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January 2010

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Welcome

Christmas has gone by and its 2010 already! I am back at work and starting my first programme for the year.

At the Theosophical Society we are planning a weekend workshop, which I am really looking forward to. We will be looking at using Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute's Integral life Practice and seeing how it might be integrated within a Theosophical point of view.  I haven't been involved in organising anything like this for quite a while now.

Avatar graphicI have been to see the movie Avatar twice now. It is really interesting with Weta workshops amazing computer animation. there bits of the story line that feel a bit clunky, but overall, it is just amazing. Unfortunately we don't get to see the 3D version in Dunedin.

Interesting Websites

Michael SandelThe Reith Lecture for 2009 was back in June, but I just found it. As usual, it was really wonderful. Prof Michael Sandel looks at morality in the modern age and raises many interesting questions about the choices we have made as a civilisation.

I am investigating some of the links between Holling's  Adaptive cycle and the work I do with offenders, especially looking at Prochaska and di Clemente's  Cycle of Change. Here are some papers and article I found on the adaptive cycle and cycle of change  and cycle of change ppt file.

More books...

Integral Life Practice by Ken Wilber, Terry Patten, Adam Leonard and Marco Morelli

Integral Life PracticeSince we are looking at the weekend workshop on Integral Theosophy, I though I had better buy and read Integral Life Practice. It is a great book written by collaborators of Ken Wilber, but then he gave an overview and helped them to create the final version.  It is a very workable and practical guide to modern living of we wish to live an integral life, with all aspects of our life strong and in balance. There will always be details I disagree with - did he get his nine major categories right and what goes under which, but that sort of debate can become endless and fruitless, so take it as it is and make the most of it.

It is similar in some ways to Joel Morwood's book I read last month although Morwood's has a strong mystical element that Wilber turns away from.

The Magical Worlds of The Lord of the Rings: the amazing myhts, legends and facts behind the masterpice by David Colbert

I was lent this book to read. It is a small easy to read book with a lot of interesting background, especially into the mythological and.linguistic sources Tolkein used in the Lord of the Rings.

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Books I read this month

Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed by Jim Al-Khalili

QuantumSince I have been talking about quantum mechanics quite a bit in my talks, I thought this book would be good to buy, just to make sure I am telling the story correctly. The book is written in a good, easy to read style and much thought has gone into the explanations. Having said that quantum mechanics is pretty weird, so it still  takes a good bit of re-reading before it starts to set in. It's like the quote on the back from Neils Bohr, "Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory, has not understood it."

Jill Bolte Taylor video

There is an amazing video to watch from www.ted.com about her surviving a stroke and what she learned about how her brain worked and what's important in  life

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