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This reflective mind
"I cannot make you let go of problems, but I can let go of them myself; that is something I can do." ...

"There are various ways of trying to help others, but one way you can really help is by not creating a problem, by trusting in the pure presence of awareness. This we can do."

-- Ajahn Sumedho | Buddhismnow.com
[posted 13 november 2013]
compassion  consciousness  mind  dharma-practice  Ajahn_Sumedho 
yesterday by tometaxu
Ship of Theseus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Very commonly discussed in debates about theories of mind. > The ship of Theseus, also known as Theseus' paradox, is a thought experiment that raises the question of whether an object that has had all of its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The paradox is most notably recorded by Plutarch in Life of Theseus from the late first century. Plutarch asked whether a ship that had been restored by replacing every single wooden part remained the same ship.
philosophy  mind 
3 days ago by porejide
Consciousness (pages 11-18) | Symposion. Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences - Jan 2015
Nicholas Rescher

ABSTRACT: Consciousness is sometimes viewed as a particular parametric factor in the analogy of blood pressure or electric charge. The paper argues that this is an erroneous conception becomes consciousness involves a varied assortment of different phenomena that have no single unified commonality. And so even as ‘abnormal psychology’ has to be a disjointed assembly of diverse specialties so will ‘consciousness studies’ have to be.
neuroscience  article  mind-body  philosophy_of_science  reductionism  human_nature  psychology  downloaded  consciousness  mind 
4 days ago by dunnettreader
Monkey seen caring for dying mate then grieving after she dies | New Scientist
"As I watched some magpies respond to a dead corpse, I saw them stand around the body, fly away, bring back pine needles to lay around the dead body, softly peck at it, almost imperceptibly bow their heads, then fly off"
biology  mind  nature 
5 days ago by domovique
The Joy of Old Age (No Kidding)
" I often feel that life is about to begin, only to realize it is almost over."

"not a shrinking but an enlargement of mental life and perspective."

"a time of leisure and freedom, freed from the factitious urgencies of earlier days, free to explore whatever I wish, and to bind the thoughts and feelings of a lifetime together.

-- Oliver Sacks | NYtimes.com
[7 july 2013]

seconded.
-- me
death  body  aging  life  mind  self 
5 days ago by tometaxu
ELI5: Why do Depression and Anxiety often occur together?
"the root causes of major depression and anxiety disorders are fundamentally not known. Every serious source in the psychiatric literature stresses what we don't know; while there's always someone out there who will give you a clean and intuitive answer about magic brain chemicals, they really shouldn't."

-- police-ical | explainlikeimfive - Reddit.com
[26 may 2016]
depression  anxiety  mind  science 
5 days ago by tometaxu
The "Good German" syndrome
"People still blame the Germans for allowing Hitler to do the evil that he did, and in particular for pretending not to see the Holocaust as it occurred around them."
history  violence  mind 
7 days ago by ingenu
Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer | Aeon Essays
Just over a year ago, on a visit to one of the world’s most prestigious research institutes, I challenged researchers there to account for intelligent human behaviour without reference to any aspect of the IP metaphor. They couldn’t do it, and when I politely raised the issue in subsequent email communications, they still had nothing to offer months later. They saw the problem. They didn’t dismiss the challenge as trivial. But they couldn’t offer an alternative. In other words, the IP metaphor is ‘sticky’. It encumbers our thinking with language and ideas that are so powerful we have trouble thinking around them....

Fortunately, because the IP metaphor is not even slightly valid, we will never have to worry about a human mind going amok in cyberspace; alas, we will also never achieve immortality through downloading. This is not only because of the absence of consciousness software in the brain; there is a deeper problem here – let’s call it the uniqueness problem – which is both inspirational and depressing.
mind  computers  metaphor  memory 
7 days ago by dwalbert
Psychedelics and Systems Change
"Psychedelics can bestow expanded consciousness, perceptions, and ways of being that are incompatible with those that undergird our society. Psychedelics have the power to subvert the alienation, competition, anthropocentrism, linear ordering of time and space, standardization of commodities and social roles, and reduction of reality to a collection of things that propel the world-destroying machine of modern civilization. They disrupt the defining mythology of our civilization, the Story of Separation."
dissent  drugs  mind 
8 days ago by ingenu

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