘I’ and ‘you,’ ‘this’ and ‘that.’  I am . . . one without a second, bliss without end, the unchanging, eternal truth.  I dwell within all beings as . . . the pure consciousness, the ground of all phenomena, internal and external,  I am both the enjoyer and that which is enjoyed.  In the days of my ignorance, I used to think of these as being separate from myself.  Now I know that I am all.”
–Adi Shankara (788 C.E. – 820 C.E.) was a philosopher and theologian from India who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. He is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism. Wikipedia

“I was studying for a physiology test when something in the textbook about the visual part of the brain suddenly gave me a split-second insight that the distinction between ‘external’ and ‘internal’ is unreal.  Then that intellectual insight abruptly changed into something else.  An enormous weight I’d never realized I had borne was suddenly lifted.  An experience began that no words could convey.  It was ineffable and life-altering.  The best I can say is that ‘I’ was suddenly gone, replaced by the certainty of being the entire cosmos.  There was absolute peace.  I knew with total confidence, not logically–because, as I said, Bob was no longer present–that birth and death do not exist.  That all is perfect eternally, that time is unreal, and that all is one.  The joy was beyond anything I could have imagined.  The to-the-marrow certainty could perhaps be better described as a recognition, an ancient familiarity of being Home.”
–co-author Bob Berman describing an experience he had in 2008

“We have known for a century that light is composed of waves of magnetism along with electrical undulations traveling at right angles to it.  Neither magnetism nor electricity have inherent color or brightness, and thus even if there were an independent universe beyond consciousness, it would have to be utterly invisible.  This bears repeating:  At best, any separate external universe must be blank or black.”

“Reality is an active process that always involves our consciousness. Everything we see and experience is a whirl of information occurring in our minds, shaped by algorithms (represented here by digital zeroes and ones) that create brightness, depth and a sense of time and space.  Even in dreams, our mind can assemble information into a 4D spatio-temporal experience.  ‘Here,’ said Emerson, ‘we stand before the secret of the world, there where Being passes into Appearance, and Unity into Variety.'”

“The only things we can ever perceive,” said George Berkeley, for whom the campus and city were named, “are our perceptions.”

“That the universe (taken as a whole) does lie beyond our logic should be obvious, but somehow escapes the notice of cosmology textbooks.  Look at our models:  Many say a Big Bang started it all, but have no idea, not the foggiest, how you get an entire universe of matter/energy out of nothingness.  The very idea makes no sense whatsoever, even if it may sound okay to the majority of people simply because it’s been repeated so often.  (The very term Big Bang was actually coined pejoratively by Fred Hoyle in 1949 as a way to ridicule the notion as preposterous on its very face.)”

“For we convinced physicists, the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
–Albert Einstein shortly before his death in 1955

“In 2012, a team at the University of California, Berkeley, studied 900,000 galaxies and found that large-scale space shows no sign of warping.  The conclusion?  This flat large-scale topography indicates that the universe is probably infinite, since a finite cosmos would display a curvature in its space-time, caused by the enormous mass of its combined galaxies and dark matter.  This new discovery indicates that the cosmic inventory of galaxies and planets is endless.  In April 2013, Debra Elmegreen, then president of the American Astronomical Society, shrugged it off to one of the authors who’d asked what she made of this news that the visible cosmos is enveloped in an infinitely larger matrix:  “Even if we can only observe a very small fraction of the universe, that’s plenty to keep us busy.”  But she slightly misspoke.  It’s not a very small percentage that’s observable.  You see, any fraction of infinity is zero.  It means we cannot see even a few paintbrush strokes of the celestial masterwork.  Thus, as briefly noted in chapter, 1 all we can ever hope to study is zero percent.  And when a sample size is zero, no conclusions are trustworthy.  Thus this illusion extends to everything we think we know about the  cosmos.”

“‘There is,’ wrote Thoreau, ‘always the possibility . . . of being all.‘  By a conscious effort of the mind, Thoreau made clear that he could stand beside himself, aloof from actions and their consequences; and all things, good and bad, went by him like a torrent.  ‘I may be either the driftwood in the stream, or Indra in the sky looking down on it.’  What is not in doubt even in these early research stages is that the observer is correlative with the cosmos.  That time does not exist.  And perhaps the most cheerful takeaway from biocentrism:  Since there’s no self-existing space-time matrix in which energy can dissipate, it’s impossible for you to ‘go’ anywhere.  In a nutshell, death is illusory.  So far as actual direct experience is concerned, you will continue to find what you’ve always observed:  Consciousness and awareness never began, and will never end.”

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