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Back in Business

Many things have changed since the last time I posted — I moved back to the old country (India, and given how much it has changed while I have been away, I should really say, “I moved to a new country”), I…

Websurfing as a meditative practice

Yeah, I know, I am being a bit tongue in cheek. At least I didn’t descend into talking about watching TV as a meditative practice. There is a serious purpose here though; which is to pay attention to how knowledge…

A Map of my Mind, Part 1: Fifteen Books

Sooner or later, one gets the feeling that introspection does not necessarily lead to self-knowledge. Answers to questions like “Who am I?” are far from apparent from a cursory inspection of our own consciousness. On the other hand, the unexamined…

Three ways to Model Beliefs

Starting this week, I am going to start writing blog entries that outline my research ideas, both for people to comment and make suggestions, but also to explore the possibility that the internet is a useful medium to conduct research.…

Being and Ontology

First, a provisional definition of ontology, gleaned from the Oxford English dictionary and the website “ontology a resource guide”. Not that these sources are definitive, but they do seem to represent mainstream thinking about the subject. (A) Ontology is the…

Paradoxes

Paradoxes have been used since the beginning of systematic philosophy (Zeno’s paradox, for example) to signal problems where earlier generations might have seen none. The mark of an authentic paradox is the presence of two or more sources of intuition…

From the unreal to the real.

Can the Real ever be understood directly, or are we human beings fated to a limited understanding, enfolding the Real in partial perspectives? The ancients, whether Indian or Greek, thought that the Real could be understood, even experienced directly. They…

A Simple Experiential Experiment

Here is an exercise, suggested by my friend Piet Hut, followed by my report about the exercise. Feel free to perform it yourself and leave comments! The Exercise. Take a collection of objects in front of you. Become fully aware…