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I am not Enlightened... We Are!!


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5 minute presentation I gave for Ignite Chicago.

Thursday 22nd October 2009 at UIC.

Premiss: Is that Enlightenment is happening in the world around us and we can connect with this even if we individually are not enlightened.

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I am not Enlightened... We Are!!

  1. 1. I am not Enlightened …but We are! <ul><li>Paul Caswell </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>@paulcaswell </li></ul>
  2. 2. I am Paul Caswell <ul><li>Born 43 years ago in England </li></ul><ul><li>Started writing code 30 years ago </li></ul><ul><li>Danced at the Haçienda 20 years ago </li></ul><ul><li>Moved to Chicago 14 years ago </li></ul><ul><li>Founded WeaveThePeople 5 years ago </li></ul><ul><li>Wants to talk about Enlightenment tonight </li></ul><ul><li>And I am Not Enlightened </li></ul><ul><li>Why am I talking about about this then ? </li></ul>
  3. 4. What is Enlightenment? <ul><li>Enlightenment </li></ul><ul><li>Wisdom of Emptiness </li></ul>Satori The End of Suffering aka Nirvana
  4. 5. What is Enlightenment? <ul><li>Philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Quantum Physics </li></ul><ul><li>Neurobiology </li></ul>
  5. 6. The Age of Enlightenment <ul><li>René Descartes </li></ul><ul><li>What can one know as true without any doubt </li></ul>1600s 1700s <ul><li>Isaac Newton </li></ul><ul><li>Use our own rational powers to achieve perfection (in this life!) </li></ul><ul><li>Immanuel Kant </li></ul><ul><li>1782 - “What is Enlightenment” </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom to use one’s own intelligence </li></ul>1800s Dare To Know
  6. 7. The Age of Quantum Physics 1800s 1900s Now Subject & Object Deterministic & Mechanical
  7. 8. 1800s 1900s Now
  8. 9. Form is Emptiness Emptiness is Form
  9. 10. The Mindful Brain <ul><li>Dan </li></ul><ul><li>Siegel </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard MD </li></ul>
  10. 11. Mirror Neurons
  11. 12. Mindfullness <ul><li>Dan </li></ul><ul><li>Siegel </li></ul>Jack Kornfield
  12. 13. So What Do I Really Know?
  13. 16. Thank You Paul Caswell @paulcaswell Dare To Know Know We Cannot Know Experience Directly … We are Enlightened!