2008.11.02 19:00 - Shifts

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    Rowan Masala was the guardian for this meeting.

    Adelene Dawner: Hullo, Stim.
    Adelene Dawner: Hi, Rowan.
    Rowan Masala: HI Adelene, Stim
    Adelene Dawner: It's been a long day and I'm just about out of words, so y'all will have to forgive me if I'm just not chatty.
    Rowan Masala: when do we start at the new place again?
    doug Sosa: hi all.
    Stim Morane: Hi Adelene, Rowan, Pema, Doug
    Pema Pera: On November 3, Rowan, Monday
    Pema Pera: Hi everybody!
    Rowan Masala: k
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello
    Rowan Masala: hi Steven
    Stim Morane: Hi Stevenaia
    Hester: hello Steven
    Rowan Masala: would anyone else like a broomstick?
    Pema Pera: :)
    Stim Morane: no thanks
    Pema Pera: sure!
    Pema Pera: can always come in handy
    doug Sosa: lion, tiger, witches, bald and long red and beautiful girl, how is anyone supposed to think?
    Adelene Dawner: *is* anyone supposed to think?
    Rowan Masala laughs
    Adelene Dawner: ^.^
    Stim Morane: :]
    Pema Pera: Are you not going to fly, Steve?
    Pema Pera: I've never seen a hovering witch!
    Rowan Masala: Steven, will you come down? You're making me nervous
    Rowan Masala: thank you :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: I didn't wnat to knock the new model over with my broom in flight
    Rowan Masala: and no, I'm not going to put on my crime scene tape
    Rowan Masala: oops, wrong window
    stevenaia Michinaga: no need, I didn't know anything over
    Pema Pera: you were calling the police, about the witch, Rowan?
    Rowan Masala laughs
    Pema Pera: overknowing, Steve?
    Rowan Masala: no, it was my costume from last night
    Rowan Masala: I was a crime scene for halloween
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, show us, it msut be October 31st somewhere
    Pema Pera: not any more . . . .
    Pema Pera: but we had wonderful fireworks in Central Park, an hour ago!
    Rowan Masala: oh!
    stevenaia Michinaga: goes to the point of time, doesn't it... does somewhere have to be in this universe?
    Rowan Masala: for the day of the dead?
    stevenaia Michinaga: does yesterday only exist here?
    stevenaia Michinaga: as a memory?
    Rowan Masala: are we talking about time and Being?
    Pema Pera: perhaps nothing "exists"
    Rowan Masala: do things "happen"?
    stevenaia Michinaga: or everything exists
    Pema Pera: all we know is that we are dealing with appearance . . . .
    Pema Pera: the rest is inference -- speculation you might say
    Rowan Masala nods
    Pema Pera: (although very useful inference, for practical purposes, of course)
    Rowan Masala: but perhaps there are inferences that might be more useful, closer to Being
    Pema Pera: oh sure!
    Rowan Masala: what might they be...?
    Pema Pera: well, it starts with seeing . . . .
    doug Sosa: appearance also is constructed. A lot of the inferences that are useful may be quite far from being. Money for example.
    Rowan Masala nods
    Pema Pera: we have to be careful what we mean by "appearance" . . .
    doug Sosa: more..
    Pema Pera: when looking at a painting, we can shift our gaze from the painting to the paint
    Pema Pera: that is more radical than selecting particular aspects of the scene, like "money", I think
    Pema Pera: of course, money also appears, but similar as everything else
    Pema Pera: and the meaning of money appears
    Pema Pera: and all associations with money appear
    Pema Pera: but when we focus on the appearing of appearance itself, we have made a big shift
    Pema Pera: that is what this APAPB sentence invites
    Rowan Masala: wait, so are you saying that focusing on the paint gets us closer to Being than focusing on the painting?
    doug Sosa: lets take the paint example - "careful about appreance" would mean what?
    Pema Pera: Rowan, I use it as a metaphor, the fact that we have the freedom to look at a painting and then to drop the interpretations
    Pema Pera: and then to go back to the picture and all its meanings while *also* seeing and keeping in mind that it is all present as paint
    Pema Pera: rather than getting lost in the meaning of the painting
    Rowan Masala: but it would seem that a focus on the painting would be more of a focus on connection and consciousness, since that's what actually emerged from the painter's spirit
    Rowan Masala: ahh
    Pema Pera: So Doug, "careful" means here to be aware of both, painting and paint, and their relationship, not taking only one and glossing over the other
    Rowan Masala nods, pensive
    Pema Pera: yes, there is that shift too, Rowan
    Pema Pera: many shifts are possible, and playing with those shifts, more and more, makes us more free from standard interpretations like "existence" and "this is only such and such"
    doug Sosa: that is good.
