Tag Archives: Vimeo

The Biblio-Mat!!

13 Dec

What a great invention! Note that the music for this video is by Tom Waits, making it doubly cool.

The BIBLIO-MAT from Craig Small on Vimeo.

Here is a description:

“The Biblio-Mat is a random book dispenser built by Craig Small for The Monkey’s Paw, an idiosyncratic antiquarian bookshop in Toronto. Biblio-Mat books, which vary widely in size and subject matter, cost two dollars. The machine was conceived as an artful alternative to the ubiquitous and often ignored discount sidewalk bin. When a customer puts coins into it, the Biblio-Mat dramatically whirrs and vibrates as the machine is set in motion. The ring of an old telephone bell enhances the thrill when the customer’s mystery book is delivered with a satisfying clunk into the receptacle below.”

Hat tip to Prior Probability.

Negative side effects from meditation?

15 May

A couple of days ago I blogged about Willoughby Britton’s research on meditation. Here is an interview where she talks about some of the possible negative side effects of mediation. Note that this is not an argument against meditation, but an effort to realistically evaluate both the benefits and the possible risks.

A few of the comments, posted on Vimeo, are hostile to Britton’s work. For example,

“Is this ‘scientific’ work trying to make people feel afraid of meditating and evolving their consciousness?”

I think this kind of reaction is unfortunate. Science is not about re-affirming preconceptions, it is about taking evidence seriously and entertaining hard questions. I meditate everyday and I value the work of scientists like Britton who try to ground practice in rigorous science.


The Dark Side of Meditation from Centre of Gravity on Vimeo.

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