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Letters from the cave by alpha_3 on May 20th, 2009, 11:22 am
--I am very curious to see why my post in metaphysics has been transfered to Odds and Ends.

--It looks like this is not very polically correct to move posts like this.

--But I trust the administration of this site because they have tolerated much more "uncomprhensible" posts of mine than this one.

--Let's see if they finally move it again in its natural place.

--That does not mean that I am going to folllow any 'line".
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Quantum Gravity Part 2 by Obvious Leo on December 15th, 2012, 12:54 am
An expanding universe must expand in four dimensions, not three, because there can be no external frame of reference for time. This throws up some rather bewildering observer effects. The universe is expanding through its own temporal frame of reference. It is making its own time. This is the dimension in which entropy drives the expanding universe so we regard the universe as existing only at this temporal boundary. If we return to our balloon analogy then the skin of the balloon represents the time dimension and this is where the universe actually is. The three-dimensional space which the skin of the balloon encloses is the universe that we perceive. Therefore space is made by expanding time and has no independent existence. Although the universe is a finite entity it can have no spatial boundary, since it is everything that exists. However it must have a temporal boundary or reality could not proceed in an orderly fashion. The temporal boundary of the universe is the present quantum...

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The Emotional Experience by fujing on December 12th, 2013, 11:11 pm
A Core Component of Emotional Experience: A Conditioned Response of the Affect Component in Sensory Feeling

Based on the assumption that emotion is acquired, this article examines and analyzes the mental contents and neural basis of emotional experience and sensory feeling(e.g. pain, hunger,taste,smell and so on ) by referencing the existing theoretical viewpoints and experimental results. It is argued that emotional experience and sensory feeling are all the compound feelings that consist of cognitive representation(referring to all kinds of discriminative sensations and all kinds of mental representations based on them)and affect representation (only two conscious qualities, pleasure and displeasure that respectively carry the mental states of likes and dislikes,), and the affect representation is the core components of emotional experience. And then it is assumed that the core component of emotional experience,at the level of neural activity,originates from the cond...

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Permaculture - Vine Tree Farm by goingtothedogs on May 8th, 2009, 1:44 pm
This blog concerns the farm I moved into last August. After a hectic few months renovating part of our main building as a holiday cottage (we have a mortgage to pay) I can now pay attention to the land itself: 62 acres, Gloucestershire, England, which I am setting up as a forest farm on permaculture principles.

Since I'm still in the first year, a lot of what I'm doing right now is planning and evaluation; walking the land to see what is already actually growing, what is the soil pH? what are the various microclimates on the site? etc.

As time goes on, I'll add in a bit of "the story so far".... but here's the entry for today

Mushrooms


Hey!! We've got mushrooms in the meadows... one of the best there is: St Georges Mushroom (http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/gallery/ ... d~5697.asp). I spotted...

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Contemplation by Timothy on May 29th, 2009, 3:47 am
Contemplation really isn't thinking, in the conventional sense; it's like picking up an object, observing it, turning it around in your hands, and letting the object tell you of it's story itself. The object has more to say about itself, than you have of it.

It's like the difference between thinking about a flower, and contemplating a flower. The former is a subjective to objective experience of sorts; you're scrutinizing the flower, deconstructing the flower in your mind, thinking about the flower. Your thoughts determine what you would know of the flower.
Contemplating is an objective to subjective experience, it's like looking upon the flower without thought, soaking up the experience of the flower, turning it around in your hand, in your mind; beholding the flower and it's essence.
Contemplation is consciousness without discrimination and judgment.
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