The Place Beyond the Pines (Trailer)
Linji Yixuan (jap. Rinzai Gigen)
This is from D.T. Suzuki’s Lectures on Zen Buddhism. His comments are in round brackets.
Umshini Wam (Harmony Korine)
Short Term 12 (Trailer)
Yep, this one goes straight to my favourites.
Josh Knobe – Experimental Philosophy and the Notion of the Self
In this fascinating video from the 2013 HeadCon seminar shot by TED Talks film director Jason Wishnow, Yale University professor and experimental philosopher Joshua Knobe […] takes us through some mind-bending, soul-deconstructing thought experiments that push our notions of the self to the limit and past it, into a new understanding of our basic existential anchor.
Introduction to the Wolfram Language (Stephen Wolfram)
“The unconscious as far as it is related to the sense-domain is the outcome of a long process of evolution in the cosmical history of life, and it is shared alike by animals and infants. But as intellectual development takes place, as we grow up, the sense-domain is invaded by intellect and the naïveté of sense-experience is lost. When we smile, it is not just smiling: something more is added. We do not eat, as we did in our infancy; eating is mixed with intellection. And as we all realize this invasion by the intellect or the mixing with intellect, simple biological deeds are contaminated by egocentric interest. This means that there is now an intruder into the unconscious, which can no longer directly or immediately move into the field of consciousness, and all deeds that have been relegated to biologically instinctive functions now assume the role of consciously and intellectually directed acts. This transformation is known as the loss of “innocence” or the acquirement of “knowledge” in the usage of the Biblical myth. In Zen and Buddhism generelly it is called “the affective contamination (klesha)” or “the interference of the conscious mind predominated by intellection (vijñāna).” The mature man is now asked by Zen to cleanse himself of this affective contamination and also to free himself of the intellectual conscious interference if he sincerely wishes to realize a life of freedom and spontaneity where such disturbing feelings as fear, anxiety or insecurity have no room to assail him.”
— Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki – Lectures on Zen Buddhism
But what about all the virtues and joys of intellect?
Yeah, i’m not sure yet where Suzuki is heading with this. ^^ He does state that he is not “anti-intellectualist” though:
But i must remind my readers not to take me for an anti-intellectualist through and through. What i object to is regarding the intellect as the ultimate reality itself. […] Reality is grasped only when the intellect quits its claim on it.
As far as i can tell, what Suzuki claims is that when searching for answers about human experience we must keep in mind that intellect can only give answers to its own questions. The “joys and virtues of intellect” may therefore be only enjoyments for solving the riddles the intellect proposed itself.