Physiological Studies of Consciousness

 

 

 

 

 

By Robert Ornstein

The Author

Psychologist Robert Ornstein’s work has won awards from more than a dozen organisations, including the American Psychological Association and UNESCO. His research on the specialisation of the brain advanced our understanding of how we think. He has published 26 books on the human mind and brain and their relationship to thought, health and individual and social consciousness, which have sold over six million copies and been translated into a dozen other languages. Dr Ornstein has taught at the University of California Medical Center and Stanford, and lectured at 200 universities. He is the president of the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge (ISHK), which brings important discoveries on human nature to the public.

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O legado de negros muçulmanos que se rebelaram na Bahia antes do fim da escravidão

 

 

 

 

 

Pintura ‘Negra Quitandeira’, de Antonio Ferrigno; indumentária malê teria dado origem ao turbante branco usado no candomblé e na umbanda

Salvador, 25 de janeiro de 1835. Foi num sobrado de dois andares, na Ladeira da Praça, que teve início o maior e mais importante levante urbano de africanos escravizados já registrado no Brasil. Era por volta de 1h da madrugada quando um grupo de 50 africanos, das mais diferentes etnias, ocupou as ruas da capital baiana. O levante entrou para a história como a Revolta dos Malês.

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There was a time when I ran away from fear,
Then fear controlled me.
Until I learned to hold fear like a newborn.
Listen to him, but don’t give in.
Honor Him, but not love him.
Fear couldn’t stop me anymore.
I entered the storm with courage.
I’m still afraid,
But he doesn’t have me.

There was a time when
I was ashamed of who I was.
I invited shame to my heart.
I let her burn.
She told me, ” I’m just trying
Protect your vulnerability “.
I thanked shame,
And I went into life anyway,
Shameless, with shame as my mistress.

There was a time when I had a lot of sadness
Buried Deep.
I asked her out and play.
I cried oceans.
My tear ducts were dry.
And I found the joy right there.
Right in the center of my sadness.
It was the grief you taught me to love.

There was a time when I had anxiety.
A mind that wouldn’t stop.
Thoughts that do not silenciavam.
So I stopped trying to silence them.
And I quit my mind
I went to earth,
To the mud.
Where I was hugged strongly
Like a tree, unshakable, safe.

There was a time when anger burned in the depths.
I called anger into the light of myself.
I felt your shocking power.
I let my heart beat and my blood boil.
I finally heard.
And she shouted, ” respect yourself fiercely now!”.
” speak your truth with passion!”
” say no when you mean no!”
” walk your way with courage!”
” let no one speak for you!”
Anger became a sincere friend.
A sincere guide
A beautiful wild child.

There was a time when loneliness cut deeply.
I tried to distract myself and numb myself.
I ran to people, places and things.
I even pretended I was happy.
But then I couldn’t run anymore.
And I fell into the heart of loneliness.
And I died and reborn
In an exquisite solitude and stillness.
It connected me to all things.
So I wasn’t alone, but alone with my life.
My heart one with all other hearts.

There was a time when I ran away from hard feelings.
Now they are my advisors, friends, friends,
And they all have a home in me
And they all belong and have dignity.
I’m sensitive, soft, fragile
My arms involved all my inner children.
And in my sensitivity, power.
In my fragility, an unshakable presence.

Deep in my wounds
What I had called “darkness”,
I found a burning light
It guides me now in battle.

I became a warrior
When I turned to myself.

And I started listening.

– Jeff Foster

* How I became a warrior *


Cultural Imperialism

The Author

Robert Cecil, CMG, MA was Chairman of the Graduate School of Contemporary European Studies, University of Reading (1976-8), and Chairman of the Institute for Cultural Research, for which he edited an anthology, The King’s Son (Octagon Press, 1980). His other published works include Life in Edwardian England (1969), The Myth of the Master Race: Rosenberg and Nazi Ideology (1972), Hitler’s Decision to Invade Russia (1975), A Divided Life: a biography of Donald Maclean (1988), and The Masks of Death: Changing Attitudes in the Nineteenth Century (1991). This monograph is the text of a lecture delivered under the aegis of the Institute for Cultural Research. First published in 1971, what follows is a substantial selection from the original, a full copy of which can be obtained from the ICR website: http://www.i-c-r.org.uk

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Quantum Leaps: Read the Winning Entry in a Physics-Inspired Fiction Contest

The Quantum Shorts competition invited stories incorporating the laws of quantum mechanics

The mind-bending possibilities of quantum physics lend themselves to philosophy -to wondering about the theory’s implications for the meaning of life, the idea of free will, the fate of us all. A talented pool of writers have capitalized on those implications to produce an impressive array of entries in this year’s Quantum Shorts contest, which invites short fiction based on the ideas of quantum mechanics. Scientific American and Nature partnered with the Center for Quantum Technologies in Singapore, which organizes the annual competition.

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