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Other missed opportunities arise as you go further into the album. Meanwhile, the Robokid-assisted "Drowning" does develop with some promise, Robokid's layered voices echoing alongside a simple guitar line. Then, at the minute mark, the drop happens and the synths that land on the downbeat pound away the track's otherwise fragile beauty.

Furthermore, his collaboration with Chelsea Jade, the Imogen Heap-sounding "Lost", is conspicuously absent. It deserves a spot here before a track like "Around the World". Where The Cure to Loneliness scores well is in its lyrics. Though they may not solve loneliness, they convey it quite well. Ten years ago, this would have sounded right at home alongside songs by Phoenix, Chromeo, and Atlas Genius.

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Today, it gets me moving without quite inspiring anything. With "Your Way", Saha comes closer to what he should have done with "Drowning", leave out a drop, and gives listeners a fantastic late-album track. Technically, Saha gets plenty right on his debut. Musically, The Cure to Loneliness plays pleasantly in the background, but better, more memorable instances of this sound exists elsewhere.

On their sophomore album, Trigger Hippy cement their reputation as a hard-working American rock band with a bright future. Co-founder Steve Gorman says, "This feels special and that's worth protecting. OMD's first three albums were crucial in the development of ambitious, intellectual, art-pop. They also led to the emergence of a whole generation of electronic pop groups that have continually influenced artists up to this day. This is a film that one needs to savor and contemplate, a film that captures the tribulations of this world and the evanescent truth that lies beneath them.

Black Marble leaves behind the obscure, lo-fi, and dim essence of the past for the brighter, more melodic, synthpoppy Bigger Than Life. On their first collaboration since , a meeting of experimental musical minds has produced an album full of quiet, off-kilter introspection. Enjoy this excerpt, courtesy of Princeton University Press.

The companion piece to Sunn O 's masterful Life Metal completes the most organic and minimal chapter in the drone masters' journey. Although not as well known as John Carpenter or Brian DePalma, Fred Walton brilliantly complicates that old mystery -- is the killer in the house?

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In The Man Without Talent , Tadao Tsuge captures the element of fantasy reflected in the childish utopianism of free market capitalism and the committed entrepreneurs who are its happy-go-lucky evangelists.

BAILE's "Winte" is a richly detailed electronic piece that sees him connecting the dots between the organic and the synthetic. How are humans regulating the internet through hashtags? What kind of algorithms are generating the content in your feeds? Best read Elizabeth Losh's Hashtag. William Doyle speaks to PopMatters about the end of East India Youth, his experience of living in the suburbs, and how his new album, Your Wilderness Revisited , came into being.

A flop in , but now looked on as one of popular music's finest albums, does this expansive 4AD reworking of Gene Clark's No Other confirm its greatness, or reveal a case of the emperor's new clothes? Jam rock quartet Circles Around the Sun carry on after the shocking suicide of founding guitarist Neal Casal and deliver an uplifting show of healing transcendence. Buddhism does not adopt a purely idealistic point of view or argue that the outer world is a fabrication of consciousness. It just points to the fact that without consciousness, one cannot claim that the world exists because that statement already implies the presence of a consciousness.

Consciousness is the ability to not only have an experience or a feeling, but also to be aware of that fact. Thus, attention is one of the mechanisms required to bring content into consciousness [ awareness ], suggesting that there is a threshold for contents to reach consciousness [ awareness ]. What could it be that it makes us aware of ourselves? Let us talk about the different levels of awareness [ sic! First, the most basic level is phenomenal awareness, to ability to be aware of something [ which we call awareness, i. Then there comes the ability to be aware that one is aware of being aware of something [ which we call meta-awareness, i.

Finally, there are the more self-related aspects of consciousness [ awareness! One is aware of being an individual who is autonomous, which capable of intentional acts, and separate from other individuals. I claim we are never autonomous, since we only exist through interconnectedness! This highest level of meta-cognition is [ in Buddhism ] called self-illumination awareness. The expression conscious self could be easily be misunderstood as assuming the existing of an autonomous self at the core of ourselves [ at the core of ourselves their exist an Original Self and an Intrinsic Worth — expressions that describe the Creative Interchange process at that level — i.

The phenomenon that we address with the term consciousness would not exist without dialogue among human minds, without education, without the embedding in a rich sociocultural environment, and without the mutual attribution of mental constructs.

