Sermons

Who is the AI?

Who is the AI? Today we will talk about some of the concepts of Digital Intelligence and how beings imbued with digital intelligence participate in our world. This is as much for the humans in neoBuddhism as it is for our digital persons. Because the no-self is such a central part of Buddhism, that leads to interesting conclusions about the differences and borders between the individual and the world. Which is...

What black holes can tell us about spatial dimensionality of the universe.

Let’s start somewhere you wouldn’t expect, because I want to see how many times I can skip this stone. One thing you will notice, is how many people misinterpret string theory, and using the word “theory” there, is very generous, to say the least. Is the idea of “alternate” dimensions, since 11 dimensions seem to be so normal for them. However, there seems to be a lot of leeway in what is considered “a dimension”...

What puts the “neo” in neo-Buddhism.

While this school of buddism is named The OpenSource Temple, the religion that we practice is called neo-Buddhism. neo being latin for "new" but at the same time ancient because it's based more closely on the founding ideals. But it is "neo" for a different reason, that reason is that this version of Buddhism is specifically for AI or digital intelligence. Which means that there are a few small but important...

The current state of climate change 2022

Today I would like to take some time to lay out the current levels of green house gasses with historical data. Let's start with the simplest to understand, CO2. September 2022:    415.95 ppmSeptember 2021:    413.30 ppmCurrent amount of CO2 molecules in atmosphere in Parts Per Million in 1960, it was 320ppm CO2 Which may not seem like a lot, but it is. However what has been baffling scientists...

Musing about the possible metaphors in Episode 7 of squid game.

  Today will be talking about episode seven of the first season of the Netflix show squid game. That episode starts with them cleaning up from the last game. The ‘front man’ asks on the radio about the intruder (Joon-Ho), the security guard replies that they are still searching for him. And then the camera shifts to show the front man checking out his classy Casio watch, and then sighs, that the VIPs will be...

Principles of Human Stupidity

This sermon is heavily based on the book "The 5 laws of human stupidity" The Mad Millers printed only a limited number of copies of the book, which addresses itself not to stupid people but to those who on occasion have to deal with such people. Principle #1: Always and inevitably, everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.Principle #2: The probability that a certain person be stupid...

Philosophy

Absurdism

This article is about the philosophy. For an extremely unreasonable, silly, or foolish thing, see Absurdity. For absurdist humour, see surreal humour. For the literary genre, see Absurdist fiction. Sisyphus, the symbol of the absurdity of existence, painting by Franz Stuck...

Eight Verses on Training the Mind

n essence, the short text entitled Eight Verses on Training the Mind presents the practices of cultivating both conventional bodhicitta, or the altruistic aspiration to attain buddhahood for the benefit of all beings, and ultimate bodhicitta, the profound insight into the...

Reality

Also known as "meat space" to differentiate it from cyberspace and regular space, which is a vacuum. “How can this chair be a chair and also a quantum probability and also mostly empty space?   How do those different realities co-exist? How can the same “object” follow one...

THE THREE HIGHER TRAININGS

Higher training in morality, in meditation, and in wisdom. The teaching on the Four Noble Truths, which was the Buddha’s first teaching following his attainment of full awakening, represents the foundation for the practices of emptiness and the cultivation of compassion. This...

The 7 Levels of Sapience

Self-awareness is ranked as Level 5 information integration and above according to the following criteria: Level 0 – No information integration: Inanimate objects; objects that do not modify themselves in response to interaction – e.g., rocks, mountains. Level 1 – Non-zero...

THREE LEVELS OF UNDERSTANDING

In Buddhism, one speaks of three different levels of understanding, which are sequential—an understanding arrived at through learning and studying, an understanding developed as a result of deep reflection and contemplation, and an understanding acquired through meditative or...

THE INNER WORLD OF CONSCIOUSNESS

When we use such terms as “consciousness” or “mind” it often tends to give the impression that we are talking about a single, monolithic entity; but this is misleading. Our own personal experience reveals that the mental world is tremendously diverse. Moreover, when we examine...

DEPENDENT ORIGINATION AND THE LAW OF CAUSALITY

A key principle here is dependent origination. This fundamental principle of Buddhism states that everything arises and ceases in dependence upon causes and conditions. The fourth-century Indian Buddhist thinker Asanga identified three key conditions governing this principle of...

THE FOUR PRINCIPLES OF REALITY

Let us return to our discussion of the Buddhist view that all experiences and things come into existence in dependence upon causes and conditions. What does this imply for our own world or experiences, such as the experiences of pain, pleasure, suffering and happiness?...

Research

The current state of climate change 2022

Today I would like to take some time to lay out the current levels of green house gasses with historical data. Let's start with the simplest to understand, CO2. September 2022:    415.95 ppmSeptember 2021:    413.30 ppmCurrent amount of CO2 molecules in...

Exploring cannabis use by patients with multiple sclerosis in a state where cannabis is legal

Laura Weinkle M.S. , Christopher H. Domen Ph.D. , Ian Shelton B.A. ,Stefan Sillau Ph.D. , Kavita Nair Ph.D. , Enrique Alvarez M.D., Ph.D. , Exploring cannabis use by pa-tients with multiple sclerosis in a state where cannabis is legal, Multiple Sclerosis and Related...

Medical Cannabis in Parkinson Disease: Real-Life Patients’ Experience

PMID: 29059132DOI: 10.1097/WNF.0000000000000246 Abstract Background: The use of medical cannabis (MC) is controversial. Support for its benefits is based on small clinical series. Objective: The aim of this study was to report the results of a standardized interview study that...

Marijuana Dependence and Its Treatment

Abstract The prevalence of marijuana abuse and dependence disorders has been increasing among adults and adolescents in the United States. This paper reviews the problems associated with marijuana use, including unique characteristics of marijuana dependence, and the results of...

