October 2013

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"What is one man's life compared to the eternity of time and space? No more than a snowflake that glitters in the sun for a moment before melting into the flow of time."
(Osamu Tezuka)


According to the standard view, all of this is supposed to be happening inside your brain. If the mind is nothing other than the brain, which is the usual assumption within the academic and medical worlds, mental activity is nothing but brain activity - everything that you see is inside your head. Somehow, miraculously, in an unexplained way, changes in your nervous cells, lead to a kind of virtual reality to display inside your head. By which you see what's going on in the world. So, right now, for example, somewhere inside your head, there's a little virtual Rupert Sheldrake somewhere in your brain, yet I'm standing here talking. If you look at the sky, ah, the sky you are seeing is an image of the sky inside your head, so your skull must be beyond the sky. A recent paper in a leading consciousness journal was called, is your skull beyond the sky? Because if the sky you see is inside your head the skull must be beyond the sky. The answer of the author was: yes. My answer would be: no.

In fact, I suggest the very common sense view, a view that is so simple that it is hard to grasp.

That when you're seeing something, the image you are seeing is where it seems to be. Your image of me is located not inside your head, but right here. It's in your mind, produced by your mind, but it's not in your brain, it's projected out.

And I'm suggesting our whole visual experience of the world is projected out to where it seems to be. Our minds are projecting out all that we see. So, vision is a two way process, light coming in, and the outward projection of images. This I suggest happens through what I call a perceptual field which is a kind of morphic field another category of field that is part of a theory I developed. It's a field phenomenon. And in a sense, your mind reaches out to touch what you're looking at.

By looking at things, your mind touches them. You can affect things, just by looking at them. Is this true? Can you affect anything by looking at it? Can you affect another person by looking at them? Of course, if they see you looking at them, we all know you can. But what if you're looking at them from behind through a car window for example? Can you affect them just by looking at them?

Well, most people think that that does happen. 90% of the population have had the feeling that sometimes when they are looked at from behind, they turn around and someones looking at them.

Surveys show that more women than men have had that experience.

Science Delusion (Rupert Sheldrake, Extended Mind)


I think the human brain is not a particular brain; it doesn't belong to me, or to anyone else. It is the human brain which has evolved over millions of years. And in that evolution it has gathered tremendous experience, knowledge and all the cruelties, vulgarities and brutalities of selfishness. Is there a possibility of its sloughing off all this, and becoming something else? Because apparently it is functioning in patterns. Whether it is a religious pattern, a scientific, a business, or a family pattern, it is always operating, functioning in small narrow circles. Those circles are clashing against each other, and there seems to be no end to this. So what will break down this forming of patterns, so that there is no falling into other new patterns, but breaking down the whole system of patterns, whether pleasant or unpleasant? After all, the brain has had many shocks, challenges and pressures upon it, and if it is not capable of renewing or rejuvenating itself, there is very little hope. You follow?
(the Ending of Time, Jiddu Krishnamurti)



"If you play the Alliance Game, so will those around you, and you cannot take their behavior personally - you must keep dealing with them. But there are some types with whom any kind of alliance will harm you. You can often recognize them in their overeagerness to pursue you: they will make the first move, trying to blind you with alluring offers and glittering promises. To protect yourself from being used in a negative way, always look at the tangible benefits you will gain from this alliance. If the benefits seem vague or hard to realize, think twice about joining forces. Look at your prospective allies past for signs of greed or of using people without giving in return. Be wary of people who speak well, have apparently charming personalities, and talk about friendship, loyalty, and selflessness: they are most often con artists trying to prey on your emotions. Keep your eye on the interests involved on both sides, and never let yourself be distracted from them."
(Robert Greene)

"Beware of sentimental alliances where the consciousness of good deeds is the only consolation for noble sacrifices."
(Otto Von Bismark)

"When you show that you cannot be had by the false lure of permanent loyalty and friendship, you will actually find yourself treated with greater respect. Many will be drawn to your realistic and spirited way of playing the game."
(Robert Greene)

"It is suitable always to calculate your own strength, and not to enter into alliance with people stronger than yourself."

"The forces of a powerful ally can be useful and good to those who have recourse to them...but are perilous to those who become dependent on them."
(Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince)

"Atlas would have undertaken almost any task for the sake of an hours respite, but he feared Ladon, whom Heracles thereupon killed with an arrow shot over the garden wall. Heracles then took the world upon his shoulders."
(Robert Graves)

"I'm a cock resting high in a tree. The fox beckons me to come down to meet him. I will climb down to meet the fox, but only when the fox looks for the door-keeper, and so I request the fox to search the base of the tree. The fox searched the base of the tree and found the door-keeper. He was a sleeping dog, a dog that woke up, seen the fox, and tore the fox to pieces."


"Six in the third place means: He finds a comrade. Now he beats the drum, now he stops. Now he sobs, now he sings. Here the source of a man's strength lies not in himself but in his relation to other people. No matter how close to them he may be, if his center of gravity depends on them, he is inevitably tossed to and fro between joy and sorrow. Rejoicing to high heaven, then sad unto death-this is the fate of those who depend upon an inner accord with other persons whom they love."
(61. Inner Truth, I-Ching)

"I thought my own interests were being advanced, when in truth, I opened up the way that advanced his."
(Gracious Lesson)

"The rotten apple spoils its companion."

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver."
(Proverbs 25:11)

"What's the good of a fair apple if it has a worm in its heart?"

"Heracles bent his back to receive the weight of the world, and Atlas walked away with three apples plucked by his daughters. Atlas found his new sense of freedom delicious. "I will take these apples to Eurystheus myself without fail, but I need Heracles to hold up the heavens for a few moments longer." Heracles pretended to agree, but, having been warned by Nereus not to accept any such offer, Heracles begged Atlas to support the globe for only one moment more. Atlas, easily deceived, laid the apples on the ground and resumed his burden; whereupon Heracles picked them up and went away with an ironical farewell."
(Robert Graves)

"Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals."

Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides (New York Review Books Classics) "When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state."
(Euripides, Orestes)