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God Shadowed By Emptiness: Thomas Aquinas vs. The Buddhist Nagarjuna

Emptiness shadows theism. With regard to Thomas Aquinas’ method for grounding existence in being as opposed to change or emptiness (as the Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna did), what I find interesting is how, despite himself, emptiness nevertheless shadows Aquinas’ theism. What … Continue reading

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Alan Watts Sings

Sort of.

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Follow Your Heart (Maybe)

In the below video, Alan Watts makes a provocative point: do what you really want. If you fail at it, then you can money grub and settle later, or you can even starve to death. Better to live a short life going … Continue reading

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Two Contending Leaps of Faith Concerning Our Universe’s Origin: God Did It; the Multiverse Did It

My own best-guess of what we’re embedded in is by way of an analogy that Alan Watts once proffered: the universe is akin to an apple or cherry tree. Just as a cherry tree “branches” and “leaves” and “cherry blossoms” and “cherries” … Continue reading

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America’s future is sunny? I hope David Brooks is right

In a recent essay for the New York Times, David Brooks claims that the next half-century in America looks damn sunny: [T]he fact is, despite all the problems, America’s future is exceedingly bright. Over the next 40 years, demographers estimate that … Continue reading

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Life and Metaphor: Are We on a Journey or in a Piece of Music?

Maybe both?

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The CERN Large Hadron Collider: Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing?

The New York Times today provides an interesting “history-in-a-nutshell” perspective on the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC): Particle colliders get their magic from Einstein’s equation of mass and energy. The more energy that these machines can pack into their little … Continue reading

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I Like This Matt Stone and Trey Parker Introduction to Alan Watts

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“What the Zen Teacher Said” (A Poem by Santi Tafarella)

                Though mists of morning go gently whirling,   they’ll soon be worming in granite cracks.   And there they’ll freeze, with night expand,   in stony-love untie old bands   and apple- split your rocks

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The Makers of South Park Illustrate an Alan Watts Anecdote on “Life as Music”

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Mental Health Break

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Zen Meditation Break with Alan Watts: Gooey Prickles and Prickly Goo

Alan Watts was a former Anglican priest turned scholar of Japanese Zen. An icon of the 1960s counter-culture, Watts used to go around giving spontaneous and magical lectures at American college campuses, turning-on students to Eastern forms of reflection and meditation. … Continue reading

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