Tag Archives: Teilhard de Chardin

What is the origin of inspiration and invention?

In the an issue of the New Yorker magazine, Malcolm Gladwell uses Microsoft heavyweight Nathan Myhrvold as a case study for coincident scientific discovery — and I say, a collective consciousness

DAVID RICKEY The ego exists only to function in relationship to the whole system, and the ego functions best when it is consciously aware of itself as part of a larger system.

Inspiration derives from the word, spirit. But it is the latest breakthroughs in science, not necessarily spirituality, that give us the clearest prism for viewing the way inspiration is actually created. Malcolm Gladwell’s profile of Nathan Myhrvold in The New YorkerIn the Air: Who says big ideas are rare?— describes a number of instances where two or more people develop almost identical ideas or inventions pretty much simultaneously.

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Ego halo

W got me thinking: The ego parodoxically drives both evolution — and war

“Not to do a Mel Gibson but most wars are among peoples influenced by the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). What they have in common is a belief in a personal soul that survives death.”

BY DAVID RICKEY — George Bush’s November media blitz to promote his new autobiography, Decision Points, got me thinking about the distinction between the mindless ego and the mindful one, which W lacks. His new book is as myopic and self-servingly spun as his presidency: Even after public testimony before the 9/11 Commission and Congress proving that the CIA had warned the president of an al Qaeda offensive inside the U.S. a month before the World Trade Center attack, Bush deludedly declares that he had no clues that it was coming.

But while Bush’s personality is an exhibit on public display of the ego at its worst — for its self-deception, narcissism and so many other reasons — the ego at its most elemental is a necessary virtue.

To the ears of many Soul’s Code readers and practitioners defending the ego is the spiritual equivalent of saying, “greed is good.” In mystical traditions, the ego is officially verbotten — an entity that needs to be nuked in the name of knowing and liberation.

But I could not be writing this, and you could not be reading it, without an ego.

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Spiritual Surf: Einstein’s last campus does a Global Consciousness Project; the multiverse and LOST season 6

Princeton hosts virtual “noosphere”; parallel universes and the “multiverse”; physicist Michio Kaku on the final season of LOST

An intriguing site at Einstein’s alma matter uses web nodes to illustrate: The Nature of Global Consciousness

Soul’s Code on Jesuit archeologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and the meaning of his noosphere: “A history of consciousness, and how to live in presence”

The next What the Bleep do we Know? New science on YouTube

What is a parallel universe? Cosmologists dish to the BBC

The science behind LOST, Season 6: “the show is now diving head-first into multiverse theory”physicist Michio Kaku

Why this existential edition of Spiritual Surf is good for you: “Talk deeply, be happy” - new study in the journal of Psychological Science

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A history of consciousness, and how to live in presence

A history of consciousness, and how to live in presence

Featuring Eckhart Tolle, parapsychologist Rupert Sheldrake, philosopher Teillard de Chardin and psychiatrist Margaret Mahler

BY DAVID RICKEY — If Eckhart Tolle is correct (and I believe he is) that the purpose of life is the evolution of consciousness, how does that happen in an historical and biological perspective? Leaving aside the big question of whether there is a God or something directing it from outside, how could this “purpose” in life evolve naturally?

How life began is the first mystery, and I can’t answer that here (or anywhere). But it did. Some “hot soup” of chemicals came together and figured out how to replicate, and life began.

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