A security camera catches the scene in a cruise ship dining room as the ship hits some bad weather:
(If you don't have time for the whole video watch the first 2 minutes and then skip to 5 minute mark and watch for another minute)
Bonus: a cruise ship almost tips over in bad weather
In a previous blog post, I referenced a quote by Stuart Hameroff about the nature of consciousness. In the following video, Hameroff and Deepak Chopra discuss this topic in greater detail.
An important point is that consciousness does not arise at a certain level of complexity but is embedded into the very fabric of the universe itself. This point of view can help us realize the oneness we share with the world around us. (As differentiated entities in nature, some are more complex than others, some are more aware than others, but none are "better" than others; that would be like saying an organism is better than a cell).
Another important point is that humaness (i.e. consciousness) cannot be reduced to simple bio-chemical processes in the brain. Consciousness is not just a product of neurons in our brain acting as on-off switches, which, at a certain point of complexity create consciousness. (As a side note: the de-humanizing effect of this view point in the world of technology is the topic of a good book by Jaron Lanier called You Are Not a Gadget.)
I don't share too much on Facebook but recently posted this video there. Matisyahu is a fantastic performer with a strong message that gives his music an undeniable power. If you get the chance to see him live, definitely check it out.
You can also listen to all his songs for free on his website.
By now, most people have seen video of these guys jumping off cliffs in wing suits. That said, it still never fails to amaze me when I re-watch the videos. I just came across this video again... and, yup, I"m still amazed:
Note: apparently the next step is actually landing. That's right, jumping out of an aircraft or off a cliff with no parachute. Landing a Flight Suit
I think we often forget how music affects us and shapes our lives. A few bars of music can flood us with memories and change our state of being. Consider that people actually dedicate their entire lives to studying it. Like so many other ways of knowing; mathematics, physics, philosophy; the layers are endless... eventually leading to a mystery that goes beyond the logic of rational thought
Below are three videos that touch on the depth in music:
The first is a light and humorous demonstration of how four simple chords are used as the creative building blocks for numerous hit songs. In the second video, Bobby Mcferrin shows how music seems to be cross-culturally embedded into the human experience. In the last video, Tool takes a mathematical concept often used to describe nature and uses it in a song that is, essentially, about evolution: cool!
One of the greatest things about traveling is the people you meet. During my last couple of days in Costa Rica, I got to meet and hang out with this guy named Patrick Rizzo. Patrick, myself, and two other friends had a great night over dinner, some drinks, and a few rounds of cards (asshole, to be specific). Over the course of our conversations Patrick mentioned he was into downhill skateboarding. That point faded into a myriad of other conversation topics (including the always popular "facebook: good or evil"). At the end of the night, just before Patrick left, and basically in passing, he told me to check out an online video of him.
I checked out the video the next day and was blown away: