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Sunday, April 30, 2017

What Was The Biggest Song The Year You Were Born?

"There is always that one song, that when you hear it, it takes you back to your childhood. It defines the era, and becomes the theme song to your memories. You may go years without hearing some of them, but when you finally do, you are zapped back in time. According to Billboard, these are the hits that defined each of the last 70 years."
http://thoughtbasis.com/biggest-hit-song-year-born/

Monday, April 17, 2017

Meditation: Samadhi and more

There are many styles of meditation. One is exemplified as Samadhi:
Intro (9 minutes):
https://youtu.be/dqGdWoW-GT8
Movie (1 hour):
https://youtu.be/Bw9zSMsKcwk
Both are preceded by Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (4 thirty minute videos):
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD8E5F0D70B62BEFE

Meditation techniques:

* Daily Contemplation

* Breath Awareness

* Metta Meditation

* Mindfulness of the Present Moment

* Music Meditation

* Visualization

https://www.cyber-temple.org/meditation-intro-1.html

I suggest listening to the calm soothing music offerings from the above cyber-temple link to put yourself into a calm place. Or try:
https://youtu.be/p3oXwsqhcgg

Then listen to and follow a guided meditation if, like me, you need an assist. I like:
https://youtu.be/oZGqaDSOYxI
Samadhi: Breath As A Bridge.
Or try:
https://m.soundcloud.com/hay-house-uk/brian-weiss-a-meditation-to

There are a variety of offerings on YouTube. Find those that suit you.
[Even those that just talk about meditation  be helpful. There's a large selection. A short fun one is:
https://youtu.be/LkoOCw_tp1I
(two minutes).


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Do We Need A Word For Everything?



"How and why we put words to things is a hotly debated topic at the heart of linguistics. They allow us to communicate, of course, but to what extent do they help us think?"

"Words, at their most basic, bridge our subconscious to the physical environment."

“One of the things that [language] does is allow you to put that information about anything belonging to that category into memory and retrieve it easily, and therefore also talk about it to other people..."

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/04/04/linguistics-language-cognition/

Most linguists today agree that having a word for something alters our perception of it in some way. This is a version of the “Sapir-Whorf hypothesis....

My Comment: It's good to remind ourselves of the abstract nature of languages. Thoughts without words are closer to sensate reality than we'd generally like to believe:
https://youtu.be/qmL4CeTENtw