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If human behavior is indeed cognitively caused, if thoughts are the source of our actions and our mistakes, then indeed it makes sense to attempt to reframe thoughts in certain key areas: e.g. the nature of virtue, the truth about reality, and what constitutes real understanding. However, what if the basic assumption is mistaken? What if thoughts don’t make us who we are? Then what?



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Thoughts on Buddha mind.

The Buddhist concept of mind is that the mind is a sensory organ, subject to causes and conditions (i.e. one contingent event amongst many).

The failure to understand this is one of the habits that increases suffering. Because we learn to put more faith in our thoughts than other events (experiences, emotions, needs, urges, actions, dreams, etc).

This is why we spend so much time in zazen learning to notice the contingent nature of thought.

The western notion of freedom and disinterested morality may thus be a notion that increases suffering. By increasing clinging. Though wise intention IS a step on the 8-fold path, it is in many respects very different than western intentionality and freedom.

The dialectic may lead to deep ethical confusions. For example: why is it that we often take the most distressed members of our community (i.e. the “mentally ill,” “felons” or “deviants”) and incarcerate them? Why kick them out of the community in which they grew up, and in that way abrogate any opportunity for healing and recovery?


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As an anti-dote to rational bias, I propose cognition as part of the emotion always already present to our experience when we thought something. The emotional manifold has already been synthesized – embodied not embrained– by the time thinking runs away with us.



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As a pragmatist, I begin to understand that my commitment to this way of life commits me to ontological homogeneity, rather than ontological pluralism, which is Kant’s peculiar form of idealism. Because if all truths are to be judged by contextual responsiveness (justification vis-à-vis my verbal community), then epistemology can be the only activity. Because there is no truth out there. The world does not break down into truth sized parcels demarcated by words. They neither re-present nor correspond. Words are simply one event in many, which together sum to the indefinite entirety of everything. And whatever we name any contingent process – proton neutron electron spacetime curve song or just plain love – the words are meaningless. They divide nothing and fix nothing. And if, like Bishop Berkeley, if I must have a cause for all this beauty, call it God and say that she is thinking us alive. Or not. Because beauty needs no reason, as far as I can see.


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I think creativity is at least as important as science in human interaction. Creativity is what allows us to use science to help people. It is a combination of technique, joy and curiosity. The ability to control one’s attention, and yet still be surprised.


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I believe words can be completely enthralling and completely unbelievable at the same time. That is language may be completely inadequate to beauty’s expression without it losing an ounce of fascination for me.


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why was i born the way i was,
how did i end the way i will.
did i forget to breathe the way i do,
was i blind when flowers died.

who appeared among us unscathed
who travels and returned with no scars,
who went home a withered arm?
where did i get my jagged edges
and you your softer one.



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Need I state the obvious about the Martin-Zimmerman case? That if no one but sworn officers were allowed to legally carry guns in this country that either Martin would be alive or Zimmerman would (at least) be a convicted felon at this point?



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Isn’t it interesting how humans tend to attack other humans for the things they say? Or do? Is there a single shred of evidence to suggest that attacking leads to any sort of sustainable long term solution?



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Today I’m thinking about what it says about a community that feels the need to have “stand your ground” laws. Perhaps they would be better named: “we have no idea whatsoever how to decrease violence” laws…


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