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Capitalist Realism and the Amurcan Dream
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With Capitalist Realism there is a sense of inevitability, that is, of the eventual hegemony of capitalism, coupled with a sense of the impotence of counter-narratives, whether in terms of economics…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Balder Sep 12, 2013.

A Commentary on Sellars Distinction between Manifest Image and Scientific Image
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The following blog entry is one of the clearest presentations of Wilfred Sellars account of the distinction between the "manifest image of man" and the "scientific image of man." (In the Sellars'…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edwyrd theurj Burj Sep 4, 2013.

kela's string quartet arrangement of Gangsta's Paradise
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He's my arrangement, for string quartet, of Gangsta's Paradise that I was commissioned to write, with my quartet playing and me on viola. Enjoy:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Balder May 15, 2013.

A Secular Age
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Currently reading A Secular Age, By Charles Taylor, as I thought I should. Also checked Robert Bellah's Religion in Human Evolution from the libary [sic]. Both are monstrosities. Just started…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edwyrd theurj Burj Feb 27, 2013.

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Edwyrd theurj Burj replied to kelamuni's discussion Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
"I discuss memory on various pages of the fold thread. On any given page you can search for the word 'memory' in the edit menu at the top of your browser and find those references."
Feb 2, 2016
Ambo Suno replied to kelamuni's discussion Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
"I'll take take the easy way out and rather than search for the perfect thread or create a new thread, I'll post this research piece on memory here. As I said in my prior post here (I hope my common disclaimers aren't too off-putting,…"
Feb 2, 2016
Ambo Suno replied to kelamuni's discussion Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
"I haven't read through this thread, but I see Pinker's material dealt with here and I see Lakoff's name mentioned in regard to Pinker. At a glance I can see that there is some controversy here with some of the big names surrounding…"
Jan 31, 2016
kelamuni replied to kelamuni's discussion Daniel Dennett on Privileged Access
"Hi,yes, I’m not sure the degree to which I agree with Bakker or even  Brassier, but I thought it all relevant to this thread. Yet another “theory of consciousness” to add grist for the mill."
Aug 2, 2015
kelamuni replied to kelamuni's discussion Daniel Dennett on Privileged Access
"Yes, I can’t say that I grokked it all in one reading, but thought this “Blind Brain Theory” of consciousness might be of relevance to this thread."
Aug 2, 2015
kelamuni replied to kelamuni's discussion Daniel Dennett on Privileged Access
"Hello all,I guess I posted this as I was looking up Ray Brassier and this chap, R.S Bakker and his “blind brain theory of consciousness came up. Bakker is a sic fi writer but he seems fairly well read in philosophy of mind. His whole tack…"
Aug 2, 2015
Ambo Suno replied to kelamuni's discussion Daniel Dennett on Privileged Access
"Pithy video on the topic, K."
Jul 28, 2015
Ambo Suno replied to kelamuni's discussion Daniel Dennett on Privileged Access
"Hi Kela - I enjoyed and slogged through this article, apparently grokking enough to feel exhilerated and frightened (his words), and I'll add varying somewhere between acting-as-if-clarity and as floundering plus. As usual. There is so much…"
Jul 28, 2015
Balder replied to kelamuni's discussion Daniel Dennett on Privileged Access
"Kelaaaaa!  Nice to see you round these parts again.  This looks like an interesting essay - I love the opening aphorism..."
Jul 28, 2015
kelamuni replied to kelamuni's discussion Daniel Dennett on Privileged Access
"Blind Brain Theory of Consciousness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2weE7AMs45U"
Jul 28, 2015
kelamuni replied to kelamuni's discussion Daniel Dennett on Privileged Access
""The second is Metacognitive Incompetence, the growing body of evidence that overthrows our traditional and intuitive assumptions of self-transparency. Before the rise of cognitive science, philosophy could continue more or less numb to…"
Jul 28, 2015
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Wilber on Advaita Vedanta

On pages 201-205 of One Taste, after indulging in his typical penchant for hyperbole, Wilber offers us his "Introduction" to Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi. He says:Ramana, echoing Shankara, used to say: The world is illusory; Brahman alone is real; Brahman is the world. The world is illusory, which means you are not any object at all -- nothing that can be seen is ultimately real. You are neti, neti, not this not that. And under no circumstance should you base your salvation on that…See More
Jul 5, 2014
kelamuni replied to Balder's discussion Horror, Spirituality, and the Integral Suburbs
"Sounds like a good quote for certain forms of "object oriented ontology" that eschew anthropomorphism. I'll have to check out that Lovecraft doc above, Balder."
Mar 10, 2014
kelamuni replied to Balder's discussion Horror, Spirituality, and the Integral Suburbs
"I'll have to go through this thread with more depth, but this morning I found on my FB wall:    —Lovecraft in a letter to Farnsworth Wright, July 5, 1927. Photograph is Arthur Goodenough and Lovecraft outside…"
Mar 10, 2014
kelamuni replied to Balder's discussion The Value of the New Age
"Do I sense a sense of weariness? :-)"
Oct 16, 2013
Balder replied to kelamuni's discussion Capitalist Realism and the Amurcan Dream
"Sorry you had trouble "working it," kela!  :-)  I've taken care of business for you."
Sep 12, 2013

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"Talking School" and "Practising School" in Adi Da's Spiritual Rhetoric

The discourses of contemporary Western appropriations of Indian spirituality can be said to be characterized by a series of rhetorical dichotomies. These oppositions or "dualities" (dvandvas) define these "new" expressions of Indian spirituality by rhetorically demarcating appropriate and "authentic" forms of spirituality from inappropriate and "inauthentic" forms.



The duality between the "pundit" and the "sage," and between "talking school" and "practising school" are among two of…

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Posted on January 31, 2011 at 8:01pm

A Brief Geneology of the "Three Realms/Three States"

The teaching of the "three states" of consciousness makes its first appearance in the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. This work is considered to be the authoritative basis of the teaching. However, in its second appearance in the Chandogya Upanishad the teaching has undergone a change. Chan Up 8.11.1 marks the change and is an interesting passage. There, Indra, who is being instructed by Prajapati on the three states, notes a fault in a particular teaching, a teaching that can only be that of the…

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Posted on January 31, 2011 at 8:00pm

On the Term "Sahaj Samadhi"

Wilber's description of enlightenment as "sahaj samadhi" derives primarly from Da, who in turn appropriates the term from the writings of Ramana Maharshi. For Da, "sahaj samadhi" denotes a non-exclusory samadhi, i.e., a samadhi that does not "discriminate" the contents of consciousness from consciousness itself. Rather, in "sahaj samadhi" the contents of consciousness are seen as manifestations - "arisings," as he calls them - of consciousness itself. Compare Wilber's description of…

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Posted on January 31, 2011 at 7:58pm

A Brief Note on Inclusivism

The Indian context for "inclusivism" is actually quite broad, and covers a number of different but related contexts. It takes inter-traditional forms as well as intra-traditional. Intra-traditionally, it includes the Buddhist idea of skillful means (upaya-kaushalya) and the Vedantic notion of "differences in qualification" (adhikarana-bheda) both of which refer to the idea that specific teachings are to be assigned to specific students in accordance with their needs and abilities; the idea…

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Posted on January 31, 2011 at 7:55pm — 7 Comments

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