On self-suggestion

from “Essays in Zen Buddhism” by D.T.Suzuki: When the word ‘Yamato-damahs’ is mentioned it seems to awaken in most Japanese a fervent patriotic passion. The children are taught to respect the flag of the rising sun, and when the soldiers come in front of the regimental colours they involuntarily salute. When a boy is reproached…


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Follow up on discourse with Carl

Carl Leichter wrote: I think you and I have different concepts of social context. To me, everything you were describing was social context. I think it’s because of our views on metaphysics and epistemology. You’re taking a very metaphysical view: that principles exist independent of human thought. I take the epistemological view, that the principles…


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Artistic vs. Scientific inventions.

Very interesting article in New Yorker today. Long, but interesting read – I recommend reading to the end – the second last section is worth reaching. There are many interesting observations along the way too. Are the good software developers more like scientists or more like artists? What is making one 100 times more productive…


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