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The benefits of going posthuman.

Being human these days can be an amazing experience. Especially when you stop behaving like one. The idea of the “posthuman” (and its subset “transhuman”) originated in the fields of genetics, science fiction and futurology. The fundamental ideas were first discussed by J.B.S. Haldane, a British geneticist in his essay Daedalus: Science and the Future. […]

Choose a volume at random.

1. Travel to your local library. 2. Closing your eyes, walk down an aisle. 3. Pull a volume chosen at random from the stacks. 4. Without looking at the book, turn to a random page. 5. Now open your eyes and read the right-hand page. 6. Whatever is on the page, allow it to inspire […]

Let’s make April 1st a national holiday!

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. — Miguel de Cervantes That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another. — Adlai E. Stevenson Stay hungry. Stay foolish.  — Steve Jobs When someone calls you a fool, do you take offense? Or […]

Feeling stuck? Here’s how to cut yourself loose.

Do you ever feel like you’re being held captive by societal norms?  (You know, all the nonsense you’ve absorbed over the course of your life from well-meaning parents, teachers and authority types.) It’s as if you were Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver, tethered by ropes. Except yours are internal and prevent you from unleashing the full power […]

Your luck is about to change. We can feel it.

Having a special number that has sacred meaning for you is something that’s simple to do, but offers invaluable strength when facing daily challenges like deciding what PIN number to program into your ATM card. One case in point: the number four (“4”) is sacred to the Zia Indians, as this digit embodies the powers […]

No Bad Way. No Good Way. Just Great Way.

Life throwing you curveballs? Sometimes it’s best to sit back and let Jianzhi Sengcan, the Third Patriarch of Zen, remind you that you needn’t be troubled by slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Here are the first stanzas of Sengcan’s “Hsin Hsin Ming,”* containing all the instructions you need for avoiding suffering and removing every […]

Want to feel better instantly? Think of George Washington.

Whether you’ve got a cold, or Covid, or melancholia, or something that’s not yet in the medical textbooks, take comfort in the fact that many have been in worse shape — and even survived to become president. Before George Washington concerned himself with the health of our nation, America’s first commander-in-chief had to contend with […]

Thoreau yourself in the snow.

Many centuries ago, zen monks of the Rinzai school disavowed the notion of man’s superiority to animals, plants, water, fire, or even the earth itself. These monks spent years communing with nature, never seeing another person as they retreated to the mountainous caves to meditate. They reached out their hands to the universe and became […]