    Pema Pera: the more we shift and play, the easier it may be to see what is invariant amidst all the shifting: appearance itself
    Pema Pera: that what is *really* given
    Pema Pera: presented by Being
    Rowan Masala smiles, realizes that she has missed this element of Pema
    Pema Pera is still missing many elements of Pema . . .
    Rowan Masala laughs
    Pema Pera: . . . and working on seeing more and better :-)
    Pema Pera: . . . and being here with y'all is great practice in seeing more and better!
    Rowan Masala nods
    doug Sosa: it is easier to see the paint and the painting than the money and social system that defines it by use.
    Pema Pera: yes, but in my metaphor, the money and social system are squarely part of the painting, of the meanings
    Rowan Masala: because there's an absurdity in it, as well as the complexity
    Pema Pera: what I am trying to point at with the word "appearance" goes beyond that whole framework
    Pema Pera: what absurdity, Rowan?
    Rowan Masala: in money
    Rowan Masala: it's something I can't ever quite believe in, or get my mind around
    Pema Pera: Doug, when I'm trying to describe waking up from a dream, or seeing a movie as a play of light, then the dream money and the movie money is left behind . . . .
    Pema Pera: but within the story of the dream or movie of course that money is very important
    Pema Pera: abstract yet real in consequences
    stevenaia Michinaga: Money is just a placeholder (abstraction) for a goat or cow, things formerly bartered with
    stevenaia Michinaga: easier to carry
    Pema Pera: (but a cow can carry you!)
    stevenaia Michinaga: so we are the cow's cash?
    doug Sosa: think of money in relation to the property lines here in SL and the relation of these to the corporation. Money is... what?
    Rowan Masala: I'm sure Fubu thinks of you as one of his possessions, Steven
    stevenaia Michinaga: (fubu is my cat)
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Rowan Masala wonders if there are any economists in the group
    Stim Morane: no
    Adelene Dawner: I very much agree that money is weird, though, almost incomprehensible. Undefinable, in a relevant way.
    Rowan Masala pauses for 9 seconds
    Adelene Dawner: As such, a good analogy.
    doug Sosa: i need to paws for dinner. bye.
    Adelene Dawner: 'Cause even *in* the framework, you (or at least I) really have to work to see any meaning in it.
    Pema Pera: Bye Doug!
    stevenaia Michinaga: bye doug
    Adelene Dawner: cya, Doug.
    Rowan Masala: bye Doug
    Stim Morane: bye
    Rowan Masala: we pretend that there is meaning in
    Rowan Masala: it
    Rowan Masala: we assign meaning to it
    Adelene Dawner: We pretend there's meaning in *anything*. It's just especially obvious there.
    Rowan Masala smiles and nods
    Rowan Masala: and the degree to wich we are aware of that pretense in different areas defines our character to a great degree
    stevenaia Michinaga: and our reality
    Rowan Masala nods
    stevenaia Michinaga: Is all this is the "appearance" we are speaking of?
    Pema Pera: I don't think so . . . :)
    Pema Pera: or at least not the emphasis that I had in mind
    Pema Pera: but it is certainly interesting in itself as a (different) topic
    Pema Pera: Perhaps I could mention a simple kind of exploration that may bring out the differences?
    stevenaia Michinaga: please
    Pema Pera: If you look at an object, like a table, or anything, you can go through a number of shifts
    Pema Pera: 1. see the table "as" wood or whatever material it is made of
    Pema Pera: 2. see the table "as" the light reflected of it that reaches your eye
    Pema Pera: (this shift can come easily when you spend a whole day photographing!)
    Pema Pera: 3. see the table "as" your experience, as how it is given in your experience
    Pema Pera: 4. see the table as sheer appearance
    Pema Pera: Each shift is a kind of subtractions, purification, leaving behind imputed notions that may or may not be right but that are more indirect
    Pema Pera: Especially the last step is wonderful and liberating beyond description
    Pema Pera: to see your own experience as not "ex" as not coming out of you or belonging to you
    Pema Pera: just only as pure appearance
    stevenaia Michinaga: sounds like derivations in calculus
    Pema Pera: in a sense, yes, it's an interesting metaphor
    Pema Pera: but really each shift has to be experienced, and then we can talk about the experience and ramifications and interpretations
    Pema Pera: and of course we can talk about how to get into the experience
    stevenaia Michinaga: into it through example is more and more helpful
    Pema Pera: So to sum up: when I use the word "appearance" I mean "sheer appearance" of a type that we can talk about in two ways: how to "see" it and to the extent that we see it, what to make of it
    Pema Pera: yes, Steve, whenever one of us gets a glimpse and tries to share, we all learn
    Rowan Masala: so, is the hope that what is left when we can see everything as just appearance... is Being?
