Tim R

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  1. No, it's not narrow. It just doesn't measure anything psychological whatsoever
  2. @neutralempty Please don't tell me that you think this silly test is legit in any way...
  3. I was wondering, do you think a shared taste of music could be an indicator of potential friendship? Especially if it's very narrowly defined combination of taste, like for example "Minimal Techno, Blues-Rock, Post-Rock and Baroque Music" - this would be a more or less unlikely combination of taste. Do you think that if two people share an unlikely combination of taste in music genre, the potential of these people resonating on a interpersonal level with each other is increased?
  4. Is your meditation practice accompanied by sounds like Om/mantra chanting, singing bowls or flute music or anything like that? I for example have found this singing bowl to be very immersive and helpful: Could you share some of your experiences? Do you meditate with or without sounds? Which sounds do you listen to? Any favorites?
  5. I have no other explanation than this. If you don't want to learn anything from psychedelics, you won't. If you'd really wanna learn, you could even extract a decent amount of wisdom from a 1g mushroom trip.. Doing Ayahuasca and coming back with no insight at all? It's like... At least you should've noticed that reality is not some rigid, objective world "out there". Maybe she somehow misunderstood your question?
  6. @nitramadas That is just so not true.. Leo is older than me so he was more aware of what happened at the times, but I was born in Russia (Siberia) in the 90s, and those were no good times. Standing in line for a loaf of bread wasn't even the worst part, people got mugged on the street at night, the police was utterly corrupt (because they were struggling as well of course) so you really couldn't expect much help from anybody. Stores were robbed or had to pay protection money and in some cases if you happened to be in a store that got robbed, you and the rest of the people would be shot (although that was "rare"). As soon as it got dark you'd better be at home or at least with someone. I don't know man, even if your family had the fortune of living better than the majority, there's absolutely no denying of the miserable living conditions of most people - especially of poor people. Why do you think alcoholism was (and still is) such a problem? Sometimes (and I'm not kidding) the only thing we'd have in our fridge were some damn pickled cucumbers in a jar... Meat was the most expensive food. @Haloman But only because there really wasn't much choice about this. Being a egotistic individualist in the 90s wasn't exactly a very promising strategy... My whole family literally sold everything they had to get enough money to travel to Germany (where we live now). @nitramadas People wouldn't have left this country if it was paradise, would they?
  7. He's 16 y/o, I don't think that's healthy advice.
  8. Your desire to surrender is standing in your way to surrender fully.
  9. Great book written by Erich Fromm, I absolutely love it. His thesis is that two modes of existence struggle for the spirit of humankind: the "having" mode, which concentrates on material possessions, power, and aggression, and is the basis of the universal evils of greed, envy, and violence; and the "being" mode, which is based on love, the pleasure of sharing, and in productive activity.
  10. https://youtu.be/Ktj050DxG7Q?t=3920 Andrew Huberman was on Lex Fridman's Podcast, he's a neuroscientist. He says "I'm happy to have a talk about consciousness, but it's a scary talk and I think most people don't want to hear what I have to say..." (link above) Every (neuro-)scientist who hasn't completely fallen prey to the materialist paradigm will have to acknowledge this - consciousness is scary to them, because they know exactly that their current approach won't cut the mustard and because they know that consciousness won't be explained away with neurons and electrical impulses. They are scared because their paradigm is under severe threat - from their own direct experience. They all know what consciousness is (or rather: is not), they just don't want to admit it - because it would mean the end of... well, everything I think/hope that we'll be witnesses of a scientific revolution, psychedelics have (rather recently) entered the chat and they are going to dissolve our naive assumptions about the world and our place in it - so will Artificial Intelligence. We can't dodge this issue any longer. Better to carefully open this new Pandora's Box than to refuse to admit what needs to be admitted and wait until consciousness ruthlessly kicks in your front door...
  11. Yes, I mean its current form will change (and thus die) Should've used other words Anyway, into what will it evolve?
  12. The current form of untrammeled western capitalism comes to an end. It has become apparent that it is utterly unsustainable, it greedily devours itself. What form of economy, society and government will follow? Will we be wise enough to initiate the transition ourselves if we want to survive, or will we be forced by our own destructive behavior to change?