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These constructs are internalized and become implicit properties of our selves [ they become the so-called Mental Models ]. We experience them as part of our reality and invent terms to name and describe them. They are similar to values. These, too, are social constructs and are not found in the brain; all we can do is identify systems that assign value to certain brain states and couple them with emotions.

The same holds for all the characteristics that one associates with consciousness. We do not find consciousness in the brain, but we can try to identify structures that are necessary for consciousness to manifest itself. None of these would ever arise without the constant interaction with the environment and other sentient beings [ we call that particular interaction Creative Interchange ].

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A good metaphor is a beam of light — it reveals what there is without being modified by it. Likewise, according to Buddhist contemplatives, pure awareness [ naked or non-colored consciousness in my personal language ] is neither obscured nor modified by the content of thoughts; it is unqualified and unaltered [ we see reality as it is, not as we are — pure awareness is non dual ].

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The process of non-dual awareness can become effortless and uncontrived. Without repressing them, you can simply let them vanish as they arise. There is no point trying to stop perceiving the outer world, hearing the birds that are singing. You simply let [ i. In other words, there is no point in trying to prevent thoughts that are already coming in and you can certainly prevent them from invading your mind [ i. The essence of meditation freeing the mind from randomly intruding contents, and then you fill it with selected contents that you call on through intention — for example, empathy or compassion — granting them a privileged space.

It means that we become familiar with something and cultivating a skill in a methodic, no chaotic way. This is not a semi-passive way of learning [ as sometimes meditation is seen ] but a fully engaged one in a coherent way. After a long period of time such a skill can become consummate and effortless. Meditation does not require forceful attention.

So you are not effort fully attentive, but you are not distracted at the same time. So one of the levels of consciousness is the content-free or empty state of awareness. Empty in the sense of being free from content, not empty in the sense of perfect clarity. It is a state of extreme awareness of its own clarity.

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This awareness is called in Buddhism nondual consciousness , because there is no separation between subject and object. Neuro scientists call this meta-awareness , the awareness of being aware of being aware or conscious.

So, there is pure awareness, where there is no split between a subject that knows something and an object that is known [ i. The most fundamental form of experience is called in Buddhism: dwelling in nondual awareness. Anyway, consciousness is a fact. Without it, our subjective world entirely disappears.

So to us CI is at the center of the spiritual path ]. From the Buddhist perspective consciousness actually influences neuronal processes, in order to transform itself. Please remember that, as the philosopher David Chambers remarked, all biological functions, including the articulation of language that allows communication between two organisms, as well as meta-representation, can be formulated without having to refer to subjective experience. This finding shows that experience is not a particular moment in objective biological functions but something we are aware of prior to any study of these functions.

This makes it difficult to establish a causal relation between neuronal processes and consciousness. If consciousness did not have the capacity to transforms itself, know itself, and work to deeply change its contents, then it would really be worthless. Buddhism starts from the other end of the spectrum: pure awareness. Then it investigates how thoughts, emotions, happiness, and suffering arise from this pure awareness. It tries to understand the processes of wisdom and delusion that are related to recognizing or losing recognition of this pure awareness.

This allows one to maintain the recognition that all mental events arise within awareness simply because of many causes and conditions, which do not belong to pure awareness. As mentioned earlier, pure awareness is a primary fact.

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Pure awareness is what allows all mental constructs and discursive thoughts, and it is not a construct itself. It leads you to recognize that, thanks to this, you always have the possibility to change the content of your mind because mental states are not intrinsically embedded in pure awareness. Consequently, with training and mindfulness [ Creative Interchange I would say ], one can rid of hatred, craving, and other afflictive emotions [embedded in the Vicious Circle].

Matthieu Ricard postulates that awareness impacts future neuronal processes. If we consider pure awareness as a primary fact, and there is nothing that goes against this view, there is no reason to deny that mental constructs arising within the space of awareness could act through neuroplasticity. Thus, through the work of interdependent, mutual causation, one may have downward, upward, and same-level causation.

One could talk about top-down causation in the sense that the immaterial constructs of cultures, the social realities, influence brain functions. In this case, the mechanisms are well established and not in conflict with the laws of nature. The belief systems, norms, and concepts shared by a society influence the self-understanding and action of its members.