Tom Veatch

Flames of inspiration often leave smoke signals behind.
From mine, these.


Philosophy

Bliss Theory and Thereabouts

How psychology must be that bliss is possible. Read about it here.

N+V Humor Theory

Veatch's 1998 "A Theory of Humor"

Bliss Theory (Version 1.0)

First, unpublished, draft of Bliss Theory, written in 2012. Breathtaking. This contains a lot I still haven't taken further in writing, some of the most important parts, so it's up front for now.

On Humility

Just a page.

The Logic of Irrational Emotion

... a model of suffering and liberation....

Emotion in general, considered evolutionarily and logically. Mathematical notation for the emotional process. Review of N+V Humor Theory using it.

Veatch asserts that the process of identifying yourself with an emotionally significant circumstance or role has a binding function whereby the emotional system is bound or required to implement the specific emotion that the system associates with that circumstance or role. That is, identification binds emotion.

From this, much follows. Bound, a person harmonizes with others in shared understanding, moral assessment, and feeling, around a shared activity. Bound, a person is not free to experience the moment, the now, the timeless flow, but is instead aware of their status and moral self-assessment. Unbound, wherein identification does not occur, emotional flow states, high performance, spiritual goodness, etc., occur with attention paid to the evolving situation rather than to thinking about how it reflects upon you and tells a story about you. Unbound, the person has access to the unconditioned or irrational emotions of bliss, serenity, transcendence, etc. Veatch's Razor, distinguishing these, is given.

The Ugliness of Beauty

Beauty can also be ugly, an ugly business

Notes from a Forehead on the Ground

After a week, a Friday night program, after the chanting, after the meditation, after darshan, comes a contemplation of oneness. A subset of Darshan Notes, selected for accessibility. Click "Choose One For Me Now".

(Im)Possible Worlds

Where I rant and rave against "possible worlds" being used where "concieveable worlds" is intended. But "conceiveable" does not mean (actually) "possible"! So wake up, logicians!

knowledge

A draft outline organization for tomveatch.com essays. You can delete it if you don't use it.

On Human Evolution

Tautology -> Evolution -> Language
Also, methodology, whereby evolutionary changes may be ordered.
Also, a conceptual archeology, from language back to the Big Bang, and beyond.
Also, notes on the evolution of language.

Meaningfulness Itself

Where the sense of meaningfulness is understood as transactional transcendence, using bliss theory.

A Theory of Anger

in which the existence of Anger is questioned, and the current standard of care for angry people is critiqued and improved upon. This one is important.

On Hierarchy and Value

Hierarchy and its emotional opposite, Oneness, are explored. How Jordan Peterson agrees with Karl Marx. Why hierarchy is the compassionate, inclusive solution. The geometry of hierarchy. How dominance hierarchy transmutes into admiration hierarchy, creating communities of shared values. All this is prelude to an analysis of emotion within social hierarchy.

Pratyabhijna Hrdayam

The Heart of recognition.

18 verses explaining what you have forgotten, what you are, and how to remember.

Selves

The many things referred to by 'Self', with commentary. Concluding with emotionally disinhibitory goodness.

Identity

An argument against all identities, not just in politics.

Peace of Mind

Something came to me and seemed to resolve my anxiety.

On Suffering

How we torture ourselves, and how we don't have to.

Value in our 21st Century

Tom explores fundamentals around money.

Price discovery; Market Equilibrium a false idea; Money being the metric of Value, what is the value of money?; Financial forces: Hydraulic Flow versus Smarts; Can we even bet?; The Turkey, The Butcher, and the Antifragile Investor; The Making of Money; Tech Deflation; Two Arms of Value; Real Value; Epilogue.

The Oxytocin Vortex

Implications of hormone science for romantic relationships.

Everyone likes oxytocin. But it can mess you up, so know what you're dealing with and be responsible.

Non Violent Communication

A summary of Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication system for effective diplomacy. How to express yourself in any situation. How to say what you want without making enemies. How to have a desired influence.

If you are in a relationship, learn this. That means you.

On Misunderstandings

Misunderstandings bedevil every relationship. But there is a constructive way to handle them.

A Theory of Anger

in which the existence of Anger is questioned, and the current standard of care for angry people is critiqued and improved upon. This one is important.

Active Listening

How to encourage another person: A step by step breakdown.

Hindutva and Free Will

An alternate view of the free will vs determinism debate

Philosophical Introspections

In defense of introspection.


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