If you can, spare five minutes to watch this video.
The simple beauty of a flower captivates artist and scientist alike. Where our world exists without answers, without definitions, we seek answers and definitions. Sometimes we find them but when we don’t, what does that mean? What does it say about us? What does it say about our existence? This short video explores the world through the eyes of Richard Feynman: emotional, visually beautiful, intellectually evocative.
“The digital world can do so much good. I just hope people in the technology world can feel on a mission here to ask the deep moral questions. Because if you don’t ask these questions, they get decided for you”.
Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher, on the opening panel of The Wisdom 2.0 conference, quoted by Jay Michaelson for Tricycle.
How can we live with greater presence, meaning, and mindfulness in the technology age is the question asked at the fourth annual Wisdom 2.0 conference, happening in San Francisco on February 21-24 and addressing the intersections of spirituality, mindfulness, and technology. Watch live now.
In a world of what William Gibson described as “deliriously multiple viewpoints, shot through with misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories and a quotidian degree of madness,”[i] we need to cultivate the power of discernment – conscious attention and conscious inattention. In a hyper-stimulated media world, silence clears the “memory buffers.” Mind clarification must precede mind expansion. Our gullible consciousness responds to any software we put into it.
These moments of silence are the “inner firewalls” against the waves of cultural spam that threaten to inundate us. From this place of deep quiet we can begin to perceive the whole web of illusion, beyond appearances and habitual concepts, to the true state of non-duality which modulates all reality. As media scholar Marshall McLuhan told us 60-years-ago, pay attention to the underlying medium, not the message.
By Steven Vedro author of Digital Dharma. See the full post at Digital Dharma: Metaphors of Consciousness in the Infosphere blog.
“We believe that one should be doing what one does best at doing, instead of being drip-fed a constant stream of information and being pressured to respond instantly.”
Contribute to the Slow Web Movement Manifesto, still in the makes, here
Cassandra Vieten, clinical psychologist and Executive Director of Research, Institute of Noetic Sciences, spoke at TEDx Napa Valley in December, talking about “The Science of Interconnectedness”. She started with an overview of how interconnectedness has inspired people in important ways throughout history and then shared some of what modern science is telling us about interconnectedness:
In another TEDx talk (Black Rock City, for Burning Man 2012), Cassandra worked on an experiment in collective consciousness – with very interesting results:
These are good news from the Institute of Noetic Sciences newsletter. Happy 2013!