Senses & the Self: Do we have to be stuck in our UMWELT?

24 03 2015

“I’m not really quite sure sometimes which parts of myself are doing what–is it me or is it my body?” – Anabel, age 6

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.  – Lao Tzu

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Consciousness: social exclusion

10 12 2014

“Mummy why do they always leave him out of the group? I don’t understand, poor little thing, he must be so sad.” – Philomena

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http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/bul/140/6/1464/





Nature: U Thant, Cutie Kuti & Tom

16 10 2014

innocent when you dream

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GOVERNANCE: what do you mean continents don’t have flags?

16 10 2014

– That’s the Greek Flag, says Luna confidently pointing upward to a flag outside our local souvlaki joint. Want to have a competition about who knows more flags? – Luna (age 5)

– Ok.

– The MEXICAN flag is Green, White and Red. The British and American flags are both Blue, Red and White, but in a different way. America has stars. Bolivia has Red, Yellow and Green–does any other country have the same colours?

– Let me think. Well, Jamaica does.

– What about Africa? What’s the African flag like?

– Well Africa is a continent, not a country. There are many countries-many flags in Africa.

– What do you mean? Continents don’t have flags?

– No, I guess they don’t.

– What about the world? What’s the world flag?

– I’ll have to think about that one. Lets chat about it later.

– Okay because we need a flag to put on our moon castle.

[how about this for a flag?]

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Click images to see as Earth’s first emissary into space, is carrying a gold plaque that describes what we look like, where we are, and the date when the mission began.





FREEDOM: to change and spin your own heroic narrative

2 09 2014

“These are damaged people. They’ve done amazing things. And they’ve done it all, as far as I can see, as a result of their struggles with madness. None of them were sectioned. None received, or even sought, psychiatric help. Instead, their storytelling brains wove heroic narratives that explained away the collapse of their identities even as they were taking place. Their confabulations were so credible to them that they metamorphosed into different selves. And then, in their own small ways, they went on to change the world.” – Will Storr

http://aeon.co/magazine/psychology/how-a-hero-narrative-can-transform-the-self/

In October, Will Storr is teaching a course for writers on the science of storytelling, in London. Details are available here.





Relativity: Flying microscopes

24 08 2014

“Mummy, there are lots of things that are invisible–not just in pretend.” – Luna

 





GOD: The Gospel of Truth

4 08 2014

“Having knowledge, he does the will of the one who called him, he wishes to be pleasing to him, he receives rest. Each one’s name comes to him. He who is to have knowledge in this manner knows where he comes from and where he is going.”
The Gospel of Truth

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http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentinianism





are you a science denialist or a philosopher?

6 06 2014

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http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/g1lev1/an-outbreak-of-liberal-idiocy?xrs=share_copy_email
[geo-blocked to the US. If you want to watch US clips try this – easier than it sounds.]

philosophy vs science
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/sep/09/science-philosophy-debate-julian-baggini-lawrence-krauss