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A taste of occidentalism

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/08/0822_050822_chinese.html
http://nontroppo.org/blog/archives/2002/09/26/zen_and_the_brain.html

"To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. To be enlightened by all things is to drop off our own body and mind and the bodies and minds of others. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace continues endlessly." - Dogen

"When a temple pillar becomes pregnant, how do we discern the absence of body and mind?” - Dogen
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I saw this when Bujak posted it a while ago and I found it very interesting. The pronounced selflessness is kind of scary to me though; doesn't that make groupthink and the ensuing orwellian crap more plausible?
In terms of the Orwellian crap, yes, I suppose there are perhaps some extreme education and labor issues here. For people like Buj, it means that knowledge and ethics is relative to the individual or the culture. However, I don't buy into this conclusion in itself, and I also don't buy into any conclusion based around a set of 45 students.
Also, one more thing, couldn't their eye movement merely have some sort of biological factor determining it?
There's an easy way to test that.

Do a study of people of asian heritage born and raised in America v. people of white heritage born and raised in China.
Well, first of all, I don't buy into the study. I don't think a study of 40 students is nearly conclusive enough for a logical induction to be made. However, culturally speaking, I believe that there is some both historic and labor-related precedence for this issue. Perhaps, this is some form of cultural atavism and subconscious study method of a people who have been trained to work a lot harder and with more analysis than we have. Also, there's some religious implications all throughout the East that relate to this. For the chinese in particular, this would relate to Zen, specifically their study of Zen koans via alternative logics and rigorous analysis, and the experience of satori which is a form of samadhi or nothingness, which also steers away from "the object."