Tag: time

It All Goes By So Fast, Matthew

A few years ago, Nana and I were talking about how life was when she was a kid. It was a very different world on the farm where she grew up. In the middle of her story, Nana paused and looked at me and said, “It all goes by so fast, Matthew.” She was right. ...

Accessing the Mystic: The Via Negativa

[post_intro]What happens when a Cambridge-trained scientist and a revolutionary priest join forces to probe the mystery of spiritual experience? The answer lies in Accessing the Mystic, an unprecedented video featuring Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and Matthew Fox. Each drawing from his own tradition, these radical thinkers reveal how they traveled their respective paths — and ultimately ...

Brian Greene’s The Fabric of the Cosmos

PBS posted the full episodes of The Fabric of the Cosmos. A four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe. With each step, audiences will ...

Living with Dislecksia

Just about every day at work I have to dial a ridiculously long string of numbers in order to join a conference call. Just about every day on the internet I have to fill out those mind-bending captua forms. For me, it takes intense concentration to complete those tasks. Maybe you can imagine what college ...

The Direction of Conscious Causation

“If I look at a distant star, the light may have taken 10 years to reach my eyes. I think when I project out the image of that star I’m in a sense connecting with the star with my mind. Does that mean that I’m connecting with the star as it is now or as ...

The New Scientific Revolution

“Before 2012 slips away it’s worth remembering that this is the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Thomas Kuhn’s hugely influential book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, which was itself revolutionary, and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Almost every time you hear the word ‘paradigm’, Kuhn’s book is in the background.” Read ...

Blindness, Shape, and Modality

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” Henri Bergson A few years ago I was showing my Nana pictures on my phone and though she looked at the phone it wasn’t obvious she understood what she was looking at. It was as if she was just looking at the phone and ...

This Door Was Intended Only For You

Before the law, there stands a guard. A man comes from the country, begging admittance to the law. But the guard cannot admit him. May he hope to enter at a later time? That is possible, said the guard. The man tries to peer through the entrance. He’d been taught that the law was to ...

Drop Into Water

The Presence of the Past

Here is a classic interview with a young Rupert Sheldrake in 1989 by Jeffrey Mishlove for the Thinking Allowed series. From the description: Were there any “laws of the universe” at the time of the “big bang?” Oxford trained biologist Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., author of The Presence of the Past, says that all laws developed ...

Eyes Closed

“Time passes in moments… moments which, rushing past define the path of a life just as surely as they lead towards its end. How rarely do we stop to examine that path, to see the reasons why all things happen, to consider whether the path we take in life is our own making or simply ...

Indra’s Lesson

There is a wonderful story in one of the Upanishads about the god Indra. Now, it happened at this time that a great monster had enclosed all the waters of the earth, so there was a terrible drought, and the world was in a very bad condition. It took Indra quite a while to realize ...

Folie à Deux

What happens to a shared memory when it’s only shared by two people? The only evidence that it even happened at all is contained within the mind of another. Some of my best memories are when it was just me and one friend or girlfriend. Most of the time those people don’t hang around for ...

The Consciousness Chronicles: Rupert Sheldrake

Is consciousness produced by a complex arrangement of billions of neurons, mind emerging from the matter of the brain? Or is it embedded at the deepest level of the universe, a quantum effect? Could machines eventually become conscious? Where does creativity come from? How do we transform our consciousness? The Consciousness Chronicles is an ongoing ...

Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville

So Much Beauty

“It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that’s the day I realized there was this ...

Can Your Dog Read Your Mind?

Can dogs read our minds? How do they learn to beg for food or behave badly primarily when we’re not looking? According to Monique Udell and her team, from the University of Florida in the US, the way that dogs come to respond to the level of people’s attentiveness tells us something about the ways ...

10 Killer Apps for the New Mac Convert

I’ve started using a Mac again after many years. I still have my Vaio for work but now I can’t imagine going back to the PC. Apple makes a much higher margin on their computers than their other iDevices and I’m now understanding their ‘ecosystem’ strategy. They made me a customer again, gradually over time. ...

Simulacra and Simulations

As an undergraduate, I helped run a psychology lab for a professor where we did cognitive experiments on Psychology 101 students. My major was Cognitive Science and I spent most of my free time reading anything I could get my hand on the subject. I would read an author’s paper in a journal and flip ...

Don’t Be Bashful

The larger the company the less agile they are. This is a basic truism of business. In fact, companies often spend millions of dollars trying to improve processes, streamline workflows, and reduce unnecessary staff – all with the aim of becoming more agile, more competitive. Smaller companies can react more quickly to market changes. What ...

Photos From India

It’s hard to capture the reality of India the beauty, the animals, the poverty, and the smiling kids if you are a really crappy photographer like me. So, I’ve put together a slide show from my trip to Delhi plus pictures from other parts of India that I want to visit next time. At the ...

India Itenerary Maybe

I’ve been given great advice from several friends that know India very well. Most question my sanity of even wanting to go. One friend said, “Why not a nice vacation in Australia instead?” I’m still waiting on my visa stamp before leaving and may have to make a last minute change to my itinerary if ...

Unspoken Business Rules

I was going to write about some recent consulting experiences, but remembered that I’ve already written about this. I think these rules may be timeless. Like viruses that have been on the earth since the beginning of time, these rules (and many others) have infected business since the industrial revolution. Here is a roundup of ...

Glorious Accident Interview with Rupert Sheldrake

“Through no fault of our own, and by dint of no cosmic plan or conscious purpose, we have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life’s continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to such ...

Religious Misunderstandings

Religions are predicated on some profound or miraculous event that requires blind faith to believe in. From an objective point of view, these events are usually quite incredible and sometimes sound plain silly. Did you know that… Christians believe that Jesus was born to a virgin mother and that the universe was created in 6 ...

Carl Jung In a Box

Like you, my life is very busy and I don’t always have the time I need to address my acute schizophrenia personal issues, so I often just talk to my personal therapist, Carl Jung. Sure, he may have died 40 years ago, but that doesn’t mean you can’t commune with him directly through the new ...

Interesting History

After seeing that the U.S. is on the verge of a financial collapse I decided to see what it was like this time 10 years ago. I entered the job market at a time of unparalleled financial prosperity. It’s changed a bit since then. Here are some interesting stats*: When Clinton left office in 2000, ...

Underlying Reality Beneath It All

As I have gotten older and had a chance to catalog my dreams, I’ve noticed that each dream, though bizarre and individual in narrative, are beginning to self-assemble. It’s as if I am given only brief, random glimpses into another life – a life that keeps on moving even when I’m not around. This is ...

Black Tide of Occultism

I’ve been thinking about a conversation I had last summer. Some friends and I were discussing Richard Dawkin’s book, The God Delusion, with Rupert. As always, Rupert’s ideas are well thought out and always seem to come out of left field – at least to me. This got me thinking… There are people everywhere that ...