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This collection of philosophical essays by a student of Zen Buddhism synthesizes aspects of Western culture and science with the author’s insights from his Zen practice, revealing understandings into both. The book discusses a wide and provocative range of topics including Zen and The Lord of the Rings trilogy; Zen and artificial intelligence; Zen and the Postmodern condition; Zen and Christian afterlife; Zen and the problematic questions of free will and morality; and Zen and the nature of consciousness, among others. This book is a stimulating and off-beat philosophical tour that will challenge how the reader looks at things.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Paul Andrew Powell
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release: 2019-08-12
File: 156 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781527538351

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11-YEAR OLD Charles Hartley, known as Tuna by his friends, delivers papers for the Pooderville Daily News and sings in the boys' choir of the Anglican Church downtown. Tuna befriends Coyote, an eccentric drifter who may-or may not-be a renegade from the Pleiades. Coyote exposes Tuna to an array of otherworldly and disturbing possibilities as Tuna navigates his active imagination through life's wonders. In the meanwhile, Tuna's sister, Maggie, Miss Pooderville, needs a gown for the upcoming Miss New York State pageant. Beatnik sister Terri and her buddies howl and groove to the latest scene; and brother Ruff is a mischievous geek who does not amuse his parents with his existential nihilism and ribald antics. Art Hartley, Tuna's financially-strapped, ex WWII P.O.W. father, and Bev Hartley, his talented and intellectually curious mother, hold court and contend with it all. Along the way we meet Johnny Starbuck: stunt car driver EXTRAORDINAIRE! Tuna's heartthrob, Molly Lovelace and her unfortunate brother Chris who "takes the hits for them"; Mr. Edwards, Johnny's manager and jazzified Wizard of the Celestial Vestments; and, of course, Coyote: A-1 Reality Mechanic, Keeper-of-the-Hyper-Falutinous-Fartuinous-Potentialities, Grand Exhalted Prosetylizer of the sunlight dialogues, and maybe---or maybe not---renegade from the Pleiades.**********TUNA IS A SEMI-FICTIONAL MEMOIR written in screenplay format. My childhood, as I remember it through the lens my childhood was happy in that happy TV family sit-com way of the early sixties TV shows that I grew up watching: Leave it to Beaver; My Three Sons; Father Knows Best; Andy of Mayberry, and others similar. TUNA is a loose parody of these situation comedies, which should explain its innocent, if not naïve, G-rated humor and sentimental dramas---with a few disturbing and perhaps controversial exceptions. I should add that TUNA is a character-driven work. I was fortunate in my childhood to have been surrounded by more than a few verbose story-tellers and harmless eccentrics. So, the idea of a character(s)-driven screenplay appealed to me.**********TUNA IS NOT a typical plot-point-driven screenplay. If you want references, consider the works of screenwriters and movie-makers Charlie Kaufman, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater.**********ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Paul Andrew Powell is the author of the book Zen and Artificial Intelligence, and other Philosophical Musings by a Student of Zen Buddhism (2019). His essays "Hobbits as Buddhists and an Eye for an "I" (2011) and "On the Conceivability of Artificially Created Enlightenment" (2005) appeared in the journal Buddhist-Christian Studies. He presented his essay "Infinite Games in the Age of Novelty" at the Consciousness in the Arts Conference in Aberystwyth, Wales in 2007, and his paper "Zen and Artificial Intelligence" at the Toward of Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson, Arizona, in 2002. An occasional gallery artist (Telluride, CO), actor (SAG 1987, long expired), and coffeehouse musician; he is also the father of four remarkable daughters and has been a student of Zen Buddhism for over four decades.

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Author: Paul Powell
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Release: 2020-06-12
File: 222 Pages
ISBN-13: 9798653464676

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The famous 1893 Chicago World’s Fair celebrated the dawn of corporate capitalism and a new Machine Age with an exhibit of the world’s largest engine. Yet the noise was so great, visitors ran out of the Machinery Hall to retreat to the peace and quiet of the Japanese pavilion’s Buddhist temples and lotus ponds. Thus began over a century of the West’s turn toward an Asian aesthetic as an antidote to modern technology. From the turn-of-the-century Columbian Exhibition to the latest Zen-inspired designs of Apple, Inc., R. John Williams charts the history of our embrace of Eastern ideals of beauty to counter our fear of the rise of modern technological systems. In a dazzling work of synthesis, Williams examines Asian influences on book design and department store marketing, the commercial fiction of Jack London, the poetic technique of Ezra Pound, the popularity of Charlie Chan movies, the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the design of the latest high-tech gadgets. Williams demonstrates how, rather than retreating from modernity, writers, artists, and inventors turned to traditional Eastern technê as a therapeutic means of living with—but never abandoning—Western technology.

