Artistic Expressions

The most beautiful expressions of one’s self are those that are chaotic in nature. If you draw a square on a piece of paper, its not called art. But draw a closed wavy loop and you are definately more artistic than a geometrician.
Even superiour expressions are those that have structure and are amorphous at the same time. A painting of abstract art becomes beautiful because the chaos is restricted to the frame that surronds the painting. Beyond the frame there is the familiarity and regularity and predicability of the usual world.
That’s what makes us appreciate art further. Because they are a window to what can be. If the whole world was an artistic expression you wouldn;t appreciate the art you do appreciate now; you would still look at a painting within that world and be impressed by it. And that painting would be something that deviates further from the standard established by the artistic expressions of the world. That deviation could be either towards a more uncertain expression, or maybe it would be a retrodevaition – a square.
That can be used to extrapolate and realise that our world is indeed beautiful.
So what stands out. Why does it stand out. Why aren’t there any exclamatory or question marks after these questions. Aren’t they questions. Aren’t they rhetorics.
What stands out is what should stand out.
We are kept in thisl world by our brain. If we were brainless we would be in the Real world. And then we would not think, we would know. And we would know that there is nothing to know.

The Girl Comes Out of Meditation

Once upon a time, Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, went to an assemblage of Buddhas. By the time he arrived, all had departed except for the Buddha Sakyamuni and one girl. She was seated in a place of highest honor, deep in meditation. Manjusri asked the Buddha how it was possible for a mere girl to attain a depth of mediation that even he could not attain. The Buddha said, “Bring her out of meditation and ask her yourself.”

So Manjusri walked around the girl three times [a gesture of reverence], then snapped his fingers. She remained deep in meditation. He then tried rousing her by invoking all his magic powers; he even transported her to a high heaven. All was to no avail, so deep was her concentration. But suddenly, up from below the earth sprang Momyo, an unenlightened one. He snapped his fingers once, and the girl came out of her meditation.

The Zen Librarian

A woman asked the Zen Librarian where to find a book with a certain call number. The Zen Librarian directed her to a shelf where she should look. She returned to the Zen Librarian and said, “There is nothing on that shelf but a pile of stones. Where may I find that book?” The Zen Librarian told her to look on the same shelf as before.

The woman went to the shelf again, and she returned with a large stone, which she dropped on the Zen Librarian’s foot. He bowed and retrieved the book for her.

When the book was returned after being checked out, it was a week overdue. The Zen Librarian picked up a stone, dropped it on his foot, and handed the book to a clerk.

The True Path

Just before Ninakawa passed away the Zen master Ikkyu visited him. “Shall I lead you on?” Ikkyu asked.

Ninakawa replied: “I came here alone and I go alone. What help could you be to me?”

Ikkyu answered: “If you think you really come and go, that is your delusion. Let me show you the path on which there is no coming and no going.”

With his words, Ikkyu had revealed the path so clearly that Ninakawa smilled and passed away.

AI Koans

These are some of the funniest examples of a genre of jokes told at
the MIT AI Lab about various noted hackers. The original koans were
composed by Danny Hillis, who would later found Connection Machines,
Inc. In reading these, it is at least useful to know that Minsky,
Sussman, and Drescher are AI researchers of note, that Tom Knight was
one of the Lisp machine’s principal designers, and that David Moon
wrote much of Lisp Machine Lisp.

Acceleration of Consciousness

What determines the speed of consciousness?
Is it possible to accelerate consciousness & perception?
A typical movie lasts 2 hours. Before watching the movie, you have a certain state of mind, say X. At the end of the movie, your state of mind changes to say Y. Do we really need to watch that movie for 2 hours to transit from state X to state Y?
Is it possible to somehow speedup the whole process – maybe watch it within 5 seconds in FF mode – and still reach state Y? What limits our speed of perception?

Elevated Logic

“There is Chaos behind every Logic. And Logic behind every Chaos. Chaos is nothing but Elevated Logic”
There are many levels of existence. Some levels accept the chaos and don’t really care about the logic. Other levels use logic to explain the chaos. But to be able to explain chaos, you elevate your logic to such an extent that it causes the foundations of logic to shake. The logic, though elevated to explain chaos, which it is a subset of, also ends up exposing the chaos on which logic itself is built upon.
Hence, when logic is elevated, one tends to toggle between extremeties of chaos and logic.
This entity on the internet contains the outputs generated by Elevated Logic.