A Magnificent Obsession Is The Best Medicine!

The idea I’m about to share with you can bring you the greatest hope. It can bring you happiness beyond anything you’ve ever dreamed. It can present to you the quality and quantity of life that may seem like only something that always goes to others. Brace yourself; a band of gypsies would pay to hear this.

The Magnificent Obsession!

No matter who you are, no matter what you have been, no matter what you have done in your past, you can develop a magnificent obsession for something that can change your world and the world you live in.
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11 Questions To Kickstart Your Dream

What’s your dream? Want to give your vision a jumpstart? Write down your goals and use these questions to speed up delivery of your dream.

1. What’s your highest priority this lifetime?

What’s most important for you to experience, explore or embrace this time around? Until you answer this question, your life goals will be off purpose. Unaligned with your inner passion, your intentions will lack the power to attract the people and situations necessary to become a reality.

Get clued into your true joy. What activities turned you on as a child? What are your hobbies now? When your goals are aligned with your soul purpose, synchronicity kicks in to guide you to your target. When you intuit and own your unique essence and calling, assistance will flow to you from every earthly and heavenly source.

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Test Your ESP

Feeling psychic today? Be sure to go check out The ESP Game.

A lot of fun (but more than a little addictive) — each player is teamed with another random player, and shown a series of random images. You have to guess a term describing each image that is the same as your “partner” used (the most obvious choices are usually banned).

Each game only takes about three minutes, so you get a chance to play with a lot of other players.

It’s interesting; after you’ve played awhile, you can really begin to feel a “click” when you and another player are on the “same wavelength” and you start hitting a number of successes quickly. Other times, you just can’t seem to get into sync with the other player at all.

What The BLEEP Do We Know?

I’m really looking forward to seeing this when it gets distributed nationally in September. Be sure to go check the trailers…

I’m a little leery of the group behind it, but it’s hard to pass up a movie that hits one of my favorite themes — namely the relationship between some of the further reaches of theoretical physics and spirituality. There’s a lot of good (albeit under-recognized) work that has been done in this field in the past few years, and hopefully a movie like this will bring about more awareness of some of these topics.

Still, it’s hard to imagine that they included all of the experts that they did, and somehow managed to miss Robert Anton Wilson, probably one of the best known proponents of this concept — perhaps his health precluded him being involved? I’m guessing that this and Maybe Logic would make a great double feature — at least for a Friday night on a long weekend, where you had a few days to put your head back together afterwards….

(I was going to link the Maybe Logic site directly above, but it appears to be having problems at the moment. I highly recommend the DVD, but for people who are not familiar with Wilson, it may be a bit difficult to follow at first. For those folks I’d recommend starting by reading something like Prometheus Rising first.)

Familiarity & Fear – The Uncanny Valley

There’s not a lot immediately useful in reading about The Uncanny Valley — it’s just interesting, and a fascinating glimpse into how our minds work.

Essentially, a Japanese roboticist, Doctor Masahiro Mori, has put together a theory that translates into English roughly as “The Uncanny Valley”. It seems that as things begin to look and move more like normal humans, there is an increasing level of acceptance until it gets to a certain peak — the hill just before the valley — at which point reactions plunge into deep revulsion (the “uncanny valley” itself) and don’t climb back to acceptance until movement and appearance become very human-like indeed.

This appears to be why “somewhat anthropomophic” figures, such as Star Wars “C3PO” tend to look “cute” to us, but shambling and disfigured movie zombies (which are arguably a lot more human-like) give us the creeps.

An interesting read…

How To Be Creative

Hugh Macleod draws cartoons on the back of business cards. He’s also in the advertising business, but online he’s known for his cartoons. Wildly funny, dark, visceral, and often profane cartoons — I love them…

Folks who blog love Hugh, because he encourages them to use his cartoons on their site, in return for a link to his site, where he sells original art and custom cartoons for business cards.

The other day, Hugh posted an absolutely brilliant discussion on “How To Be Creative.”

Regardless of how you express your creative side (and everyone has one to express), you ought to spend a few minutes looking this over. Be forewarned, though, Hugh does use a bit of adult language.

Be sure to follow the links under each bulletpoint, and read the discussions — there’s a lot more there than meets the eye at first.

The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two

There are some core concepts about how minds work that are reasonably important, whether you’re developing software, writing, or just trying to work more effectively with yourself or others.

I first ran into The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two quite some time ago, and it’s influenced my approach to many things over time.

“My problem is that I have been persecuted by an integer. For seven years this number has followed me around, has intruded in my most private data, and has assaulted me from the pages of our most public journals. This number assumes a variety of disguises, being sometimes a little larger and sometimes a little smaller than usual, but never changing so much as to be unrecognizable. The persistence with which this number plagues me is far more than a random accident. There is, to quote a famous senator, a design behind it, some pattern governing its appearances. Either there really is something unusual about the number or else I am suffering from delusions of persecution.”

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