19 Aug '13, 2pm
"It is through learning mindfulness and meditation when there is chaos, suffering and pressure that we really learn"
As I read The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and a draft of Joshua Ramo 's new book, I notice a common theme in many of the good books that I'm reading. Most significant events are not predictable. "Education" and at the notion that we actually understand the world causes us to be unprepared for the unpredictable. Science, which makes a great attempt at trying to make the world appear predictable, is really a rough approximation of things so that our simple minds can try to grasp the complex world around us. It also remind me of Science in Action by Bruno Latour which I wrote about years ago which argues that scientific facts are really a product of a very social and political process and isn't really a kind of channeling of mother nature as it might appear to be. In The Way of Zen, Alan Watts has a wonderful explanation of how western science and philosophy and words...