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Kurzweil Interviews Minsky: Is Singularity Near? -
Kurzweil Interviews Minsky: Is Singularity Near?
mungojelly on Are fully-immersable video games within the realm of possibility? -
"You're probably in a simulation right now." - mungojelly
Ferguson - Highlights from VICE News Live Coverage 8/17/2014 -
Ferguson - Highlights from VICE News Live Coverage 8/17/2014
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Wonder Showzen - White People -
Wonder Showzen - White People
mungojelly on How passive should I be when it comes to my mind? -
"It's great to change your mind, that's what we're all here for, you just need to do a good job of it. It's tricky. The main thing that happens to people when they try to change their minds is they just march right in and say, "Mind! Hey, you, mind! I want you to go like *this*! Do it! Now!" Mind will often quickly oblige and give them just the sensation they demanded. But this accomplishes little, it's just self-hypnosis. To change the mind wisely, you have to be more subtle. You have to look at it right where it actually is right now, to get some baseline for comparison for what you're doing. It has to be scientific. First you just sit there and watch-- that's the control group. Now if you make some change you have some basis for comparison where you could *know* whether it changed your mind. Mind is a mirror. It mirrors what you put up to it. If you draw a picture of "my mind being positively changed by meditation" and put it up to the mirror, that's what you'll see. That doesn't..." - mungojelly
mungojelly on Questions regarding samatha and vipassana meditation? -
"> I've noticed I can have a fairly chattery mind and still enter the jhanas. I had way too much caffeine today and was still able to enter the first and second with my heart beating too fast. It seems we can enter jhana in just one thread of thought while others continue. It's odd, because superficially that's the opposite of how jhana is introduced to people at first, the main way of explaining it is that it has to be total. And it's not different really, it still does have to be total, it's just that once you're very good at it you can have that totality be just one of the things you're doing, which does make an odd sense once you've done it. There has to be a separation between the part of your mind entering jhana and other parts that are in other states. If there's no communication at all the jhanic state of mind fades from conscious awareness (but I don't actually think they vanish entirely my intuition is that they mostly continue unconsciously, my intuition is that our..." - mungojelly
mungojelly on Problems with breath/anxiety -
"Is the anxiety causing a problem? I mean I know anxiety is unpleasant. But I'm sorry if anyone has misrepresented meditation to you as something pleasant. It can sometimes be pleasant, but unlike games and toys the pleasantness is not the *point* of meditation, and so there can also be terribly unpleasant parts without it *necessarily* meaning that anything's going wrong. If necessary we could teach you practices that might make you feel less anxious now, but that wouldn't necessarily mean they'd be better for you on the whole. You'd encounter *some* difficulty or another soon enough on those paths as well. If you stop each path when it gets difficult you'll just repeat the beginning stages of practice over and over, which obviously isn't ideal. I'd recommend just sticking with what you've been doing, if you can. It's possible that learning to live with that anxious feeling could have tremendously positive effects on the rest of your life." - mungojelly
mungojelly on Meaning of this? -
"There are both dreams that foretell the future, and dreams that don't. With a prediction so vague it's hard of course to say which yours was. It could just as easily have conditioned your day as predicted it. As well as random visions randomly changing things, there are also cases where things are anticipated to happen, are written into fate, and part of that fate is that events will be directed by someone receiving a vision of their fate-- but it's an *incorrect* vision that's fated to drive events. Fate is weird. It's nothing all that magical, really, it's just that there are cycles and patterns to life. It would be silly of course to deny that there are patterns to life, and equally silly to think that we always consciously understand *all* of the patterns that govern our lives. So our lives are constantly being determined by organized systematic regular patterns that we haven't yet discovered or understood-- these are fate. Fate itself has patterns to it. Even when we don't..." - mungojelly
mungojelly on Questions regarding samatha and vipassana meditation? -
"> It's interesting you say not to follow rules from a book, whereas I think that is necessary. You have to accept guidance, but you can't just follow a rigid formula. The books are more like anatomy textbooks than roadmaps-- they don't show the features of a landscape that's exactly the same for everyone, they show the general patterns of a system that's actually different each time in its particulars. > Now with that said, I achieved the first jhana and second jhana in the same session, only after reading instruction. According to the [Gavi Sutta]( that's very dangerous, and I agree. It is fairly *easy* to plunge into deep jhanas after you've crossed that border, but it's not *safe*. People often follow a version of the Peter Principle and proceed easily until they're somewhere they *don't* understand and get stuck there. Or people will fail at being able to map the space at all and they can't tell one jhana from..." - mungojelly
mungojelly on Backsliding into pre-kundalini habits like drinking and smoking - what gives? -
"Yeah it's a "culture" of one dude, /u/Marc-le-Half-Fool. I've not once seen this reddit mentioned in other places in any positive way, like "Hey, you should come check out /r/kundalini-- it's great, there's no drug references anywhere, you'll love it!" On the other hand I have seen *many* people complaining that this forum is censored. The idea that enforcing straight edge represents any indigenous reddit culture is absurd on its face." - mungojelly
mungojelly on Questions regarding samatha and vipassana meditation? -
"That is basically true, it's much more important to use it to see through reality and go beyond the cycle of birth and death. But I don't think that's mostly what you're saying, you're just being prudish about it. It's not sinful that it's pleasurable. It's quite nice. Masturbation too." - mungojelly
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mungojelly on Questions regarding samatha and vipassana meditation? -
"> Do you recommend using an object of concentration or can I just use the breathing technique? Using breathing as an object is the most common. If that's overwhelming you could try a kasina instead, or if it's too dry and dull you could try metta. The object doesn't matter much at all. > Do you have any recommendations for samatha techniques to achieve jhana? Stay light and playful. You'll find it by experimenting, not by accident or by following rules from a book. > How long did it take you to reach it? I think it only took me a few months of study. But I was quite young at the time, which makes it easier. > Finally, do you recommend I do vipassana meditation after I reach some level in samatha meditation? It gets easier as you develop better jhana to apply to it, but there's no reason not to start practicing vipassana now. They're mutually supporting practices. Getting insight into the nature of experience will also teach you how to steady your mind. In the suttas "samatha" and..." - mungojelly
mungojelly on Questions regarding samatha and vipassana meditation? -
"Of course jhana is about pleasure. The main experience of jhana is ecstatic, rapturous bliss. You seem misinformed." - mungojelly
mungojelly on Images of videogames in my head -
"That's a good sign, as long as you don't let it distract you. Just ignore it no matter how intense it gets." - mungojelly
mungojelly on The void? What is this drop? -
"That sounds to me like you're beginning to enter the first jhana. The "physics of the place" are determined by your beliefs about it, in a similar manner to dreaming. It's best not to become involved at all with any of the sensations, just enjoy moving away from all sensation (including "internal" senses such as thinking and feeling). What I call "the void" is a place much further than that, a place called the formless realm based in neither-perception-nor-non-perception. You should stay away from there until you have more experience and training. In the realm of neither-perception-nor-non-perception it would no longer make sense to ask about the strangeness of your sensations as then there are no longer sensations." - mungojelly
mungojelly on Burlington officials working hard trying to figure out "What is it? How do we regulate it? How do we tax it?" about Airbnb rentals. -
"I'm an Anarchist. I think this system is ridiculous. Of course if you just allow hotels to accumulate money they're going to use that money to buy various sorts of violent protection of their business. Where the fuck did you get this vague sense that everything in society is fair? This society is entirely rigged." - mungojelly
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