"“Name the colors, blind the eye” is an old Zen saying, illustrating that the intellect’s habitual ways of branding and labeling creates a terrible experiential loss by displacing the vibrant, living reality with a steady stream of labels. It is the same way with space, which is solely the conceptual mind’s way of clearing its throat, of pausing between identified symbols."

That’s quite an interesting thing to consider while having coffee under the morning sun. Also, good morning.

@esi @ice
I was thinking about Feynman too, about the butterfly and his dad :)

@esi @ice same quote without video here
related: jrrt's take on mythopoeia

both appreciate the name as a connector between the thing observed and all that it symbolizes and all that it relates to - our stories, our understanding of its causes and effects

but any given name will still eventually lead each of us down one particular path, and until that path is abandoned it is taken to the exclusion of others

@ice great way to start the morning. similar to the less metaphysical "map is not the territory". shortcuts can be helpful when used consciously.

@rosano This is from a book about the biocentric universe theory, where space and time are mental frameworks used to give shape to the world when it’s observed, the universe being in an undefined probability state when it’s not. It’s less silly than it may sound, and heavily backed by quantum mechanics.

@ice @rosano This sounds super fascinating. What’s the name of the book?

@freedcreative @rosano This is from "Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe", by Robert Lanza & Bob Berman. There's also a couple of other books, this is the first one. Try to get past the "I'm a world-famous scientist and Time influential person" marketing bullshit on the website, the books have a different tone.

@freedcreative @rosano You're welcome! I agree it's quite fascinating, and beyond the theory itself it personally gave me interesting insights on the history of science and philosophy. Quantum physics are weird :)

@ice @rosano I’ve been thinking recently about how our biological limitations effect our understanding and world view so this is timely.

I’ll post back after reading!

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