Sunday, August 24, 2008
Phone interviews / no travel / Heidegger / far is near / near is far / human awareness / reality / dimensionality / reality / technology / 3000 B.C. / Dave Bohm / quantum physics /enfoldment / parallel universes / importance of thought / the marketplace / Kierkegaard / skimming life / no purpose / duty / media / news as entertainment / end of thought / duty to think / elections as circus / public philosophy / the duty of freedom.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Saturday, August 8th, 2008. Nineteen people joined me for an hour of talk, meditation, and focused conversation at Elephant Pharmacy in Berkeley. The sound quality in the store makes it hard to hear many of the participant comments; but, I assure you that wisdom was all around in the room! We did not come to any "final" answers about the meaning of life. Indeed, the journey, the exploration was joy itself. Here's the recording:
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
With everything changing so
fast - it's a challenge to
If you can't count
on the dollar, the banks,
the schools, the presidents,
your future old age retirement,
the air you breathe, your job ---
What do you turn to?
Ask lots of questions.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I received a letter from Steven L. Turner, a soldier in Iraq. He wrote:
I just wanted to write a short letter thanking you for your contributions to
Steven L. Turner
I would be honored. All of the information that I gave you would not be sensitive in any nature. Any interaction via unsecured network should be carefully looked at and I thank you for your concern. Many would take that for granted. I have been urged by your words to write an essay of my own, as I often do, on the topic previously discussed. I have been getting some interesting answers from the guys when questioned "What is the good life?". I think I will write one here in country (given the unique setting and environment) and then write one when I get home. I
think comparison would be an interesting one. Anyway, thanks again and let me know if there are any other lectures available. The Internet connection here still isn't fast enough (or broad enough) to handle iTunes, but I stay hopeful. Have a good one and good luck in all that you do. ...
Steven L. TurnerI personally thank Steven Turner for his letters and comments. He inspires me to go on with teaching! Certainly, makes all this work worth the effort. I feel that people like him are truly making this a safer and better world.
Here's the podcast of the November 19, 2007 lecture on "What is the Good Life?" given at the University of California:
Sunday, August 10, 2008
serenity / the American dream/ greed/ spiritual materialism/ mastery/ love of wisdom/ value/ Nietzsche / revaluation of values/ market forces as "gods"/ money/ dogmatism / and more...
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Whenever I see these naked lady flowers, it means
that Fall is coming; that it's almost time to be
teaching my university classes on meditation,
nonviolence, technology and human values, and