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Comments by Scott Miller

On “All I Wants Is a Room Somewhere

Right. Especially that last part. Without the consciousness that knows what we're thinking we wouldn't know what we're thinking.

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We can, however, recognize collapsed thought. In Sanskrit, "manas" (the brain chatter level of the mind) is a relatively collapsed energetic structure. We can argue with it. We can locate it. We know what we're thinking so there is something bigger than it, and since there is something bigger than it, it is collapsed. Being trapped within the idea that brain chatter is the self is where most people find themselves and it causes suffering. That condition could even be recognized as the root of suffering.

On “Open Thread

Stephen Jackson may be the guy who leads Spurs to the championship. He changed this game. He's always been a great player with big problems. Remember he enabled Golden State to beat the Mavs a few years back, 8 against 1. If it's Spurs vs Heat, then Jackson will have to guard LeBron, giving up a lot of pounds, but maybe making problems for him. Between Leonard, Jackson, and maybe even Blair (in a weird way), Spurs might takes LeBron's game away some. Manu was amazing too.

On “Monastic Temptation

Your piece does "get down to it." I commend you for that, and for its objectivity. Very even and balanced. Did you ever read White's "Middle Mind." I have a copy. I know you didn't respond favorably to the last one, but I still think you and White think alike in some ways. He, too, doesn't have reservations because of the ties that monasteries maintain. That's my biggest complaint about the whole Tibetan Buddhist monastery system. It thrived off the sweat of peasants and established a lottery system that kept peasants hopeful that some lifetime they would give birth to a dalai lama or at least a rinpoche. Still, there are other things to consider. In a sense, our yoga community is an example of a "small group preserv(ing) the best of our culture by living against the grain, within the interstices, by “creating ‘a zone of intelligence’ in a private, local way, and then deliberately keeping (ourselves) out of the public eye.” Even if one’s ideals ultimately perish, this may be the best way to live while they are dying."
But we also recognize the problems with the monastic option so we're not really out of the public eye, not totally intelligent, and not totally living against the grain. I do think all the moral problems with the monastic option apply to us and I don't blame you for canceling your reservations. But the real monastic option has been exercised by some deeper monastic living within very bad off social structures. I read recently about a guy who left the level of monastic structure that he couldn't morally defend for the next level, just wandering around, begging for food from poor people like the monastics of old. He's still living off a social structure, but it's not super, or even okay. His fellow monks were very concerned, but they also understood.

On “Open Thread

That's true and it's actually why it didn't bother me. That and the vodka tonics.

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Saw MIB last night. Best use of the Warhol factory history ever. Loved the alien hippie character and his ability to recognize multiple possibilities in reality at the same time. He was great. Very trippy. The end, though. Man, what a mess. After you see it you might want to read this...http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/05/26/men-in-black-3-ending/. It's funny and I like the little critique drawing.

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FROG -- As a G. Karl fan, you should have heard what he said about Gasol tonight, trying to explain how he affects the game so much with great passing and how he's the best big man passer in the game.

On “The fate of MWP and Mom Harden’s elbow – updated

I read the article. It does only get into it "a little." One of my ideas is that guys who play in the Olympics are clean. You'd have to be really stupid or arrogant or stupid and arrogant to go there juiced. Kobe waited until he was clean to play and he no doubt has the means to time things super well. Shack never went even though he's the kind of law-enforcement America first oriented kind of guy who would definitely had gone if he were clean. Bynum has good reasons (injuries) not to go now, but his best reason (being juiced) goes unstated of course.

On “Open Thread

Frog: Good points from the defense council.

On “The fate of MWP and Mom Harden’s elbow – updated

Oh, and I guess you guys wrote all your stuff on this subject before he got 7 games. 6 playoff ones then.

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I do approve. See my wall comment regarding steroids. Can anyone explain why it's become so un-PC to accuse people of doing steroids when they start acting crazy out of nowhere. MWP has been too peaceful for a couple years. He showed no signs of rage orientation at all. Then, right after a few weeks of resurgent physical capacity...BANG! So why can't TV sports people speculate? Would they risk lawsuits? Is it considered sissy-like to go there? What?

