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THIS is - this IS - THIS IS

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morning satori authentic letting-go? walking along, listening to Alan Watts THIS clicks into place thoughts weaken, fall away after a last tugging illusion a hesitation then/there - NO! now/here YE...
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Shamans and scientists

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In 1999, three molecular biologists travelled to the Peruvian Amazon to see whether they could obtain bio-molecular information in the visions they had in sessions orchestrated by an indigenous shaman. They had no previous experience of ayahuasca shamanism or of the Amazon, though they did have an interest in alternative healing traditions and shamanism. Their age ranged from the late-30s to mid-60s. One worked as a scientist in an American genomics company. Another was a professor at a French University and a member of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). The third taught in a Swiss University and was a director of a research laboratory.
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The Untold Story of Silk Road | WIRED

The Untold Story of Silk Road | WIRED | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

"...Ross had a flash of insight. “The idea,” he wrote in his journal, “was a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them.” He wrote that he’d “been studying the technology for a while but needed a business model and strategy.”

Like most libertarians, Ross believed that drug use was a personal choice. And like all people paying attention, he observed that the war on drugs was a complete failure. The natural merchandise for his new enterprise would be drugs. “I was calling it Underground Brokers,” Ross wrote, “but eventually settled on Silk Road.”

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David Simon and the Two Americas

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"America is a country that is now utterly divided when it comes to its society, its economy, its politics. There are definitely two Americas. I live in one, on one block in Baltimore that is part of the viable America, the America that is connected to its own economy, where there is a plausible future for the people born into it. About 20 blocks away is another America entirely. It's astonishing how little we have to do with each other, and yet we are living in such proximity.

There's no barbed wire around West Baltimore or around East Baltimore, around Pimlico, the areas in my city that have been utterly divorced from the American experience that I know. But there might as well be. We've somehow managed to march on to two separate futures and I think you're seeing this more and more in the west. I don't think it's unique to America.

I think we've perfected a lot of the tragedy and we're getting there faster than a lot of other places that may be a little more reasoned, but my dangerous idea kind of involves this fellow who got left by the wayside in the 20th century and seemed to be almost the butt end of the joke of the 20th century; a fellow named Karl Marx.

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The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

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A lot of Internet ink has been spilled over how lazy and entitled Millennials are, but when it comes to paying for a college education, work ethic isn't the limiting factor. The economic cards are stacked such that today’s average college student, without support from financial aid and family resources, would need to complete 48 hours of minimum-wage work a week to pay for his courses—a feat that would require superhuman endurance, or maybe a time machine.
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3quarksdaily: The Spectre of History: Thoughts on an Islamic Reformation

3quarksdaily: The Spectre of History: Thoughts on an Islamic Reformation | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
The powerless, freed from the responsibility of consequences, can wallow in their misery, create imaginary histories, and nurture delusions of promised grandeur. In imposing their new order, the European powers took away both the capacity of governance from Muslim rulers and the possibility of challenges to this governance from reformers, leaving a vacuum in political thinking. In time, this vacuum was filled by the detritus of history - revivalist ideologies and fantasies in the quest to reclaim a mythical lost state of purity and virtue – leading directly to the situation before us today.
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To Blend or Not to Blend - Matt Perger

I don’t believe the majority of coffee-drinking customers are quite ready to appreciate and understand why roasters have suddenly dropped blends from their offering. Blends still hold a special place in customer’s hearts; they’re the flag-bearer for the business; the gateway to the rest of your offering. Don’t get me wrong: I’m definitely a strong advocate for exposing customers to unique and special coffees. I’m just wary of how we go about that as an industry.

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Atomic Hong-Ou-Mandel Experiment: Helium atoms put in same quantum state, start appearing in same place

Atomic Hong-Ou-Mandel Experiment: Helium atoms put in same quantum state, start appearing in same place | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

Quantum mechanics has so many counterintuitive features that it seems possible to learn a new one every month. Today's lesson involves particles that are set into the same quantum state and effectively become indistinguishable. Once they are indistinguishable, they start behaving that way, showing up in the same place even when we'd expect to see them distributed at random. In today's issue of Nature, a paper describes getting atoms to behave this way, blurring the lines between a quantum probability function and what we think of as a physical object.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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blurring the lines between probability and object

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Trappist Monks Are Trying to Save Venezuela's Dying Coffee Industry

Trappist Monks Are Trying to Save Venezuela's Dying Coffee Industry | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Up until the ban on coffee exports, Monasterio Trapense used to ship 150 kilos of coffee per week to be sold in the US—and even got away with it for a while after the ban, but it was short-lived. After the ship carrying what would be their last shipment left port, they were contacted by the head of the National Guard and told that that was it. No more of their coffee would be leaving Venezuela.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 1, 11:47 PM

This seems more important than many actions that humans undertake, helping each other.

 

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Comics Debate & Discourse: How To Be a Hero By Being An Ally - Comic Book Resources

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Comics Debate & Discourse: How To Be a Hero By Being An Ally - Casey Gilly examines recent hot-button comics issues and talks through solutions for keeping the dialogue productive and compassionate.
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"When an issue comes up that hits emotional spots, the compulsion is to react -- and reactions are charged. This is when angry Tweets are sent, or snarky comments are made or feelings are aired with no regard for who is on the receiving end. Take a moment and check in with yourself: Has this approach been effective for you in the past? Has it ever yielded your desired outcome? Probably not, unless your desired outcome is to get into a screaming contest where everyone walks away hoarse. 

