Saturday, October 17, 2015
I can not find the quote... At some point, the Buddha said words to the effect: Do not mourn for a man when he dies. Morn for him when he is born. THIS is one explanation (which is CULTURAL, not philosophical) I like Takuan's instructions. "Be done with it and go home." Since I wrote my death poem long long ago, that giri is thus dispatched.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Takuan Sōhō died in 1645. The moment before his death, Takuan painted the Chinese character 夢 ("dream"). Strolling in a dream "Takuan’s tomb, marked by a round natural stone, occupies an atoll of calm amid the hissing of passing bullet trains, surrounded as it is by a clutter of old tombstones moved from long-lost subsidiary temples." His greatest legacy? Pickled radish. Now go back to sleep. And dream on...
Sunday, October 11, 2015
...there may have been life - but that was hundreds of billions of years - and thousands of simulations - ago! The Simulated Universe Argument suggests that the universe we inhabit is an elaborate emulation of the real universe. Everything, including the people, animals, plants and bacteria are part of the simulation. The simulation also extends further than the Earth: all the planets, asteroids, comets, stars, galaxies, black holes, nebula and other space debris are also part of the simulation: in fact our entire Universe is a simulation running inside an extremely advanced computer system designed by a super intelligent species which lives in a parent universe. SOURCE None of this is new, news, or recent. (See my past postings) This simulation has extremely "tight limits" on the variations of the light quark masses... There are thousands of universes in which there are no observers. We watch. We measure. We report. In the year 1773, after an obscurity lasting 1500 years, the Scottish explorer James Bruce, discovered in what is now Ethiopia, The Book of Enoch. Download it https://archive.org/details/bookofenochtrans00scho It is called the Ethiopian Book of Enoch, because the book is best known from some forty manuscripts from Ethiopia. There are other fragments of the book in Hebrew (is that a language?) or Aramaic and even some Ugaritic fragments. The geographical sites described in Enoch and the myth in Isa 14:12 15 recall the story of Athtar from Ugarit. In other words, Enoch is a VERY old text that seems to predate Torah (Nomos). You might not care (as I don't really care - one way or the other). But it seems that we exist to observe. Simple. If this is correct, it explains one thing. If this is incorrect, it explains another. the "Great Ages" theory this makes sense... in the time of Adam and Eve is another allusion to the precession of the Zodiac. The modern Zodiac may have been the Greek version but there were many far earlier versions (Sumer, India, China). The stories are usually hand-me-downs as well (e.g. flood of Noah and Nu Wa).