Category Archives: Spirituality

Living in Layers – Part II – Living in Layers

This blog entry explores the notion of layers – both hierarchies and holarchies – in the individual, communities, schools and classrooms, various natural phenomena, and cultural and societal structures. The fundamental characteristics of hierarchies involve top-down power and control, which … Continue reading

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Connecting to Another

Stephan Harding’s “Encountering Another Being” —   In this video, Stephan Harding talks about a sense of knowing that is non-conceptual. It is in a sense pre-conceptual. In Buddhism, this sense of knowing is considered to be what is called … Continue reading

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Communication & Information – Norbert Wiener’s Paradox

“…We cannot afford to ignore Norbert Wiener’s observation of a paradox that results from our increasing technological capability in electronic communication: as the number of messages increases, the amount of information carried decreases. We have more media to communicate fewer … Continue reading

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Habits of Mind

We have these habits of mind in the West where we think along lines that are linear… simple cause and effect. But, the world (outside of simple physical, nonliving events) does not work that way. We must think about the … Continue reading

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Blame and Fear

I blame you. You blame me. They blame us. We blame them. Blame fans the flame Of aggression and hatred. Rage burning…. Churning through senseless cycles Of twisted, knotted stomach wrenching Heart ripping agony. Who’s to blame? We pin it … Continue reading

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Thinking, Flexibility, and Dogma: Survival or Extinction

Dogma has a meaning related to an official opinion or a set of principles or knowledge that is handed down from some sort of authority. But, we often use this word to mean any sort of knowledge claim that is … Continue reading

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Beyond Systems 2: Borderless Cognition

As discussed in my last posting, the mere mention of “systems” brings to mind images of mechanistic-like dynamics. But, this sort of association with living “systems” is problematic. In the embedded video of hawks catching prey and flying through various … Continue reading

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What If We Valued Questions More Than Answers?

This morning, during my almost daily visit to the local dog park, I was chatting with a homeless guy and his friend, a previously by-choice-homeless guy, who is a house painter, poet, and actor. We usually get into to some … Continue reading

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Meditation, Suffering, Aggression, and Taking Social-Environmental Action

I don’t want to diminish the critical importance of meditation experiences, insights, and realizations. From a Buddhist point of view (but any tradition with a contemplative practice), meditation is absolutely necessary, if we are to have any hope of taking … Continue reading

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