scienceandnonduality Published on Jan 8, 2014
Did Buddha’s teachings survive and thrive because he was more attractive or charismatic than most, or because he was a great teacher and a tireless advocate of the poor? Or— and here’s the core question I’ll explore in detail— was it because he was an enlightened being with profound insights into the nature of reality, and because he possessed super-normal abilities? We might ask the same questions about Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Milarepa, or a host of other historically prominent figures associated with special illumination, wisdom, or grace. Did these people just sport great tans and know how to work a crowd, or did they understand something genuinely deep about the human condition, about consciousness, and about our capacities, that are not yet within the purview of science?
Asking such questions about revered religious icons is asking for trouble, so we may consider a more contemporary figure. The Dalai Lama regularly hosts discussions between scientists and Buddhist scholars as part of an ongoing series of dialogs sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute. Do the scientists who compete for a coveted slot at one of those celebrated meetings secretly believe that the Dalai Lama is a backwards country bumpkin, and they’re just humoring him long enough to get their photo taken with a famous Nobel Laureate so they can post it on their Facebook page? Or does the Dalai Lama know something that science ignores publicly but is fascinated by privately?
This presentation will offer answers to these questions based not on opinion, but on analysis of decades of experimental data collected in dozens of laboratories around the world,and regularly published in scientific journals.
DEAN RADIN, PH.D
Senior Scientist at the IONS
Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University. His original career track as a concert violinist shifted into science after earning a BSEE degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude with honors in physics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For a decade he worked on advanced telecommunications R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories. For over two decades he has been engaged in consciousness research. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, University of Nevada, and several Silicon Valley think-tanks, including Interval Research Corporation and SRI International, where he worked on a classified program investigating psychic phenomena for the US government.
Published on Jan 8, 2014
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Dogs seem to have an awful lot of ritual before hunkering down and soiling the sidewalk. It’s not uncommon to see a dog owner—plastic bag in hand—rolling his eyes as his furry companion sniffs and spins, getting just so before hunkering down to do the least considerate thing possible.
But for whatever its worth, all that spinning is far from arbitrary. What dog owners witness is a small and furry version of the aurora borealis and a link between species and environment that’s as holistic and beautiful as a dog pooping can be. A team of Czech and German researchers found that dogs actually align themselves with the Earth’s magnetic field when they poop.
Proving at least that they’re really devoted to their work, the researchers measured the direction of the body axis of 70 dogs from 37 breeds during 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations over the course of two years, and found that dogs “prefer to excrete with the body being aligned along the North-south axis under calm magnetic field conditions.” They fittingly published their results in the journal Frontiers in Zoology.
You might wonder why dogs bother to do this, and uh, so do the researchers.
It is still enigmatic why the dogs do align at all, whether they do it ‘consciously’ (i.e., whether the magnetic field is sensorial perceived (the dogs ‘see,’ ‘hear’ or ‘smell’ the compass direction or perceive it as a haptic stimulus) or whether its reception is controlled on the vegetative level (they ‘feel better/more comfortable or worse/less comfortable’ in a certain direction). Our analysis of the raw data (not shown here) indicates that dogs not only prefer N-S direction, but at the same time they also avoid E-W direction.
This isn’t the only example of animals seemingly sensing the Earth’s magnetic field. Birds, turtles, and fish are known to use magnetic guidance while migrating. Cattle and deer are known to graze on a north-south axis—as with defecating dogs, this is magnetic north, not the geographic one. Some bats navigate using a magnetic compass and given the large ranges of the dog’s closest relatives in the wild, wolves, scientists suspected that canines might also sense the magnetic field.
But this was perhaps the first time that magnetic sensitivity was proven in dogs, and it was also the first time that a predictable behavioral reaction to the fluctuations in the magnetic field—magnetic storms, often as resulting from solar flares—was proven in a mammal.
If you’re out walking your dog later, and he sidles up and pees on a tree facing east-west, don’t be terribly surprised. The magnetic consciousness was observed only in dogs off leash, in the middle of a field. All things considered, the owner matters more to the dog than the Earth’s magnetic field; a nice little ego-booster that you’ll need as you bend over to pick up warm dog droppings.
