About the author

I am the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent can be found at LosingMyReligions.net. Currently, I am President of One Step for Animals; previously, I was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before my unfortunate encounter with activism, I was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). My hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. I live in Tucson with my soulmate and reluctant editor Anne, along with the occasional snake and scorpion.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

More on Mindfulness

From Robert Wright's amazing Why Buddhism Is True (emphasis added):

I was walking through the woods and, looking down, saw a lizard frozen in its tracks, presumably by the sight of me. As I watched it look around nervously and calculate its next move, my first thought was that this lizard behavior was governed by a simple algorithm: see large creature, freeze; if the creature approaches, run.

But then I realized that, though my own behavioral algorithms are much more complicated than that, there could well be a being so intelligent that, to it, I looked as simple-minded as a lizard looks to me.

The more I thought about it, the more the lizard I seem to have in common. We were both thrown into a world we didn't choose, under the guidance of behavioral algorithms we didn't choose, and we were trying to make the best of the situation. I felt a kind of kinship with a lizard that I never felt with a lizard.

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