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Anatta in Scientific American Mind

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Nibbida
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Anatta in Scientific American Mind

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Re: Anatta in Scientific American Mind

Postby Kim OHara » Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:45 am

...and an article on gaps in perception at New Scientist

Which feeds right into the other one, since our sense that we perceive things reliably contributes to the myth that we 'are' unitary, cohesive 'selves'.
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Re: Anatta in Scientific American Mind

Postby Nibbida » Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:43 pm

It's amazing how much attention is the foundation for what we perceive as reality.

Thanks for posting that.

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Re: Anatta in Scientific American Mind

Postby Goedert » Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:13 pm

This is a good article.

But the Buddha discovered it a long time ago.

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Re: Anatta in Scientific American Mind

Postby octathlon » Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:57 am

Thanks, Nibbida. I'll read that when I go to the library. I like those kinds of articles.

Kim, on that video... I wonder if someone proficient in vipassana meditation would be more, or less, likely to notice the changes? Just the other day I saw a related demonstration:
http://www.quirkology.com/UK/Video_Colo ... rick.shtml

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Re: Anatta in Scientific American Mind

Postby Kim OHara » Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:07 pm

Absolutely relevant :smile: and pretty neat, too.
I don't know if vipassana meditation would help anyone be more aware of all the changes.
I think the main difficulty is to do with how many things we can can give our attention to in the time available. We ignore what we think is unimportant so that we can maximise our attention on what we think is important. That is a pretty good survival strategy - and that is probably why we do it: if our ancestors stopped to admire the butterflies when a sabre-tooth tiger was after them, they didn't live long enough to become our ancestors.
Some people are better at observing than others, and most can improve with practice and training. (Look up "Kim's game" (named after the character whose name I adopted, not after me) for instance .)
And I recommended Quirkology to Cooran just a couple of days ago ... small world, huh?

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