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A Critique of Ray Kurzweil’s Predictions

Ray Kurzweil recently announced his year-by-year predictions of the future. Here are just a few samples (full list here): 2020 – Personal computers reach a computing power comparable to the human brain. 2025 – The emergence…

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Consciousness Does Not Identify With Anything

I sometimes hear people claim that pure consciousness identifies itself with the ego, with thinking, or with the body. What they are effectively saying is that the pure Self, i.e. that which is conscious of all…

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Loss and Revival of the Timeless Wisdom

  We live in unprecedented times. Science is answering age-old questions about the nature of reality, the birth of the cosmos, and the origins of life. We are witnessing technological advances that a century ago would…

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The Anomaly of Consciousness

Western science has had remarkable success in explaining the functioning of the material world, but when it comes to the inner world of the mind, it has very little to say. And when it comes to…

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Alice in Quantum Land – Part Two – The Dissolving of Space and Time

Read Part One (…) The voice from nowhere continued, telling Alice how Einstein’s insights threw more light on the quantum: “Like many other scientists of his time, Einstein was puzzled by the fact that light always…

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Alice in Quantum Land – Part One – The Universal Constant of Action

“Good morning, Alice,” a voice said.  Or at least it seemed like a voice. Alice rubbed her eyes.  She’d fallen asleep in the orchard, and had been dreaming of tea parties with singing cakes and dancing…

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The Paradox of Free Will

One of my earliest ventures into philosophy, back in high school, concerned the question of “free will versus determinism.” If the world unfolds according to fixed laws, then everything that happens is determined by events that…

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Not Resisting Resistance

The building where I used to run a meditation group was on the same street as a fire station; one could almost guarantee that sometime during the meditation a fire engine would come rushing past, sirens…

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