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Genre: Art
Author: R. John Williams
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release: 2014-06-24
File: 322 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780300194470

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1913 Contents: the New Birth; Man's Relation to God and to His Fellow-Men; Areas of Consciousness; Self-Ness and Selflessness; Instances of Illumination and its after Effects; Examples of Cosmic Consciousness, Who Have Founded New Systems of Religi.

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Author: Ali Nomad
Publisher: Health Research Books
Release: 1996-09
File: 316 Pages
ISBN-13: 0787306363

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A sequel to the popular Zen and the Brain further explores pivotal points of intersection in Zen Buddhism, neuroscience, and consciousness, arriving at a new synthesis of information from both neuroscience research and Zen studies. This sequel to the widely read Zen and the Brain continues James Austin's explorations into the key interrelationships between Zen Buddhism and brain research. In Zen-Brain Reflections, Austin, a clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practitioner, examines the evolving psychological processes and brain changes associated with the path of long-range meditative training. Austin draws not only on the latest neuroscience research and new neuroimaging studies but also on Zen literature and his personal experience with alternate states of consciousness. Zen-Brain Reflections takes up where the earlier book left off. It addresses such questions as: how do placebos and acupuncture change the brain? Can neuroimaging studies localize the sites where our notions of self arise? How can the latest brain imaging methods monitor meditators more effectively? How do long years of meditative training plus brief enlightened states produce pivotal transformations in the physiology of the brain? In many chapters testable hypotheses suggest ways to correlate normal brain functions and meditative training with the phenomena of extraordinary states of consciousness. After briefly introducing the topic of Zen and describing recent research into meditation, Austin reviews the latest studies on the amygdala, frontotemporal interactions, and paralimbic extensions of the limbic system. He then explores different states of consciousness, both the early superficial absorptions and the later, major "peak experiences." This discussion begins with the states called kensho and satori and includes a fresh analysis of their several different expressions of "oneness." He points beyond the still more advanced states toward that rare ongoing stage of enlightenment that is manifest as "sage wisdom." Finally, with reference to a delayed "moonlight" phase of kensho, Austin envisions novel links between migraines and metaphors, moonlight and mysticism. The Zen perspective on the self and consciousness is an ancient one. Readers will discover how relevant Zen is to the neurosciences, and how each field can illuminate the other.

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Genre: Medical
Author: James H. Austin
Publisher: MIT Press
Release: 2010-09-24
File: 616 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780262260374

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Can thought arise out of matter? Can self, soul, consciousness, “I” arise out of mere matter? If it cannot, then how can you or I be here? I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the “strange loop”—a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called “I.” The “I” is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse. How can a mysterious abstraction be real—or is our “I” merely a convenient fiction? Does an “I” exert genuine power over the particles in our brain, or is it helplessly pushed around by the laws of physics? These are the mysteries tackled in I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas Hofstadter's first book-length journey into philosophy since Gödel, Escher, Bach. Compulsively readable and endlessly thought-provoking, this is a moving and profound inquiry into the nature of mind.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher: Basic Books
Release: 2007-08-01
File: 436 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780465008377

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Author: Elizabeth Armstrong Reed
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Release: 1899
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015008677695

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A good book for learning Chinese and at the same time learning better conduct for the coming years and for your better future. "Raising our children is our most important job ... create a climate in our country that is good for children." -- Former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton "an excellent piece of work and research. reference ... on the challenges of the new century and the new Millennium." -- President F.W. de Klerk, Nobel Laureate in Peace "comprehensive ... very clear set of principles. No doubt the world would be a better place ... if ... follow these conduct principles." -- Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway "We recognize the merit and importance of ... book ... in the fight against school violence." -- Louisiana State Superintendent Cecil J. Picar "a needful preparation for everyone's personal conduct for the 21st century. ... help solve what the Western culture can not." -- BOOKENDS

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Genre: Foreign Language Study
Author: John Newton, Ph.D.
Publisher: Nicer Century World Publishing
Release: 2020-07-20
File: 360 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780967370552

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This textbook includes a course on relationship and life skills, followed by a track for marriage and a third track for family skills. It answers the most commonly asked relationship questions and provides solutions for the most common relationship problems. It may be completed as a personal study or as a group study. College credit is available to students who qualify.

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Author: Linda Roeder
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release: 2016-12-03
File: 228 Pages
ISBN-13: 1541015509

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Krishnamurti is a leading spiritual teacher of our century. In The First and Last Freedom he cuts away symbols and false associations in the search for pure truth and perfect freedom. Through discussions on suffering, fear, gossip, sex and other topics, Krishnamurti’s quest becomes the readers, an undertaking of tremendous significance.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release: 2010-10-05
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 0062045296

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