Archive for May, 2010

BEWARE: DANGEROUS MOUNTAIN AHEAD

Posted in Buddha Dharma and Chan on May 2, 2010 by secretchan

For a month I have spoken of the true appreciation of nature and what that can tell us about the human creatures attitudes, intentions and actions and it is clear that the human creature comes of second best on every count.

Yesterday, the first of May, I turned the corner with artificial intelligence and began by giving Dharma impressions of various direct aspects of human behavior that can be labeled kindly as absurd.

The photo above shows Siula Grande a mountain of the  Cordillera Huayhuash, in the Peruvin Andes. It poseses an altitude of 6344 m.

It is one of the ten mountains that is considered the most dangerous.

Now that is a strange designation is it not.  The idea, is that it is dangerous for human creatures, for I doubt that mountain goats feel threatened by its presence. In fact I doubt that a mountain goat would be intrigued with the idea of climbing to the top.

Is it that mountain goats have greater appreciation for correct behavior, for it is not at any point as far as I can tell interested in being the first to climb any mountain, with or without horns, climbing backwards or any other foolishness  that has little utility for its survival

It is not interested in climbing this or any other mountain because it is there. It is not interested in climbing this or other mountain to prove anything, and as far as television and media coverage is concerned I doubt that the highest climbing mountain goat would be news at all.

Similarly I doubt that there would be little attempt to risk lives sending a rescue party for a goat trapped in snow, who had lost its way or had fallen in a crevice.

Female goats I feel also have little interest in being the first of the goat distaff side to make the top.

Is it then that the human creature climbs these peaks because they are dangerous.  Wait a minute. What does that mean?

Do mountain climbers know something that we don’t know in terming these mountains dangerous. Is the human race in danger from an immanent attack of mountains.  Will they descend upon us.  Is there a possibility that a great mountain will just fall down upon us because it wants to see how low it can get?

I think not.

So why are they dangerous.

They do not threaten great harm.

Is it then that they are called dangerous by those who wish to put their lives in danger.  If that is so then we would better call them Dangerous Climbers, for not only do they put themselves in danger as they wish to overcome that danger, but they cause great danger to those who occasionally must rescue them.

I wonder if there would be some sort of thrill in shaving with a rusty razor blade or racing in front of a formula one car.  For some I suppose there might be, but fame and fortune do not accompany these acts and no one would buy a book entitled,  “I shaved with the ten top brands of rusty razor blades.”

Fame is not that easy to get.

Certainly the climbing genre will conclude that I have not understood them or worse, but I understand them too well.

Give me those creatures who live within their limits of survival as part of nature without any objectives of conquering it.

Sadly the alpine bear and the mountain wolves have disappeared.  I wonder if somehow I have misjudged and that they have been devoured by a dangerous mountain or perhaps it is because they are extinct because of the presence and demands of “non dangerous” human creatures with “non dangerous arms” and “non dangerous minds”

It is good that the mountain Lynx has been reintroduced to the Alps in small numbers, and the  Red and Roe deer as well as the Chamois still abound in the lower reaches.

I would rather keep my admiration for those and the small carnivores such as the Red Fox, Badger, Pine Marten, or Stoat that live in the lower forested areas, not to speak of  the Common and Nose-Horned Viper , the  lizards, frogs, toads, newts and salamanders.

Of course the birds range upon the upper reaches of these dangerous mountains and I feel  that they hold no fear, for the mountains are their home and they never certainly go higher than their nature dictates.

Now that is an interesting point. Does the human creature call a mountain dangerous because it is not easily conquered? Is his human nature such that he must live n the edge of danger so that he feels alive.

Does he need to see the majesty of a mountain from its summit and cannot see it from below. Or is it the thrill of conquering what is dangerous that is his ego aim.

Perhaps that is why man hunts dangerous animals, although I doubt that the rabbit can be considered dangerous.

Perhaps indeed that peak mountain view allows these climbers to appreciate nature and eliminate their tawdry lives for a moment.

It is a pity that they must label the mountain dangerous to achieve that for I assure them that the beautiful Alpenapollo butterfly, now very rare,   the magnificaent Alpine Long-Horned Beetle and the Burnet Moth which they may have passed on the way up could have brought them as close to nature as they would wish to get.

I admit that I must be confused, for I cannot understand why so many human creatures seek to understand nature by looking outside for they can best understand it by looking inside.

I seem to have led myself astray for my aim was to talk about Dangerous Mountains, but though I searched I couldn’t find one that really threatened any living thing, though I find many human creatures who are threatened by just being alive.



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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Posted in Buddha Dharma and Chan on May 1, 2010 by secretchan

Many scientists, at least that is what they are called, are seeking
artificial intelligence. Actually that seems quite a waste of energy,
for we already have it.

It sits there in almost every human brain, for there can be nothing more artificial than the intelligence which the human brain is generating. Yet computer scientists, without any real regard for other disciplines, are using this artificial intelligence which they possess in order to discover a way to duplicate it with computers.

That seems to me like a donkey chasing its own tail, believing it to be a carrot.

The sad thing is that the natural intelligence of the human creature is available. It is a combination of a liberated ninth consciousness, which is the uncontaminated program set of the right hemisphere, which consists of natural survival function, sensory essence and the information of non discriminated form that is the base for balancing the sensation, discrimination, perception, cognition and consciousness of the stained left hemisphere.

If we are seeking the truth about a true intelligence which can be
imitated, then it seems folly to be using Identity-based artificial
intelligence to do so.

We are in the position then of declaring to those who seek, “first
cure yourself and find your own true intelligence”.

Really, they should first look outside their own illusory selfhood and review the status of all those living creatures that surround them that they call lower animals. Lower indeed!

Let us redefine what they are really after. Scientists are trying to
imitate the human brain and its way of operating. They are trying to imitate stained Identity consciousness that is not autonomous but controlled by the human creature. They want robots with their stained human-like mind to serve a society which is managing to destroy every human creature and the planet which supports us all.

Do you doubt that? What use will this duplication of artificial
stained intelligence be? No doubt the sales pitch will be that it will
help mankind.

What compassion, what great benevolent love there is in this act.
Well, behind that mask which will project artificial surgeons and the like, we will see that someone is counting coins. Commerce and industry are behind the scenes, not pulling the strings, but pressing the buttons. We will no doubt have artificial soldiers out there killing each other … artificial intelligences cutting down our forests … artificial hunters within the law and clearly artificial furtive hunters as well… Artificial scientists who will experiment with animals.

But not all areas will be covered.

No doubt there will be human bullfighters and not artificial ones, for there is no elation to be gained if one is not behind the sword to kill defenseless naturally intelligent animals, nor would the crowds come to see an artificial intelligence risking its life.

And of course there will be no artificial politicians or lawyers. I
need not give the reasons, for even you sitting there with your
artificial intelligence can see why.

So the important question is why (although we know the answer) the powers that be seek this artificial intelligence when first we should be liberating the true human intelligence that is being masked by our greed, confusion, aversion and thrust to dominate the future.

Man is on the path of self suicide.

Look in the mirror and see yourself as Brutus and declare solemnly “Et tu Brute”?  That is the ultimate betrayal. Perhaps then you will understand.