S3 E23 — Free from the Pile of Rubble in Your Brain

Isn’t this 8-step method what we all need for suspending your preconceived notions, going into new experiences with an open mind, recording what impressions and perceptions and feelings you encounter, and then later comparing them to the consensual reality?  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Anyone who’s ever undergone a construction project knows that destruction is part of expansion. The mess goes on and on until that grand moment… out of the rubble rises a new frame. You’ll see it today.”  Aries

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 23 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 4th day of April in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E22What’s the Experiment Got To Do with the Exodus from Barb’s Bunny Ranch?; S3 E21Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and My Curiosity Whisperer Walking a Yip-Yippy DogS3 E20Celebrate the Anniversary of When Things Seemed So Normal

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?; S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

On Easter Sunday at 6:30 am I asked “What would Leo da V do?” having partially finished curating news for California Tip to Tip while waiting for today’s edition of the Los Angeles Times to drop.

And, boy did I get an inner earful from Mr. da V.  Witness some loose fitting musings:

An introvert’s mind mirrors a universe that mirrors an introvert’s mind.  Necessary fictions.  A UCI mindfulness expert … triggered sequence of learning something like just-in-case of education turns into knowledge by applying what you’ve read or viewed through experience.  What then is wisdom?  How does it get entangled up into dogma and devolve into cultish restrictions and power plays?  Why or which part  or our brain embraces packaged wisdom uncritically.

But it didn’t stop there.  He and I played an if this then that game. 

If all of this is true, then understanding hidden connections that trigger negative consequences in our lives which are so predictable could surface through identifying rippling effects.  And if that’s true, then couldn’t we say wisdom is a reliable signal and response to normally unseen threats?

And what about threats?  

From the external world — the real world — what lessons do we draw from loss and grief and disruption which call into question or safety and security at the base of Maslow’s hierarchy? Wouldn’t it be wise to understand what happened, so the way that threat threw us for a loop or a loss, could be prevented or avoided?

Evidence

Yup, right?  Turning now from Leo da V to the Tau of Steves can we add to experience, knowledge and wisdom?

Huh.  I get the metaphor, but I’m not putting the brakes on the 1-year experiment as much as I’m five days away from the end of the twice extended 1-year experiment, which overlaps with the beginning of the second, setting up a preview chapter for year two — the pandemic year.

“5” Steve Zahn, 51: “You can put the brakes on a project if you want to. Things will definitely slow, but the screeching sound will attract much attention and, as it goes with this sort of thing, give the impression of an impending accident.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

The Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead: 

Chimpanzees, dolphins, a few birds and the tiny fish known as the cleaner wrasse have this in common: a similar relationship to the mirror as your average human being. 

Other than an elite slice of the animal kingdom, most of the creatures take no part in the strange phenomenon that is self-consciousness. Sure, many animals see themselves in a mirror; they just don’t recognize that presence as themselves… the phrase “I am” takes on different dimensions. 

The desire to be attractive has a way of making people second-guess their choices. As we mentally angle ourselves to figure out what others are seeing when they look our way, we naturally drift to an outsider’s point of view. 

Discomfort comes part in parcel with a consciousness that is out exploring instead of centered around the core of one’s being. To mentally “leave home” in this way — being willfully uncentered and out of body whilst objectively viewing one’s own human casing — is in and of itself a very strange and complex phenomenon. 

Just know that self-observation is typically distorted. Don’t forget that you’re an animal, too. When the mirror gets to be too much, not noticing or caring is always an option.

“Wait, what was that about dolphins?”  Leo da V faintly whispered again.  Okay, I see where this is going.  John Lilly’s method, and if so, should that be how the 1-year experiment ends with a tool for resolving competing wisdom packages?  Surfacing lies that we can believe in, but maybe shouldn’t?

Our — Emma the Baroness and my,  ongoing battle against ants on it’s 4th day in a row takes on a little different meaning — how explorer ants leave trails for others to follow, how well organized they are — and thanks to Leo da V’s clues, lead to a book on my office shelf,  “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights, but didn’t stop there.

Using the natural sciences as his model, Wilson forges dramatic links between fields.  He explores the chemistry of the mind and the genetic bases of culture.  He postulates the biological principles underlying works of art from cave drawings to “Lolita”.

Ranging the spectrum of human knowledge and synthesizing it into a dazzling whole, ‘Consilience’ is science in the grand visionary tradition of Newton, Einstein, and Feynman.

But, Leo wasn’t done pointing out fodder for my own feeble attempts at consilience.  

He reminded me of the beginning of the Sam Harris podcast I heard on my way to pick up dinner at In-n-Out.  Harris interviewed an early psychedelics researcher, who years ago wrote a guide for taking a successful trip and more recently authored a book about multiple selves, James Fadiman. 

In 2020 he wrote, “Your Symphony of Selves: Discover and Understand More of Who We Are” which was the topic of a book on consciousness in paperback that I can no longer locate. I blame it on Shaggy. 

Welcome our Patron Saint back to our TauBit of Wisdom discussion.  So you’re saying this 1-year experiment has been nothing but rubble, but out of it crystalizes my new frame just in time for making sense?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Anyone who’s ever undergone a construction project knows that destruction is part of expansion. The mess goes on and on until that grand moment… out of the rubble rises a new frame. You’ll see it today.”  Aries 

No, the Holiday Tau for you three describes how fun, but vexing the challenge has been.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Intellectual challenge will be part of the fun. You’ll be sharpened by dealing with problems. Seek input from those who’ve been there already and who have something to teach about that.”  Taurus

Michael Hartl chose tau to represent 2pi because it nicely ties in with the Greek word “tornos,” meaning “turn,” looks like a pi with one leg instead of two and in math is superior to its vastly better known cousin because pi creates unnecessary complications in many formulas. A more appropriate number to work with when it comes to circles would be 2pi. So in a geometric way your Holiday Tau signals I’m coming full circle to a moment of clarity.  Am I right?

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Galileo declared that the universe was written in the language of mathematics, without which we cannot understand a single ‘word’ of it. A bit of math in your personal universe can be worked out for game-changing clarity.” Cancer

Is it because I’m under Leo da V’s influence today, or are Steves TauBits of Wisdom pointing to it also?  John Lilly’s 8-step method for suspending any preconceived notions, going into new experiences with an open mind, recording what impressions and perceptions and feelings you encounter, and then later comparing them to the consensual reality.  Thanks, Coach Nash for nudging me towards my own consilience. 

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:What you’re working on now is not a quick fix but a solution with many steps that will unfold over time. First things first: awareness. It’s hard for people to change things they know nothing of.”  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7650 to 7742 this week organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” by David Enrich.  Before myriads of LLCs and questionable business dealings with Trump, Deutsche Bank wanted desperately to compete on Wall Street which grew out of “scandals related to money laundering, tax evasion, manipulating interest rates, manipulating the prices of precious metals, manipulating the currencies markets, bribing foreign officials, accounting fraud, violating international sanctions, ripping off customers, and ripping off the German, British, and United States governments.”  Enrich’s account fills in details missing from Mary Trump’s  “Too Much is Never Enough”, “A Warning” by Anonymous; “Very Stable Genius”  “Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis,  “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” by Jim Comey, “Devil’s Bargain” by Steve Bannon, and “Fantasyland” by Kurt Andersen 
    • “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” by Bill Gates. I love how he starts off with “There are two numbers you need to know about climate change.  The first is 51 billion.  The other is zero.  Fifty-one billion is how many tons of greenhouse gases … zero is what we need to aim for.” 
    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.”

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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