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Endless knot Nepalese temple prayer wheel Karma symbols such as endless knot (above) are common cultural motifs in Asia. Endless knots symbolize interlinking of cause and effect, a Karmic cycle that continues eternally. The endless knot is visible in the center of the prayer wheel. Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म; IPA: [ˈkərmə]; Pali: kamma) means action, work or deed;[1] it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).[2] Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.[3][4] Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in some schools of Asian religions.[5] In these schools, karma in the present affects one's future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives - or, one's saṃsāra.[6] Etymology Definition and meanings Karma and causality Karma and rebirth

Veil of ignorance The veil of ignorance, along with the original position, is a concept that has been in use by other names for centuries by philosophers such as John Stuart Mill, John Rawls, and Immanuel Kant whose work discussed the concept of the social contract. John Harsanyi helped to formalize the concept in economics.[1][2] The modern usage was developed by John Rawls in A Theory of Justice.[3][4] It is a method of determining the morality of a certain issue (e.g., slavery) based upon the following thought experiment: parties to the original position know nothing about their particular abilities, tastes, and position within the social order of society. The veil of ignorance blocks off this knowledge, such that one does not know what burdens and benefits of social cooperation might fall to him/her once the veil is lifted. For example, in the imaginary society, one might or might not be intelligent, rich, or born into a preferred class. Examples[edit] "I will give you a talisman. See also[edit]

AutoMap: Project Overview | People | Sponsors | Publications | Hardware Requirements | Software | Training & Sample Data AutoMap is a text mining tool developed by CASOS at Carnegie Mellon. Input: one or more unstructured texts. Output: DyNetML files and CS files. AutoMap is designed to work seamlessly with ORA. AutoMap enables the extraction of information from texts using Network Text Analysis methods. AutoMap exists as part of a text mining suite that includes a series of pre-processors for cleaning the raw texts so that they can be processed and a set of post-processor that employ semantic inferencing to improve the coding and deduce missing information. AutoMap uses parts of speech tagging and proximity analysis to do computer-assisted Network Text Analysis (NTA). AutoMap subsumes classical Content Analysis by analyzing the existence, frequencies, and covariance of terms and themes. AutoMap has been implemented in Java 1.7. It can operate in both a front end with gui, and backend mode.

Happening A happening is a performance, event or situation meant to be considered art, usually as performance art. Happenings occur anywhere and are often multi-disciplinary, with a nonlinear narrative and the active participation of the audience. Key elements of happenings are planned, and artists sometimes keep room for improvisation. This new media art aspect to happenings eliminates the boundary between the artwork and its viewer. In the late 1960s, perhaps due to the depiction in films of hippie culture, the term was much less specifically used to mean any gathering of interest from a pool hall meetup or a jamming of a few young people to a beer blast or fancy formal party. History[edit] Origins[edit] Happenings are difficult to describe, in part because each one is unique and completely different from one another. Happenings can be a form of participatory new media art, emphasizing an interaction between the performer and the audience. Difference from plays[edit] Around the world[edit]

How New Age practitioners might define good karma and bad karma - by Steve Marshall What is karma? Is there good and bad karma? Is good karma good, and bad karma bad, or can bad karma sometimes be good, and can good karma, sometimes be bad. Is the right idea to only make good karma, or to not make any karma at all? Love is the only energy that carries no karma, good or bad, it is only ever just itself, love. This means that God himself has no karma, as he is composed only of the energy of love. Bad karma is essentially distancing yourself away from love, and good karma is coming closer to love. Love contains all energies. Good karma creates the higher energies of love, allowing them to vibrate within you, and bad karma is essentially only about fear. Bad karma comes about from how you treat others, from your fear, or more because of your holding onto this fear, but it can even be created by how you treat yourself. All connections to others, to yourself and to God create karma. Karma is time based because it takes place in time, and it needs time to resolve it.

Gautama Buddha The word Buddha means "awakened one" or "the enlightened one". "Buddha" is also used as a title for the first awakened being in an era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhartha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha (Pali sammāsambuddha, Sanskrit samyaksaṃbuddha) of our age.[note 6] Gautama taught a Middle Way between sensual indulgence and the severe asceticism found in the Sramana (renunciation) movement common in his region. Gautama is the primary figure in Buddhism and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers. Historical Siddhārtha Gautama[edit] Ancient kingdoms and cities of India during the time of Buddha. Scholars are hesitant to make unqualified claims about the historical facts of the Buddha's life. The times of Gautama's birth and death are uncertain. No written records about Gautama have been found from his lifetime or some centuries thereafter. Biography[edit]

John Rawls - Philosopher John Bordley Rawls (/rɔːlz/;[1] February 21, 1921 – November 24, 2002) was an American philosopher and a leading figure in moral and political philosophy. He held the James Bryant Conant University Professorship at Harvard University and the Fulbright Fellowship at Christ Church, Oxford. Rawls received both the Schock Prize for Logic and Philosophy and the National Humanities Medal in 1999, the latter presented by President Bill Clinton, in recognition of how Rawls' work "helped a whole generation of learned Americans revive their faith in democracy itself Biography[edit] Early life[edit] John Rawls was born in Baltimore, Maryland to William Lee Rawls, "one of the most prominent attorneys in Baltimore,"[3] and Anna Abell Stump Rawls.[6] The second of five sons, tragedy struck Rawls at a young age. Rawls attended school in Baltimore for a short time before transferring to Kent School, an Episcopalian preparatory school in Connecticut. Career[edit] Later life[edit] Philosophical thought[edit]

CASOS Tools: Computational Models and Social Network Tools Good Karma Bad Karma : Definition of Karma This article may be freely downloaded and reproduced in electronic and/or print format. Where reproduced it must be reproduced in its entirety and include an acknowledgement and a link to Karma is one of the West's best known Eastern Mystical concepts, even featuring in popular songs by John Lennon (Instant Karma), David Bowie (Karma Man), and Culture Club (Karma Chameleon) among others. Understanding your karma can make the same difference to your life as swimming with or against the tide. Some years ago the then England football manager Glenn Hoddle was fired for an ill-considered remark that disabled people were paying for the sins of past lives. Definition of Karma Karma is simply the process of cause and effect. whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap St Paul, Galatians 6-7 Before we are born in this world we decide, while still in the realms of Spirit and along with our higher guides, the lessons we shall pursue here. Karma is not about punishment.

100 Very Cool Facts About The Human Body The Brain The human brain is the most complex and least understood part of the human anatomy. There may be a lot we don’t know, but here are a few interesting facts that we’ve got covered. Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. Ever wonder how you can react so fast to things around you or why that stubbed toe hurts right away? It’s due to the super-speedy movement of nerve impulses from your brain to the rest of your body and vice versa, bringing reactions at the speed of a high powered luxury sports car.The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb. Hair and Nails While they’re not a living part of your body, most people spend a good amount of time caring for their hair and nails. Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. Internal Organs Though we may not give them much thought unless they’re bothering us, our internal organs are what allow us to go on eating, breathing and walking around. Bodily Functions Senses