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 […]Read more "Time and Being: Part I"
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 […]Read more "Time and Complementarity"
“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 […]Read more "Strange Loops and Consciousness"
Editor’s Note: Take everything that I say in this blogpost with a grain of salt. I am not an expert on computer science theory, so it is possible that I have misrepresented some concepts, particularly the metacircular interpreter and reflective programming. “There is only the experiencing of experience.” – Rupert Spira A pair of brief […]Read more "Circularity and Infinite Regress in Understanding"
“It was not just in the Andante of the Second Quartet that I remembered having translated (almost involuntarily) the distant memory of bells which in the evening at Montgauzy — and this is some time ago — came to us from a village called Cadillac when the wind blew from the west. From this dull sound a vague dreaminess arose, which, […]Read more "Self-Transcendent Systems and the Higher Plane of Awareness Beyond Reason"
Editor’s Notes: A substantially revised version of this article was published on the website Ribbonfarm in April 2018. I am most certainly not an expert on quantum mechanics. While I strive to be as accurate and academically rigorous as possible in my blogposts, please take everything below with a grain of salt. I cite some […]Read more "Being and Nothingness, or Structure and the Individual"
Editor’s Note: Each blogpost usually consists of a fictional dialogue followed by an essay that discusses recent advances in cognitive neuroscience, physics, and evolutionary biology/psychology in light of age-old metaphysical and epistemological questions. This blogpost, however, is one extended dialogue that takes place within the context of a broader narrative. It is inspired by an […]Read more "Interlude: Meditations on Structure and Changelessness"
After their trip to the art museum, Willy and Philly find themselves in an aquarium. While strolling through exhibits of aquatic creatures both stunning and grotesque, Philly is suddenly transfixed by a truly ethereal sight. Possessed by a sense of insatiable curiosity, he points his finger to it and asks Willy, “What the hell is […]Read more "Functional Interdependence, Holomovement, and the One Thing"
One fine morning, Willy and Philly visit the art museum together. On a tour through one of the exhibits, they come across this experimental work of art: Fig 1. A snapshot of The Thinker, by visual designer Charis Tsevis. “What am I supposed to make out of this?” Philly inquires with a puzzled look on his […]Read more "The Elusive Thing-In-Of-Itself"
“Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing ever happened in the future; it happened in the Now.” — Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now What are you thinking about right now? The massive report that you have to hand in to your boss by the end of the month? […]Read more "The Present Moment and Real Freedom"