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



– 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)


– 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.



– 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


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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


– 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.


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Lawrence Krauss on the origin, shape, and fate of the Universe | 2014-11-09

Big fan of Lawrence Lawrence M. Krauss.

An excellent talk on the idea of a Universe from nothing, and how that is consistent with the current understanding of inflation and cosmology more generally.

Great ending too. Well, of the talk anyway, not necessarily the Universe in 2 trillion+ years — hahaha… ahhh.

Anyway, it’s not actually a pessimistic view, as the current model of inflation says that it is always happening somewhere* (here, ‘where’ does not refer to space in our Universe), and so there’s always the potential for a stable universe to ‘big bang’ itself out of nothing for a time.


– J

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Hubble found one of the oldest galaxies we’ve ever seen, and it just may change how we understand the universe

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Laniakea – In case you lose your way home | A map of our corner of the Universe

Ho fellow residents of the Cosmos, of the observable universe, of Laniakea, of the Milky Way, of the solar system of Sol, of Earth, how do you do?

This post is to share the excellent news regarding our newfound understanding of where we fit in with the rest of the stuff and structure of creation.

Click on the image below for an in-depth article, and/or view the video beneath it for a succinct explanation.

Neat stuff!

A graphic representing our newly named Supercluster, and the position of the Milky Way within it  - Nature Video

A graphic representing our newly named Supercluster, and the position of the Milky Way within it –  Source: Nature Video


– J


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Sam Harris on JRE, talking about the mind, the soul, morality, et al.

Ho Cosmic beings,

In my ongoing effort to communicate my philosophy/ideology and the consequent imperatives… though I am no closer than I was yesterday, I have found a book which may communicate much of the same. It’s bizarre, even some of the terms and chapters are the same.

I do not wish to divulge the name of the publication, as I have yet to give it a proper read through, and who knows where the author and I agree, and where we diverge. Nonetheless, it is exciting to see someone else find the triangle in the dark, the exoplanet beyond the distant suns.

Speaking of Cosmic beings, and the stars in the great beyond, here is a picture of The Trifid Nebula, with an explanation of Nebula below from user PixInsightFTW.


The Trifid Nebula –

“The general rule: when you see a dusty nebula, a cloud looking thing, it’s gas and dust, not millions of stars. When you see a galaxy picture, that’s where the ‘white fuzzy bits’ are billions of stars. Except for our close neighbors, The Andromeda Galaxy and the Large and Small Clouds of Magellan, we’re not going to be able resolve individual stars… unless they go supernova and outshine the whole galaxy!

Edit: Fantastic interest in nebulae below! In response to a question about glowing vs. reflecting gases below, here’s a bit more info on the types of nebulae: Emission nebulae, usually red, are indeed glowing hydrogen and other gases. Reflection nebulae, generally blue, are reflecting the light of stars around or behind them. Dark nebulae are, well, dark. They are made of darker dust that absorbs and blocks light from stars behind.”

On to something deeper than the above; from beyond the stars, to beyond our cranium, into our neurons, and the mind that emerges therefrom.

I am just about as big of a fan of Sam Harris as I am of Joe Rogan. No matter how you cut it, this is an interesting conversation. They cover such things as the mind, the idea of the soul, of good and evil, politics, human life, normativity, and all things in between and beyond. I really love these two.

– J

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