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Heartless

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The chair Marla vacated does not stay empty for long. A fifty-something engineer named Arthur appears and waits for permission to sit down which I give with a slight gesture. That may seem overly formal, but for Arthur it’s actually an improvement. The first time Arthur came to speak with me he sat in a half lotus at my feet, which made me a little buggy. After I coaxed him up into a chair we spent an hour disabusing him of his tendency to equate enlightenment with divinity. It’s still hardwired into his thinking that the teacher must be regarded as an elevated being, so he never sits without permission and always speaks with formality. Arthur doesn’t live in the house but he’s a frequent visitor, especially in spring when the gardens need so much help.

Arthur tells me he wants a technique. Rather, he wants the technique. I really only have one technique and everybody who comes to the house soon learns what it is from other students, but, oddly, nobody seems to practice it until they receive it from me. I’ve laid it out many times and tried to put it in the public domain for the use of whoever wants it, but it has remained strangely proprietary, as if the only way it can work is if it comes directly from me. There’s really not much to it, but I guess there’s not much to closing your eyes and repeating a mantra or counting your breaths either........... See All Chapters
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20. Philosophical Zombies

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Only you know if you exist, but you have no idea about anyone else. In philosophy, this is called the Problem of Other Minds, and the Philosophical Zombie thing is a real tool for understanding that perceived entities – everyone else– cannot be assumed to possess I-Am/Consciousness. They could just be non-sentient actors playing their roles on the stage of my dreamstate – my dreamstage. For all our feelings of community and connectedness, the existence of other people can never be more than a non-probable belief.

I say again – it would be hard to overstate this point – that no mystic or deity or high-placed insider could ever know more than I Am. However you reckon the universe, whatever you believe, no one can ever know more than you know. There is no greater authority in the universe than you. If you know I Am, then you have reached the Knowledge Maximum. Well done, I’m sure your parents would be very proud, if they actually existed......... See All Chapters
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11. Mountains & Rabbit-Holes

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The third part of this mountain triplet suggests we’re back at the first part, but that’s not the case. Going into the third phase, the world regains its former reality, but reality itself does not. That second part, where the mountain is not a mountain, is nothing forever. Once all emotionally empowered wrong-knowing is removed, nothing forever is what remains........

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ACT II: PINKY TOUCH

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Shhh! We have orders not to speak in front of the…

(nods toward prisoner)

LAD

The prisoner? I doubt he minds. Probably just as bloody bored as we are.

MATE

You assume too much. You think you know everything, but you know nothing. For all you know we are the prisoners and this man is the guard. Ever think of that?

LAD

(waves pistol at prisoner)

Does it really seem like we're the prisoners?

MATE

Don't put so much faith in appearances, lad. This is war, world on fire. You never know what's real.

LAD

Well, I have a pretty good idea that I can pinch this fellow's nose and he can't say boo, so yes mate, I am feeling pretty confident in the appearance that he is the prisoner and we are the guards.

MATE

For all you know, this man may be the interrogator himself! For all you know, this is he, and we are the subjects of his inquiry and this is his method. I know how it sounds lad, but I've got a feeling. Things are not as they seem but somehow different. Things are not at all as they seem.

LAD

Have it your own way, mate. Want to have a go?

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10. The No-Paradox Paradox

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“What about time travel?” he asks.

“Nope,” Claire answers him, “you can’t do that.”

“Because of the paradox,” adds John.

“Because you could kill your parents before they meet,” says Claire.

“So your parents couldn’t give birth to you,” adds John.

“So there would have been no you to go back and kill them,” says Claire.“

Anything you do could totally change everything,” adds John.

“And so on,” says Claire.

“Yeah,” adds John, “and so on.” See All Chapters

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