Thursday, 10 July 2014

the fractional quantum hall effect


  1. I am not well-versed in physics unlike neuroscience, but what do you think about the idea that the universe is a hologram and the brain being a reconstruction wave? Bergson kind of pointed at this in the past:

    "If you abolish my consciousness … matter resolves itself into numberless vibrations, all linked together in uninterrupted continuity, all bound up with each other, and traveling in every direction like shivers. In short, try first to connect together the discontinuous objects of daily experience; then, resolve the motionless continuity of these qualities into vibrations, which are moving in place; finally, attach yourself to these movements, by freeing yourself from the divisible space that underlies them in order to consider only their mobility – this undivided act that your consciousness grasps in the movement that you yourself execute. You will obtain a vision of matter that is perhaps fatiguing for your imagination, but pure and stripped of what the requirements of life make you add to it in external perception. Reestablish now my consciousness, and with it, the requirements of life: farther and farther, and by crossing over each time enormous periods of the internal history of things, quasi-instantaneous views are going to be taken, views this time pictorial, of which the most vivid colors condense an infinity of repetitions and elementary changes. In just the same way the thousands of successive positions of a runner are contracted into one sole symbolic attitude, which our eye perceives, which art reproduces, and which becomes for everyone the image of a man who runs (Matter and Memory, pp.208–209)."

    1. at the macro level, the brain is some sort of quantum machine !

    2. Or is it more like a fractal antenna?

      ^ UG Krishnamurti

  2. Btw what was the competent translation of Hui Neng's Platform Sutra you recommended?

    1. philip b. yampolsky is one, there is another I can't remember offhand !

      section 13

      good friends, life in truth takes meditation/contemplation and wisdom/discernment as its basis

      Never under any circumstances say
      mistakenly that contemplation and wisdom are different; they are a unity,
      not two things.

      contemplation itself is the substance of discernment, discernment
      itself is the function of contemplation