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  • zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance Archives - Unreal Blog
    is no guarantee of the rightness of a hypothesis as Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance teaches us Given enough time we can always come up with a hypothesis that fits our observations The process of hypothesizing from observations and experiences is like trying to guess the nature of an object from the shadow it projects And a projection is precisely what our reality is a projection of unknown forms and processes into our sensory and cognitive space into our mythos and logos But here I may be pushing my own agenda rather than the theme of the book But it does fit doesn t it That is why I found myself muttering Exactly over and over during my three reads of the book and why I will read it many more times in the future Let s remind ourselves again a good fit says nothing about the rightness of a hypothesis One such reasonable hypothesis of ours is about continuity We all assume the continuity of our personality or selfhood which is a bit strange I know that I am the same person I was twenty years ago older certainly wiser perhaps but still the same person But from science I also know for a fact that every cell every atom and every little fundamental particle in my body now is different from what constituted my body then The potassium in the banana I ate two weeks ago is for instance what may be controlling the neuronal firing behind the thought process helping me write this essay But it is still me not the banana We all assume this continuity because it fits Losing this continuity of personality is a scary thought How scary it is is what Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells you As usual I m getting a bit ahead of myself Let s start at the beginning In order to write a decent review of this book it is necessary to summarize the story which is believed to be based on the author s life Like most great works of literature the story flows inwards and outwards Outwardly it is a story of a father and son Pirsig and Chris across the vast open spaces of America on a motorbike Inwardly it is a spiritual journey of self discovery and surprising realizations At an even deeper level it is a journey towards possible enlightenment rediscovered The story begins with Pirsig and Chris riding with John and Sylvia Right at the first unpretentious sentence I can see by my watch without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle that it is eight thirty in the morning it hit me that this was no ordinary book the story is happening in the present tense It is here and now the underlying Zen ness flows from the first short opening line and never stops The story slowly develops into the alienation between Chris and his father The father comes across as a

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  • Philosophy of Money - Unreal Blog
    Given that the investment value is also measured and returned in terms of money we get the notion of compound interest and putting money to work Those who have money demand returns based on the investment risk they are willing to assume And the role of modern financial system becomes one of balancing this risk reward equation We should keep in mind that this signification of money as investment entity is indeed a philosophical choice that we have made over the past few centuries Other choices do exist Islamic banking springs to mind although its practice has be diluted by the more widely held view of money as possessing an investment value It is fascinating to study the history and philosophy of money but it is a topic that calls for a full length book on its own right Understanding money at its most fundamental level may in fact enhance our productivity which is again measured in terms of the bottom line consistent with the philosophy of money that enjoys currency Share this Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Voat Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Related Comments Columns Corporate Life quantitative finance wilmott Post navigation Previous Post Back to Blogging Next Post Group Dynamics One thought on Philosophy of Money Travis Mitchell says August 8 2009 at 5 24 am Interesting thoughts

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  • Your Sacred Life - Unreal Blog
    we will be later Nonsense said the first There is no life after delivery What kind of life would that be The second said I don t know but there will be more light than here Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths Maybe we will have other senses that we can t understand now The first replied That is absurd Walking is impossible And eating with our mouths Ridiculous The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need But the umbilical cord is so short Life after delivery is to be logically excluded The second insisted Well I think there is something and maybe it s different than it is here Maybe we won t need this physical cord anymore The first replied Nonsense And moreover if there is life then why has no one has ever come back from there Delivery is the end of life and in the after delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion It takes us nowhere Well I don t know said the second but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us The first replied Mother You actually believe in Mother That s laughable If Mother exists then where is She now The second said She is all around us We are surrounded by her We are of Her It is in Her that we live Without Her this world would not and could not exist Said the first Well I don t see Her so it is only logical that She doesn t exist To which the second replied Sometimes when you re in silence and you focus and listen you can perceive Her presence and you can hear Her loving voice calling down from above The rest of the conversation is missing from this quoted passage So let me fill in The first continued to question How do you know that there is a Mother The second replied I do because Mother has spoken to me She told me that if you didn t believe in Her you would forever be barbecued after you are born The first was aghast Wow that s scary How come She doesn t speak to me The second then said She speaks only to some of us the blessed and chosen ones Not to worry I can speak to her for you if you are willing to give me your food The first said That sucks If I give you all my food I will be hungry and suffer The second said reassuringly What is a bit of suffering for Mother s eternal love Blessed are those who suffer for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them So pay up Or may be the second said Well if you agree to suffer now the next time you are here after your birth you will be like me a chosen one and you will get all the food Share this Click to share

