I've been reading this book called Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective by Mark Epstein. While the book focuses pretty tightly around how psychotherapy can be enhanced by adding a Buddhist perspective, I think there's applicability to the more general understanding of the self here, too. Epstein gives a fine introduction to Buddhism for the uninitiated, and he uses plenty of concrete examples. I'm not finished with the book, but my sense is that Epstein argues that psychotherapy is an external form of seeking while Buddhism is more internal. The solution offered by Buddhism and Epstein is meditation.
How meditation connects to futurism and the singularity at this point, I'm not sure. But, I'm not done thinking about this yet.Posted by chri1010 at August 3, 2004 12:44 PM