Would there be a universe with out a consciousness to measure it? In physics we see that the act of observing something changes that something. For example, we can measure a particle for it’s speed, or it’s location – not both. The more exactly we discern it’s location, the less we can tell about it’s speed. If we know that Right Now, it’s Right Here, we cannot determine it’s velocity nor direction of travel.

Cosmology, is the study of the universe in its totality and by extension man’s place in it. Though the word cosmology is itself of fairly modern origin, first penned in Wolff’s Cosmologia Generalis (1730), the study of the universe has a long history involving science, philosophy, and religion


I think that life is like that. We either know where we are, or where we are going. And, this is not a bad thing. We need to really concentrate on what is important to us now. Where we are. It’s like this – if we get all frazzled and worried about the endgame before we get the ball – how do you think that we will do when we get the ball?

Not well. We need to keep our eyes and thoughts on what we are doing right now. For example, when one is ‘looking’ one rarely finds a mate. When one is comfortable in our own skins, and do not need some one to complete us, that is when we are ready to settle down.

Mindfulness is the practice whereby a person is intentionally aware of his or her thoughts and actions in the present moment, non-judgmentally. Largely associated with Buddhism, in which it is called sati, the practice of mindfulness is also advocated by such people as medical researcher and author Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, psychologist Nathaniel Branden and philosopher Ayn Rand.


Moving to a slower beat, watching each step that we make, being mindful, that is what will get us to the endgame.

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  1. For example – the guy who started Cisco Systems. Not normal, not well adjusted. Bright guy.

    But, what is the endgame that I spoke of in the article? Is is faster and faster growth of knowledge? Is is being the best in your feild at the expense of family, life and sanity? Or is it moderation in all things. Being very focused on everything that you do – focused on work at work, on family with family. Being mindful of what you do.

  2. I don’t agree. Usually at the pinacle of success in any field are people who most definately do not have a balanced view of life and focus obsessively on their goals.

    Granted, they have to realistically understand their present situation, as far as it relates to their goals, but being comfortable in their own skin and living for the now are not ways I would describe such highly motivated and competitive people.

    I don’t know that this makes them happy, but I think we would all be poorer for not having this type of person in the world.

  3. As to the cancer cure person – if they did not have a stable grounding, I doubt that they would have the displine to effect a good solution. It’s all intertwined, your ablity to be mindful of your actions in the now effects your ablity to make positive change in the greater scheme.

  4. I think everyone would agree that to focus a life on getting a TV is unhealthy. However, focusing one’s entire life on a TV that one already has isn’t any better.

    What about someone who focuses their entire life on curing cancer? Someone who abandons their family and friends for this all consuming goal…

    Assuming they succeed, would it be worth it?

    Probably it would not be worth it to me (I tend to be in the focus my life on the TV that I have camp anyway) but I would be grateful to anyone who made that decision.

  5. I agree – it’s not to not have goals and plans, but rather to not stress about future events.

    For example – if you want a big screen TV, the best thing to do is to save a small amount each month, and when you have the money, to get it, and not to stress out over it. That is responsible planning.

    It is not wise to focus your entire life onto getting that TV – putting aside so much that your other bills fall behind, all the while lusting over the TV, visiting it each day etc, etc.

    Working to make a better world is a very laudable goal – however trying to effect the future with out a stable grounding in the now is not easy, nor is it liable to make good changes.

  6. I don’t agree with that. While I certainly think one can over-focus on one’s plans and one’s future and that it is important to live in the present, not having plans or goals isn’t the answer either.

    It is vital that we fully understand and embrace where we are, and what we are currently, but the greatest gift of humanity, the thing that seperates us from other animals, is the ability to see beyond what is to what could be.

    Our science and technological advancements, as well as our art and culture, were built by those who were disatisfied with the ‘now’ and imagined a better world, something more.

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