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Duckspeak

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I stroll from group to group and listen in and hear talk of Brett, talk of the story Lisa just shared, talk of the critical differences between the Rinzai and Soto schools of Zen, talk of boyfriend shortcomings, talk of an exciting new spiritual teacher in Maryland who has her students roll their eyes up during meditation so they can see their third eye, and talk of local restaurants.............

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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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In the Ward of Fevered Minds

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Neither Holy nor Wise

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I don’t dress like a guru and I don’t talk like one. I don’t carry flowers, perform miracles, smile beatifically, or radiate anything that I’m aware of. I think of myself as a pretty laid-back guy with only the weakest grasp of what it means to be a human among humans. It’s like I can hum a few bars but I have forgotten most of the words. I can’t stand in line at the grocery and carry on a normal conversation if it gets much past the weather. I can’t go to a bar and have a beer and shoot a game of pool because I can’t pretend to share the experiences and interests of the other patrons. In other words, there’s no commonality. Commonality at this level is so basic that it’s probably not possible to imagine what it’s like when it’s not shared. No two humans could have less in common than any human and me. I am a member of no community. Because I live in a different paradigm, I am effectively set apart from humanity...........

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

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We talk about Moby-Dick. We often do. It’s something we have in common, the way she and William did. During my visit most of our conversations have revolved around Moby-Dick and the countless ways in which it makes more sense when the reader understands that it’s not about whales and whaling, or good and evil, or God and Satan, but simply about striking through the wall, about purity of intent, about a man in a life or death struggle for his freedom.

Hanging over all of our conversations has been the thing I’ve hinted at but haven’t stated; my second epiphany regarding Moby-Dick, the missing denouement. Figuring out what the book is really about is secondary to figuring out how triumphant and magnificently complete it really is. Moby-Dick isn’t a masterpiece, it’s the masterpiece. It’s the greatest story ever told once you understand the level at which it truly functions............. See All Chapters

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