Logoi 3) “If you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
Logoi 29) “I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty.”
Logoi 70) “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
Logoi 77) “It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the All. From Me did the All come forth, and unto Me did the All extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find Me there.”
and my favorite with a twist of zen,
Logoi 89) “Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not realize that he who made the inside is the same one who made the outside?”
The Gospel of Thomas is a collection of 114 traditional Sayings (logoi) of Jesus. It is attributed to Didymos Judas Thomas, the “Doubting Thomas” of the canonical Gospels, and according to many early traditions, the twin brother of Jesus (“didymos” means “twin” in Greek). We have two versions of the Gospel of Thomas today. The first was discovered in the late 1800′s among the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and consists of fragments of a Greek version, which has been dated to c. 200. The second is a complete version, in Coptic, from Codex II of the Nag Hammadi finds. Thomas was probably first written in Greek (or possibly even Syriac or Aramaic) sometime between the mid 1st and 2nd centuries. Read the Gospel of Thomas and additional commentary at - http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/thomas.htm
Ted Nottingham offers a special presentation on key passages of the Gospel of Thomas, considered to be older than the four Gospels and source material for them. In these sayings of Jesus, lost to the world for two thousand years, we find a depth of wisdom and spiritual knowledge (gnosis) that is utterly transformational to those who would meditate on them and apply them to the moments of their lives. Answers to Questions on the Gospel of Thomas and Mystical Christianity (Q$A from above lecture) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQUmz6KuECs
Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer whose horse ran away. All the neighbors came around to commemorate that evening, “So sorry that your horse has run away, that’s too bad.” and he said, “Maybe.”
The next day the horse came back, bringing seven wild horses with it. Everyone came around in the evening and said, “Oh isn’t that lucky, what a great turn of events, you’ve now got eight horses.” and he said, “Maybe.”
The next day his son tried to break one of the horses and ride it, but was thrown and ended up breaking his leg. They all said, “Oh dear that’s too bad.” and he said, “Maybe.”
The following day the conscription officers came around to recruit, or to force people into the army but they rejected his son because he had a broken leg. All the people came around and said, “That’s great.” and he said, “Maybe.”
Alan Watt’s description of the tale of the Chinese farmer, in relation to ‘non-choosing’ and neutrality.
Gotta get me one of these suits for hiking! Maybe a black bear suit would be more appropriate in my part of the woods, wouldn’t be as cute though.
Training a captive-bred giant panda to live in the wild requires both effort and imagination, according to staff at the Hetaoping Wilderness Training Base in southwest China’s Wolong Nature Reserve. Staff members have been wearing specially-made panda suits to interact with giant panda Zhang Xiang in preparation for releasing her to the wild scheduled for Wednesday. Experts wanted to train her survival skills and ultimately release her to the wild. The special giant panda suits are essential to create an illusion for Zhang Xiang to accept the approaching staff as adult giant pandas. Pandas have a very sensitive sense of smell. They can identify the enemy merely by smell, so the panda costumes are coated with panda urine and dung.
While hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains, Lily and Neko stop and pose for a photo above Armour Spring with Florida Canyon in the background.
Photo inspired from the show Grizzly Adams.
“Deep inside the forest is a door into another land, here is our life and home. We are staying, here forever in the beauty of this place all alone. We keep on hopin’, maybe there’s a world in which we don’t have to run and maybe, there’s a time we’ll call our own living free in harmony and majesty… take me home, take me home.”
Neko inspects some wildflowers growing along the Agua Caliente Trail in the Santa Rita Mountains. Red flowers are Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii), whites are Fleabane (Erieron divergens) and yellows are Mountain Marigold (Tagetes lemmonii)
A tribute to Alan Watts with John C. Lilly, Tony Lilly, Laura Huxley, Virginia Dennison, Oliver Andrews, Hershel Lineman and his daughter Joan Watts. Recorded a few months after his death in November 1973.