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    • One of my favorite regulars on Cake recently commented that they would like for more interaction on topics other than the current crisis.

      The reality is that our interests have significantly changed since the crisis began: out goes discussions on sports for the foreseeable future, live concerts for another, new movie releases for a third.

      So what are your topics of interest currently, topics that fascinate you or that make you want to share your insights, perspectives or expertise?

      Are you all over the latest craze (Zoom, Tiger King)? Or are you looking for book recommendations to download to your iPad?

      Politics still continues to be in the news and is a personal interest of mine and quite a few regulars here.

      What are the topics that you’d like to see more of on Cake during our current state of abnormalcy?

    • Understanding human consciousness, perception of reality (how one influences the other) and how it alters our behavior is far above any other hobbies for me. Any materials on that topic or that help bring a tangent understanding to it interest me.

    • It is supposed to be a mirror into your soul, an alternate perception of reality. When what we think we see is disconnected from what is, our understanding of human consciousness becomes limited. The puddle is merely a tangential mechanism to understanding.

      My favorite film on deeper consciousness is Circle of Iron. It was based on a story by Bruce Lee and chronicles the journey of a warrior who seeks to gaze inside the book of wisdom, The Circle of Iron. When the warrior finally gains the book, he opens it to find that each page has a large circular mirror at its center. True wisdom can only come from within.

      Deep stuff.

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      Behind each door

      Is another door

      Repeating on to infinity.

    • My favorite film on deeper consciousness is Circle of Iron. It was based on a story by Bruce Lee and chronicles the journey of a warrior who seeks to gaze inside the book of wisdom, The Circle of Iron. When the warrior finally gains the book, he opens it to find that each page has a large circular mirror at its center. True wisdom can only come from within.

      I have some thoughts on this rooted in some of the fiction I've read, in particular some shared themes coming from such diverse novels as Herman Melville's Moby Dick (Massachusetts 1851), Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic (Leningrad 1971), and Karen Joy Fowler's Sarah Canary (California 1991).

      But it will take me some time to assemble these into a post... so remind me again later.

    • When what we think we see is disconnected from what is

      Yes, yes. But what about when what we think, becomes what we see, because of it. We are star dust.

      I love the movie and it feels as if I already watched it, long ago (quite possibly).

    • But what about when what we think, becomes what we see, because of it.

      There is a condition called a scotoma, which relates to a partial loss of vision. Believe it or not, your thinking can cause a temporary scotoma. Have you ever said to a family member, “I can’t find my keys”—and then they immediately found the keys that were near you all that time? You convinced yourself that the keys weren’t there and therefore your brain couldn’t perceive them.

      What we think can become what we see.

      Try this. Stare at the photo and then react with a 🎯 emoji when you see it.

    • Sometimes it helps to remove as much visual distraction in order to finally see. I’ve converted the image to monochrome, which should make it easier to see what’s in front of you.

      React with a 🎯emoji when you see it.

    • But it will take me some time to assemble these into a post... so remind me again later.

      You’ve been reminded.

    • The problem with written communication is that (feeble emoji attempts to warm it notwithstanding) it's dry as a board, lacks timeliness, lacks face to face expression and voice inflexions (I can only imagine how some people here sound like - most likely wrong anyway), and I can't ever consider great this world of blahblah telegram per day. However, there are times when this is great and I wished could transform some real people into social media character and never let them come out in real life, ever.

    • Actually - it's more that I have a problem with any of the extreme snub nosed dogs.

      I understand were selectively bred for a purpose - but that purpose is now redundant as a domestic pet. As a result they labour to breathe doing modern doggy things. Indulgent human behavior.

      My Grandfather had a well-bred Bulldog that was f***ed from walking up a flight of stairs.

      Besides ... *microphones* - almost as interesting as cameras.

    • Uri Geller was one of the most well-known psychics of the 1980s and he was able to bend spoons 🥄 with his mind. His claims were challenged by a skeptic by the name of James Randi. Since you mentioned previously that you get some of your news information from PBS, I thought you might find useful this PBS Nova documentary on the exploration of Uri Geller’s psychic abilities, including spoon bending.

    • I knew about Uri Geller, and also have exhaustively reviewed similar claims. There is a line between using tricks and deception for profit, and true research even government spent considerable effort for. A limited view does not help understand phenomena apparently coincidentally random. So let's describe an example.

      I leave home on a sunny 75F fair weather afternoon motorcycle ride. Cruising along enjoying the feeling of being immersed in life, a first warning sign appears, a bird dives dangerously close and escapes merely fraction of a second before impact. A dog starts giving chase, but I notice with the corner of my eye and am ready to either stop or accelerate. Next, someone on a sports motorcycle passes and we start to "play". I feel the pursuit is getting too hot but won't let off, the adrenaline is just too much to.. Then as I'm getting ready to pass the other bike, I feel the rear wheel and my entire bike wagging its tail dangerously! I slow down and stop, only to realize I have a flat tire! I fixed it and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon, drama free. But my point is that there are certain days and times when it feels as if there are energy vibes all around, and that repeatedly (however rarely it occurs) is almost too much to be a coincidence.

    • A limited view does not help understand phenomena apparently coincidentally random.

      Drac, I read this as you accusing me of having a “limited view.” Not sure what you mean by limited view.

      I did read your article that provided specific instructions on how to bend spoons with your mind. In addition to James Randi’s proving that Uri Gellar was a fraud, I’ve watched Penn and Teller spend an hour disproving the trickery of psychics and telekinesis practioners, including spoon benders.

      For over twenty years now, James Randi has offered a million dollars to anyone who could prove their psychic abilities under laboratory-controlled conditions.

      No one has ever proved their abilities and collected that million dollar check.

      My mind is incredibly open to new possibilities. The fact that I can control a computer with my voice, like on Star Trek, is mind boggling to 1970s me. The fact that I can FaceTime a friend on my phone, like in the Dick Tracy Comics, would be considered science fiction by my grandparents. Self-driving cars that don’t kill people may become reality within the next decade.

      If you look at what’s been done with prosthetics, people ARE moving physical objects with their minds.