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Jan 22, 2024

Using Beginner's Mind and Maximum Entropy to understand Emptiness

The main line of thought I will develop here is that we can analyse the notion of beginner’s mind using the concept of entropy to arrive at a particular way of understanding śūnyatā, otherwise known as emptiness. Although emptiness is ineffable, we can nonetheless use words to point to it, and that’s the main goal of this post: to point to emptiness using entropy...

Aug 14, 2023

Mystical Entropy: A Manifesto for Uniting the Scientific and the Mystical

As mystical experiences continue to go mainstream and the scientific research into them accelerates, it's time we start examining these experiences with greater philosophical precision. The Mystical Entropy project at Leiden University (2023-2026) seeks to do this by using the information-theoretic notion of entropy to systematise these experiences and the spiritual practices that cultivate them...

Jul 31, 2023

What does it mean to have a psychedelic experience?

It is increasingly common to think that a psychedelic experience is an experience you have when you take a psychedelic drug. However, these drugs got their name because early researchers thought they reliably induce psychedelic experiences...

Jun 01, 2022

Discovering connection through the psychedelic looking-glass

One of my all-time favourite quotes about psychedelics is the following by Stanislav Grof: It does not seem to be an exaggeration to say that psychedelics, used responsibly and with proper caution, would be for psychiatry what the microscope is for biology and medicine or the telescope is for astronomy...

Jan 04, 2022

What is meditation, and why should you do it?

It's easy for meditation to be associated with Buddhism, spirituality, etc. However, although the practice of meditation definitely has the roots, this is not intrinsic to the practice. The abstract should definitely be longer. I think approximately four or five lines of text should be pretty good. Maybe even six lines. This makes me wonder whether I should write asbtracts for the cards or just use the introductions of the posts...