pavlov and sacred space

Filming in Israel, site of so much concentrated faith, violence, hope and despair – no wonder I found myself ruminating on the question of sacred space. A theme close to the heart of all us involved with the Siloist Parks of Study and Reflection.

In that state I stumbled across this article, which made a connection between “place” and the mind/body response. I found it very thought provoking and so I mentioned it on Twitter @dzuckerbrot :

where did i put that memory

Yesterday Mark Lesseraux and I were going back and forth on the comments section to a Jan. 2014 entry here.

The subject wove about the relation between intoxicating substances and access to unusual mental spaces. Our conversation spilled over both to Facebook and email.

I’d like to share a little of it with you.

At one point we took a sharp turn to the questions of history, William James, translation of impulses, the state specific nature of memory (like when a dream that was so vivid it scared you, vanishes from your memory even before you open your eyes) etc.

Here’s some of our correspondence and a little something Mark sent me. Read More...

Science, and reflections triggered by Tony's Book

Having posted all this science related stuff I really feel the need to comment on my understanding of the limits and power of science, as well as on the relation between and science and spirituality in general, and science and Siloism in particular. However, even more than I want to do that I want to tell you about a friend’s new book and why it got me really a bit pissed off (because of something it put me in mind of, not because of the book). But first let me just say that, it seems some people are dubious when it comes to certain kinds of experiments especially those in the “soft” fields like sociology and psychology (the kinds of things I’ve been referencing here). And I must admit I’m one of them. Questionable experimental design, over interpretation of results based on small sample size, etc. etc. often lead to highly questionable results even when dressed up in their scientific best.

I recently had the, almost unmitigated, pleasure of reading Tony Robinson’s new autobiography, Coffee with Silo: and the quest for meaning in life (Tony has generously made it freely available and you can get a copy here).

coffee with silo sir tony robinson
Tony’s Book. No, not this Tony Robinson, even though they are both Brits. Read More...

Emotions and Where We Feel Them

I said that I would be telling you some more about my investigations (and discoveries) about the history of distillation, alcohol, and the search for the sacred. But as I mentioned to Mark (see yesterday’s comments) I’d like to make a small detour to another theme. I’ll get back to these other subjects but…

Here’s some very cool empirical research that supports the idea that emotions are registered in particular zones of the body and these areas are the same across cultures.