"The ordinary mind, before encountering Oneness, is clearly problematic and causes a great deal of suffering. But what is recognised less often is that the mind focused mostly on Oneness, the Absolute, God, whatever (inadequate) word one wants to use, is not able to function well in the world, where we actually live. Try taking acid and going into a tax office! (Maybe you already did…)"

New blog post: guyjames.com/2021/02/20/ordina

"The realisation ... is that what has happened is that the ‘ordinary mind’ we started out with, with all its isolation and problems, has gradually started to merge with the Buddha mind we experienced in those peak states.

...the goal must be to allow those two different aspects of Mind to come closer and closer until finally they are one, and Ordinary Mind = Buddha Mind, and the other way around. Finally the two aspects are recognised as one."

New blog post: guyjames.com/2021/02/20/ordina

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EFF has fought for your digital rights for over 30 years. Become a member today to ensure that we can fight for those rights for another 30! eff.org/join

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For this week’s episode I spoke to Emaline Friedman. She's an activist for the Commons Engine, part of Holochain, a social critic and theorist, has a PhD in psychology, a writer for Mad In America, a researcher at GCAS, and author of a recent book on Internet Addiction.

During the interview we talk about her research for her new book at the intersection of psychology, big data on social media platforms, and how it all brought her to and the Commons Engine.


This is why the approach of is such a necessary innovation. It does away with top-down, monolithic perspectives.

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Why top-down interventions are misguided, as per : "any attempt to control the system from a fixed viewpoint outside is a misaligned intervention that will fail."

New atheists: "We've searched the entire universe with our telescope and we are ready to conclude that atoms don't exist." The point is that they are using the wrong instrument. One's own consciousness is the way to discovering if the divine exists or not.

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I just watched a new film called Bliss (👍) and it made me think I have hardly seen any TV/movies that show the reality of the US homelessness crisis so if you haven't seen it first hand you would not believe how intense it is

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I was born in USSR. There were no votes in USSR. I remember Perestroika. When I was just a teen, my parents were seriously discussing going off the grid to sit out the civil war if the 1991 KGB putsch against Gorbachev succeeded. Everybody was surprised when it failed. What followed was very confusing time, people had no idea how democracy is supposed to work, including the people who somehow made it work anyway, for a few years.

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What’s clear from the reaction to this most recent privacy policy change is that WhatsApp shares much more information with Facebook than many users were aware, and has been doing it since 2016. eff.org/deeplinks/2021/01/its-

New blog post, "When Meditation Makes Things Worse":
"Some practitioners of meditation appear to be holding on to assumptions which, while possibly beneficial in the proper context, can in fact end up being actually harmful when misunderstood. One of these is ‘the more I meditate, the closer I get to being enlightened’.

What purists don't realise is that purism itself can be, and often is, toxic.

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Hi all, I'm new so here's my #introduction/ #introductions.

I'm a 26 year old #artist who specializes in digital #art and #illustration. I like drawing weird plants and environments. I tend to spend hours painting the same details over and over again with tiny brushes.

The creative world can be pretty tough so I'm looking forward to hanging out with you all and helping each other survive/grow.

Sorry about the redraft, I noticed a sentence error and it bothered me.

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"Nothing to hide, nothing to fear": the most naive/ disingenuous statement regarding data/#biometrics privacy.

Your data, when private, is *your power*.
Your data in others hands, is their *power over you*.

#PrivacyMatters #SurveillanceCapitalism #HumanRights #tech #encryption

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Our phones are the perfect profiling devices. They know all the habits and preferences that make us unique.

We're angry that there are apps indiscriminately making fortunes out of breaching our privacy. And you should be...

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📱 Instant messaging clients. Choose wisely what you use to communicate.

A visualization by @niboe under CC BY SA license.

Please share ❤️

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Here is a report on some of the dangers of P2P and decentralized technologies, namely that tools that achieve some of the goals of #decentralization, #privacy, and strong #encryption have been used by far-right racists.

It discusses the challenges when they seek the same tools we want to promote freedom and equality, and the various ways those problems have been dealt with, and specifically covers #Mastodon and #Scuttlebutt and how Mastodon has been fairly successful.


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🌎 🌍 🌏 I'm working on a #map of #Mastodon servers "near me" basically mapping servers that are region-specific, as a way for folks to find Mastodon users in their region. Blue = signed on to the Mastodon Covenant, Green = I"m not sure they did.

This is my first time using #openstreetmap so I'd be grateful of any and all feedback, and offers to collaborate - I assume I can share the map for editing somehow 🤷

Here's the link: u.osmfr.org/m/550053/

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You can use Signal without Android or iOS by registering your phone number using signal-cli:

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