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  • Other Known Conspiracies - Unreal Blog
    the one that you never hear of By that standard 9 11 isn t all that successful a conspiracy probably because of the information flow video footages of the attacks building collapses and images the Pentagon and Shanksville sites could not be controlled thanks to the Internet Video footages have always been the bane of any cover up effort starting from JFK to the Rodney King incident and all the police shooting incidents I m of course making this statement assuming that 9 11 was indeed a conspiracy that is waiting to be blown wide open The Watergate Scandal 1972 tells us how FBI CIA and IRS could be usurped by the administration to carry out pretty much anything they want NSA Spying on US Citizens as exposed by Edward Snowden the true extent of which is still not fully known Iran Contra Affair 1985 87 US government trades arms for cash and hostages then uses the proceeds to finance an illegal war in Nicaragua Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment 1932 1972 Public Health officials studied the progression of NOT treating syphilis on 399 uninformed American citizens Gulf of Tonkin incident 1964 The President lies to the American public and Congress in order to escalate the war in Vietnam in a false flag operation WMDs and the Invasion of Iraq 2003 Iraq is attacked under false pretenses Even 9 11 is used as a justification for it in addition to the non existent weapons of mass destruction Here is how it is presented before the war If you look around you will find a huge list of such conspiracies that actually took place and how the guilty and the powerful got away with it The trouble is that you will also find an equally huge list of crackpot conspiracy theories You will

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  • conspiracies Archives - Unreal Blog
    Development Quantitative Finance The Wilmott Magazine Funny Humor Malayalam Debates Anti Relativity Email Debates SFN Science Forums Physics Philosophy The Unreal Universe Physics Philosophy Science Creative Books French Quotes Other Topics Environment WordPress Computers About About Unreal Blog About Me CV About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives conspiracies Life and Death Physics Science Other Known Conspiracies October 8 2015 manoj A conspiracy theory remains a theory and fodder for crackpots until it is blown wide open At that point the crackpots become award winning journalists and the leaders who were considered national heroes become sociopathic criminals Such is the fickleness of popular opinion and so it will be with the 9 11 conspiracy when it becomes widely known if it ever does that it was a conspiracy Continue reading 9 11 9 11 conspiracy conspiracies Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 20 948 views Stinker Emails A Primer 8 490 views Quant Life in Singapore 3 304 views Perception Physics and the Role of Light in Philosophy 3 008 views Missing Events and Photos in iPhoto 2

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  • God - A Personal Story - Unreal Blog
    a handle When I realized that I had lost the pencil I was quite upset I think I was worried that I would get a scolding for my carelessness You see my family wasn t rich We were slightly better off than the households in our neighborhood but quite poor by any global standards The new pencil was to me a prized possession I wasn t desperate though I knew that I could pray to God and get my pencil back Like all children I implicitly believed whatever my parents and grandparents had told me I had complete faith in God s omnipotence against which a mere wooden pencil is nothing at all Of course no pencil materialized in my schoolbag Almost half a century on I can still remember my surprise that my prayers were not answered This incident must have left a lasting impression on my infant mind because it is one of the few things that I remember from that period in my life Later on when I read Of Human Bondage I could completely identify with Philip Carey when he prayed for the miracle of curing his clubfoot and his subsequent confusion seeding his own atheism The miracle I requested of course was a much smaller one but I think its smallness only made the ensuing disillusionment all the more poignant But this incident didn t immediately make me lose faith After all I was only five then The complete transformation into a person who could not bring himself to believe happened in stages throughout my teenage years It happened because I could see the inconsistencies and hypocrisies And because I have an overly skeptical mind Share this Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Voat Opens in new window