    Pema Pera: in a way, yes, empirically
    Pema Pera: but the real answer is that everything already is Being
    Pema Pera: including our lack of seeing that :-)
    Rowan Masala smiles
    Pema Pera: so we playfully try to work our way back to Being
    Pema Pera: inviting Being to show itself
    Pema Pera: not realizing we are the ones closing our eyes :)
    Pema Pera: like kids playing that the world has disappeared when they close their eyes
    stevenaia Michinaga: if only someone of were able to put this to music and lyrics..
    Rowan Masala: but before a child has learned object permanence, anything they can't see HAS disappeared
    Pema Pera: yes, children may be closer to appearance, Rowan
    Pema Pera: but they have to learn to function in the relative world too . . .
    Pema Pera: Hi Quen!
    Stim Morane: Hi Quen
    quen Oh: hello all :-) nice to see you
    Rowan Masala: hi Quen
    Hester: hello Quen
    quen Oh smiles
    Pema Pera: we were talking about shits from matter -> light -> experience -> appearance :-)
    quen Oh: ah a model of the new pavillion!
    Pema Pera: yes, a tp device
    quen Oh: lol
    quen Oh: shits from matter??
    Rowan Masala: lol
    Pema Pera: seeing an object "as" matter or "as" light or "as" experience
    Pema Pera: or "as" appearance
    Rowan Masala: touche for the whole astronuts thing
    quen Oh: interesting, reading Betrand Russel on that now
    quen Oh: The problems of philosophy, it's about appearance and matter
    Pema Pera: As for the first shift, from matter to light, has anyone had that kind of experience, when spending a few hours taking photographs, seeing the world as a world of light contours, rather than solid things?
    Rowan Masala: not in photography, but in painting, and even here
    Rowan Masala: we are all just light here
    quen Oh: you mean some sort of impressionist experience Pema? like Monet?
    Pema Pera: yes, Rowan, indeed!
    quen Oh: it's an interesting way of looking, helpful for architects, artists etc
    Pema Pera: I guess so, Quen, that must be related
    quen Oh: you can also try to see the world in warmth, the colour frequencies.. (I am not kidding)
    Pema Pera: yes, in touch too
    Rowan Masala smiles
    Pema Pera: And as SL reminds us: we have the ability to impute objects when we see the light shapes (as we do in SL!) independently or whether there is any matter there
    quen Oh: not sure if thats what you want, but we can also see how things feel (cold, warm, hard, soft, smooth etc)
    Pema Pera: Another shift: we can see a terrible problem we have as something solid -- and then we may find a way to shift to a way in which we see it as a play of something far easier and simpler and no longer oppressing (like light perhaps)
    Adelene Dawner wishes she had the brainpower to talk coherently about synesthesia right now.
    Pema Pera: see how things feel Quen?
    Rowan Masala: which is what neurolinguistic programming tries to do, somewhat
    quen Oh: yes, if you look around you take that information in too, and you get an impression, people walk on greater distances from a rough, cold concrete wall for instance than when it were carpeted
    Pema Pera: and you use that information in your work, I guess?
    quen Oh: yes, inevitable, if you are aware of these things you cannot ignore
    Pema Pera: Did you learn to see that through your professional training?
    quen Oh: partly, but I guess I was always very aware of my physical surroundings, material, light etc
    quen Oh: only funny enough there are people, often involved with more abstract or scientific work who are less sensible for their material surroundings, very funny sometimes to try to study how they see the world
    quen Oh: also some people are very socially aware: they see very subtle facial expressions, clothing details, posture etc
    Pema Pera shakes his head . . . knowing what Quen talks about, watching many of his colleagues . . . .
    quen Oh: ;-)!!
