A Very Preliminary Theory of Consciousness and Time, Part II

2,900 words Header image taken from here. Sign up for the Blank Horizons mailing list here.   Three levels of consciousness In defending panpsychism, the view that everything is conscious, philosophers have often distinguished between two kinds of consciousness: (1) proto-consciousness and (2) the consciousness that humans (and likely animals) are familiar with. (From here […]

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A Broader Conception of Memory

2,800 words Header image taken from here. Sign up here for the Blank Horizons mailing list. Supplementary reading: If you are intrigued by the ideas in this article, I strongly encourage you to read “The Intelligent Plant,” a 2013 essay by Michael Pollan that was featured in The New Yorker. Also, this blogpost’s section on plant memory […]

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Why the Prevailing Hypothesis about Alzheimer’s Disease May Be Incomplete

Kenneth Shinozuka and Dhruva Gupta This article was recently published under the title “Could Alzheimer’s Be a Reaction to Infection?” in the op-ed blog of Scientific American. Header image taken from here. 1,200 words   What do people fear the most about getting old? The answer is Alzheimer’s disease. Indeed, a 2014 poll conducted in the UK […]

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The Logic of the Sacred

3,100 words Header image taken from here. Sign up for the Blank Horizons mailing list here.   “To be or not to be, that is the question.” – Hamlet “To be and not to be, that is the truth.” – Buddhist Hamlet In the Book of Exodus, God chooses Moses as the leader who will […]

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Time and Being: Part II

4,800 words Sign up for the Blank Horizons mailing list here.   “Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.” – Alan Watts Living forwards and backwards In Richard […]

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Time and Being: Part I

6,000 words   “And it feels like we only go backwards.” – Tame Impala “There is a trace of realization that cannot be grasped. We endlessly express this ungraspable trace of realization.” – Dogen Zenji “To be natural is something which we must work on.” – Shunryu Syzuki, Zen teacher You are already enlightened. This […]

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Time and Complementarity

6,900 words Header image taken from here.   “Perhaps all your life you think of happiness as something dangling in front of you, which you’ll catch up with sooner or later … Eventually it becomes clear that happiness was, all along, the one who was reaching. You thought it was some amazing roadside attraction you […]

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Strange Loops and Consciousness

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr “The instant field of the present is at all times what I call the ‘pure’ experience. It is only virtually or potentially either object or subject as yet. For the time being, it is plain, unqualified actuality, or existence, a simple […]

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