2009.07.08 13:00 - Science, Mysticism, and Adminstration

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    The Guardian for this meeting was genesis Zhangsun. The comments are by genesis Zhangsun.

    genesis Zhangsun: Hi Gaya
    Gaya Ethaniel: Hello gen :) How are you?
    genesis Zhangsun: okay and you?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Good thanks :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: What have you been thinking sitting here gen [since you were alone]?
    Gaya Ethaniel: => What is the topic heheheh
    genesis Zhangsun: actually I have to admit that I was doing some work while waiting
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    genesis Zhangsun: though I was earlier thinking about science and being :)
    genesis Zhangsun: really
    Gaya Ethaniel: oh
    Gaya Ethaniel: Do share please :)
    genesis Zhangsun: I am reading the Tao of Physics
    genesis Zhangsun: have you read it?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Nope
    genesis Zhangsun: its pretty good I recommend it
    genesis Zhangsun: it does a nice comparison between insights of science and insights of "eastern mystics"
    Gaya Ethaniel adds to the book list - Holographic Universe ... and Tao of Physics.
    genesis Zhangsun: it is a bit outdated in that sense
    Gaya Ethaniel: When was it written?
    genesis Zhangsun: sounds kind of orientalist to me
    genesis Zhangsun: 1975
    Gaya Ethaniel: eep, orientalists are all dead now I think, more or less.
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah ok
    genesis Zhangsun: well you know what I mean just the way in which Taoism and Buddhism and Hinduism are sort of lumped together as "easter mysticism"
    genesis Zhangsun: *eastern
    genesis Zhangsun: seems sort of passe in that sense
    genesis Zhangsun: but otherwise very interesting
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes I know what you mean.
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    genesis Zhangsun: i don't know what I think about it exactly yet I am only 50 pages in
    genesis Zhangsun: but it feels very healing somehow
    genesis Zhangsun: to see the perspectives side by side
    genesis Zhangsun: and not just here in PaB
    genesis Zhangsun: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah :)
    genesis Zhangsun: here's a quote i like
    Gaya Ethaniel listens.
    genesis Zhangsun: "mystics understand the roots of the Tao but not its branches
    genesis Zhangsun: scientists understand its branches but not its roots
    genesis Zhangsun: science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science
    genesis Zhangsun: ; but man needs both
    Gaya Ethaniel: mm ... so the book says mysticism and science are quite separate?
    genesis Zhangsun: no more like the are describing different aspects of the same thing
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah ...
    genesis Zhangsun: but the focus of the description is very different
    Gaya Ethaniel nods.
    genesis Zhangsun: science on matter and mysticism beyond matter
    genesis Zhangsun: to the roots of matter
    genesis Zhangsun: as the quote said
    Gaya Ethaniel: That view still is somewhat marginal I find.
    genesis Zhangsun: in what way?
    genesis Zhangsun: you mean mainstream society?
    Gaya Ethaniel: This bit - [13:17] genesis Zhangsun: no more like the are describing different aspects of the same thing - still not widely accepted.
    genesis Zhangsun: ah yes
    genesis Zhangsun: yes probably many scientists would not agree that mysticism is adressing anything they are adressing
    genesis Zhangsun: something like that?
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: I'd like to stay here and learn more about the book gen but have to get back to RL :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Perhaps next time :)
    genesis Zhangsun: okay later Gaya!
    genesis Zhangsun: nice to see you
    Gaya Ethaniel: Enjoy your day gen!
    Wol Euler: hello storm, gen
    Storm Nordwind: Hello Wol
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi Wol!
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi Storm
    genesis Zhangsun: are you a cyborg today wol?
    Wol Euler: is "ineffable role" like a california roll?
    genesis Zhangsun: hehe
    Storm Nordwind: It's like a cheese and ham role
    Wol Euler: hehe, yes, seeing Sophia's recent incarnation as a neko inspired me to get this out
    Wol Euler: ah :)
    genesis Zhangsun: its the roll you want and can never get
    genesis Zhangsun: cute
    Wol Euler: mmhmm
    Wol Euler: ty :) I have to be careful where I wear it, this is over 1700 prims
    genesis Zhangsun: wow
    Storm Nordwind boggles
    Wol Euler: yeah :)
    Wol Euler: a conference of us would be a sim-killer
    genesis Zhangsun: did you make it? buy it?
