Retro, would you like to try some experiments?

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Retro, would you like to try some experiments?

Post by pinback » Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:53 am

I believe in one sense you wish to be rid of your suffering, but in another, I believe you're totally identified with it. "Hi, I'm Retro, and I carry a lot of suffering with me."

If you'd like, we can try some experiments here to see if that's true, or perhaps there is some true, lasting relief on order for you.

If not, that's completely fine, it's just an offer.
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Re: Retro, would you like to try some experiments?

Post by RetroRomper » Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:56 pm

I'm up for a thought experiment or two!

How do we begin?
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Re: Retro, would you like to try some experiments?

Post by pinback » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:36 pm

Well, let's try this. And if you've done/heard of stuff like this before, please excuse the rehash, but indulge me anyway.

I call this one, "Are you a man or a woman"?

Let us take a sound. If you have a bell handy, marvelous. If not, you can use any ol' sound, preferably something repeatable so we can do the experiment a few times. Preferably not a song you like, otherwise you might start GROOVIN' and forget what we're doing here.

Something like this, perhaps:

Jesus, is there any way to keep it from loading up the preview image for youtube links? ROBB?

Anywho, play that sound (or whatever you want to use), pay attention to it, and then confirm for me whether or not you are hearing it.

Assuming your speakers/headphones work, and you've not suffered serious neurological trauma recently, I am going to, for the sake of moving this along, assume that your answer is "yes".

What is very clear in this experience is that there IS the hearing of a sound. Whatever else we don't know about what's goin' on with ourselves and the rest of this crazy world, we know as we play that youtube, it is positively incontrovertable that there is hearing going on there. Ding! There it is. Regardless of any of our thoughts about the experience, DING, there it is.

So, we have the hearing of the sound. And you say, "I am hearing the sound."

Now, since you said (or since we're assuming you said) "I am hearing the sound", I want you now to play the sound again, but this time move your attention from the hearing of the sound to that which is hearing it. The "I" in the sentence "I am hearing the sound". Not a story about Retro, but the result of your acute investigation of whatever it is that is hearing the sound, in the very moment.

Try a few times if you'd like, and after you're done, I want you to answer for us whether you were able to determine, based on your investigation, whether the hearer of the sound, the "I" in "I am hearing the sound", was a man or a woman.

If you're tempted to answer "well, I played the sound and looked down at my dick, so the hearer was a man", then notice that this is a story about the experience, added after the fact, and return once again to the sound to see if you can pick up any "man" or "woman" attributes in that which was experiencing the sound.
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Post by pinback » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:12 pm

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Re: Retro, would you like to try some experiments?

Post by Billy Mays » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:59 pm

Can other people take part in this experiment or is it designed for RR specifically?

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Re: Retro, would you like to try some experiments?

Post by pinback » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:19 am

Sure, if you'd like.

This line of experimentation is solely concerned with the relief of psychological suffering, though, and other than Retro, I'm not picking up on much of that from anyone else on this board. That's the only reason I singled him out. Everyone's welcome to join in, though.

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Re: Retro, would you like to try some experiments?

Post by Billy Mays » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:05 am

pinback wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:36 pm
If you're tempted to answer "well, I played the sound and looked down at my dick, so the hearer was a man", then notice that this is a story about the experience, added after the fact, and return once again to the sound to see if you can pick up any "man" or "woman" attributes in that which was experiencing the sound.
Gender is a fundamental part of an individual's identity and can't be separated from the "I" they associate themselves as. Similarly, if you were to ask the question: "Is the hearer of the sound a human or a polar bear", you wouldn't need to look down and see the absence of fur and claws to affirm the correct conclusion.

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Re: Retro, would you like to try some experiments?

Post by pinback » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:13 am

Is that reflected in the actual experience of hearing the bell? Or is that a conceptual story, occurring in thought, which appeared afterward?

Is there a "gender-ness" to your hearing of the sound? Or a "human-ness", or "polar bear-ness"?

(Also, make sure you're actually doing the experiment, not just reading what it is and assuming you know how it's gonna go.)
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Post by Tdarcos » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:37 am

As far as gender is concerned I identify as "attack helicopter."
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Post by pinback » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:43 am

All memes are welcome, here in the Don Rogers base. Thank you, Paul!
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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:45 pm

Maybe we also get Retro an avatar? Since he wanted us to go to phpBB3 and all? Can you work that in to his treatment?
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Re: Retro, would you like to try some experiments?

Post by pinback » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:41 am

Although initially expressing interest, attempts to engage Retro further in this program have proven... challenging.
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Re: Retro, would you like to try some experiments?

Post by Tdarcos » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:50 am

pinback wrote:
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:41 am
Although initially expressing interest, attempts to engage Retro further in this program have proven... challenging.
Maybe he doesn't identify his gender as "warp drive."
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Post by pinback » Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:23 pm

I liked that one. Good job, Paul!
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Re: Retro, would you like to try some experiments?

Post by Jizaboz » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:53 am

HAHAHA Splendid, Paul.

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