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Old Buddha Meets Young Buddha, Part-4: More Minutely Responsive means More ‘Evolved’.

A short selection from Essay Twenty-Three in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. I now want to show that there is ‘plenty’ of room [at the bottom] … The biological example of writing information on a small scale has inspired me … A biological system can be exceedingly small. Many of the cells are very …

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Two Buddhas Dance, Part-2: “Foresight”, Really?

A very short selection from Essay Twenty-Two in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. He moved very, very slowly and carefully. With the most slight and gentle movements, trying to catch at the sound he moved his head round what seemed like a billionth part of a billionth part of a degree, slipped behind a …

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Young Buddha at Home, Part-2: Three ‘Natural Truths’ that Horrify!

A short selection from Essay Twenty-One in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. —like one that on a lonesome road doth walk in fear and dread, and having once turned round walks on, and turns no more his head; because he knows, a frightful fiend doth close behind him tread. —Samuel Taylor Coleridge [1] Let’s …

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Young Buddha at Home, Part-1: Illusion is Our Birthright

A short selection from Essay Twenty in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice. The man pulling radishes pointed the way with a radish —Haiku by Issa The wolf is tied by subtle threads to the woods he moves through. —Barry Lopez [1] Our inner cave-man can clearly see his world has changed, but despite the …

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Old Buddha Meets Young Buddha, Part-3: When we See the Difference, our World Changes

The Whole of Essay Nineteen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice.  It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer. —William of Ockham [1] The flexible behaviour of higher animals can’t be trusted to maintain resource partitions; only innate structure can. Thus ecological stability requires not only that inapposite curiosity …

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Young Buddha, Part -1: Overturning the Natural Conformity of Structure and Function

A short selection from Essay Eighteen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice.  In considering transitions of organs [and thus, by extension, species], it is so important to bear in mind the probability of conversion from one function to another [1] … [and from the next chapter] Domestic instincts, as they may be called, are …

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Two Buddhas Dance, Part-1: Different Tempos

The Whole of Essay Seventeen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice:  The story of Old Buddha ends (for the moment) and the story of Young Buddha begins. I tell you: one must still have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star. —Friedrich Nietzsche [1] The final lesson to take from our …

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Old Buddha Meets Young Buddha, Part-2: Our Own “Personal Evolutions”?

A short selection from Essay Sixteen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice.  … novel behavior, (including the verbal and conceptual behaviors we call “ideas”) is the result of an orderly and dynamic competition among previously established behaviors, during which old behaviors blend or become inter-connected in new ways. … New ideas often seem to …

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Old Buddha Speaks, Part-2: Sexual Traits Guide Reproduction of Species just as Words Guide Reproduction of Ideas

A short selection from Essay Fifteen in Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice.  A bird might marry a fish, but where would they live? —Tevye character, in Fiddler on the Roof For the need of a niche, or for the good of a ‘race’, sexual traits intensify the cut of new species, just as they …

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A Short Diversion from “Essay Selections” after the 2022 Ontario Election: the Meaning of LEADERSHIP for Human Beings

Many of us are trying to make sense of the desperately apathetic response to the greatest challenge of ALL human history revealed in the results of yesterday’s Ontario Election: We chose “Hold the Course” as we head over the brink of the global heating – mass extinction cliff. After 73 years of watching in real …

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