    Wol Euler: oh no, dear gods. my skills are nowhere near good enough to make this stuff.
    Wol Euler: bought at Le Petit Prince
    Storm Nordwind: Avatar rendering cost > 3000
    genesis Zhangsun: ah nice, must have been expensive?
    Wol Euler: less than you probably think :)
    Wol Euler: each bit was only about 200 or 350 IIRC
    Wol Euler: compared to Acedia it was cheap :)
    genesis Zhangsun: yeah Acedia ain't cheap
    genesis Zhangsun: do you have a SLURL?
    Wol Euler: just a mo
    genesis Zhangsun: thankyou!
    Wol Euler: storm? :)
    Wol Euler: as a builder it would interest you.
    Wol Euler: I htink.
    Storm Nordwind: OK sure :)
    Storm Nordwind: Thank you :)
    Wol Euler: yw
    Storm Nordwind: It may have to wait a few weeks
    Wol Euler: yeah, you probably have stuff to do :)
    genesis Zhangsun: hows moving going?
    Storm Nordwind: Still loads to do
    Storm Nordwind: But getting through it all
    Storm Nordwind: Just came for a break actually!
    Storm Nordwind: Helps re-create
    Storm Nordwind: And I did make a gadget a while ago and it told me there was only one person in PaB, so i came over
    Wol Euler: ah :)
    Storm Nordwind: Although I think there were 3 earlier
    genesis Zhangsun: thanks!
    genesis Zhangsun: yes Gaya left
    genesis Zhangsun: and we had a newbie visitor
    genesis Zhangsun: that wanted to go shopping
    Storm Nordwind: You mean they actually had the L$ ?
    Storm Nordwind: Most new visitors want to cadge a few bucks off you first :)
    Wol Euler: heh, es.
    Wol Euler: *yes
    genesis Zhangsun: hey fefonz
    Fefonz Quan: wooh, it looked deserted for a minute :)
    Fefonz Quan: Hey Wol, Gen, Storm
    Storm Nordwind waves
    Wol Euler: hello fef
    Fefonz Quan: Just made arrangements for teh retreat flights yesterday :)
    Wol Euler: ah :)
    Storm Nordwind hasn't done that yet
    genesis Zhangsun: where are u flying into fefonz?
    Fefonz Quan: infact i am flying to LA at aug 16, and will drive to SF later
    Fefonz Quan: then flying back from SFO, 28 aug 11pm
    genesis Zhangsun: ah okay good to know
    Fefonz Quan: and i understand the carpool goes from SFO at 11am 24aug?
    genesis Zhangsun: I am still working all of that out
    genesis Zhangsun: are you going to have a car here?
    genesis Zhangsun: do you want to drive us?
    genesis Zhangsun: :)
    Fefonz Quan: oh, no, i am planning to give it back on the airport :)
    genesis Zhangsun: ah okay so you plan on meeting at SFO?
    Fefonz Quan: that's what i thought building on the plan you have sent.
    genesis Zhangsun: yes thats what I said
    Fefonz Quan: infact if there are changes i should know, since we also schedule my wife's flight from SFO accordingly
    genesis Zhangsun: no no changes
    genesis Zhangsun: I just found out that Maxine is actually flying into Oakland airport
    genesis Zhangsun: and also that Tarmel will be arriving earlier
    genesis Zhangsun: and Doug will be meeting us there
    genesis Zhangsun: so that means we have to swing by Oakland and SFO
    genesis Zhangsun: so I was just trying to find a way to make one pick up
    genesis Zhangsun: if you are driving up from LA then perhaps you could drop the car off techically in Oakland?
