I can directly relate to all of that, except I haven't read any Descarte. Have you read the Zhuangzi? I think it's a more nuanced formulation of mostly the same ideas in the Tao Te Ching, but I feel like it approaches them much better...more creatively, if you will. Anyway, the major idea I get out of these texts and other texts that express essentially the same idea (my personal favorite is William Blake) is to stop thinking about it; the beatific vision, sat-chit ananda, whatever you want to call it, the atavistic egg of philosophy and art, is only accessible by direct perception. If anything, that's what mushrooms have taught me. I'll have more to say about this later but I have to cut.
O man, ive had some pretty crazy changes in my life since i last posted in here. I switched my major from physics with a minor in philosophy to specifically majoring in philosophy. We'll see what happens with that.
But anywho, to continue on with the conversation, yeah, shrooms gave me a real interesting perspective on a lot of things. It was really when I started to really understand concepts of the void and all that shit. I am in a philosophy of science class right now, which i find to have rather interesting ties to some of the concepts of the Void and the Infinite. The class focuses on the switch between the modern period and the postmodern and its implications on science and how science is structured. I feel a lot of the paradoxical situations and subtexts discussed in postmodernism can be dealt with pretty well using some of the eastern ideas about truth and the world. I haven't really finished my thoughts on it, but thats what I have been thinking about.
As far as actual consideration of the nature of the universe, I have been thinking a lot about noticing small changes around you if you focus on a single thing. Today, we had class outside and I just sort of zoned out considering Hume's restrictions of knowledge, and I saw tons of small movement in the grass. Not like obvious movement from a wind, but minute things caused by either bugs or tensions created by people sitting on the grass. It was very cool.
I have been toying with the application of meditation towards any one subject lately. I feel like while learning a new subject, if one dedicates a very large amount of thought to the process, they can gain an infinite wealth of information about that act or process without any direct interaction with it. Take for example sports. I have played a couple sports throughout my life, and I recently picked up frisbee at my school. I enjoyed gettin blazed and watchin the disc (I go to a school full of annoying hippies, I get influenced sometimes). However, I very quickly picked up all of the different throws, not through actual experience of playing, but by thought. I spent a lot of time as I was falling asleep just considering the different levels of variables and causes that went into the action of throwing a frisbee well. I tried to use a period of time that where my concious thought was slowly slipping into a subconcious state as too allow for a larger consideration of concepts than if I were fully awake. I figured out within a quick period of time the different throws by evaluating what muscles I use in each, and applying that to general conceptions of lift and flight of a rotating disc. I admit, all of this may sound a bit redic, but it has worked pretty well for me.
There was a recent article about how people should leave large desicions up to their subconcious because of its ability to objectively evaluate large quantities of variables in a given problem. It was pretty interesting. There has is a lot of literature and research being dedicated to studying the neurological implications of the bhuddist mind. So many of the cognitive rules we generally place on the human mind are continually being broken and expanded through research into the cognitive state of bhuddist monks during periods of deep meditation and detachment.
blah, im done for now... tequila night calls.