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 A Date With Surgery29 comments
picture25 Mar 2004 @ 03:59
...and he was almighty because he had wrenched from chaos the secret of its nothingness.

---Jean-Paul Sartre

When you get there, there isn't any there there.

---Gertrude Stein

God never appears to you in person but always in action.

---Mohandas K. Gandhi

Bernard Safran: A Surgeon Working
1982, 37" x 48", oil on masonite

In some ways this article will not be typical of my writing. In the first place I shall begin with a caution about reading it at all. The main information about what I'm doing and what is happening to me---hopefully in some kind of equal balance---is simple and I can tell you that right away. As a routine procedure for prostate cancer, which we have reason to believe I have in a very early stage, I received a total body bone scan last Friday. The results were shared yesterday and they were excellent. We see cancer has not moved into the bones...and there are not other marked abnormalities. It's time to take the next step and that is selection of treatment, and I have done that. We have a date for surgery to remove the entire prostate gland on May 3rd. My urologist, with whom I have been working for a year, will perform the operation.

Some may want or need to read no further. This situation is all about male anatomy of the most personal kind. Surgery is not the stuff for a morning read over your first coffee either...at least for most of us. I'm going to talk about the operation and why we selected this option. I'm going to write about the risks and what may happen to me. You may not be interested in knowing any of that. I certainly never wanted to...until my time came, as I guess in one way or another it comes to us all. I shall not be insulted in the slightest if you simply X out this item from your screen and move on to something you like better. You're now aware that from here until the operation I shall be preparing, and afterwards I'm going to be laid up for a few weeks. That may be enough of an alert. I would appreciate if someone would volunteer to Ming to, or if Ming himself would, edit the Logs for Front Page placement for a couple of months, beginning in May.  More >

 Magnetic Resonance With God4 comments
picture5 Mar 2004 @ 02:18
At a given moment I open my eyes and exist. And before that, during all eternity, what was there? Nothing.

---Ugo Betti

A monk clamored to ask Chao-Chou the most important principle of Zen. The Master excused himself by saying, "I must now go to urinate. Think, even such a trifling thing I have to do in person."

---Zen mondo

Step by step, the early morning breeze.


Spiritual neurology
A mystical union

Mar 4th 2004
From The Economist print edition

A small band of pioneers is exploring the neurology of religious experience

The renowned French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot once scribbled some notes while under the influence of the psychedelic drug mescaline. Colleagues were puzzled because among the scribbles was the incongruous statement, written in English, “I love you Jennifer”. Still more puzzling was the question: who was Jennifer? That was not the name of his wife nor of anyone else they thought he knew. Despite the mystery, Dr Charcot's colleagues never thought to question the scientific value of the experiment.  More >

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