    Fefonz Quan: well, i don't even know where oakland is? And in fact the three days before teh retreat i plan to be in SF anyway
    Fefonz Quan: the*the*the*
    genesis Zhangsun: ah okay you will be in SF before the retreat
    genesis Zhangsun: so you could just meet us in Berkeley
    genesis Zhangsun: that would be easiest
    genesis Zhangsun: its closer than SFO from San Francisco
    genesis Zhangsun: anyway we'll work it out
    Fefonz Quan: ok, i guess it can be done. is there a way to get from SF to berkeley if i don't have teh car by then?
    genesis Zhangsun: oh sure BART, the subway/tram
    genesis Zhangsun: takes you straight from SF to Berkeley in 30 minutes
    Fefonz Quan: oops, this is going to be the most technical (boring) chat ever, at least the last part where i came:)
    Wol Euler: heheheh
    genesis Zhangsun: sorry Wol
    Wol Euler: no worries
    genesis Zhangsun: lets get deep and nontechinical at the team meeting
    Wol Euler: some of my sessions would give this strong competition
    Fefonz Quan: at least we are talking about PaB (retreat) though :)
    Wol Euler: oh, is that now?
    Wol Euler is losing all track of time
    genesis Zhangsun: one minute
    Wol Euler: ping
    Fefonz Quan: that's how it starts Wol :)
    Wol Euler: :-PPPPPP
    genesis Zhangsun: see you there!
    genesis Zhangsun: which should tell Arisia and Scathach to come here
    genesis Zhangsun: :)
    genesis Zhangsun: change of pace
    genesis Zhangsun: oh and Storm
    Fefonz Quan: right!
    Wol Euler: sure, why not :)
    Fefonz Quan: yes, he stormed away secretly
    genesis Zhangsun: it is prettier here
    genesis Zhangsun: but then is this going to become part of the log?
    Fefonz Quan: we ca stop the log
    Wol Euler: not if we turn it off.
    Fefonz Quan: (BART back!)
    Wol Euler: hello scath
    Scathach Rhiadra: Hello Wol:)
    Scathach Rhiadra: Hello Gen, Fefonz:)
    Fefonz Quan: (what does BART means anyway?
    Fefonz Quan: mean*
    Fefonz Quan: Hey Scath, long time no see :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: heehee:)
    genesis Zhangsun: Hi Scathach! what about Ari?
    Scathach Rhiadra: there was nobody else at the campus
    genesis Zhangsun: okay cool
    genesis Zhangsun: anyway have him as a friend?
    genesis Zhangsun: oh I do nevermind
    genesis Zhangsun: he isn't on
    Wol Euler: he's not on
    genesis Zhangsun: I think we are safe
    Wol Euler: :)
    genesis Zhangsun: lets just keep PaBing with a Kira team twist :)
    Wol Euler: shall we stop the recorder?
    Wol Euler: or not :)
    Scathach Rhiadra: Wol, thanks for all your help with the logs:)
    Fefonz Quan: guess we should
    Wol Euler: yw scath :)
    genesis Zhangsun: guess what I finally scribed!
    genesis Zhangsun: and added my mising logs
    Fefonz Quan: oops, i figured out what BART is, sorry Gen, i thought it was something similar to 'cough' jesture... :-/
    Scathach Rhiadra: yay!
    Wol Euler cheers
    genesis Zhangsun: I am such a bad example
    genesis Zhangsun: yeah I didn't get it I thought it might be one of your great jokes ;)
    genesis Zhangsun: so whats up people
    genesis Zhangsun: we all know whats happening with Kira
    genesis Zhangsun: are there any topics we would like to bring up? questions you would like to ask?
    Fefonz Quan: i find it weird to record a Kira meeting on the PaB logs
    Scathach Rhiadra: :)
    Wol Euler: well, we could stop the recorder.
    genesis Zhangsun: yes we could that would be fine
    Fefonz Quan: what a great idea!
    Scathach Rhiadra nods
    Fefonz Quan: (hihi)
    Wol Euler giggles and waits to see who will push the button
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