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Is original thought possible?

Sam Harris

English: Sam Harris
English: Sam Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author describes ‘Freewill’ as an illusion. He uses brilliant analogies to explain that acting of your own freewill implies that you could have done otherwise. He poses the question, ‘What are you going to think next? Your next thought comes out of nowhere. Whatever you are doing you have a voice in your head which just says things. Thoughts just emerge in consciousness. We can’t choose them before we think them. So if you can’t control your next thought where is your freedom of will?’ Continue reading Is original thought possible?

The sound of silence

There came an old man

Who sat down by me.

He had a white cane

But still he could see

The world and all in it

Much clearer than me.

 

I could hear the man’s voice,

Though he didn’t talk.

Just a tilt of the head

And a way in his walk.

 

The sound of silence alone,

Alone in the mind,

Is a sweet sound of silence,

Which flows like fine wine.

But in the company of others,

Such a feeling divine.

 

We sat there in silence,

Kindred spirits in union.

Not one word was spoken,

The most joyous communion.

 

Thailand Diaries – FREE – Available NOW

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All 3 Volumes of Thailand Diaries have now been released and are available for FREE download by clicking the book cover icons in the menu bar to your right as you read.

Thailand is, in a word, irresistible.

But be ready for the culture shock and to find out the things you need to know.

Welcome to this captivating and enthralling land. Contradiction, controversy, confusion, frustration, weird language, cultural barriers and mystery will haunt you. When you eventually get over the early shocks, which may actually take years, and you realise that you cannot fix a ‘dysfunctional’ nation without a modicum of help from above you can begin your bumpy journey.

I present my views objectively although, in setting out the ‘pros and cons’ of life in and the mysteries of Thailand, some of my arguments may be viewed as polemic which ‘was absolutely intentional’. I believe there should be, and usually is, a balance to be found in every society and that most cultures and religions may have syncretic elements to their beliefs, to a greater or lesser degree and we are all ostensibly the same if we look behind the mask.

If you decide to read any or all of the books I hope you enjoy them and I would really appreciate it if you posted a review. Your honest opinion is valued.

Now I really must get moving and finish my first novel.

Celebrating my first Paperback sale

Brian McMahon purchased the first paper-back copy of Thailand in perspective – Volume 3 of my Thailand Diaries series available on Amazon.

Brian shows off the first Thailand Diaries paper-back
Brian shows off the first Thailand Diaries paper-back

The Series of eBooks, just published by Pronoun, are all FREE so grab them while the generosity lasts by clicking here.

Last week Brian came to Phuket on holiday from Liberia where he now works. He kindly brought me the amazing hand-made shirt I am modelling so I will be easily recognisable and safer in the traffic. After the photo-shoot we had a drink or two and a sumptuous fish supper at the Sea-Gypsy village in Rawai.

During last year 2016 I posted 10 excerpts of Volume 3 of Thailand Diaries – THAILAND IN PERSPECTIVE on ‘jamoroki.com’.

Thailand in Perspective - Paperback
Thailand in Perspective – Paperback

If you read any of the posts I hope you enjoyed them. If you haven’t managed to read them or you have only read a few excerpts the good news is that THAILAND IN PERSPECTIVE is available on ‘Amazon’ in Paperback and FREE Kindle e-book.

This is a book for anyone who wants to be entertained and a must for anyone who wishes to learn more about Thailand in the process. It is definitely not a travel book in the accepted sense but can easily be categorised as such.

Thailand is, in a word, irresistible.

But be ready for the culture shock and to find out the things you need to know.

Welcome to this captivating and enthralling land. Contradiction, controversy, confusion, frustration, weird language, cultural barriers and mystery will haunt you. When you eventually get over the early shocks, which may actually take years, and you realise that you cannot fix a ‘dysfunctional’ nation without a modicum of help from above you can begin your bumpy journey.

Volumes 1 an 2 are available as e-books only but are also FREE.

Volume 1 – 15 Weeks (FREE) DOWNLOAD NOW

Volume 2 – DRIVING THAILAND (FREE) DOWNLOAD NOW

You Want It Darker…

Sadly but gloriously I’ve found Leonard Cohen late in life. We miss so much during our struggle for survival. In the short time since his death his work has been an inspiration to me as I approach the final stages of my first novel. He obviously moved James Radcliffe, and this beautiful obituary is a fine tribute to a wonderful human being.

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“I’ve always been given to self-dramatization.  I intend to live forever.” – Leonard Cohen

I learned Leonard had died on a Friday.  I was sitting eating breakfast when my girlfriend came to the kitchen doorway.  She asked if I knew.  Knew what I said.  She told me gently.  I was grateful for that.  I put my head in my hands, then I closed my eyes.

I spent that day in studio.  In the evening I made a fire.  We cued up a playlist of Leonard’s music and opened a bottle of wine.  As we listened, I began to talk.  I needed to explain why Leonard Cohen was so important to me; and as I talked, it dawned on me how much more there was to say.

I realized that: his words, his music, his writing, and his story were woven so deeply thru every stage of my life that there…

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