philosophy


Breaking out of jungle
or
the human need for organizing

It’s all relative. (Albert Einstein) What if the world were a huge jungle with no structure whatsoever? And the whole universe made up of individual elements with no connection to one another? What if we could never know what happens around us and had no access to the knowledge of […]


Coffee House Reading #17:
The Obstacle Is The Way

Our actions may be impeded, but there can be no impeding our intentions or our dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impeding to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. […]


human-beings

Are we suboptimal bots?
A conversation about technology and myth

Technology is developing at an incredible pace. When we think about how social media impacts our democratic elections, how our smart home devices are listening in on us or how wearables are measuring our every movement, we have to acknowledge that we have crossed the creepy line a long time […]


yoga is deconstruction

Yoga is deconstruction

There’s a lot of awesome stuff going on OUT THERE in the world. But sometimes we are so focused on the outside world that we may forget to pay attention to what’s going on inside of us. Yoga is one way to do this. “Yoga is actually a deconstructive method.”, my teacher […]


“Felt Meaning” in VR

In real life, I hate roller coasters because they always give me a headache. But, at the last VR Vienna Meetup, I chose the roller coaster simulation. It was only virtual reality, so how bad could it be, right? In hindsight, this was a very bad decision. My virtual ride took less than […]


Coffee House Readings #3: Flow

“Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.” Flow is not […]


“The Internet is not the opposite of real life”

Mike Rugnetta is a composer, programmer and performer. You might know him as host of YouTube shows, such as PBS Idea Channel. For TEDxVienna he recently gave a talk about “What if there is something beyond the network?” I had the opportunity to interview him about creativity, networking and understanding complex […]


The Four Stories We Tell Ourselves About Death

Not long ago, we decided in this blog that it was “about time to think about time“, and we learned that time is basically a construction of the brain. Let’s say we had to picture that concept – in what shape would it come? Would it come out as something […]