30 December 2008

Consciousness and Meaning: Some Links

Now imagine these same circuits become hyperactive as sometimes happens when you have seizures originating in the temporal lobes (TLE or temporal lobe epilepsy). The result would be an intense heightening of the patient's sensory appreciation of the world and intense empathy for all beings to the extent of seeing no barriers between himself and the cosmos—the basis of religious and mystical experiences.


During such epiphanies I have seen eternity in a moment and divinity in all things. And, indeed, felt one with the Cosmos. There is nothing "true "or "false" about such experiences—they are what they are; simply another way of looking at reality.

~Self Awareness: The Last Frontier via Mind Hacks

Well, the reality is that meditation requires practice and dedication. It is not an easy fix. And some of the best-researched meditation techniques, such as mindfulness meditation, are very intensive. You need a trained facilitator. You need to stick to the practice.

~Meditation on the Brain

I figured out that joy can also find its way into the adult life. It can be very dim at the beginning, but it’s up to you to follow it, and make it the guide of your life. That’s the only way to wisdom; the wisdom to live a satisfactory, meaningful life. Why else would you need wisdom anyway?

~Joy: The Key to Wisdom

Truism Number 1: The world is all that is the case (Wittgenstein, Tractatus). All that is the case is the physical world.
Corollary: If something is found that is not physical, it becomes part of the proper domain of physics.

~Truisms 1

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