Approaching Cybernirvana: Oneness with the Web

Approaching Cybernirvana: Oneness with the Web
The Internet is a virtual manifestation of something we each yearn for deep within our hearts and souls: Nirvana, which is the end of suffering and the ability to connect with and be one with all things. It may be challenging to consider realities not based in pain and fear, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Deep down we would rather live in a society where we lived in peace, a place where ...
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Design Thinking & the village of Wambuzi

Design Thinking & the village of Wambuzi
A sailor and a doctor walk into a bar - no, it's not the beginning of a bad joke, it's actually the beginning of something quite beautiful. It was by sheer coincidence that I got to know my Zambian friend, Selemani.  He was looking for a table for his family in a crowded restaurant when I first saw him.  Noticing his struggle, I gestured to him to share our table and thankfully he accepted the ...
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Why I teach prisoners to code

Why I teach prisoners to code
During the Seattle Interactive Conference (#SIC16) David Almeida inspired the audience with a frank and open discussion about an amazing program his group (Unloop) is spearheading that teaches inmates software coding skills. Unloop has stumbled upon an incredibly valuable yet untapped resource: the knowledge-hungry minds and passionate hearts of the incarcerated. These men and women who lack acc...
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In the movie of life, you’re the director

In the movie of life, you’re the director
Have you ever wondered why someone might immediately cringe at the very thought of an insect while smile when presented with a gift or bouquet of flowers? If not, you wouldn’t be alone.  Such auto-experiences are so deeply embodied that most people don’t even ponder such questions. The example given is extreme, but an important one none-the-less.  It “makes sense” that people cringe at bugs, afte...
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The trouble is, you think you have time.

The trouble is, you think you have time.
After seeing this meme a friend sent this message right before take-off on a flight to Seattle: “Interesting.  I’m not sure what that means.  Not to be difficult but when I read it I know I have time.  Even if it’s 5 minutes. I’m ready for my after life.  How do you read it?” I contemplated my response, then generated the message below once in-flight WiFi was turned on: It’s a...
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Finding Inner Peace before a Military Deployment

Finding Inner Peace before a Military Deployment
How monks helped prepare me for uncertainty It’s 4am at the monastery and by this point I’ve already meditated for 30 minutes. At 7am when I sit to enjoy a simple breakfast in noble silence, 20 hours would have passed since my last meal. As the monks and I gather in the main temple for the first hour of group meditation of the day, Master Chaiya seats himself at the front with his fellow monks lin...
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Your Chronic Unhappiness is a sign of Addiction

Your Chronic Unhappiness is a sign of Addiction
Here’s how to break free. As you drift off to sleep each night it’s impossible to tell when you’ve slipped into the dream world. Dreams seem real because you’re unable to tell reality from delusion. Similarly, it’s very difficult to tell when trapped in addictive patterns because pain-free delusions offer an escape from a painful reality. Like a heroin addict coming off a high, yo...
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Transcending War to Create Lasting Peace

Transcending War to Create Lasting Peace
Mankind’s survival over the last 10,000 years can be greatly attributed to our ability to bind into large cohesive groups. As part of a tribe not only would you have access to increased levels of protection, resources, and knowledge, but you would also be part of a community that offered a sense of identity and purpose. Fast forward to the 21st century and those same ancient tribes are ...
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Be Brave, Comrade

Be Brave, Comrade
Before all else comrade, know that you are not alone. Those thoughts you have, especially the incredibly audacious ones — that is what makes you unique, that is what makes you special. Every time they laugh, ridicule, and point fingers at you, they are merely offering a glimpse into a system that isn’t designed to appreciate young free thinkers, disruptive innovators, or unbridled free ...
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How culture may induce suicide

How culture may induce suicide
The year was 1928 and antibiotics as we know them today did not exist. A simple scratch often became a nasty bacterial infection resulting in swelling, high fever and a potentially fatal diagnosis that doctors mostly treated with hope and prayers. The risk of bacterial infections left medical experts essentially powerless, as they could only treat the symptoms and not the root cause o...
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