We are what we think. With our thoughts we create the world. — Buddha
OK, first, let me hasten to say that I find myself, as most any physical scientist would, irritated by the ancient quote above.
I expect a modern person to know, though the Buddha may or may not have known, that the logic of the physical universe is so intricate and so precise that mere human thoughts are grotesquely insufficient to create it, that some objective reality must exist.
What You Think About Determines What You Think
There is another sense, though, in which it is precisely true that we create the world with our thoughts. We live in a world both of artifice and of nature. Our environment shapes our minds and our minds shape our environment. What we are thinking about matters.
Consider the matter of Iran, for instance.
By now everybody’s talking about Iran, but early last week there was immense frustration directed at the major media in a small niche community, for ignoring the story entirely. That niche community was Twitter users.
It was an unusual week among Twitterphiles. We were experiencing the world much as one did when the Berlin Wa... Read more