Wednesday, August 14, 2013


intelligence is the ability to make accurate predictions about the
world. you can think of the mind as a *model* of the outside world. but of
course it's never a perfect model. the self is the model, and the not-self
is the aspects of the world not captured by the model. we're perpetually
afraid to relax the self, to allow the model to capture more aspects of the
world. there's a moment of "little dying" when we do this. the self never
wants to let go of the idea that *it is the whole world*, or in other words,
it is already a perfect description of the world. fundamentally, it has to
be this way, because the self is a homeostatic system that maintains its
integrity because it constantly enforces its own pattern against the chaos
of the outside world. but fortunately, the world forces little bits of the
self to relax, so the self can grow and become a more honest and faithful
model of the world (it might be fair to call this the universal principle of

that's why taking care of yourself emotionally makes you smarter. 

Thursday, August 01, 2013

I have a sheep doing roofing over at my house.

Come and drop in. We'll put on Zeppelin and eat cheddar cheese.