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Only Fitness

Fast forward to 10:20 to hear the punchline. But do watch the whole thing. Especially the first half.

16 responses to “Only Fitness

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  2. Jackal August 26, 2015 at 18:52

    Really fantastic paper on a similar topic (in relation to the absurd complexity of reality)

  3. August August 26, 2015 at 18:56

    In what little information I could gather about a Russian training technique, called attention deconcentration, which involves spreading one’s awareness across all sensory fields but not focusing on any particular thing- I found that people can learn, observe, and handle a lot of strange conditions (the first article I found was from a free diver), but the state is also meditative and tends to lead to a passive state. Perhaps pre-occupation with reality leads to a passive state that is not conducive to finding a mate. The warrior tends to have more children than the mystic.

    • Peter George Stewart June 29, 2017 at 02:51

      This is curiously similar to some “non-dual” Eastern meditation techniques, and to what the New Age mystic and ancient historian Peter Kingsley believed Parmenides, Zeno and Empedocles (and later, the Sophists) were talking about with the phrase “common sense” (which Aristotle later mistook to refer to generally-held common ideas). IOW, Kingsley thinks some of those ancient philosophers were teaching a meditative technique.

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  5. Stephen Amico August 26, 2015 at 19:44

    “In this sense the Dionysian man resembles Hamlet: both have for once penetrated into the true nature of things, — they have perceived, but it is irksome for them to act; for their action cannot change the eternal nature of things; that they should be required to set it right. Knowledge kills action, action not the idle wisdom of Jack o’ Dreams who from too much reflection, no! — true knowledge, insight into the terrible truth, preponderate over all motives inciting to action, in Hamlet as well as in the Dionysian man.” – Old Gunpowder-Head, The Birth of Tragedy

  6. asdf August 27, 2015 at 22:33

    Good find. I think this was Lewis’s big stumbling block. If we can’t rely on our minds to perceive reality, how can we trust out own minds. He decided they could, though perhaps only with divine intervention.

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  8. Bob September 2, 2015 at 07:49

    Do you have another link to the video?

  9. S September 4, 2015 at 10:19

    I listened to that yesterday, so I may have holes in my memory, but he seems wrong. The behavior he describes (beetle, buffalo, etc) is indeed retarded, but whats more likely, faulty vision or logic? Are gay guys actually straight, they just see each other as women? Are people actually rational, logically consistent computers who spend all of our time mindlessly signalling over the stupidest shit because our vision is off? Again, I may be remembering or interpreting incorrectly, but his thesis – vision was selected for fitness and logic/math was selected for reality – seems 180 wrong.

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