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    [–] Piracetam and color saturation? Geovicsha 1 points ago in Nootropics

    On and off since 2011. Still get the saturation if dose is sufficient and it's been a break!

    [–] If meditation is a total release of control, how do we return to functioning in life? Geovicsha 3 points ago in Meditation

    Check out Buddhism’s Ultimate Truth and Conventional Truth.

    Concepts, used properly, are conducive for communication, societal flourishing, science, creativity etc. Let's not discount conventions - they arises out of the human mind.

    Similarly, make friends with your ego. The ego is seen as something of a controller - a thinker of thoughts, a hearer of sounds etc - but when you look closely, the ego cannot be xontrolled. Traditional "I" thoughts come to mind without any controller. So, while we can see that the ego is an illusion and many facets of it weren't there to begin with, we can still see the origins of the illusion. We cannot control the sense of control.

    I think being lost in thought and forgetting it's an illusion actually helps in a kind of flow state.

    Just because conceptual truth isn't ultimate reality doesn't negate it's benefits. A wonderful tool but a terrible master.

    [–] A nice qoute from Marcus Aurelius I read today Geovicsha 2 points ago in Meditation

    Lovely. Stoicism was truly the ancient equivalent of Buddhism. I love the Stoics take on all of this. :)

    [–] Why are their no extensive readings on Inner-body awareness other than Eckhart Tolle? Geovicsha 4 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in Meditation

    Vipassana meditation focusses a lot on the body.

    Goenka's method is rooted in focussing on pains in the body from extended sits and to surrender to the sensations as opposed to resist them.

    Joseph Goldstein often incorporates body meditation. He notes that: "movement pasts dukha". I also appreciate his focus on the raw sensations of the body as being a gateway into impermanence, plus delineating between the concepts we have - e.g. the hand - and the actual sensation.

    Really, most meditation is about the body. You focus on the breathe. The body breathes. The body knows how to breathe without your sense of volition. And when you're fully aware of breath, the whole body breathes.

    I appreciate the way Eckhart Tolle frames a lot of these things; he is great for beginners with this stuff. But I actually never resonated with how he talked about the "pain body". I can understand how certain emotions can be felt in different areas of the body, hence the abstraction of chakras, but I don't agree that suppressed emotions remain localised in certain parts of the body, and need to be released. Goenka says similarly. I'm happy to be proven wrong, though!

    [–] Valium and weed combo? Geovicsha 1 points ago in Drugs

    Thanks for that! Good point. Her safety is important. Do you mean gradual dose with weed or valium? What would be a good starting dose?

    I was considering Phenibut as an alternative.

    [–] Waking Up Book Club Stream Unavailable Geovicsha 1 points ago in samharris

    Yeah, haven't been able to use Soundcloud for Waking up for about a week now.

    [–] Seems like a good day to remember the peak of Orton's legend killer gimmick. Geovicsha 1 points ago in SquaredCircle

    They should do a semi smark/meta storyline where he tries more and more to get booed and be heel. It would either he entertaining as fuck or cringe worthy.

    [–] [RAW Spoiler] Cena Addresses His Challenge Geovicsha 2 points ago in SquaredCircle

    Hence living the Deadman attire in the ring last year!

    [–] How Psychopaths See the World - "It’s not that they can’t consider other people’s perspectives. It’s that they don’t do so automatically." Geovicsha 1 points ago in psychology

    Another interpretation:

    Sociopaths have a supposed defecit in affective empathy - feeling another's feelings as if they are you own. But they do fine, and often excel, in cognitive empathy/theory of mind/social intelligence - the ability to read other people.

    Persons on the Autism Spectrum are the opposite. When they are able to recognise another's emotions, it is often overwhelming, but they fail to read people.

    [–] Best place for retro/funky sunglasses? Geovicsha 3 points ago in melbourne

    Email them now! You just found a new job as Opposuits Marketing Director! I am sure it will suit you! 😎😎

    ...And this is why they didn't hire me.

    [–] Best place for retro/funky sunglasses? Geovicsha 1 points ago in melbourne

    Asus. Of course. Just found these that will match the suit! Thank you!

    [–] ON THIS DAY 23 YEARS AGO: Rhyno had his first match. 23 years later and the veteran is still going strong! Geovicsha 1 points ago in SquaredCircle

    As a kid, I always confused Rhyno with Kanyon for some season. When I see a post about Rhyno, for a second I'm always like, "wait, isn't Rhyno dead?!"

