Porosity vs. Meditation

“Porosity” is a term developed by anthropologist Tanya Marie Luhrmann and psychology researcher Kara Weisman, to help understand the root of religious and spiritual beliefs. They argue that at the heart is the concept of a porous boundary between mind and world and that people in all human societies have conflicting intuitions about this boundary.

Here at Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman,  Dr. Bob Duke, and Rebecca McInroy find this concept interesting and thought we would spend a little time, not only understanding it, but also complicating it, and asking, “what’s the difference between the concept of porosity and meditation?”

In this third and final episode in our three-part series on porosity, we dig into the mind-body connection.

“Porosity is The Heart of Religion”

Metal Mallet: “Meditation”

The world of music can be so troublesome. Between controversy, genre drift, and a compilation of other issues, music has an uncanny ability to stress listeners out. So in the spirit of growth and reflection after a challenging year, we’re nixing the Song of the Day in favor of something more meditative.

Take this moment to breath and gaze inwards. What clouds your thoughts? What do you need in this life? What can you do to help you fellow human? Whatever you need to think about, go ahead and do it; you’ve earned it.

Alice Coltrane (10.26.14)

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and music of the great Alice Coltrane.