"Responding, on the other hand, is about listening to what someone else is saying before you have your retort planned. It's allowing your perception to be authentically influenced by new information and different viewpoints. It means that we all take a moment to acknowledge that we are vulnerable people; sometimes we are wrong. This is a good time to ask questions, and be interested in the answer without making assumptions. Hurt feelings hurt, and they aren't going to feel better by slathering them in accusations."

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The Fermi Paradox - Wait But Why

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Scientists estimate that there are over 100,000 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy alone—but we've never heard anything from any of them. Here are 13 possible explanations for why.
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The Collection and the Cloud

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How do we talk about the politics of cultural records? If we cannot preserve everything, who defines what is worth saving?
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Does philosophy matter? | OUPblog

Does philosophy matter? | OUPblog | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

"Philosophers love to complain about bad reasoning. How can those other people commit such silly fallacies? Don’t they see how arbitrary and inconsistent their positions are? Aren’t the counter examples obvious? After complaining, philosophers often turn to humor. Can you believe what they said! Ha, ha, ha. Let’s make fun of those stupid people.

...I worry that this widespread tendency among philosophers puts us out of touch with the rest of society, including academics in other fields. It puts us out of touch partly because they cannot touch us: we cannot learn from others if we see them as unworthy of careful attention and charitable interpretation...

"...many top departments today view colleagues with suspicion when they choose to write accessible books instead of technical journal articles. Philosophers often risk their professional reputations when they appear on television or write for newspapers or magazines. How can they be serious about philosophy if they are willing to water down their views that much? Are they getting soft?"

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From OUP's Academic Insights for the Thinking World... 

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Hit board game lets players compete in designing aesthetic rock gardens - Asahi Shimbun

Hit board game lets players compete in designing aesthetic rock gardens - Asahi Shimbun | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
While online smartphone games are all the rage, a new board game in designing a traditional Japanese-style rock garden is showing there is still a market for old-fashioned fun.

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Why Tesla’s announcement is such a big deal: The coming revolution in energy storage

Why Tesla’s announcement is such a big deal: The coming revolution in energy storage | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
The major upshot of more and cheaper batteries could be a much greener planet.
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Why Does a Cup of Single-Origin Coffee Cost $3.50?

Why Does a Cup of Single-Origin Coffee Cost $3.50? | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

In an ideal world, you’d be able to trust exactly where your beans come from when the package says “Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia,” and what it took for the farmers to produce them. While new certifications and standards are improving things, the coffee supply chain remains murky. In the best cases, farmers can see their premium beans bought directly at global auctions for high prices ($50 per pound for a Brazilian farm’s recent Cup of Excellence–winning beans). At worst, the coffee supply chain is fraught with middlemen who will game the system and swap out premium beans for lower-grade coffee. This hurts everyone in the chain, but especially the farmers and coffee cooperatives who don’t get the full value for their beans in the open market..."

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Achieving Escape Velocity: Breaking Free from the Impact Failure of Applied Philosophy

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As in the sciences, the humanities also feel the pressure to demonstrate societal relevance. Applied philosophy is a natural place to look. But how has it fared in terms of having an impact?"

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What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future?

Technology and rapidly evolving student needs are influencing how schools can think about trust, autonomy and collaboration.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 17, 11:16 AM

Moving into the open access virtual world. I have enjoyed 11 years as a virtual librarian and I LOVE what I do.  Learning commons has never been more ubiquitous and democratic as we share and glean from each other.

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Oscillation - Berfrois

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We propose a pragmatic romanticism unhindered by ideological anchorage. Thus, metamodernism shall be defined as the mercurial condition between and beyond irony and sincerity, naivety and knowingness, relativism and truth, optimism and doubt, in pursuit of a plurality of disparate and elusive horizons. We must go forth and oscillate!
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How the US Became an Oligarchy

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According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists.
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Democracy schmocracy

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New instrument dates old skeleton before 'Lucy'; 'Little Foot' 3.67 million years old

New instrument dates old skeleton before 'Lucy'; 'Little Foot' 3.67 million years old | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
A skeleton named Little Foot is among the oldest hominid skeletons ever dated at 3.67 million years old, according to an advanced dating method. Little Foot is a rare, nearly complete skeleton of Australopithecus first discovered 21 years ago in a cave at Sterkfontein, in central South Africa. Stone tools found at a different level of the Sterkfontein cave also were dated at 2.18 million years old, making them among the oldest known stone tools in South Africa.
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Watch The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel () online - Amazon Instant Video

British pensioners on a tight budget move to a retirement home in india; their adventures there giving them a new lease on life.
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Such a beautiful little film.

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The Virtues of Blogging as Scholarly Activity

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There was a time when you could have pointed to a list of publications as a neat proxy for your academic life, but now you might want to reference not only your publications, but also a set of videos, presentations, blog posts, curated collections, and maybe even your social network. All of these combine to represent the modern academic. My blog sits at the heart of these, the place where I reference the other media and representations.
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What Dancy's Late Late Show appearance has to say about the philosopher's disappearance

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On April 1, 2010, the professional philosopher Jonathan Dancy, who happens to be the father-in-law of Claire Danes, appeared on the Late Late Show to speak with Craig Ferguson about moral philosoph...
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What's the Difference Between Film and Reality?

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Your brain isn't so sure, according to Jeffrey M. Zacks' new book Flicker.
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Philosophy Bites Again Is a True Philosophical Gourmet

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This is a dinner party in book form, although with topics such as torture, group agency, hate speech, and the afterlife, it's not for the absent-minded.

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Philosophizing via podcast, youtube, blogging, e-books, books... however philosophy can get beyond the walls of academe into the life of the commons.

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