Plato’s Allegory of the Cave – Alex Gendler

By |Friday, November 27th, 2015 |

Good animated video examining Plato’s cave allegory and the nature of reality.

Twenty four hundred years ago, Plato, one of history’s most famous thinkers, said life is like being chained up in a cave forced to watch shadows flitting across a stone wall. Beyond sounding quite morbid, what exactly did he mean? Alex Gendler unravels Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, found in Book VII of “The Republic.”

BTW:  yes I will be posting some writings in the near future.  Check back soon.

What would happen if you didn’t sleep? – Claudia Aguirre

By |Monday, November 16th, 2015 |

In the United States, it’s estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience: staying awake can cause serious bodily harm. Claudia Aguirre shows what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep.


By |Saturday, November 7th, 2015 |

I came across some pictures of Woodstock and something caught my eye.  Almost everyone in the pictures were lean and not overweight.   The pictures also included some crowd shots.  No doubt there were people who were overweight at Woodstock too, but the majority did not seem to be.

I was wondering if a similar type concert took place today and someone took pictures whether the majority of the crowd would also be lean and not overweight?  What do you think?

EMDR and Healing the Troubled Mind

By |Friday, November 6th, 2015 |

This is a good video on EMDR and how powerful it can be in helping people get unstuck from trauma.  The video emphasis is one eye movements but that is a little misleading.  It seems less to do with the eye movements as it seems to be about tapping into different regions of the brain.  EMDR can work with sounds alternating in each ear or with physical sensations, e.g. altering touch between each hand.

I use it in my practice and […]

Questions No One Knows The Answers To

By |Thursday, November 5th, 2015 |

Just a gentle reminder that there is much we do not know.  Good introduction video on some of the unanswered questions facing humankind.

Free Will: Redux

By |Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 |

I keep getting asked if there is such a thing as free will.  For anyone to have conscious choice there must be conscious volition.  Scientifically, there is 0% evidence for that proposition.  Absolutely none.  The arguments for conscious volition tend to be philosophical in nature rather than based on scientific data.  The research to date points to the unconscious shaping our reality not the other way around.  For example, let’s say a person consciously chooses to wear red socks in […]

You can grow new brain cells. Here is how.

By |Friday, October 16th, 2015 |

Very interesting talk for those interested in the brain.   Here is the blurb;

Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret says that we can, and she offers research and practical advice on how we can help our brains better perform neurogenesis—improving mood, increasing memory formation and preventing the decline associated with aging along the way.

Inner Outer

By |Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 |

When it comes to life it is important to recognize that there are at least two components to living a good life.  The first of these is how we relate to the outer world.  It includes our intimate and family relationships, while also encompassing work, friends and society at large.

At a simple level if we are working to much or too little our quality of life tends to disintegrate.  If we delve a little deeper and find ourselves doing work […]

What do you think?

By |Friday, September 4th, 2015 |

Someone sent a band to my house, And it started playing At five in the morning. I took it as a sign God wanted me to sing! ~Hafiz

Non Dual

By |Monday, August 24th, 2015 |

Three Zen students came out of a Dharma talk.
“What did you think of Roshi’s talk today?” one of them asked.
“When he talked about true and false practice, I thought that was kind of dualistic, wasn’t it?”
“Ah,” said the second, “but your even saying that is dualistic itself, don’t you see?”
“Look who’s talking,” said the third. “I’m glad I’m not dualistic like you guys!”

An Easy Way to Induce an Altered State of Consciousness

By |Thursday, August 20th, 2015 |

Apparently this also works if you stare into a mirror.  For those game enough, give it a try but bear in mind that some altered states can be disturbing.

A psychologist based in Italy says he has found a simple way to induce in healthy people an altered state of consciousness – simply get two individuals to look into each other’s eyes for 10 minutes while they are sitting in a dimly lit room. The sensations that ensue resemble mild “dissociation” […]

Anger Contemplation

By |Sunday, August 16th, 2015 |

Below is an exercise that may be worth contemplating.  It can be done with any emotion, for example we could substitute love for anger.

How is it possible to get angry at yourself – who, exactly, is mad at whom?