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Archive for July 2006

Vladimir Kush

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Vladimir Kush – Fauna in La Mancha


Written by flowingly

July 19, 2006 at 07:41

Posted in Art Galleries

Rubik Robot

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If they were able to teach a robot to do this, they know pretty darn well how to do it themselves. Duh. :)

Michael A. Covington: if you can’t explain an idea in another way (v. double description), you ain’t got an idea, you only have a string of words.

Written by flowingly

July 19, 2006 at 05:21

Posted in NLP, Videos

John Grinder about coordinating the conscious and unconscious processes

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Only managed to find again this in Google’s cache.

John Grinder on a distinction that I find hugely important. So much in so few rows. Enjoy re-reading through (re)understanding :)john-grinder.JPG

You mentioned “…comments of some NLP trainers who say/claim that one’s unconscious knows everything. While not directly relevant to your comment, if I really were omniscient, then why would I need their training in the first place?”

Such trainers have little apparent working knowledge of the differences between conscious and unconscious processes: as mentioned several times previously: we live with an enormous paradox: the conscious mind is superb at categorizing, classifying, making computations defined over FA but has almost zero ability to actually change anything. The unconscious processes are capable of miraculous work but haven’t got a clue about how to escape the fundamental associations formed by their inductive logic through organization. Thus, our effectiveness in large part is determined by how well we coordinate these two great entities within us as a team.

Comments by so-called trainers of this nature reveal their ignorance.

Written by flowingly

July 17, 2006 at 19:45

Posted in NLP

Michael Parkes – Magical Realist

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Written by flowingly

July 15, 2006 at 21:18

Posted in Art, Art Galleries

Your identity…for sale

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“So what if they know about mehehe?”

[…] a supermarket offering a discount card can create a detailed profile of your consumption habits, including not only what you eat, but what alcohol and pharmaceuticals you consume, according to the Electronic Privacy Information Center. And there’s nothing legally preventing them from selling that information to, say, a health insurer.

A warranty card, meanwhile, may ask for information unrelated to your purchase, such as your income, age and interests or ailments.

“If they trust you and don’t think they’re talking to a reporter, they’ll sell you anything,” Douglas said. “Anyone can go to a gray market and buy anything on anyone.”

“Anything” includes not only Social Security numbers, but phone-call records, employment information, health information and even your bank account information, which is illegal to sell.

Written by flowingly

July 14, 2006 at 16:58

Doing new things

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Keep doing more new things and doing the same things in new ways.

One option – no choice, two options – a dilemma, three options – freedom.

If what you do doesn’t work, continue to change (and learn from) it until you succeed.

Even the smallest tweak can get you a new perspective, bring within your grasp a new connection, the glimpse of a new idea, the smell of an intuition, the sliding sound of a new distinction, the roar of an insight. And most importantly, it keeps you rolling. It frees you from the sclerosis of a limited representation. Keeping it rolling creates a vortex that absorbs internal and external resources, transforming and permutating, finding new ways to connect the dots.


Intelligence refers to the ability to successfully deal with new situations.

If I wanna succeed, I can’t afford not to fail.


If you ignore the shameful shamelessness of the insidious self-advertising, you’ve got yourself a really great article here:

“Here’s some exercises for making learning fun and having novel experiences:

Take a walk somewhere you always go except this time walk as though it is totally new. Pretend you are an anthropologist doing an ethnographic study, making it elusive and bewildering. See what you notice that you didn’t before. Ask yourself questions you might never ask about obvious things. Then just be silent while you walk and look without internal dialogue. Slow down your gait or speed it up to notice what you have missed before. Smell the smells you may not have noticed.

Do the same thing with driving home or riding a bus. See if you can open your powers of observation to take in more than you ever realized was there before. Venture into new realms. Take a different route to work. Do something now, do anything now that’s different. It may seem uncomfortable at first, but realize you are interrupting patterns and causing your mind to be stretched in delightful ways. Go back and enjoy a children’s book you once read. Go back and review.

Listen to the same CD over and over – only each time pay attention to a different instrument – how do they intermingle, compliment each other, support each other, what are they accomplishing together?

Try tasting your food in new ways. Tiny bits, savor each morsel, really chew it thirty-two times. Discover how you can delight your senses.

Take a luxurious bath, uses different scents, candles. Anything that enlivens you and makes you feel better.

Read a novel you normally wouldn’t read. Get a biography of someone you never felt interested in. Talk to someone repulsive and take their point of view temporarily. Step inside them and see if you can imagine how it would be that they would hold views contrary to your own. You don’t have to keep them! Just try them on to get a different perspective from your own.

Do something you would absolutely never do (keep it legal and safe!). Go beyond your own limits. Push yourself, but do so with a sense of adventure, joy, fun, harmony, health and well being.

Watch the same movie a dozen times, or an NLP tape. Each time approach it fresh and new. You will learn something. When I lived in California and worked in the motion picture business, I would go to the same movie 4,5, 10 times. First, I would just watch it. If I got hooked into it emotionally, I considered it a good picture. Then I would go back and watch for the way the director constructed it all. Then I would see it again to concentrate only on the writing, then the acting, then the cinematography and production values. Each time, I came away with something I hadn’t noticed before. With new intent, I noticed new things. By asking myself different questions, or causing my mind to look in a new direction I noticed more and more nuances than I could have ever imagined.”

Worth re-reading a few times.

Written by flowingly

July 13, 2006 at 10:40

Posted in NLP

A Tree in the Forest — A Collection of Ajahn Chah’s Similes

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I found out about Ajahn Chan from the writings of Jack Cornfield.

If metaphors and abductive thinking spark your interest, you may like this free excellent book even if you don’t practice meditation. In case you do, it gets even better! And further.

“People have asked me about my practice. How do I prepare my mind for meditation? There is nothing special. I just keep it where it always is. They ask. “Then are you an Arahant? Do I know? I am like a tree in the forest, full of leaves, blossoms and fruit. Birds come to eat and nest, and animals seek rest in the shade. Yet the tree does not know itself. It follows its own nature. It is as it is”. – Ajahn Chah.

Category: Spirituality

Written by flowingly

July 12, 2006 at 08:26

Posted in NLP, Spirituality