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Main Hall / Singularity is near.
« on: December 02, 2014, 06:22:46 PM »
Artificial Intelligence has been a subject of great fascination since the inception of the concept. It didn't take very long for creative minds both in science and in fiction to muse on the existential crisis that machines surpassing the intelligence of humanity would cause.

Apparently these days its more science than fiction. A host of leading scientists are openly now openly and fearfully commenting on what the rise of AI could mean for the human race. Most notable are the comments of Elon Musk at MIT, claiming that we're "summoning a demon" by developing it, and Stephen Hawking, who flat out says it could "End mankind".

Singularity - the point in which artificial intelligence will bypass human intelligence and control - is closer than we think it is. And given these statements by the worlds greatest minds, it sounds incredibly dangerous.

My questions to you are:
1) In what ways do you think AI will negatively affect human beings? What would its motivations be for doing so?
2) How do you think AI would go about governing, policing, aiding, and/or decimating humans?
3) How will the rise of AI affect human spirituality? How will the meaning of being human change once we're no longer the dominant intelligence in our worldview?
4) What will happen to human souls if humans become extinct?

BONUS - Check out this really cool timeline of technological advancements projected into the future. Look into the next two centuries. I think this is cool - do you think the timeline is accurate? Feasible? http://www.futuretimeline.net/index.htm#timeline
CC: kobok

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Psionics / Micro-PK and Fun Tricks
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:14:35 PM »
Macro-PK is something that I've seen many people attempt and give up on in the early stages of practice. It often leads people to give up completely on psionics or come back to practice intermittently, only to set themselves up to fail at it again. Kinesis on a solid object is a pretty difficult thing to perform!

What I've been doing to offset this and build up my confidence is practicing Micro-PK with kobok's PsiLink application. Basically, the idea is to choose one of the six images and kinet it to show up throughout your practice.

What I typically do is "freestyle" a little bit towards the beginning and try to observe how my mind/soul feels when I kinet correctly and when I kinet incorrectly. Then after a while, I play a little game. Statistically speaking, any of the six images has a 1/6 chance of appearing. I try to kinet an image in a 'rep' of 6 attempts and see how many times I can get my image to appear. If I can get it to appear at least 2 out of 6 times, I consider that a success.

The beauty of it is, the first couple of times you try this there will be false positives. But, given that you've properly meditated, this will just build up your confidence to the point where you will actually be performing the kinesis. Results can be pretty remarkable - when you're in the flow of things, its not crazy to be able to make things show up 5-7 times! Then after that you can go back to trying the candle, pencils, whatever.

Try this and see if it works for you. Post any fun / simple tricks that help you succeed with performing psi.

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Main Hall / Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
« on: January 06, 2014, 04:57:39 PM »
Quote from: Wiki
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.[1]:1 These preferences were extrapolated from the typological theories proposed by Carl Gustav Jung and first published in his 1921 book Psychological Types (English edition, 1923[2]). Jung theorized that there are four principal psychological functions by which we experience the world: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking.[3] One of these four functions is dominant most of the time.

Take this test, answer honestly, and post which type you end up being classified as!

I'm an ENFJ. You can explore the various descriptions of these personalities here.

Obviously, this are a thousand different problems with this method of profiling, but it's really fun to read through and it can be at lealst a little insightful regarding a few aspects of your life.

Were your results accurate? Why or why not? Talk about yourself and your personality!

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Spirituality / Life Wisdom / Motivation
« on: December 19, 2013, 07:28:06 PM »
My spiritual philosophy is very simple - be good to other people, make your world a little better every day, and become the best version of you that you can be. It's cheesy but regardless of the nuances of objective spiritual truth, I find that this philosophy carries people pretty far. The fuel behind my motivation to live and succeed is inspired by positive messages in images, music, books, and people. You can find inspiration anywhere, really. This is a thread to share things that are uplifting, motivational, and inspiring. Here's a YouTube video that I recently watched that pushed me into taking a positive risk in my life:

You're Supposed to Fail

Enjoy!

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Body Energy Arts / Bodyweight Regimen
« on: July 26, 2012, 12:07:02 AM »
Looking for a good body weight workout regimen specifically so I can build a better core. And by better core I mean so I can have a six-pack. I found a couple regimens through Google but they weren't quite what I was looking for so I was hoping you guys could help me out.


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Psionics / GotPsi.com
« on: June 18, 2012, 07:37:10 PM »
http://www.gotpsi.org/html/gotpsi.htm

A fun website featuring a couple of games designed to test your psychokinetic and scanning abilities. Provides statistics with your results and has a hall of fame for you to compare your results with. Enjoy.

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Main Hall / Animals Said to have Spiritual Experiences
« on: March 03, 2012, 02:34:10 PM »
http://news.discovery.com/animals/animals-spiritual-brain.html

Do animals have souls? If so, how developed are they? To what extent is intelligence and emotion related to having a soul?


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Poetry / Darkly Dreaming Dexter
« on: January 04, 2012, 03:17:08 PM »
Vigilantly he watched his watch and sighed,
Paranoia fed him wicked lies,
Around him there were laughs and jeers,
Enraging him, he became austere,
the jaded tiles and the sultry walls,
imprisoned him in mental shawls,
Though one can’t see from those whereby,
The souls glimpsed evil in eyes awry,
While coffee brewed and steam milk hissed,
he dreamed of Amy’s honey kiss,
And like a gust of wind she came,
he strangled down his demons tame,
And though she’d become his in heart,
A fiction life she’d quickly start,
The stupid girl, she never knew,
He’d one day tear her flesh apart.

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Spirituality / Becoming a Different You
« on: December 06, 2011, 11:47:05 AM »
It's human nature to grow in multiple directions and not know where one is going to end up. The self-aware individual not only notices his growth (eventually, anyway), but he evaluates them and tracks them back to specific events in his past.

What were the events in your life that inspired some of your most profound understandings? Did you know how important and influential they were going to be for you when they happened?

Have you ever had an unpleasant change in personality that snuck up on you so silently that you just didn't have time to react? A change that you couldn't reverse even if you tried?

Who are the people responsible for your sense of humor, style, and expression? How have these things changed throughout the years and which of your traits are the most permanent?

Have you ever changed yourself significantly through conscious effort and your own willpower?

Just things to think about and share.

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Poetry / Short Story
« on: August 10, 2011, 02:58:13 PM »
Yeah, this isn't a poem. Whatever.

Tell me what you think!

 http://malnourishedmind.tumblr.com/post/8725222360/first-there-was-a-bang

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Main Hall / Motivation
« on: June 03, 2011, 03:58:26 PM »
My least favorite thing about myself is the fact that I'm not a very motivated person. More honestly, I'm sort of lazy. Don't get me wrong - I get things done and I consider myself quite an accomplished person, but I'm very used to achieving things even when I put them off and don't really try on them. Sometimes I just coast by, and when I blatantly fail, I just shrug it off because usually the failures aren't major. That isn't okay, though. I want to work on being more motivated because it'll help me reach my truer potential in life.

My question to you all is, how do you stay motivated? What gets you going? What tricks do you use to finish things you couldn't give a rat's ass about?

PS, 'I just do things' isn't a valid answer.

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Main Hall / Missing Details
« on: March 10, 2011, 08:21:05 PM »
I hate when sensationalist bullshit like Charlie Sheen's whole disaster of a life distract people from important stuff. Post things that you think are important and deserve more important attention from the media than they are and discuss.

This is pretty cute:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUpO1QFMDtM&feature=player_embedded#at=297

Obviously this is ridden with liberal bias, but what are your thoughts?

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Magick / Tarot Magic
« on: December 19, 2010, 07:30:48 PM »
What are a few different ways that one can employ tarot cards for basic, practical, magical operations? I've been trying to use tarot cards for more than just divining or just communicating with my soul lately but I'd like to know more practical and potent ways to use them.

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Poetry / Written Poetry Sorta Sucks
« on: December 03, 2010, 01:19:34 PM »
Devoid of impediments, you chip away at the soul like sediments,
Off a sunny beach, entertaining like Letterman,
But don’t put on a crappy show, be better than,
Late night talking, society flocking, just settle then,
Put the pedal to the metal, and, do something new,
Sing and rap like Lauryn Hill doo -
Wop, do not, flip flop, like hip-hop,
Stop all the talk about the cops,
And cop some style, because it’s been a while,
Since the power of speech came up mainstream, no rile,
In the hearts of people, now identical like a tile,
In a single isle, sitting at Target, while iTunes is the death of records,
But the birth of a whole new open market,
In a world where artists do not bleed scarlet, for what they put out,
Seems like the only thing they do bare is their bodies, no doubt,
But no anger allowed, they’re making their money,
I cannot look down from a cloud, because I’m envious
Though it’s sort of funny, because if anyone could lend me this,
Chance of a lifetime,
I wouldn’t hesitate to speak the honey on my lips,
Spread it on the bread I’d make with tips,
Give poor children in the world the bliss,
Add milk to the land, like exodus,
But I just write the rhymes because I’m a dabbling poet,
Yes, I fucking know it. But the actual trade is trashed and stashed away,
Just like my father’s 80’s Benz, crashed, when they tow it.
 

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Poetry / Homeless Men, Bus Station
« on: December 03, 2010, 11:59:10 AM »
 
The men on the bus tell stories at the station,
Taller than skyscrapers, shakier than earthquakes,
But my world rocks like Haiti, my mind shakes,
Like sesame street buildings, cartoon animation,
I watch TV and I see politicians talk of Wall Street,
Yes our world is better, but the news is inflation,
I can spare a quarter but it wouldn’t do a thing for you,
Unless you went back to 1952,
To a world that had a clue,
Where the homeless were not so different from you and me,
Did they wear those jackets? Global warming didn’t yet bring heat,
But they didn’t rap either, and wouldn’t,
There was no color back in those days,
Everything was just in white and greys,
I don’t actually believe anything I say,
Whatever,
I bet the world still tasted like bacon and poached eggs,
But now we have longer legs,
Like we’re still on stilts but not very built, we don’t move,
There’s much weight to lose. Oh, they’re done telling tales,
I didn’t really listen,
They’re getting on 2; I’m getting on the 7,
These fries are stale; I need to go sleep,
Delicious dreams, and I won’t make a peep,

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