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THE THEOLOGIAN (detail)

Ryan Salge. 2014.

graphite on paper

On Compression of Non-classically Correlated Bit String

Maze to Tree

Uploaded on Dec 23, 2007

Maze is transformed to a tree and back again. Dead ends become the leaves of the tree.

I release this to public domain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maze

Mazes containing no loops are known as “standard”, or “perfect” mazes, and are equivalent to a tree in graph theory. Thus many maze solving algorithms are closely related to graph theory. Intuitively, if one pulled and stretched out the paths in the maze in the proper way, the result could be made to resemble a tree.[4]

10/16/14 — 3:07pm Filed under: #trees  #video 

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moteinthedark:

Notes about mindfulness:

Husserl talks about “natural attitude” (which constantly evaluates perceptions as ‘good for me’ or ‘bad for me’, pleasure or pain) and the “phenomenological attitude” (which is detached, impartial, non-judgmental perception and maps pretty well to “mindfulness”).

I kind of think the natural attitude could be *good.* Passionate, ardent, vibrant, urgent. Being a living organism with a self and a point of view. I’m trying to figure out what would be the reverse of mindfulness meditation, what makes you feel more intensely and be more involved in things. Because I can go at least partway down into no-mind (I think) but I’m really doubtful that it’s desirable. What I want is energy and will, and I don’t know where to get ‘em.

this sounds like a completely different approach to / understanding of vipassana from my own, because i was under the impression (based on the book “Mindfulness in Plain English”) that vipassana was all about the opposite of no-mind (which is a Zen thing; vipassana is older than Zen, i think) - that you were supposed to be focusing on your breath in order to become maximally attentive and embodied

in particular, if you find yourself falling asleep, you’re doing it wrong (as per the author of the above book)

anyway personally i find that (especially regular) mindfulness meditation significantly improves my energy level and refills my will meter

Excuse my ignorance on not knowing exactly what Hsurl talked about when it comes to “natural” and “phenomenological” attitudes, but i would like to provide my view on this matter.

Although the Vipassana attitude seems more naturally inline with the phenomenological attitude, i don’t think it is exclusive of characteristics of the “natural attitude”. The “natural-vipassana attitude” is like the natural attitude, but with the “me” removed. Vipassana is about the constant awareness of perceptions, while simultaneously detaching the self or ego from the experience. Notions of “good” and “bad” are often defined with respect to the self in a subjective manner. The aim of mindfulness in Vipassana is to experience things that we may otherwise attribute as “good” or “bad” in a more objective way. This experience itself is a mind-body phenomenon, and its difficult to be rigorous about what actual extent of no-mind should be exercised in the practice. Regardless, I think a reason why its difficult to delineate between the natural/phenomenological attitudes is because its difficult to inform our actions and experiences with the right balance of mind and no-mind.

Vipassana, or mindfulness in general, does not teach one to be numb or indifferent to our experiences. One can still be (com)passionate, ardent, and full of energy and will. I would actually claim that that mindfulness allows the individual to achieve higher degrees of any of these qualities, because in this way qualities are experienced in a purer way without the negative consequences of an ego-driven experience. A teacher once shared a quote something along the lines of “Practicing Vipassana not only makes the bad not so bad, but the good even better”. This seems kind of superficial on the surface, but it must be understood in the mindfulness context.

As for the opposite of mindfulness, that is experience driven by ego phenomenon: personal desires, cravings, and aversions. This is an easy mind set to adopt, and it seems to come along with the illusion of being more intensely involved with one’s experiences, yet it is a very dangerous and unhealthy way of living. In this way, i like to think of the “Vipassana attitude” as being the more natural attitude when compared to “natural attitude” that is defined with respect to the subjective  self.

Also, i think the essential experience of ”no-mind”must be void of doubts and desires. It cannot be experienced any other way.

Obtaining ideal states of mindfulness (something which i do not claim to personally have myself) is difficult and requires practice. However, in such pursuit, i think it is important and necessary to arrive at these subtle observations you make regarding the practice and what it actually entails. May you continue to progress! : )

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Bedfordshire Archives

Art of the Marbler

Film made in 1970 by Bedfordshire Record Office of Cockerell marbling.

beesandbombs:

here’s a gif I put on dribbble.

beesandbombs:

here’s a gif I put on dribbble.

stereographic projection
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stereographic projection

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Moon Watching I Big Bay Lagoon, Madeline Island, WI. 2014

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Moon Watching I Big Bay Lagoon, Madeline Island, WI. 2014

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Madison, WI

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Madison, WI