McKenna on creativity | Sagan on Earth | 021715

To say that I have been neglecting this blog is an understatement. I have been putting all of my energies onto my primary project. The status of that project? Stalled.

It is very disheartening to see so much valuable time go by without anything substantial being accomplished. This is the malady that affects my entire adult life, at present.

Anyway, there are more days, and more opportunities for me to get my life together.

Moving on,

Here is great view from Terence McKenna, on Opening the Doors of Creativity

When I finally publish my work, people who are familiar with the work of McKenna will no doubt see similarities, parallels, and probably a great similarity between his, my own, and Eastern philosophy more generally. To become as lucid as Terence is my dream.

But we all have dreams, surely.

From another love of mine, here is a lecture from Carl Sagan, The Earth as a Planet.

That’s all that I have for today.

Perhaps I will share something tomorrow as well.
Baby steps toward productivity… or at least a less-useless state.

Take care,

– J

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Abou Ali Issa: The Lebanese Hero Of The Tripoli Explosions

A man sacrifices himself to protect a crowded cafe in Tripoli, Lebanon.

Suffice to say, this man’s quick and good-natured thinking make him a clear example of human excellence, and of the greatness that we all posses within ourselves.

It is a touching story in his memory, to his honor.
Enjoy,

– J

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Two days ago, Tripoli got hit with death yet again as a terrorist attack took place in its Jabal Mohsen neighborhood.

The politics and intricacies of the attack are many, but there is one story of heroism springing out of the horror that took place on Saturday that no one is talking about. I figured I will, because this particular story about these kinds of people are the ones that make you see that faint silver lining in all the mayhem.

Many have wondered how come a café as crowded as the one attacked in Jabal Mohsen only amounted to less than 10 casualties. That’s because the suicide bombing attack didn’t go according to the two terrorists’ plans.

Among those at the café was a brave, courageous, heroic man called Abou Ali Issa. He was a father of seven. When Abou Ali Issa saw the second suicide bomber approaching the premises to…

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins, a conversation | The Poetry of Science + a tight beat

Ho folks,

I hope you enjoy, or find useful, the following.


Science – Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins, and astrophysicist, Neil Degrasse Tyson speak their minds

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins – The Poetry of Science


Music –

Vanic X K.Flay – Make Me Fade

Cheers,

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The Power of Empathy | How the economy works | Sounds of the universe

Good morning all,

I hope your week is going well.

RSA Shorts – The Power of Empathy
: What is empathy, and why it is different from sympathy.

How the economy works in 30 minutes. From the largest hedge fund manager in the world, Ray Dalio who predicted the 2008 financial crisis.

Sky at Night: The sounds of the universe – “While sound can’t travel directly through the vacuum of space, there is noise in the universe. From a distant star collapsing in on itself, to an aurora on another planet in our Solar System.” – BBC News

Sky at Night: The sounds of the universe [LINK]

Peace,

– J

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The Shortcomings of Religion and the Coming Revolution | EASTERN PHILOSOPHY – The Buddha

Ho folks,

Just some links for you today.

Here’s a song I’ve been digging as of late – Alt-j – Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)

Alt-J – Left Hand Free Lido Remix [hype machine]

The self and others, “spirit” and “structure”: a pithy talk on the needs of the new religion, or new way of being, and being toward one another.

The Shortcomings of Religion and the Coming Revolution, with Roberto Unger

EASTERN PHILOSOPHY – The Buddha

Cheers,

– J

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Items of interest (space, music, psychedelic visualization)

Word up people,

Just sharing some cool stuff that I’ve been looking at as of late.

This song is pretty sweet.

Here’s some math for you – GPU Fluid Solver: Rayleigh-Taylor Instability.

From youtube: “A fresh GPU implementation of a fluid solver on a MAC grid using the fluid implicit particle method (FLIP), which greatly reduces numerical dissipation.”

The Sun Rotating @ 4K Quality

From youtube: “The surface of the sun from October 14th to 30th, 2014, showing sunspot AR 2192, the largest sunspot of the last two solar cycles (22 years).

Rosetta spacecraft successfully lands on comet – REAL COMET SOUND

Planet Earth seen from space (Full HD 1080p)

Peace,

– J

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Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity – Simple to digest youtube playlist thereon

Ho folks,

I am not about to say that I understand Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, but the physical world is the way that it is, and this theory goes a long way to explain that world.

I have watched about half of these, and I plan to continue. It’s delivered in a straight forward, clear, and yet nonthreatening way.

Enjoy,

Cheers,

– J

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Evolution: Why We Prevailed (World Science Festival talk)

Ho folks,

This is a great talk on the evolution of the current form of mankind, from the World Science Festival.

Good news: We survived because our ancestors responded to environmental changes with rapid change of their own.

Bad news: Today we are not a species of rapid change.

Evolution: Why We Prevailed – Full Program

Cheers,

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The quantum nature of consciousness | a short film about the multiverse :11/11/2014

Ho folks,

Below is a short film about the multiverse, well, the idea of the existence of an infinite plurality of causally-determined paths, entire worlds that are said to exist because you chose a red shirt rather than a blue shirt this morning.

Ooooooh, the multiverse…
Ooooooh, the multiverse…
Ooooooh, the multiverse…
Ooooooh, the multiverse…

Click on this image to watch a fascinating short film about the multiverse.

Click on this image to watch a fascinating short film about the multiverse.

Sir Roger Penrose — The quantum nature of consciousness

Cheers,

– J

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BBC Human Universe | S01 E01 | Apeman – Spaceman | 10/11/2014

Good morning fellow humans, fellow inanimate objects capable of cognition.

Below is a sponsored youtube video featuring the first episode of BBC’s The Human Universe. 

This is said to be very much like the Cosmos series, and so I have no doubt you will find this to be a valuable experience.

Cheers,

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