    Pema Pera: (refering to "very funny" sentence)
    quen Oh: mostly they don't really hurt themselves too much
    Pema Pera: oh, mathematicians do!
    quen Oh: but it's for me sometimes unbelievable to picture their daily experience of the world
    Pema Pera: When I hurt myself with a sharp carpet knife and went to the emergency room in Princeton, the first question was: you must be another mathematician
    Pema Pera: (true story!)
    quen Oh: gosh!
    Adelene Dawner chuckles.
    quen Oh: hahaha
    Pema Pera: that was in 1986
    Pema Pera: they thought that at the institute for advanced study there were only mathematicians
    quen Oh: it seems they are more trained to concentrate on abstract matter, and have not the patience or the drive to concentrate on dull matter...
    Pema Pera: they only ones they saw
    Rowan Masala thinks of her parents, both math professors
    quen Oh: ai... and is that true? you are an astrophysicist, so there must be others?
    quen Oh: lol no architects or artists I assume
    Pema Pera: four groups: math, natural science, historians, social science
    Pema Pera: the other three groups are clearly less accident prone
    quen Oh: gosh raised by math professors... and you lived! lol
    Pema Pera: btw, I really should get going; past 11 pm here
    Rowan Masala checks to be sure that's still true
    Rowan Masala: yes, alive and kicking
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    quen Oh: don't underestimate the social or historical interested ones, they can be totally unpractical too
    Stim Morane: Yes, I will need to leave too.
    quen Oh: me too, as it is 4 am here
    Stim Morane: !
    Pema Pera: yes, I know, Quen, but I based my (somewhat painful) research on what the emergency people told me :)
    Pema Pera: anyway, anecdotal reference
    quen Oh: very sorry for you.. hope you have all your digits?
    Stim Morane: Bye everyone! Have a nice evening!
    stevenaia Michinaga: ... night all
    Rowan Masala: One of our theater arts professors cut off his finger last summer
    Rowan Masala: night Stim
    Pema Pera: oh yes, nothing irreversible, Quen
    Pema Pera: bye Stim
    quen Oh: bye Stim, stevenaia'
    Pema Pera: wow, Rowan!
    quen Oh: gosh Rowan... that's not nice
    Rowan Masala: so I think we can all have our minds elsewhere
    Pema Pera: Can someone send me (or post) the remaining chat log?
    Rowan Masala: Hester and I need to go too
    Rowan Masala: perhaps we should end the log here
    Pema Pera: Happy dreams, Hester and Rowan (I presume Hester also dreams?)
    quen Oh: yes, would be nice to be as aware in social or very abstract matters as in practical...
    Pema Pera: indeed!
    quen Oh: bye Rowan and Hester
    Rowan Masala: so she says :)
    Hester: bye Pema, Quen
    Pema Pera: :-)  bye, Hester!
    Rowan Masala: thank you, Quen!
    Pema's invisible friend: bye, Hester
    quen Oh: I think part of the awareness is enhance by communicating about it
    Pema Pera: very much so!
    Pema Pera: that's why we're here
    Hester: bye Pema's invisible friend
    quen Oh: which is why I was very late to really pay attention to more abstract matter..
     =^+^=: (^_^)
    quen Oh: no one in my social surrounding had any interest or experience in that..
    stevenaia Michinaga: question, what happens to SLT with the change in time tonight in the states?
    quen Oh: yes, you're right
    quen Oh: :-) no idea... hopefully you will be more in sync with us, as we did that thing last weekend...
    Rowan Masala: you get sleepy at 11:30 instead of 12:30, Steven
    stevenaia Michinaga: we shift the time back one hour tonight, does SLT shift as well?
    Rowan Masala: hmm, interesting
    Rowan Masala: is SLT PST or PDT?
    quen Oh: PDT
    Rowan Masala: I guess we'll see in a few hours
    quen Oh: I think
    quen Oh: my screen says PDT, never SLT
    Rowan Masala: Quen, where are you from?
    quen Oh: Netherlands
    quen Oh: Pema's home country
    Rowan Masala: ahh!
    Rowan Masala smiles
    stevenaia Michinaga: correct, see if it changes to PT tonight
    quen Oh: well better birth country, as he has no more his home there
    Rowan Masala nods
    quen Oh: throw a winter time party and study what happens with the time...
    Rowan Masala: must go, but hope to see you again sometime, Quen
    quen Oh: you might have a free extra hour in the party
    Rowan Masala: get some sleep!
    quen Oh: likewise Rowan
    Rowan Masala: goodnight, Adelene
    quen Oh: and stevenaia and Adelene
    Adelene Dawner: 'night folks
    Rowan Masala: goodnight, Steven

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