Category Archives: Dreams, consciousness, and weird things like that

Insomnia

Never should have written about sleep yesterday – there weren’t too many janitors vacuuming out my brain last night. It was one of those nights when even when you’re sleeping you’re sure you’re not; when stupid images like soup cans … Continue reading

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Swimming in the Fifth Dimension

I like to think about people jumping (or being forced) out of their goldfish bowls of certainty. The sun revolved around the earth, until it didn’t. The earth was flat, until it wasn’t. Paradigm shifts, in other words. When the … Continue reading

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Just keep believing

I keep thinking about those Singular computers, the ones Kurzweil thinks are working on getting smarter than us. They’ll be passing Turing Tests, convincing humans they’re human, maybe even enslaving us, but also doing all kinds of incredible things. According … Continue reading

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Theodicy vs. the Singularity

The conventional religious explanations just don’t seem to work when it comes to Japan. Why three calamities, all at once? Because they were bad? Because life is suffering? Better the more prosaic Stuff Happens. Because the earth’s plates moved and … Continue reading

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Sleepwalking

Just in the past week I’ve found myself fumbling with the radio remote control, trying to stop a recording on my iPhone; and staring in horror at a Plexiglas panel filled with bugs that had somehow replaced my headboard. I’ve … Continue reading

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Hi there, Gurdjieff!

If you set your watch alarm (or, sorry, this sounds so old-fashioned now – your cell phone) to go off at random intervals, you’ll be practicing one of the esoteric techniques of the Russian philosopher Gurdjieff. Exercises like this were … Continue reading

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Daydreaming default mode, Part 2

I’ve been thinking about words or turns of phrase that originally intrigued me but now irritate me, like “at the end of the day,” “that said,” “absolutely,” and one more that really captured me but that I’ve now totally forgotten. … Continue reading

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