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Comment: Meditation (Score 1) 552

by Cragen (#47077335) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?
Assume she can hear. Have a qualified teacher* teach about listening to the breath, then to the mind. Good for all, espcially for those in "captive" situations, which, if one really investigates, is every single one of us. Good luck.

(*Or just do this: (Tell her this>:)

1. Just count breaths from 1 to 10. Repeat.

2. When a thought or emotion takes one away (as it will, even for practiced meditators), gently bring one's attention back to the breath.

3. When that gets boring, watch the mind. Try to watch the thoughts and emotions arise. When #2 happens, gently bring your attention/awareness back to the mind.

4. Eventually, one will wonder who is having the thought. That is a good time to try to find out who the "I" is. Focus the attention on the "I" feeling. If more curious, or more info wanted, google meditation and find the type of practice or teacher that appeals to you. )

Or show her the movie (on a tablet maybe) the movie "Spirtual Revolution". Pretty cool.

Comment: Re:And the question of the day is... (Score 1) 327

People don't get paid to leave stuff alone. It seems that 90% - 95% of the changes belong in "changes get me paid" category. After 30 years of doing this, I am nearly completed underwhelmed by all the stuff changing. Doesn't really seem like much in the way of real benefit either to the customer or the business. Rather like the movies, tv, & books, where original and good are very rare.

Comment: Re:One word: FUD (Score 1) 271

Agreed. Has it 10 years already? This article (and attendant requests for funding) seems to come out around every 10 years. This is, at least, the third time I have seen the EMP "bogey-man" series of articles. And I have worked with the US Army, who do take EMP (and HEMP) threats very seriously. And are already funded accordingly.

Comment: Re:If you make this a proof of God... (Score 2) 612

Well, a "studied examination of the underlying spiritual lessons from all human religions", in this case, can lead to a valid perspective. I do think that the proof of that statement can be found (more easier by us lesser folk) by practical, serious meditation on the nature of one's self (body and mind). For anyone who thinks he is a Person, just how much control over your body or mind do you really have? In math, one failure in the proof invalidates the whole thing. As always, it is always the "unhappy" who search for a better life or way of life (I think) so the phrase might ring a bit unreal to those who are not searching for mental relief, but I have found the phrase to accurately portray our reality. Indeed, either "We" or "You" would be appropriate. Rather like glasses of water, only the containers differ in nature, and that is probably a delusion, too.

+ - Book: Fox News PR Used Sockpuppet Accounts To Rebut Critical Blog Posts->

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toadlife (301863) writes "NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes in his forthcoming book Murdoch's World that Fox News' public relations staffers used an elaborate series of dummy accounts to fill the comments sections of critical blog posts with pro-Fox arguments. A former staffer told Folkenflik that they had personally used "one hundred" fake accounts to plant Fox-friendly commentary. Fox PR staffers were expected to counter not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them. One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account."
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Comment: Re:That reminds me a lot of (Score 1) 68

by Cragen (#44048033) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Neurofeedback At Home, Is It Possible?
Mindfulness, a meditation technique in both Buddhism and Hinduism (and recommended widely in western psychological practice), is a widely misunderstood practice. It is simply the practice of "watching one's mind". "Happy", like "sad", "depressed", etc., is a feeling that comes from one's mind. Eventually, one realizes that the mind *is* the problem. (Well, the "gross" level of the "mind" is another way of putting it.) One then learns that ignoring that gross level of the mind is the next step in the process. That step results in the gross level of the mind eventually "wearing off" like mud on one's skin or silt settling in a glass of water. So, "Happy", "sad", etc., is then realized to be a part of that gross level of the mind. Mindfulness need not have all the religious or psychological trappings, but they also make people relatively happy in the meantime so perhaps the devotional techniques can be helpful. (I couldn't get into that stuff, but that's just me.) All the other stuff people do prior to learning the above is just relatively-"blind" people looking for help, which oddly is very hard to find.

Comment: Re:Where are all the CS courses? (Score 1) 69

by Cragen (#42870369) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Lead Developer Ben Kamens About Khan Academy
Where are my mod points when I NEED them? This^(googleplex). There is a HUGE gap between the basic intros and actual useful (soph, junior & senior level courses) information. In fact, this is probably what is holding back ANY info. "revolution". Until then, there are no truly useful answers in the crowd.

Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the time alloted it.