Meditation and enlightenment

Fundamental well-being, nondual medidation, non-symbolic experience, samadhi, socially-approved zoning out

Taming the mind

Meditation. Feels like it might do something useful. Not quite as hip as LSD microdosing but much cheaper.

Questions: Can it help with life? With productivity? How much of it do you need to actually help? What kind?


Curious about empirical verification of benefits of EEG-type feedback. Certainly the hardware is getting affordable-ish.

Connection to canalization

See Canalization.


Gwern, 2013 Lewis meditation results:

A small group of Quantified Selfers tested themselves daily on arithmetic and engaged in a month of meditation. I analyze their scores with a multilevel model with per-subject grouping, and find the expect result: a small decrease in arithmetic errors which is not statistically-significant, with practice & time-of-day effects (but not day-of-week or weekend effects). This suggests a longer experiment by twice as many experimenters in order to detect this effect.

Scott Alexander reviews a bunch of books and theories. e.g. The Mind Illuminated, Mastering the core teachings of the Buddha, and seems to come out saying… words.

Jhanas and the Dark Room Problem is his attempt to put this in the context of predictive coding.

What is Love? Neural Annealing in the Presence of an Intentional Object | Qualia Computing.


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