Conscious Decision Making

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The universe supplies us with the materials to create possibilities.  Many physicists such as Fritjof Capra and Amit Goswami contend that consciousness, rather than matter, is the basic building block of our existence.  Goswami explains the situation thusly in his book The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World, as quoted in Daniel Pinchbeck’s […]

How Virtual Reality and AI Are Changing Us

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In SimCity, people get the opportunity to live a simulated existence in a virtual civilization, an ironic sub-reality.  Facebook’s Farmville users play the role of virtual farmers, planting crops, tending to livestock, and harvesting produce. People now have the time and means to sit around and farm for entertainment, while they buy their groceries at […]

Reconciling Technology

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The proliferation of technology has sped up exponentially with time.  As our lives become more intertwined with machines, attention spans and personal interactions have continued to diminish.  In response to a nonstop stream of information, our minds are more scattered than earlier generations of people. There is no evolutionary or historical precedent for our current […]

Do WE Own Our Possessions Or Do They Own Us?

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Flaunting and accumulating wealth has become as important as the pleasure we derive from the product itself.  The United States has often been billed as a classless society, but for a land supposedly devoid of the aristocratic titles and social divisions of the British Empire we escaped, we have pursued social stratification in other aspects […]

Memorial Day

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I remember, as a child, my parents taking me to Main Street in the little village of Sherman, NY every year to see old men marching in tight pea-green and ash-grey uniforms with rifles resting on their shoulders, but they were not what interested me about Memorial Day.   What excited me, were the pretty […]

America is the Land of the Free & Home of the Extreme

In the United States, we grow extremism by telling our children myths about bearded white deities (a Western tradition that predates Jesus) and quasi-omniscient demigod Founding Fathers.  These children grow up to age eighteen, and then they are entrusted to make crucial civic decisions about: good and bad, right and wrong, moral consciousness impacting the […]