When we think about liberalism and conservatism, we often think about the political ideologies that they are associated with. I would like to take a step back and try to deconstruct these concepts into the fundamental forces that create them. Understanding these forces and their role in building societies can help explain why existing structures are the way they are.
Let’s start with some definitions (from dictionary.com)
Liberalism — Favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
Conservatism — The disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change.
What does this…
I don’t believe that following any specific lifestyle or behavior will result in happiness. You can conduct surveys over a large population and perform statistical analysis to find what lifestyles often lead to happiness. You can then draw conclusions to whether things like helping others, maintaining close personal relationships, or doing meaningful work can lead to a happy life.
Although this information can definitely be useful and guide you in the right direction, these are ultimately just associations. …
Closely observe this moment. What if I told you that the universe was created a second ago? All of your thoughts, memories, sensations, ideas, and intentions were just inserted into your brain. What if I told you that you that it would make no difference to your perception whether this moment was experienced just once or played repeatedly for the next million years?
I believe that not only is this scenario possible, but if we figured out a way to directly interact with consciousness, creating this type of simulation would be relatively simple to achieve.
The Slice of Time theory…
Mindfulness is a skill that requires cultivation. I’m convinced that if anyone meditates for the first time and says that it felt good, they are either lying or they were so distracted that they didn’t even realize they were doing it wrong. Successfully reaching a state of mindfulness on your first try would be like picking up a guitar and playing a song without knowing how to play one.
If you think I’m exaggerating, close your eyes and try to silently count the next 10 breaths without getting distracted by a thought.
Mindfulness is training your brain to shift attention…
The Creation of a Memory
I believe that conscious experience is simply the creation of a memory, while consciousness itself is the energy that powers it. This article outlines why I believe that is the case.
Most unconscious processes, like your heart rate, follow an algorithm that is regulated automatically based on parameters that come through as signals from other areas of the brain. For example, the algorithm that controls your heart rate takes in your stress level as a parameter when determining your beats per minute.
Some processes are not conscious, but can be regulated through attention…
I love to think about the mind.