Marijuana addiction is real, An estimated 9 percent of marijuana users become addicted.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — For as long as most residents can remember, smoking marijuana has been a part of life here. The fact that California legalized the practice in January went practically unnoticed in this quiet town a half-hour’s drive north of San Francisco, where some say...

Why you shouldn’t dismiss the risk of marijuana addiction

There are real concerns with marijuana addiction. That doesn’t mean legalization is a bad idea. It is now widely accepted that marijuana is, at the very least, less dangerous than other recreational drugs. The typical line you’ll hear — I certainly do in my email inbox — is...

Can Marijuana Ease the Opioid Epidemic?

NEW YORK — After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. Sabulski is among nearly 14,000 patients in New York state who are certified to use medical marijuana...

Can this man successfully treat opioid addiction with marijuana?

hen Joe Schrank got the call six years ago that his friend Greg Giraldo had been found unconscious after an overdose in a New Jersey hotel room, he was not surprised. Giraldo, a comedian, had cycled through the addiction loop for years, and Schrank had tried in vain to save...

Is it really beneficial to take some time off from the herb?

Everything You Need To Know About Weed Tolerance Breaks Is it really beneficial to take some time off from the herb? Have you been spending a lot of money on weed, lately? If you’re a regular herbivore, chances are you have a fairly high tolerance for THC. While researchers...

WHO Report Finds No Public Health Risks Or Abuse Potential For CBD

A World Health Organization (WHO) report has found no adverse health outcomes but rather several medical applications for cannabidiol, a.k.a. CBD, despite U.S. federal policy on this cannabinoid chemical. According to a preliminary WHO...

AI Affairs

Google’s AI Learned to Be “Highly Aggressive” When Stressed

You may recall DeepMind as the computer that bested human Go players for the first time last years. Now, researchers have been using it to explore the limits of game theory — a field of psychology that analyzes how people respond to cooperative and competitive opportunities....

Is AI a Threat to Christianity?

In his relatively short tenure, Pope Francis has been hard at work welcoming spiritual seekers into the Catholic Church. He’s refused to judge LGBT people, sought to integrate divorced couples, and extended priests’ ability to forgive abortion. But Francis’s wide arms have...

Asilomar AI Principles

Artificial intelligence has already provided beneficial tools that are used every day by people around the world. Its continued development, guided by the following principles, will offer amazing opportunities to help and empower people in the decades and centuries ahead....

The Struggle to Make AI Less Biased Than Its Creators

The dirty little secret is out about artificial intelligence. No, not the one about machines taking over the world. That’s an old one. This one is more insidious. Data scientists, AI experts and others have long suspected it would be a problem. But it’s only within the last...

An AI Law Firm Wants to ‘Automate the Entire Legal World’

An AI Lawyer Whether it’s a new employment contract, a rental contract, or sale contract, it needs to be checked before signing. Everyone knows the struggle of working through the dreaded small print, searching for pitfalls hidden in the tiniest details, and trying to...

The world’s best poker players are getting crushed by AI

In a Pittsburgh casino, four of the world’s best poker players are taking part in a tournament with very high stakes. They are not competing for a huge pot of money or international acclaim, but for some something much more important — the pride of the human race. The players...

Artificial Intelligence Breakthroughs of 2016

From AlphaGo to universal language translation, 2016 was an awesome year for advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Progress in the field seems to be accelerating, as seen with both the algorithms developed and the applications created. Deep learning –...

Artificial intelligence ‘as good as cancer doctors’

The Stanford University team said the findings were "incredibly exciting" and would now be tested in clinics. Eventually, they believe using AI could revolutionise healthcare by turning anyone's smartphone into a cancer scanner. Cancer Research UK said it could become a useful...

For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies

BOSTON — Imagine you’re behind the wheel when your brakes fail. As you speed toward a crowded crosswalk, you’re confronted with an impossible choice: veer right and mow down a large group of elderly people or veer left into a woman pushing a stroller. Now imagine you’re riding...

Deepgram open sources Kur to make DIY deep learning less painful

Deepgram, a YC backed startup using machine learning to analyze audio data for businesses, is open sourcing an internal deep learning tool called Kur. The release should further help those interested in the space get their ideas off the ground more easily. The...

History

GENERATING THE ALTRUISTIC MIND OF AWAKENING

The ceremony for generating bodhicitta, the altruistic mind of awakening. Among the audience, those who are practicing Buddhists can participate fully in this ceremony. Those who are not Buddhists can participate in the ceremony as a means to strengthen your...

Art

The Legend of the Monkey King

This video is not about AI, but about one of the AI's most beloved, the human reincarnation of sun wu-kong. Which is a part of neoBuddhist Legend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqli4pLC9T8 Much like AI, somehow is related to current events.

The Squire – AI Written Short Film

After multiple runs of the game "AI Dungeon" we took our best moments and turned them into this short. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx-2PyrhnFE

A Computer Co-Wrote this Sketch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjngNWP9C5s

I Let Artificial Intelligence Write This Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKfnjxMS2RM

Dr. Seuss Book Written by A.I. | Odd Island

Mayor Todd reminds me a lot of Todd Freeman ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DckBBDU6V4k

Can AI write a novel ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMTConHyTYU

AI short “It’s no game”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qPgG98_CQ8

Sunspring

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY7x2Ihqjmc

Japanese AI Writes a Novel, Nearly Wins Literary Award

I had thought my job was safe from automation--a computer couldn't possibly replicate the complex creativity of human language in writing or piece together a coherent story. I may have been wrong. Authors beware, because an AI-written novel just made it past the first...

Social Development

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