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Even though Silicon Valley types have a sanitized name for this phase, “engagement,” we fear it enough to keep our own children away from it. Many of the Silicon Valley kids I know attend Waldorf schools, which generally forbid electronics.
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The prime directive to be engaging reinforces itself, and no one even notices that negative emotions are being amplified more than positive ones. Engagement is not meant to serve any particular purpose other than its own enhancement, and yet the result is an unnatural global amplification of the “easy” emotions, which happen to be the negative ones.
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Shared lucid dreaming. A way out of the dull persistence of physicality.
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Jewish admonition to “choose life” in a children’s book about Jewish culture. There was a logic to it, since death would come soon enough, no matter what, so choosing life was at least a reasonable bet.
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There are only five ways to divide a sphere with perfect regularity. This had been known since ancient times, and the flat-faced versions of the five solutions are known as the Platonic Solids. Plants had no choice but to work within the constraints of these forms.
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