1. Satya – truthfulness
“To one established in truthfulness, actions and their results become subservient”
"The practice of Satya is to recognize what is true now, in this moment. Not something that might be true tomorrow, or was true yesterday. The truth of who we are is an evolution.”
June 24, 2017
As I see it, intimacy is a conduit for emotional and intellectual validation, and our limits are defined by our ability to grow as a human (be it in a relationship with yourself, i.e. self awareness, or another human). Pseudo-intimacy I see as the polities we conform to and the mannerisms we fall back on when we are uncomfortable to think about our feelings or let them be known.
June 24, 2017
There's a zenabyte of information in one human brain.
How far do we have to go to unravel artificial intelligence?
Can a line son computer code ever have internal experience?
By following a set of instructions can we have a conversation about anything?
Can a city be conscious?
Only a very specific range of integration where it can be compatible...(?)
Brain doesn’t have to be built on organic matter?
Software of the brains built on critical matter
Descartes - how do I know if I’m real or not?
Can you train a person to have a better time perception?
Who you are emerges from interaction among neurons?
Understanding how time is measured?
Mother nature takes advantage
Is consciousness a continuum across other living things?
June 24, 2017
Morality is the distinction between right and wrong. This distinction becomes complicated when we consider what is right for an individual, juxtaposed against what is right for others. Humans have a tendency to think in a “me” versus “them” way, separating themselves from other living beings. Deep ecology, as an environmental philosophy, rejects the individual as the center of morality, but realizes that the individual exists in relation to others. By adopting a relational or “total-field” image of the world the individual recognizes that all organisms are best understood in relation to one another, so in fact identity is developed through relationships. These “relationships” can be person to person, but the real focus is the relationships with the natural world. Deep ecologist’s identify an “ecological-self”, which says that the ecology surrounding oneself is part of oneself.
Within an individualistic ideology, identity is a reflection in a mirror of an individual within their physical parameters. Within the relational ideology of deep ecology, the reflection in the mirror shows a person in the space of the natural world, as only one point in a network of interactions. For me, deep ecology resonates, and indicates that my actions have consequences, not only for myself but for others, and that the consequences of my choices and actions are evaluated in how they affect others. Within this framework the suffering and success of others is paramount--did you help someone in their success, or add to their suffering, and how are others doing the same to you?
June 24, 2017
I was thinking this morning a lot about the tangibility of forgotten ideas. If we could see a wasteland of places and thoughts that have been forgotten, what would it look like--what sort of ideas do we leave to dissipate?
Social media permits us to look back on the timeline of what different people believed in or found to be important; news archives let us look back on what information people were exposed to in heavy dosages; the Internet opens up the opportunity to truly 'connect' with the world on a global level. What I am getting at is that we have created a very deep level of intimate history... but I don't think that enough people do much with it.
And what about ideas that are made and then improved on--I was thinking about the people who are stuck in the first version of an idea who do not want to move on and 'accept the future'--should they have to? I think people have to constantly seek new information if they are interested in a civil society, and allow for what they believe to be heard and potentially come across as right or wrong, because otherwise they are stuck in a historical lens of what everything means.
We can't cling to goals because we come up with better ones, and so I'm wondering which goals have been abandoned because they could be finished in new ways by technology, or were inspired by something someone saw in another part of the world, but couldn't re-imagine in the place they live normally.