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The Universe in a Single Atom by Dalai Lama XIV
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Reading Progress

January 12, 2012 – Shelved
March 3, 2012 – Started Reading
March 3, 2012 –
page 1
0.45% "But I have nonetheless thought deeply about science- not just its implications for the understanding of what reality is but the still more important question of how it may influence ethicsand human values."
March 3, 2012 –
page 1
0.45% "But I have nonetheless thought deeply about science- not just its implications for the understanding of what reality is but the still more important question of how it may influence ethics and human values"
March 4, 2012 –
page 64
28.57% "...anything that exists and has an identity does so only within the total network of everything that has a possible or potential relation to it. No phenomenon exists with an independent or intrinsic identity."
March 5, 2012 –
page 101
45.09% "The first organism composed of DNA, RNA, and protein is known as Luca, the last common ancestor, which may have been something like a bacterium living deep in the earth or in warm water. Again, through self-replication and by natural selection, Luca gradually evolved into all beings."
March 5, 2012 –
page 101
45.09% "The first organism composed of DNA, RNA, and protein is known as Luca, the last universal common ancestor, which may have been something like a bacterium living deep in the earth or in warm water. Again, through self-replication and by natural selection, Luca gradually evolved into all beings."
March 6, 2012 –
page 150
66.96% "Buddhism has long had a theory of what in neuroscience is called "plasticity of the brain." The Buddhist terms in which this concept is couched are radically different from those used by cognitive science, but what is significant is that both perceive consciousness as highly amenable to change."
March 7, 2012 –
page 157
70.09% "Ling Rinpoche remained in the clear light of death for thirteen days... he stayed in the meditation posture and his body showed no sign of decomposition...When Richard Davidson's team came to Dharamsala, they were keen to do some experiments on this phenomenon, but when they were there- I am not sure whether I should say fortunately or unfortunately- no meditators died."
March 28, 2012 –
page 180
80.36% "So the possibility that the basic emotions, according to the classification of modern science, are associated with parts of the brain that are much older in terms of evolution and shared with the animals offers a potential parallel with Buddhism's understanding."
April 22, 2012 –
page 198
88.39% "We need a much higher level of public envolvement, especially in the form of debate and discussion, whether through the media, public consultation, or the action of grassroots pressure groups."
May 1, 2012 – Finished Reading

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