Is the Internet integral?

Is all this blogging and vlogging, all this artificial symbol exchanging, really changing the world? I think the answer to that question depends on us. This whole activity itself (trying to save the world by networking) is the evolutionary zenith of the human conscience. It is our most self-consciously social undertaking in history. We are …

Am I my Words?

Learning to speak is learning to act. Verbal communication is reading the lines and putting them into character. That is, taking a text and giving it context: putting it with something else, making a connection (to something others will understand). The face, the gestures of the body: these are the instruments of meaning. It is …

Marvin Minsky’s Emotion Machine and My Own Consciousness

Is higher immediacy not unlike satori? That is, to really get at the nature of the human being, to really “understand” what it means to be human, is it not required that the human that wishes to “understand” change the way they are in the world, that they somehow re-interpret the meaning of their experience? …

That you are what you are.

Some have suggested that the human being can (and therefore ought to) live without God. I reject this claim. I propose that the human being is the spiritual animal, the organism that knows that it is. God is the "thatness" of existence, that transcendent quality of all that is but whose name cannot be spoken. …

No Control

On a desert night beneath the moon, Cacti in full bloom, The little light that did reflect Off clouds fell into tune. It sang for me a song of smiles, Full of angels laughing, Enacting heaven's holy joke: That even God has no control. The gagging subsided And the moon began to set. Darkness became …