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Everything posted by monkey_mine

  1. Hey girl, you don't need to bring your sexism into this! That zombie killing WOW playing Buddhist friend I mentioned above is a woman. My wife (also a woman) likes to watch violent movies almost as much as I do (she has a low tolerance for zombie gore though). I appreciate beauty where I find it. I also like romantic movies like Punch Drunk Love, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Silver Linings Playbook. The kids movie, "Inside Out" made me cry. Maybe if we lived in an enlightened society, we would not find beauty in film violence or have fun in violent video games. But we grew up and got conditioned by this society. Does that make our taste in entertainment/beauty fucked up? Or perhaps is it possible that we see a type of beauty there that you have not learned to see? Have you never seen a violent movie that you liked? And that includes movies like "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".
  2. True, this is a Star Trek thread after all... I guess I'm not as nerdy about it as I used to be.
  3. Engagement/perception becomes one thing. No space left for the separate observer.
  4. I'm familiar with what I call the "pre-thought" impulses, just before I gotten periods of total silence, so I know what you mean there. But it always took effort and focus for me, to get to those states, rather than just relaxing out of thinking entirely.
  5. Because if it is filmed well and choreographed well it is a type of beauty we can appreciate. Also it's fun to kill zombies in a video game. Unless you're a total pacifist there are no moral complications in killing zombies. You cant negotiate a peace settlement with them. Even one of my best Buddhist friends, who would not kill a mouse or even a spider in real life, likes playing WOW and killing zombies.
  6. I don't mind predictability in some cases. Like I'm planning to see the next John Wick movie and I don't think I'll be very surprised. I don't think John Wick will turn pacifist. I don't think he will die. I don't watch a Batman movie wondering if this time he may give up crime-fighting and go to work in a soup kitchen. I'm not looking for surprises in behavior. It's just a matter of personal taste, isn't it?
  7. Full engagement subsumes the self. When the activity of selfing turns into the activity of engaging, the "separate self" without apparent boundaries or containment, ceases.
  8. Agree about Picard. Same for Captain Janeway on Voyager. As much as I like the anti-heroes, Picard and Janeway adhered to principles. Like not torturing folks (to use Obama's phrase). I can't remember what episode of Voyager it was, but I remember one in which Janeway had to make a difficult choice regarding torture. I think it was torture. Whatever it was, it would have been expedient to violate her basic principles in order to save lives. She refused to do it because it would have diminished the Federation. They would harm themselves by torturing. We need people, leaders like that.
  9. Sounds amazing. Trataka sounds like Kasina meditation which is the first meditation/concentration exercize I practiced. I've never heard of someone getting a result like that from such a basic meditation. I've fallen into no-thought silent spaces during different types of meditation, but it is not something I have easy access to.
  10. ^Best dialogue so far on this thread IMO. I hope it continues to communion. I know Mr. the speaker sir, comparison, image, expectations, conflict with what is... but isn't this really where the rubber hits the road? You can talk all day long about freedom and ending conflict, but it's in the tight difficult spaces of a long term intimate relationship where you find out if "ending conflict" can turn from talk into reality.
  11. Intriguing idea. It never occurred to me to try it. Nowadays I don't try to stop, impede, or displace the inner monologue because I find that effort puts me in conflict. I am more interested currently in discovering/rediscovering the conditions that end conflict.
  12. Interesting. I never read of anyone else doing this, but I used to intentionally practice displacing the energy driving my internal dialogue into nonsense syllables and then into hand movements or feet movements. I found it just as easy to move that pre-thought energy into my feet as it was to move it into my hands. Conceptual or narrative thinking stops and the energy of the impulse behind it flows instead into foot movements, expressing creatively through equivalent movements, completely subverting internal speech. I thought it might be a way of evolving out of endless monkey-mind self talk, but I think it's just a temporary Jedi mind trick. Maybe useful in some situations... I've never tried it with "out of control" thoughts or paranoia when high.
  13. I think it's a partial schematic for the wheel thingy that made the island disappear in "Lost". Remember? You should build it and try it out.
  14. Wow. That's a shit ton of bombs.
  15. By the time I started stabbing him, he was already dead. I don't feel responsible. I was just getting a few stabs in. Where did you get those archival posts? And whatever happened to the archives we were promised? Anyone know?
  16. I don't know. I guess since I'm anthropomorphizing God, it would look like a complete nervous breakdown that results in complete physical dissolution. Then Lucifer would be free to take over the whole universe and we would all live in a perpetual hell realm forever. Wait, do you think this might have happened?
  17. @shite yeah wouldn't it be nice? That's a vast understatement.
  18. Are you joking? If the climate change is caused by human activities, then humans can reverse it by stopping the climate changing activities. That's the difference. And who is Pasty Adams?
  19. Now Adams has a video podcast on youtube where he takes softball questions and gushing compliments from fangeeks. Somehow I've become fascinated with him. At the start of this video he talks about Trump's wiretapping accusation. ha-ha it's just like a wacky situation comedy! The worlds biggest liar has the most inside information. He can tell us the truth about Building #7 on 9/11 and no one would believe him! ha ha! I think so far Trump is a terrible president. I'm not in the Hitler camp, I just think he's selling out the country to a new level of corporate control of government, rampant vulture capitalism, and environmental destruction, among other things. But I get what Adams means when he says we have people living in 2 separate realities. I have several friends on Facebook that have become very politically activated (as far as posting) by Trump. I have one friend that I've known over 12 years and I don't remember if we ever talked politics. I did not think she was political. She is a Christian and now she posts several times a day from these conservative and Christian "news" sources on what a terrific job Trump is doing. I check out these articles and I find them extremely lame. I guess it does not take a lot of in depth reporting to satisfy someone who believes the Earth is 6,000 years old. Trump is in the Christian club and God is on his side so apparently Trump can do no wrong. My point is that it's easy to see through the propaganda of these right wing and Christian "news" stories. I don't get confused by reading those stories. I get confused listening to Scott Adams. I think Scott Adams gives Trump a pass because Trump is in the persuaders club. Just like Kanye West is. Just like a Christian gets in the Christian club, if you're a persuader then you're in the persuaders club with Scott, so you must be OK. But Scott seems so much more rational than my Christian friend, that I still find it baffling how he can say Trump is doing a good job. I'd love to hear Scott Adams interviewed by Sam Harris to see if Sam could break though Scott's optimism bubble. Scott does not get critical questions from his fan base.
  20. With threads like these, who needs enemas?
  21. wasn't it Duncan plus Stig that banned Orgone?
  22. If God is all-powerful, could he doubt his own existence so hard that He would actually cease to exist? Huh? I think that is the question!
  23. Brilliant. Then I guess then Zach got bored with the forum and quit posting here. I'd rather have Reptile back, than our celebrity mod, who is not that interested.
  24. Scott Adams knows a lot about persuasion and hypnosis. But he's gone out on a limb predicting that Trump will make a good president. Based on Trumps policies and picks so far, and how Trump has been reversing some of the good things Obama did, I don't know how Adams will defend that prediction. I'm starting to agree with this. You can know a lot about cognitive dissonance, and be able to spot it in others without being able to spot it in yourself.
  25. ^Now that is a sexy sexy man! Happy Buthdayyyy, ♪ Mr. Prezzident.... ♫ "GOOD! NOW PEE ON ME! AND KEEP SINGING!!!"