For the crested, wrinkled amphibians lazing unmolested in the tropical sun, the billboards could mean only one thing: There goes the neighborhood. A virtual biosphere sacrificed for another cheap show to siphon tourists' dollars.
We all live in the common-sense world, trusting in our five senses as if they transmit all reality to us. Yet the quantum revolution, as we've detailed in the last two posts, long ago undermined such a world view.
Reality is waiting for us to creep closer to understanding its mysteries. In the meantime, it won't falter or come to an end. Reality will remain our home, our source, and the ground state of our being far beyond the lifetime of the foreseeable universe.
In the northern highlands of Guatemala, the Mayan Ixil people are in the process of creating their own alternative university in an effort to reclaim ancestral knowledge and reject the imposition of Western educational norms and philosophies.
This past year at Princeton was a rather humbling and enriching one in general. One particularly important experience was gaining an incredibly inspirational and supportive friend -- someone who became my best friend by the end of the year.
White chocolate is to me the un-chocolate, the anti-chocolate, the phantom zombie impostor chocolate that goes around looking and feeling and teasing you into believing that it will taste like chocolate, but lacking color, complexity and mystery.