Sunday, September 11, 2016

Busy Since June

Just wanted to explain the abscence of posts lately.

We had been awful busy selling one place, and now finally, securing up our new home for retirement.

So I am really still interested on what is happening in science and of those I am keeping tabs on, but limited on contribution time. I see the fall is bringing an opportunity where I can get back to what I like doing and that is keeping tabs on where our science and philosophy is going. As well as learning what I can to understand the changes our leaders in science and philosophy are explaining.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Which Philosopher was That?

Dogen was a master of "zazen," the particular flavor of contemplative practice developed in Zen. Many of his writings are attempts to help his students understand the importance of, and approach to, this practice. But Dogen also tries to explain what is found, what is discovered, in zazen — and it's here that many find his genius. See:
The Greatest Philosopher You've Never Heard Of,  by Adam Frank

So okay, I am looking.

Was doing some reading when I seen an article by Frank Close of NPR. What also sparked my interest was about 1 and its problems. The subject of Koan's,  as I was exposed to them as a subject very early in my life.

As may be surmised from the foregoing explanation on Zen’s methodological stance, it is perhaps best to understand Zen as an anti-philosophy if the term “philosophy” is taken to mean the establishment of “the kingdom of reason,” which has been launched vis-à-vis an intellectual effort of the most brilliant minds in Europe since the modern period to find new ways to ground our conception of human nature—beyond traditional Christian dogmas which had incorporated classic Aristotelian and Platonic views. Since then, various Western philosophers have attempted to capture human nature with this goal in mind by using ego-consciousness as a starting point as well as a destination in philosophy; to name a few representative ones, human nature has been captured in terms of ego-consciousness (e.g., Descartes), Reason, Personality, Transcendental Subjectivity (e.g., Kant and Husserl), Life (e.g., Dilthey), Existence (e.g., Existential philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Jaspers and Sartre) and Dasein (Heidegger). (Yuasa, 2003, 160–61.)[/I]"4. Zen as Anti-Philosophy Nagatomo, Shigenori, "Japanese Zen Buddhist Philosophy", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2016 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = .

I mean who really knew if one did not expand the subject as of the idea of a philosophy as a subject as existing outside of the Western philosophers? It was increasing clear as I looked at Plato and the relevance of the image of Raphael's school of Athens, that the picture it self contain in the Vatican's Signatory room at the Vatican holds special appeal for Christian assumed dogmas.

So in this thread,  I speak about what "quantum realism," and what it may look like when we speak about the one, not just as a philosophical base held in dogma, but of the wider view we look at what Plato mean's,  as the finger pointing up, or,  to misconstrue the finger as implying only God or Heaven,  as the One.

As may be surmised then, by relying on the above-mentioned methodological stance, Zen Buddhism has produced an understanding of reality—one’s own self, living nature and human nature—quite different from those offered by Western philosophy. Therefore, we can say that Zen is an anti-philosophy in that it is not a systematization of knowledge built on the use of a discursive mode of reasoning anchored in the (alleged) certainty or transparency of ego-consciousness, by following an Aristotelian either-or logic. Yet, it upholds something like a philosophy that springs forth through a reflective restatement of the practice, though this “upholding” must be understood with a proviso that it maintains, as mentioned in the foregoing, a “positionless position.” (Abe, 1989.) This is because Zen abhors “holding onto” anything, which Zen considers an instance of “self-binding without a rope.” That is, this self-binding traps the Zen practitioner into a mode of attachment that is the source of suffering and, consequently, disrupts the sense of embodied freedom it cherishes.[/I] Nagatomo, Shigenori, "Japanese Zen Buddhist Philosophy", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2016 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = .
So there is a lot of information being spoken in the Japanese philosophy that is articulated in the way one can think of mind contrary too, western philosophical thinking on the subject of philosophy? Your thoughts?

Gravitational Waves detected by LIGO

See Also: LIGO again detects gravitational waves 

 The scientists detected the gravitational waves using the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) interferometers, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington. On Dec. 26, 2015, at 3:38 UTC, both detectors, situated more than 3,000 kilometers apart, picked up a very faint signal amid the surrounding noise..... See: For second time, LIGO detects gravitational waves, by


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LIGO experiment’s discovery of gravitational waves

LIGO Livingston observatory. Credit: Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab.

Scientists from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and the Virgo Collaboration will discuss their latest research in the effort to detect gravitational waves, at the 228th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in San Diego, California. The briefing is scheduled to begin at 10:15 AM Pacific Daylight Time on Wednesday, June 15th. See: WEDNESDAY: LIGO, Virgo scientists discuss continued search for gravitational waves at AAS meeting

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