Challenging the foundations of science puts you on tricky ground. Throughout the pandemic, the loud voices against scientific consensus could be seen as uninformed, misinformed, or malicious. But in all this noise, there is also a softer voice: a thoughtful, long-term push toward stronger scientific foundations.
My vision of reality consists only of relationships, like a bridge without pillars. Not a vacuous void but an emptiness able to relate to itself, folding onto itself in endless patterns.
The ancient Buddhist scripture of Avatamsaka Sutra describes a striking image: a net of pearls, each reflecting all others. Look closely at any one pearl—and at the pearls reflected in it—and you will see that each reflection again reflects all other pearls. This is Indra’s net. The ancients say it’s what the world is made of.
And I think maybe they just misheard it. It’s called the internet.
We define a neural network as a septuple consisting of (1) a state vector, (2) an input projection, (3) an output projection, (4) a weight matrix, (5) a bias vector, (6) an activation map and (7) a loss function.
My dad emigrated from Colombia to North America when he was 18 looking looking for a better life. For my brother and I that meant a lot of standing outside in the cold.
It’s unexpected, surprising—and for me incredibly exciting. To be fair, at some level I’ve been working towards this for nearly 50 years. But it’s just in the last few months that it’s finally come together.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Perhaps not, some say.
The conversations in this video are the state-of-the-art in thinking about DMT-like states of consciousness from a phenomenological and theoretical point of view.