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  • 9/11 Debunkers - Unreal Blog
    accusing the government of using laser or nuclear weapons Furthermore there are conspiracy theories about every major event in the US While I honestly believe that there was a domestic conspiracy behind 9 11 it probably says more about my unwarranted skepticism or overactive imagination which by the way is exactly the kind of self doubt that I would expect to see in a real debunker as well The basis of my skepticism is that I have genuine questions that no debunker has answered to my satisfaction Here are some of them Multi ton steel beams ejected up and out during the collapse of the towers some at speeds of 100km hr Where did the horizontal momentum come from Where did the energy to pulverize concrete come from Human remains on DB building What ejected the human remains including those of the firefighters all the way to the DB building Pentagon plane debris largely missing outside the building Especially the engines Where did they go They didn t go into the building because there weren t any punch holes like we saw on the WTC towers They were not outside the building either You will see more on this in the next post Impossible mobile phone calls debunkers just insist that cell phone calls could be made at 40 000 feet However a recent article on CNN says that cell phones cannot work over 10 000ft or when flying faster than 155mph 250km hr The 9 11 jetliners were flying higher and faster when some of the alleged calls were made So where did they make the calls from Unlikely feats of flying large commercial jetliners by pilots barely capable of flying single engine Cessnas I don t know how easy it is to direct a plane flying well above its safe speed at sea level into a relatively narrow building Missing debris field in the Shanksville crash Where did the plane go Crime scene effacement Why did ground zero get cleaned up in such a hurry How come nobody was ever indicted for disturbing the crime scene Fire induced collapse of WTC7 How come the building codes were not revised to ensure that relatively minor office fires do not demolish skyscrapers Convenient discovery of intact passports and travel documents of the hijackers while the entire planes were so damaged that the blackboxes and cockpit voice recorders were essentially unusable How did that happen Note that these questions are not meant to paint any specific picture of a conspiracy speculating who did it why and how They are listed only to point out the inconsistencies in the official narrative and the circumstantial evidence of a possible conspiracy Although I speculated on the possible motives for a domestic conspiracy behind 9 11 I have no idea how any of them would map to an action plan to commit mass murder of this magnitude However the comportment of the debunkers leads me to believe that it did and that they are very

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  • 9/11 - Motives for Mass Murder - Unreal Blog
    it floor by floor the cost of which was so astronomical that there was no estimate for it As a result of 9 11 however the most primest piece of real estate in the world suddenly became available for redevelopment with no cost to the owners In fact there was a demand of a seven billion dollar insurance payout which I believe got settled for about 4 5 billion So the owners made actually made a profit of about a billion dollars as the video below shows Military As an immediate aftermath of 9 11 we had two wars costing an estimated five trillion dollars A significant chunk of it went to defense industries as evidenced by the dramatic increase in the defense budget On an inflation adjusted real per capita basis the defense spending reached an all time peak in 2010 Oil Contracts and Reconstruction A large number of multi national corporations especially those on the right side of the administration got preferential contracts and reconstruction projects A cursory look at Halliburton will give you some idea of where your money went Similar nepotism may have always existed but the 9 11 conspiracy made such brazen money allocation so much easier because nobody would want to question a wartime president Neocon Ideology A longer term consequence of 9 11 is the ideological wars and the hopeless polarization and demonization of the muslim world If you look at the muslim world now you can see nothing but unmitigated tragedy with the promises of Arab Spring getting eclipsed by real threats of protracted civil wars growth of radical and violent religious interpretations and so on If somebody had wanted to intentionally hurt the muslim world they could not have done it any better than 9 11 It was the perfect game plan Investigations The 9 11 attacks effectively ended a few investigations into financial irregularities The Internet tells me that there was 1 4 trillion that is with a T dollars unaccounted for in the Pentagon books which Rumsfeld talked about just the day before 9 11 and the records and the investigators were housed in the location where the building collapsed Some similar large scale investigations had to be called off because of the destruction of WTC7 apparently Let me take short detour to talk about counting money It is not easy to visualize large sums of money and their relative difference I have this trick to help you appreciate millions and billions I think even this trick will fail in the case of trillions Let s say some kind soul gives you a million dollars and asks you to spend it at the rate of a dollar a second with no break to sleep or eat or anything How long do you think it will take Well it will take about 12 days before you run out of cash Now let s say they give you a billion dollars How long will it last It will last you almost

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