Via an excerpt from Douglas Rushkoff’s latest column: Guruphiliac, a site dedicated to “exposing the profoundly manipulative legions of grifters preying on the spiritually hopeful, as well as those teachers who simply go around letting people think they’re God, one guru at a time.”
Reminds me of this site Brennio sent along: Stripping the Gurus . I’ve been meaning to read the chapter on Ken Wilber.
New NeoFiles on our ever changing world
Before I forget, the new NeoFiles is out:
The demise of the digital revolution has been much exaggerated. We are still producing strange hybrids and lucid networked solutions ? dissolving the old hard categories.
Thus, for NeoFiles #14, we have the collective problem solving of Jamais Cascios, the non-linear media surfing of DJ Spooky, and the post-ideological libertarianism of Nick Gillespie. Three very different angles united by a sense of pace ? despite the outward dreariness of the endless Iraq war and the slow drift towards social insecurity, this world is changing fast and real transformations are possible.
Collection of yoga, meditation, and tantra articles
Advanced Yoga Practices is a huge collection of articles on yoga, meditation, and tantra.
Free download of Hunter S. Thompson speech
I haven’t listened to it yet, but here’s a full Hunter S. Thompson speech from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Download it here
Study suggests that mental processing is continuous, not like a computer
New information on how the mind works:
The theory that the mind works like a computer, in a series of distinct stages, was an important steppingstone in cognitive science, but it has outlived its usefulness, concludes a new Cornell University study. Instead, the mind should be thought of more as working the way biological organisms do: as a dynamic continuum, cascading through shades of grey.
Link (via Post Human Blues).
Biomorphic Input Machines
Above is a hacked EKG unit that pulses the fire ring with the users heart beat. I want one.
Monkeyview: Biomorphic Input Machines
MIT Hires Buddhist Chaplain
An interesting article about MIT’s new Buddhist chaplain:
Tenzin Priyadarshi’s path to becoming a Buddhist monk began when he was just 10 and he ran away from home in pursuit of the recurring “vision” he saw in his dreams of a monastery and an old man.
Tenzin, who grew up in an upper-class Hindu family of intellectuals and bureaucrats, slipped away from his boarding school one morning with the equivalent of $5 in his pocket. He left a note for his parents that he was embarking on a “spiritual quest.”
After a 24-hour train ride, he found himself at the foot of a mountain in Rajgir, India. It was at the top of that mountain where he found the very same monastery he had seen in his dreams, he said. He recognized the face of one of the monks who greeted him as the same man he had seen in his vision.
AP: From vision to Buddhism, monk finds a home at MIT
Research into prayer, fertility link now doubted
I posted a link to a New Scientist article about the study in question years ago… looks like the study was very likely fraudulent. Mercury
As the controversy rages, the Bay Area researcher is en route to a California prison camp on an unrelated fraud conviction. The second scientist recently took his name off the study. The third quietly left Columbia. The government conducted its own investigation and determined the study violated federal research guidelines.
Full Story: Sign on San Diego.
Here’s another study, done by Duke University, which failed to find that praying benefitted other people.
Weird Tales covers
Old covers from the magazine that brought you H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard.
(via Boing Boing)