Archive for December, 2017

RT @KBAndersen: Among the very small number of GIFs that justify their existence. https://t.co/DkOuSKOWES

December 29, 2017

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RT @PublicHumility: “#NewJersey is a very philosophical place”- @RobertTalisse discussing hooliganism, anonymous information, and the philosophical challenges posed by graffiti on a bathroom wall on the most recent episode of #WhyWeArgue https://t.co/TRRjMt3tcr

December 28, 2017

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“Most technology reinforces the feeling that reality is just a sea of gadgets… VR is the technology that instead highlights the existence of your subjective experience. It proves you are real.” And are still not a gadget. Jaron Lanier

December 26, 2017

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I’ve just posted on my Blog about: “Aliveness” https://t.co/8gQBdN2fAe

December 26, 2017

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“Aliveness”

December 26, 2017

A lovely Christmas gift from Sean Kelly in the Stone, acknowledging his gift from his late mentor and collaborator Hubert Dreyfus.

Think of the way that life really can become lifeless. You know what it’s like: rise, commute, work, lunch, work some more, maybe have a beer or go to the gym, watch TV. For a while the routine is nurturing and stabilizing; it is comfortable in its predictability. But soon the days seem to stretch out in an infinite line behind and before you. And eventually you are withering away inside them. They are not just devoid of meaning but ruthless in their insistence that they are that way. The life you are living announces it is no longer alive.

He goes on to suggest strategies for re-capturing vitality that do and do not work. Casanovan self-indulgence and Kantian dutifulness do not. Engaged presence does, by knitting time and  omitting distraction. “When you really feel alive, your past, your present and your future somehow make sense together as the unity they have always promised to be. I sometimes feel truly alive, for instance, when I am teaching my students…”

Me too, sometimes. Resolution for the New Year: many times more.

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“The goal of life is not happiness, peace, or fulfillment, but aliveness.” And for Sean Kelly’s mentor Bert Dreyfus. https://t.co/fYoJUGMk6Z

December 25, 2017

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“I don’t think it is possible to contribute to the present moment in any meaningful way while being wholly engulfed by it. It is only by stepping out of it, by taking a telescopic perspective, that we can then dip back in and do the work which our time asks of us. “

December 24, 2017

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In praise of Telescopic Perspective https://t.co/UqS6OJhCTk via @brainpicker

December 24, 2017

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RT @Calvinn_Hobbes: Now that’s the spirit of Christmas!😂 #MerryChristmasEveEve https://t.co/4ywEt1gBMF

December 24, 2017

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RT @brainpickings: “Let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped.” We lost Carl Sagan 21 years ago today, but he left us his timeless wisdom on moving beyond “us” vs. “them” and meeting ignorance with kindness https://t.co/UsrOUahRcz

December 20, 2017

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