Science and the self/Self

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39458

    Science and the self/Self

    This was posted at ZFI, another wonderful TED talk. This is one more area (aspects of sub-atomic physics is another, world ecology another) where Buddhism's idea of a Selfness beyond our little "selfs" meets science's models for how we are not only what we think we are. That comes in from about the 6 minute mark ...

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    Neurologist Dr. Vilayanur Subramanian, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Professor in the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, PhD (Trinity College, Cambridge), elected to fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford, and the Royal Institution, London, says:

    "there's no real independent self aloof from other beings inspecting the world and inspecting other people ... there is no real distinctiveness from your consciousness from someone elses consciousness ... it emerges from our understandig of basic neuroscience."

    MIrror (or 'Ghandi') neurons "break down the boundary between ourselves and the people we are watching".

    See the short TED video here:
    The neurons that shaped civilization

    http://www.ted.com/talks/vs_ramachandra ... ation.html
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE
  • Shohei
    Member
    • Oct 2007
    • 2854

    #2
    Re: Science and the self/Self

    Wow! Thank you for sharing that!
    Now my wife wants to numb my arm and try stuff o_O!

    Gassho
    Shohei

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    • chicanobudista
      Member
      • Mar 2008
      • 864

      #3
      Re: Science and the self/Self

      Another great presentation.

      The thing about "phantom limbs" has always fascinated me.
      paz,
      Erik


      Flor de Nopal Sangha

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      • Tb
        Member
        • Jan 2008
        • 3186

        #4
        Re: Science and the self/Self

        Hi.

        Now. after having seen the video, ask yourself did you watch it or did it watch you?

        Mtfbwy
        Fugen
        Life is our temple and its all good practice
        Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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        • AlanLa
          Member
          • Mar 2008
          • 1405

          #5
          Re: Science and the self/Self

          Originally posted by Dirk
          Now my wife wants to numb my arm and try stuff o_O!

          Gassho
          Shohei
          Do it! :twisted: Then report back.
          AL (Jigen) in:
          Faith/Trust
          Courage/Love
          Awareness/Action!

          I sat today

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