Stanford campus photo from above

7/31/2003

Mom drove me up to Pittsburgh yesterday morning to catch my flight out to California. 8pm CA time I landed in San Francisco and Eric was there to pick me up in his car, Kamala.

After meeting Eric's aunt and the dog Molly and chatting for a while I went to sleep, exhausted at 2am my time, 11pm here. Woke up this morning at 6:30am to meditate for an hour with Eric and then go on a walk through the redwood park that he and his aunt live in up here in the mountains 30 minutes South of San Fran. It's beautiful up here I love it already.

7/23/2003

I've booked a flight out to San Francisco! I leave from Pittsburgh, PA on July 30th and arrive at SFO at 8pm.

West Coast here I come!

7/20/2003

> >We all know that water is important but I've never
> >seen it written down like this before.
> >
> >WATER
> >
> >1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
> >(Likely applies to half world population.)
> >
> >2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so
> >weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
> >
> >3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's
> >metabolism as much as 3%.
> >
> >4. One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs
> >in almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of
> >Washington study.
> >
> >5. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
> >
> >6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of
> >water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to
> >80% of sufferers.
> >
> >7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy
> >short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing
> >on the computer screen or on a printed page.
> >
> >8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the
> >risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast
> >cancer by
> >79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
> >
> >Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?
> >
> >
> >COKE
> >
> >1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol
> >carries two liters of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the
> >highway after a car accident.
> >
> >2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it
> >will be gone in two days.
> >
> >3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the
> >toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush
> >clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous porcelain.
> >
> >4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub
> >the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil
> >dipped in Coca-Cola.
> >
> >5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour
> >a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
> >
> >6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in
> >Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
> >
> >7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into
> >the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes
> >before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to
> >mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
> >
> >8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke
> >into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a
> >regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease
> >stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
> >
> >FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
> >
> >1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
> >Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric
acid
> >also
> >leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising
> >increase in osteoporosis.
> >
> >2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate), the commercial truck
> >must use the Hazardous Material placards reserved for highly
> >corrosive materials.
> >
> >3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean the engines of
> >their trucks for about 20 years!
> >
> >Now the question is, would YOU like a glass of water
> >instead of a Coke?
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply
gives you courage."
-Lao-Tzu

7/11/2003

It's been a while so I thought I'd drop a quick line. Week one is nearly done with my second class here at TIP and things are going pretty well. I have 18 students and they're all really inquisitive and fun to teach. I'm headed down to Beaufort, NC for the weekend to visit an old college friend, Kimbrough. My mom is headed down for a visit July 25th . . . just before I leave for the West Coast. Still don't know how I'm getting out there exactly. Though I found a good deal on a flight to LA so maybe I can take a train from there to San Francisco and crash with Mike or Eric until I can organize a ride out to the meditation center . . .

7/05/2003

Week one.

Monday: Morning – Class overview, introductions, general announcements, rules and
respect, introduce the person beside you, two truths and a lie.
Quick history of philosophy. Descartes.

Afternoon – Matrix. Discussion.

Tuesday: Morning – introduction to photography.
I, Robot. Ch. 2
Intro to meditation

Afternoon – Human Cognition reading.
Neuroanatomy – neurons, brain structure, neuron game
Explanatory gap. Super scientist Mary.

Wednesday: Morning – Hume and empirical skepticism.
Dennet article on AI

Afternoon – Pleasure Power video
Human Cognition reading.


Thursday: Morning – Video on Personality.
Virginia on Psychology

Afternoon – Freud. Kafka, "Penal Colony."
Responding to written questions


Friday: Morning – I, Robot.
Derrida / Lacan. Video – Discovering Psych. Or Language and
Cognition.

Afternoon – I am John’s Brain.
Is God a Taoist? Waking Life. Free will vs. Determinism discuss.


Saturday: Review. Journal writing.
Photo project.







Week two.

Monday: Morning – Art Museum or Aphasias, Agnosias, abnormal psych.

Afternoon – Vipassana Meditation reading
Intro to life of Buddha, Buddhism
Flanagan reading on self and soul.


Tuesday: Morning – Video on Buddhism – Doing Time, Doing Vipassana
Vipassana Meditation reading.

Afternoon – Photo project. Mindfulness walk in the Gardens. Thich Nadt Han.


Wednesday: Morning – Gender and identity construction. Erin on Feminism / Ophelia
Speaks. Tough Guise. De Beauvoir. Foucault.

Afternoon – Self-description exercise
Vipassana Meditation reading.
Lydia Davis piece.


Thursday: Morning – Are You a Robot talk or Human Cognition reading.
Zombies / Qualia readings, discussion.

Afternoon – Visit MRI lab.

Evening Session – Termbook / T-shirts


Friday: Morning – Inside the Animal Mind video
Human Cognition

Afternoon – Primate Center


Saturday: Review. Journal writing.
The Stanford Prison study video.








Week three.

Monday: Morning – Indy Research Projects (IRPs).

Afternoon – Dennett’s "Where Am I?"

Tuesday: Morning – LeDoux interview.

Afternoon – IRPs.

Wednesday: Morning – IRP presentations.

Afternoon – IRP presentations. Myers-Briggs personality tests (on computers).

Thursday: Morning – Finish up IRP presentations.

Afternoon – Roast and Toast.

Evening session – Ice Cream

Friday: Morning – Evaluations. Conferences. Psychologist.

Afternoon – Roast and Toast. Termbook signing.


7/04/2003

Paid off one of my student loans just now! Woo-hoo!

In other news, I'm back from my vacation to Western NC. It was nice.

The new TIP class starts on Monday. This one is called Going Mental: Philosophic Investigations into the Mind. Syllabus will be upcoming.

Finally, I'm in search of a job for the next year in California. Still undecided about career direction though I'm thinking something related to medicine, especially naturopathic medicine.