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A very interesting book which approaches Buddhism from a secular, evolutionary, and psychological point of view. Talks a lot about meditation, but this meditation is more like cognitive behavioral therapy where one analyzes and tries to understands one's thoughts and feelings. Main point is we are controlled by our feelings which is strongly shaped by evolution. These feelings are not applicable to the modern world, and anyways we are smarter now and can react differently to these perceived threats. When we carefully examine our feelings (through meditation), we see the real truth and free ourselves from suffering, or more precisely, unsatisfactory-ness. The final main point is that after more examination, we lose the boundary of what is myself and what is others, leading to a world wide consciousness that can lead to world peace! (Started in Aug 2019, finished April 2020).
Authors: Robert Wright
Published: May 2018
Tags: Buddhism, philosophy, psychology
A Note to Readers
The Buddhism in...[more]
List of all the movies I watched in 2019
(streaming) Bohemian Rhapsody: (3/5) first half was a little boring, second half and ending was better. Not able to tell what part of the movie was true and what was made up.
(DVD) Passenders: (4/5) Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt wake up early on a long starship voyage. Story was interesting and enjoyable until the last part when the writers were forced to come up with some contrived emergency action sequence. Ridiculous happy ending.
(DVD) Lego Movie 2: (3/5) Very slow and predictable start. Movie was saved by...[more]
Fun and interesting words and phrases.
This card is for English fun words and phrases. There is a separate card for fun Japanese words and phrases at mwang25:153
Despite media coverage, the 30 horse deaths at Santa Anita racetrack this year (2019) is the lowest in recent history. 2018:37, 2017:54, 2016:57, 2015:39, etc.
Authors: Jeff Goertzen
Source: OC Register
Tags: horse racing, local news
Lots of bones in horse's legs. They start racing horses at a young age (3) when bones might not be strong enough. When one leg is injured, the horse will shift its weight onto the other legs, which causes injury to those legs. Seems like injuries and euthanization is very common and there is a vehicle that follows the horses on the racetrack to assess injuries and euthanize them quickly after...[more]
Short 5 minute animation about the various sizes of black holes. Can be a few miles across to half the size of our solar system!
Authors: Business Insider
Source: Business Insider
Published: May 2019
Tags: cosmology, science, space
Unfortunately you have to watch a commercial and then unmute, but after that, it is pretty good. Starts with the smallest black hole and works its way up in size. Amazing how big they can get!