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Mark Mulvey

Interconnectedness

01/02/2016

Today, the man who in old photos of Tibet can be seen enacting religious rites wearing a conical yellow hat — in front of thangkas, or scrolls, swarming with scowling monsters and copulating deities — speaks of going ‘‘beyond religion’’ and embracing ‘‘secular ethics’’: principles of selflessness and compassion rooted in the fundamental Buddhist notion Read More

A Proportional Visualization of the World’s Most Popular Languages

06/17/2015

When you view the original graphic, you’ll note that Chinese speakers outnumber English speakers by a factor of four. And yet English is spoken in 110 countries, as compared to 33 for Chinese. And the number of people learning English worldwide dwarfs the number learning Mandarin. As you look through Lopéz’s visual, you’ll want to keep one thing Read More

Homotopy

06/10/2015

“Homotopy types are used to classify the essential features of an object. The letters A, R and Q all have one hole, and so are the same homotopy type. The letters C, X and K are also of the same homotopy type, as they can all transform into a line.” Source: Univalent Foundations Redefines Mathematics Read More

The Copper Beech

06/08/2015

“The copper beech is my favourite type of tree particularly in spring when the leaves are still slightly translucent and the most beautiful colour against the silver grey bark. Although the music is inspired by light flickering through the leaves, the title refers to the colours I associate with the key signatures of the track.” Source: Track by Read More

Paying Exquisitely Close and Non-judgmental Attention

05/29/2015

Writer and neuroscientist Sam Harris on the benefits of Vipassana meditation as a gateway to mindfulness: [Vipassana meditation] needn’t presuppose any belief about anything. You don’t have to develop a fondness for the iconography of Buddhism, you don’t have to care about the Buddha, you don’t have to believe in rebirth or karma… none of the Read More

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