“I think the interesting point is that the book states “ordinary human listening compares favorably with the other two techniques [voiceprints and computer recognition] for accuracy…” The accuracy of people in recognizing a voice is good, compared to voiceprinting and computer recognition programs.

On one hand, technology is amazing, pervasive, and constantly changes our lives.

On the other hand, we have to be reminded that human beings are the most powerful technologies in existence. We’re capable of so much. In fact, we do so much, so many amazing things, all the time, even if we don’t know it.

If humans can recognize voices so easily, we are processing lots of information very quickly, unconsciously. The example used in the book is phone calls. Often, we can know who’s calling on the phone just by the sound of their voice (very quickly).” Nonverbal Notes

So this shows one main thing to me- the controversy playing out in my mind, about technology. On one hand, I hate it, and think it’s corrupting and a distraction. On the other, I love it, and think it does offer plenty of benefits. Of course, I’m writing this on a computer, and transmitting via internet.

This one is not small, and it’s relevant, at least a little. I don’t think simple moderation is enough.

I started this post yesteryday, and stopped midway through. One reason was that I ran out of steam. My opinions about this whole range of issues are not well formed or finished at all. But I did have an idea after writing the above, and here it is, and some offshoots.

– Incorporate it into the path, bring it to the path.

This assumes you’re on some (self-consciously) spiritual path already, having explored some and then chosen one approach as your main one (Buddhist, Jain, whatever). There are a million practices and teachings just within Buddhism, not to mention the other paths. Since I’d have trouble presenting a clear “Buddhist perspective on the use of new technologies,” I think it’s safe, and fair to say that you just bring it to the path. Whatever you’re discovering and working on genuinely, whether it’s discipline, patience, working with negative emotions, those can be applied to times when technology is the playing field.

– Enjoy it but don’t depend on it too much.

(Don’t get overly addicted.)

– Notice and work with habitual patterns.

They’re there, like a film of dust, in the online world, the cell phone world, the blogging world, just like everywhere. They can make you more robotic. Thus, they’re worth noticing and working on.


That’s supposed to be a link to a song about robots. Not sure if it works. I’ll try it out later. Youtube is not up and running right now here in Thailand.

Yoga teacher Dharma Mitta (from article by JC Peters)


So the quote at the beginning was about human potential, or something like that. I qualify it because “human potential” is, I think, one of those buzzwords I don’t like, too New Agey. It’s pretty incredible, though- both that people are much better at identifying voices in a flash of an instant, and that they can do things like that, impossible head stands.

Maybe another good approach to the incoming tide of technology is that electronics can be part of a life in which we become more ourselves, which could include outrageous things like armless headstands, and flashes of knowledge on hearing a voice. Needless to say, the aggression of self-improvement should not be a part of that, ideally.



About jakekarlins

Aspiring writer and artist, dharma practitioner, yogi.

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