    [–] Rationality Rules 2nd Peterson Video. Bats it out of the park again. Geovicsha 1 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago) in samharris

    Please note I am arguing from a Jungian perspective as opposed a Jordan Peterson interpretive perspective, and may have misinterpreted some of Jung's thoughts due to my own bias affinity for him. I am aware that Jung sometimes stepped over to mystical and occultist ideas earlier on his life, but ultimately I think Jung never disregarded science, rather emphasised the importance of subjective qualia and introspection - however insane it made him at times!

    But if they are only a rhetorical tool then they should be discarded because they have no validity in parts outside of rhetoric. Generally they are used as tool to understand reality through things which is outside of our scope of understanding generally through some post structuralist sort of method. This is extremely pseudo scientific because the validity is either false or untestable and it feeds the confirmation bias.

    I think a rhetoric tool, like analogies, are useful insofar that they don't attempt to supplant the validity of science, or be used as an explanation to fill in gaps unknowable. That is what I regard as pseudoscientific: making objective claims about the universe without using the scientific method.

    It would be agreed that, throughout history, there have been a correlation of certain personality traits - like the DSM - played out again and again, expanding to society, often owing to more animalistic drives. As Harris mentioned in his latest AMA, myths and archetypes do have value in describing history. The issue is that a lot of post Jungians confound archetypical symbolism as having some mystical objective reality. From a direct Jungian perspective, this is profusely false.

    In Man and His Symbols, Jung stressed the subjectivity of symbols. While Freud posited that in dream analysis something mundane - for example, a chair - would symbolise something beyond its superficial form, Jung argued that the chair is a chair in of itself. What the chair means to one person is entirely contingent on their own subjective psyche.

    We have pretty good ideas of some parts of the collective unconscious in places like language for example but research doesn't utilize archetypes because it's a faultly method.

    Agreed. Again, archetypes should be used as a rhetoric tool and have some value - but they aren't true. This is where Jordan Peterson fails. If he reorientated his interpretations, I think he'd be able to reach a wider audience.

    They might have some value but it's not within the realm of scientific value by todays standard at least in the way that Jung utilized them that doesn't mean that parts of his ideas aren't good of course.

    Agreed. But just because they aren't within the realm of science doesn't negate their value. They are damaging if they are considered to be true. The more I'm typing, the more I think we agree, haha.

    You can verify if the treatment and classifications are effective or not then revise it. Just like we can understand if our theory of gravity is valid or not without knowing why gravity exists. Obviously it's impossible to get an experiment as perfect as in physics but that doesn't mean it can't utilize a similar method. This doesn't mean the method is going to perfect but it's the only one that will move us closer to some sort of real truth.

    Treatments are different to the conceptualisation of DSM disorders. If someone suffers from, say, Major Depression Disorder, there are a plethora amount of both talk therapies and medication treatments available with fluctuating success, depending on the research involved in them as well as the individual.

    But DSM diagnoses still do not objectively exist. They are not primary observed - rather, they use statistics as a scientific by product for their symptomatic validity, but mental disorders differ from an inherent scientific understanding of them. Understanding a disease accomplishes that, such as Alzheimer's Disease.

    Archetypes were Jung's way of observing reoccurring characteristics and traits, without the scientific method of statistical analysis and null hypothesis testing.

    As someone studying a Masters of Psychology part time, I will always respect Jung for his emphasis on the importance of subjective introspection - which modern psychology often discounts. The human brain is, to our knowledge, the most evolved phenomenon in the known universe. Subjective experience of mind, and consciousness, is a result of the brain. Isn't it absolutely astonishing to observe the foundations of your own psyche, knowing that it's ultimately a series of brain impulses and neurological circuits, that came about through natural selection? Isn't it amazing that we are this ego? I am often astonished and humbled by this.

    While there are differences in the conceptualisation of the ego between Jungian psychology and naturalistic Buddhism, this emphasis on introspection without aversion, I argue, complements the utility of mindfulness meditation.

    "If you want to understand your mind, sit down and observe it." - Anagarika Sri Munindra

    "Who looks outside, dreams; Who looks inside, awakes." - Carl Jung

    "What, on a lower level, had led to the wildest conflicts and panicky outbursts of emotion, viewed from the higher level of the personality, now seemed like a storm in the valley seen from the mountain-top. This does not mean that the storm is robbed of its reality, but instead of being in it, one is above it." - Carl Jung

    [–] Rationality Rules 2nd Peterson Video. Bats it out of the park again. Geovicsha 4 points ago in samharris

    Yeah, Peterson's self-help attempts is very ironic both from a Jungian point of view and an anti-post modernistic/SJW point of view.