My favorite feature from the Foliate ePub reader is that you can export all your highlights and annotations as an html file.

Here are my highlights from last night's reading:

"We must learn how to handle words effectively; but at the same time we must preserve and, if necessary, intensify our ability to look at the world directly and not through that half opaque medium of concepts, which
distorts every given fact into the all too familiar likeness of some generic label or explanatory abstraction."

"Literary or scientific, liberal or specialist, all our education is predominantly verbal and therefore fails to accomplish what it is supposed to do.

Instead of transforming children into fully developed adults, it turns out students of the natural sciences who are completely unaware of Nature as the primary fact of experience, it inflicts upon the world students of the humanities who know nothing of humanity,
their own or anyone else's."

from The Doors of Perception

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Stumbled onto a super #question today: "in 2 min or less, tell me about a decision you made, that turned out to be extremely good or extremely bad."

I learned a LOT about the people in my meeting in almost no time at all.

"While this book is a kind of technical manual, it’s also an artist’s handbook. Meditation is the art of fully conscious living. What we make of our life—the sum total of thoughts, emotions, words, and actions that fill the brief interval between birth and death—is our one great creative masterpiece."

"...**peak experiences aren’t the ultimate benefit of meditation**. While bliss, joy, tranquility, and equanimity are delightful, they are also transitory and easily disrupted by sickness, aging, and difficult life circumstances."

"Although some will resist this statement, I believe we will eventually find that all mental phenomena, without exception, have their neural correlates. This has led many scientists to become staunch materialists, insisting that the mind is merely what matter does when organized to an appropriate degree of complexity. I am not one of them."

"The confluence of meditation and neuroscience is a fascinating one, with the potential for each to greatly enhance the other.

Both are, in fact, sciences, although meditation falls in the category of “first-person” science, which is only gradually gaining legitimacy among traditional scientists.

In the science of meditation, the mind itself is the laboratory, and the various meditation practices and techniques constitute the experimental apparatuses that are utilized in this research"

will toot interesting nuggets from this as I make my way through the book

Are there any Italians on ? Could you guys recommend some good Italian songs to play at a wedding?

My best friend's getting married and we're looking for some Italian songs we could play to surprise the groom's parents :tealheart:

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Was at a meeting for the in Karachi yesterday, and we realized that there's no word/term for climate change in our local language.

Spent a long time thinking about it and none of us could come up with a translation that felt appropriate. Blows my mind.

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> UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

— The Lorax #DrSeuss #quotes

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"It is not just that the ‘sane’ are irrational but that they lack scope and range, as though they’ve grown into the prisoners of their arbitrary lives, locked up in their own dark and narrow subjectivity. "

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