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by Jesse
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:06 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Devastating news for 40,000 native Indians in Brazil..
Replies: 5
Views: 1748

Devastating news for 40,000 native Indians in Brazil..

http://www.salem-news.com/stimg/february112012/hugehydroelectricplantbrazil.jpg "While newspapers and television talk about the lives of celebrities, the chief of the Kayapo tribe received the worst news of his life: Dilma, "The new president of Brazil, has given approval to build a huge hydroelect...
by Jesse
Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism / Nonduality Influenced Metal Bands
Replies: 65
Views: 11395

Re: Buddhism / Nonduality Influenced Metal Bands

I don't know if this group is Buddhism inspired, but close enough. :)
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by Jesse
Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A funny thought
Replies: 0
Views: 311

A funny thought

I was writing some code and had a funny thought, that the act of writing code can't be a creation of something new, and must be the change of something into something else, which led me to do a random google search and come across this article: http://www.metalingo.com/archive/dalai.shtml" onclick="...
by Jesse
Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Symbolic Species
Replies: 4
Views: 986

Re: The Symbolic Species

Hi, Kirt I think I found an article like you're describing, is this it? http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/us/peirce1.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I've begun reading a book by Rudy Rucker which is essentially about the same idea, thought as symbol manipu...
by Jesse
Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:30 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Symbolic Species
Replies: 4
Views: 986

Re: The Symbolic Species

Hi, PadmaVonSamba :) The parts I am finding most interesting are of the description of language as a source of conceptualization and abstraction in our though processes, which allows for the creation of signs and the transmission of signs between individuals. This world of signs we live in, as a sep...
by Jesse
Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:28 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Symbolic Species
Replies: 4
Views: 986

The Symbolic Species

I found this book and haven't been able to stop reading it (well, I'm just now finishing chapter 1), but it is probably some of the most interesting and informative stuff I've ever read, well, next to my Buddhism books. :P A small excerpt from chapter 1: Where do human minds come from? The missing l...
by Jesse
Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Shallow breathing
Replies: 3
Views: 1757

Re: Shallow breathing

Thanks catmoon, I am a fairly heavy smoker. I will try cutting way back and see how much improvement there is. As far as exercise goes I really should be doing more of that anyway, haha .. but I can definitely see that helping. I have not done much work on my sitting position or posture, I'll look i...
by Jesse
Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Shallow breathing
Replies: 3
Views: 1757

Shallow breathing

Has anybody ever had trouble with their breathing becoming shallow as their meditation begins to deepen? I'm not sure how to explain it, except that I feel that I'm not getting enough air per breath.. and actively focusing on taking bigger breaths is distracting. I have been looking up how to breath...
by Jesse
Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: dharmas are not inexistent; what about the self?
Replies: 23
Views: 3366

Re: dharmas are not inexistent; what about the self?

So the question remains.... if the self "really really" does not exist, who is writing your posts? It also neatly explains the Zen experience. You know the saying- first there was a mountain, then there was no mountain, then there was just a mountain. The key thing is that little word "just". No es...
by Jesse
Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:09 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 124305

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

It really is a sad truth, I hope the world will wise up as a whole before things get that bad, but I fear we will face much suffering before our collective self interest becomes synonymous with natures. I remember a lecture I had listened to by Alan Watts along time ago; I had no idea what he was ta...
by Jesse
Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Free online education
Replies: 6
Views: 1634

Re: Free online education

Very cool, It's good to see so much effort being put into a good cause, I've got another one I picked up from a ted video. It's currently in beta, so you've got to sign up to use it. "With Duolingo you learn a language for free, and simultaneously translate the Web" http://duolingo.com/" onclick="wi...
by Jesse
Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Free online education
Replies: 6
Views: 1634

Free online education

This is why the internet is awesome. They offer video lectures/lessons covering an amazing range of topics. Science/Math/Civics etc.

http://www.khanacademy.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Jesse
Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:52 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Tel us about your meditation experience
Replies: 8
Views: 2031

Re: Tel us about your meditation experience

I have meditated off and on for a few years, but only recently began meditating, correctly (I hope!) In the beginning I found it hard to place my concentration in one place, everything would bother me.. tiny itches, thoughts running through my head like freight trains. etc. After more practice, it's...
by Jesse
Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Our Future In Space panel from TAM Las Vegas 2011
Replies: 0
Views: 503

Our Future In Space panel from TAM Las Vegas 2011

This is probably the coolest thing I've watched in a while.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZw5Vz_imPM" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Jesse
Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TEDxYouth - Julian Baggini - Is There A Real You?
Replies: 1
Views: 508

Re: TEDxYouth - Julian Baggini - Is There A Real You?

Great video, the way he explained the concept was very elegant. :thumbsup:
by Jesse
Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Continuation of SOPA and global censorship
Replies: 0
Views: 377

Continuation of SOPA and global censorship

Hello all, So we've all heard of SOPA and PIPA and have at least a vague understanding of what these bills do. What most people are unaware of is that a very similar, and perhaps worse treaty is being passed all over the world right now in the form of an International Trade Agreement. It is called T...
by Jesse
Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: FBI releases plans to monitor social networks
Replies: 10
Views: 1118

Re: FBI releases plans to monitor social networks

You can already monitor what's going on with Twitter and Google quite easily using publicly available means. :shrug: There's a big difference between being able to search through public information on people, and building massive relational databases of people and their activities, interests, socia...
by Jesse
Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:19 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Jhana Not by the Numbers by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Replies: 1
Views: 940

Jhana Not by the Numbers by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Hello all, During the course of my meditations, I have begun to ponder what exactly 'wrong concentration' means, particularly, during meditation I find there is a very fine line between concentrations that lead to a sense of understanding and being present and aware, and those that leave me feeling ...
by Jesse
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The neurons that shaped civilization
Replies: 5
Views: 1581

Re: The neurons that shaped civilization

The thing I found most fascinating is that our physical bodies sense organs, are all that lie between us and shared experience. At least in the case of touch. I would imagine if this is true of touch, it is probable for other sense experience as well. So for me, it brings to mind meditation. The par...
by Jesse
Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:43 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The neurons that shaped civilization
Replies: 5
Views: 1581

The neurons that shaped civilization

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/vs_ramachandran_the_neurons_that_shaped_civilization.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex soci...

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