25 March 2007
Institutions which have been the engine of progress since the nineteenth century are constructed on the principles of a machine. They functions best when we, the units of production and consumption, behave predictably and perform consistently. These have become the social virtues of a capitalist economy.
But we are not machines. We are poets and madmen, streams of consciousness, founts of inspiration and agents of change. It is appropriate not merely that we forgive each other our lapses, but that we fundamentally change the expectations of our social compact.
Even more essential than the standards to which we hold others are our expectations for ourselves. We must renounce the judgment of performance, and manage ourselves not as taskmasters but as mentors.
We must focus on the human virtues: good faith, integrity of purpose, honesty and openness, health and wholeness, an unflinching willingness to embrace experience. Culturing these qualities as habits, we promote our own spiritual growth and support our relationships to others.
– Josh Mitteldorf
Isn’t that a bit
high-handed, Josh? Must you write with such pomposity?
Time for morning yoga
24 March 2007
“It is right and necessary that all men should have work to do which shall be worth doing, and be of itself pleasant to do; and which should he done under such conditions as would make it neither over-wearisome nor over-anxious.”
23 March 2007
is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a
22 March 2007
“I shall not commit the
fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as fraud.”
“There is much said about the lofty ideals of academic freedom, the freedom to explore any topic with impunity. But the ideal is a myth. It is not possible to study any topic one wishes without risk. Scientists who attempt to study controversial topics will find that they do not get tenure, or if they already have tenure they will not get promotions, and if that fails the administrator will attempt to avoid embarrassment and try (usually unsuccessfully) to fire the violator.”
Dean Radin is talking about the PEAR lab at Princeton, where Dr Robert Jahn, aerospace engineer, Dean Emeritus of the Engineering School, put his reputation on the line to investigate effects of the mind on physical reality and of physical reality on the mind that are not mediated by any known physical interaction.
“I recently had a conversation with an intelligent, highly skeptical scientist who vehemently insisted with unshakable confidence that there is no reason to accept any claims of psychic phenomena because there are no peer-reviewed publications supporting their existence. Thus, any claims to the contrary, even by places like the PEAR Lab, are necessarily flawed or fraud. And further, if there were such evidence, then it would have won the ‘million dollar prize’ by now. Ipso facto, there is no evidence. It’s all fraud run by scam artists.”
Most people in the world
continue to regard telepathy and premonitions of the future as strange but
real phenomena. How will science be transformed when we begin to study
these phenomena openly, with the resources they deserve and the focused
creative power of the scientific community?
21 March 2007
“Nothing is so wonderful as
elemental feeling; nothing is more wonderful in art than elemental feeling
listen to On
Hearing the First Cuckoo of Spring
20 March 2007
The Enkindled Spring
THIS spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
19 March 2007
William Jennings Bryan, born this day in 1860, was a candidate for President in 1896 carrying endorsements from Democrats, ‘Silver Republicans’ and Populists. He was a moving whistle-stop orator, and tireless advocate for ordinary people.
At a time in US history when working conditions were dangerous and arduous, when pro-development policies were helping robber-barons to amass huge fortunes in energy, steel and railroads, when fiscal ‘restraint’ made it impossible for breadwinners to keep their families out of debt – Bryan advocated protections for the working man and taxes on windfall profits.
Harvey Wasserman writes that the election of 1896 was stolen by ballot-box stuffers for William McKinley, initiating a 36-year era of Republican domination, bringing the US to the brink of economic ruin in 1929.