Consciousness is Real

Consciousness is neither a spooky mystery nor an illusory belief. It’s a valid and causally efficacious biological reality by Massimo Pigliucci by O Society Jan 15, 2020 It is highly fashionable to label consciousness an ‘illusion’. This in turn fosters the impression, especially among the general public, that the way we normally think of our … Continue reading Consciousness is Real

Steppe Change: How Mongolian Rock Conquers the World

https://youtu.be/TVyyhHFKI8E Combining ‘a blend of east and west,’ the Hu find their way to 45million YouTube views with a smash hit debut album by Jim Farber edited by O Society October 24, 2019 https://youtu.be/-LYc06l2gGo The chant started long before the band took the stage. https://youtu.be/ck3X8aEL5jk “HU!! HU!! HU!!,” yelled the crowd, at escalating volume, for a … Continue reading Steppe Change: How Mongolian Rock Conquers the World

Self or No-Self, What is Identity?

by Jack Kornfield  edited by O Society  October 15, 2019 Spiritual practice inevitably brings us face to face with the profound mystery of our own identity. We take birth in a human body. What is this force which gives us life, brings us and the world into form? The world’s great spiritual teachings tell us … Continue reading Self or No-Self, What is Identity?

Musical Interlude: Insomnium Valediction on Friday the 13th

edited by O Society September 12, 2019 Not sure what this is called... perhaps melodic metal is the term the kids use these days. New one from Insomnium out this week. So insomnium is your Word of the Day. insomnium (noun): wakefulness, vision, dream It's Latin, so maybe not a word found in every English … Continue reading Musical Interlude: Insomnium Valediction on Friday the 13th

The Illiberal Arts

by Kishore Saval edited by O Society September 9, 2019 For thousands of years, the liberal arts were not liberal, and this is why they are increasingly unwelcome in our time. An honest study of the past is unsettling in a liberal age, because a person who learns to venerate earlier cultural traditions, from Homer … Continue reading The Illiberal Arts