“A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.”
Ian McEwan, Atonement.
1. For years Mirko has been talking about the translating software he has developed, and thanks to the Japanese, his invention has finally been commercialised. Congratulations, Mirko!
Speaking of Mirko, he wasn’t here today, for family reasons. But naturally, Destiny had to provide a suitable replacement and it did: Michael turned up and was a pest just like Mirko. Sigh.
2. Steve Maxwell brought our attention to Water NSW’s submission to an Independent Expert Panel. It claims that coal mining is draining Sydney’s water supply. Millions of litres are being lost daily to the coal mines, explained Steve. Some creeks are now bone dry because of the coal mines. If you would like to know more, click here.
3. A passer-by, Kevin, bravely stood on the Ladder of Knowedge to tell us his true ghost story. He did a good job of it, too. Thank goodness it was day time. As a follow-up, Mr B examined the nature of ghost-hood in general, but he wasn’t convincing.
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4. A paradigm is a collective belief held by society. Some paragigms can be wacky, but people believe them anyway, because it appears to them normal and sensible. Mr B listed a few paradigms, and one of them was the reverence of burial sites. We tend to take graves and tombstones too seriously, he said.
5. “What is the relationship between humility and epiphanies?”, one passer-by wanted to know. Mr B gave his view on the matter, and on the matter of optimism and pessimism.
6. Other topics discussed:
– Mr B talked about another incident involving his past love life. He hasn’t told that story before, and he probably won’t again.
– Helmut spoke about the tennis and about his mentorship of Arnold Schwarzenegger, when Arnold was a polite young lad willing to learn from Helmut.
– Sashin spoke about the four truths of Buddhism, but he unfortunately received too many interruptions from Michael.
– Mr B presented a fair chunk of his happiness material today because his regulars were across the way listening to Helmut. Mr B spoke about the two different types of happiness, how the two types evolved, the relationship between anxiety and happiness, and the Deep Need to Belong. For a reminder, click here.
– Michael was allowed up on the Ladder of Knowledge. Mr B expected that the crowd would suddenly leave to send Michael a message. But no, the crowd immediately grew. Sigh. Michael talked about atheists.