“That feeling of information that just by reading it, can change the way you see the world…” is brilliantly worded. I try to treat information / input as food. It’s why I don’t watch documentaries much; I know the tricks they use to convince rational-minded people through “what if” and logic mazes connecting bits of evidence. It’s bad for people. But, I more strongly believe in autonomy of knowledge seeking so I wouldn’t forbid it. I can try to convince but not ordain.

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YES! I first encountered the name Damasio when I first came across George Lakoff’s Embodied Cognition ~ Sept 14, 2014. Then me on Apr 21, 2015, I was trying to help someone understand what “It’s not about the nail” video was really about, and in this part: me, inspired by Damasio: “Yet it’s not emotion vs reason. Reason is pushed by the amygdala – pushed by emotion. It’s not a separated system. Pure logic and reason in a human results in perpetual indeciveness, as they’ve found with people with brain damage to the amygdala. Without the emotional push, you can’t make conclusions without GREAT difficulty.” is where I linked what I must have read around that time: http://www.edbatista.com/2011/07/antonio-damasio-on-emotion-and-reason.html Now it’s 2Q 2018 and I see Damasio has done more work I need to catch up on. Thank you Zee Mista !

YES! I first encountered
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You want absolute libertarian free will. I want degrees of freedom. Metaphor: From the perspective of the inside of a sphere, the inner surface is infinite. You tell me from the inside of your sphere “We are all inside spheres”. I say, “I know but our surface within is infinite from the affordances provided by the subjectively infinite inner sphere we have available”. That’s our difference. I don’t cry ’cause I can’t breath in outer space.

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What drive science and what drives spirituality is identical. A common error is mistaking engineering or technology or math with science. They play well together but science is distinct from them. One nice definition I found for science is: “Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.” Now lets switch: What fits and what doesn’t? “Spirituality is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.” Ok, it’s not quite the same. Let’s get rid of a word: “Spirituality is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of explanations and predictions about the universe.” Close. More: “Spirituality is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes self-knowledge in the form of explanations and predictions about the universe.” Close. More: “Spirituality is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes self-knowledge in the form of participation and predictions about the universe.” There. How’s that?

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