On “Open Thread

My typical 2 cents:
MWP puts on muscle as he loses weight. He starts jumping again--slamming like the old days. Then...wait for it...the rage. Roidrage clear and simple in my book. Injury to come. If he gets back into things. Might quit juicing. Then he won't play and if he doesn't play he won't get hurt.

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Any Nix fan buying into the team right now is experiencing what I call The Temptation of St. Anthony.

On “The Theory of O

That is one positive possibility, yes. But you still didn't answer the main question. In every relative situation, whether it is being experienced by a realized being or not, shouldn't the predictive consideration of any dialectically perceived eventuality be balanced? Buddhists would say no because Samsara and Nirvana are split realities until they are perceived correctly in connection with a non-dualist realization and we're predicting things in Samsara now, and we don't have to waste time considering things in that way because you don't recognize the split reality. If I understand your world view correctly, you don't recognize Nirvana, just what you have somewhat insultingly referred to as the "real world," so that positivity of a Buddhist kind is not there. I'm asking where is it? You have mentioned that Hegel was a happy guy. Why? Did is happiness have anything to do with his dialectical world view, and if so, could you provide some insight into that consciousness raising accomplishment?

On “Open Thread

From a dialectical madness isn't madness perspective, depression is happiness. So if they go 20-142 you'll be mad with joy.

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Frog--didn't watch much of the game. Hope you enjoyed it. Karoda must have been pitched great. I'm thinking the Angels are the next Moneyball team. Later in the year they'll win like 30 in a row. But right now it ain't pretty.

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I thought the Bucks had the Nix. Nice last minute of play for you guys, Frog. Nice here too. Except the Angels. Pujols still hasn't hit a homer. It's making the whole team tight.

On “what must be heard

I'm going to read some parts of this at a poetry slam Friday night. Naturally, you will quoted.

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Come on, Frog, have a heart.

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This subject needed to be addressed the way you did--with a long thoughtful post. It made its way masterfully down to the personal and I agree that "we can all supply our own experience of the same type." I know I could, but at the same time I'm grateful to my father for keeping most of his racism to himself. I remember him walking into my room and seeing that (at around age 12) I was reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He wanted to stop me. I saw him fight a quick internal battle and then he left me to my reading. Obviously, he did the right thing but that didn't encourage me to take it easy on him later. Eventually, he learned that it was easier not to say anything racist around me. "Teach your parents well."
Oh, and out on the road, I bet that it's safer to help African Americans than white people. Not that I spend time going over the statistics, but I've heard that almost all the serial killers in history have been white and that military statistics suggest that white soldiers are far more likely to go all rogue killer like whatshisname just did.
The Bad Question has no good or right answer. Acts speak louder than words but good words spoken to entire communities might do more good than a private positive act.

On “Open Thread

Griffin has it rough and it may not get much better. He is a great kid, but he gets beat up because teams know that putting him on the line is by far the best option. So he gets hit repeatedly and then has to somehow try to defend himself and defending himself isn't his style so it all just goes wrong.

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Frog--doesn't surprise me that Melo is at the top of his game now that there's no one else to have to share the ball with. Not the greatest weekend for either of our baseball teams, but let's not lose hope. For the Angels, I expect Wilson to pitch great in the next game. He had an amazing spring and not pitching in Texas may make him a really elite pitcher. Unfortunately, we play each other soon.

On “Yes, they’re Social Darwinists, but so are you

Maybe I could use numbers on my individual bumper stickers, circling Foye's number and crossing out a 5 next to it for example.

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techno Boschian landscapes

Nice "phrase-ology," Miggs. Phrase-ology comes from the Music Man, which we can also see as a kind of pre-apocalypse apocalyptic landscape that Woods had already painted in American Gothic style, maybe after Bosch after all.

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