A Strange Loop found in some of Sam Harris's teaching on meditation from Waking Up
Philosophy

Sam Harris and Strange Loops

Sam Harris taught me something important:  something eye-opening happens when you actually look at the inner workings of you mind.  After (partially) reading Douglas Hofstadter’s wild, masterpiece of a book, Godel, Escher, Bach (GEB for short), I recognized an even stranger phenomenon than Sam had initially shown me:   Strange loops.   They exist in everyday consciousness.  […]

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Simple Strategies for Presence & Mindfulness

You probably can’t go a day without hearing someone ramble about presence or mindfulness.  It’s everywhere now. But, as you could probably guess, there’s a reason for that. It seems intuitive, doesn’t it?  Rather than focus on things causing you pain, or your frustrations, or future fears, if you live in and focus on the […]

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Philosophy of Life
Philosophy

Consolidated Ways to Live & Think

Do you know the best way to live your life?  Meaning: how do you act in certain situations, how do you handle difficult situations, what do you spend your time on, how do know if you’re on the right path in life, etc.  I’m not sure if any other question matters as much as this […]

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A New Way of Understanding Religion

Growing up Jewish and having a Bar Mitzvah, I always felt combative towards my religion. I imagined greener pastures and freedom from the boring services awaited me outside of the four Temple walls. These experiences with religion as a kid have influenced how I view religion today: stodgy, out of touch with reality, and a […]

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A Day In The Woods

Nothing feels better than escaping your daily routine and the noises of the city and trekking through the mountains in the Hudson Valley in New York during fall. Golden, red, and orange leaves litter your entire field of vision. If you hold up a red leaf and inspect it, you’ll notice black speckles on it; […]

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How Do You Know if Your Thoughts Are Your Own?

Seriously, how do you? One of my favorite books I’ve read recently, Escape From Freedom by Erich Fromm, discusses how one of the main ways to gain “positive freedom” is thinking for yourself. Digging deep into your own belief system and worldview and questioning why you believe things helps to uncover what you actually believe and why […]

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Philosophy

Who Cares About Philosophy?

You Should. When you hear the word ‘philosophy’, you probably think of struggling philosophy majors from liberal arts colleges living in their parents’ basement. Or maybe that guy from your office with grand ideas about the meaning of life. But chances are, you might be misinformed about what philosophy truly is. I definitely was. I used to […]

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