The Fifth and Sixth Discontinuity
Philosopher Bruce Mazlish claims that the eyes of science have overthrown humanity's view of itself in a series of revelations. At each unveiling, we descend one notch. In the first removal, Copernicus dethroned our common-sense assumption that our world stood at the center of the universe. Astronomy eventually revealed, with a shock, that we were a minor tribe huddled on a small speck circling a nondescript star at the outer edge of an immense average galaxy floating among a trillion others in one small corner of the universe. The noble distinction between us and the rest of the universe was eliminated to reveal a continuous continuity of existence. Our perceived exceptionalism was demoted to the ordinary.
I almost disagreed with his hypothesis because my "connectome" must be constantly changing and it seemed he was discussing a static entity. But - my connectome is growing with each new/bigger/different synapse - so maybe I AM (merely?) my connectome. So, if you and are "connected" via this pearl, you too are part of my connectome - ha!, and part of me. And that's the spiritual truth behind the science, I suppose. Lovely, isn't it? by Nov 22
The Churning of the Ocean of Milk
Contemporary painting of Vishnu seated in the Ocean of Milk, as Brahma, Shiva and other deities approach from the shore. Illustration by Kailash Raj (1) (Click to enlarge) CANNABIS CULTURE - Did you know that the largest continual human gathering in the world, Kumbha Mela , is based around the myth of the making of the Cosmic bhang ? (For all those neophytes out there, bhang is a drink made from cannabis). I am still putting the finishing touches on my book Cannabis and the Soma Solution and recently revised some more of the material in my chapter on India: Excerpt from Cannabis and the Soma Solution :