Rationality and Spirituality—Summary and Open Thread

I’ve no­ticed that there has re­cently been a lot of in­ter­est in spiritu­al­ity, rit­ual and mean­ing within the ra­tio­nal­ity com­mu­nity. I could high­light the dis­cus­sions of Jor­dan Peter­son (SSC, SSC Fol­low Up, Put A Num On It), Valen­tine’s re­cent posts (Fake Frame­works, Ken­sho, The In­tel­li­gent So­cial Web, Mythic Mode, Kaj So­tala’s Re­sponse), dis­cus­sions on Med­i­ta­tion (Mas­ter­ing the Core Teach­ings of the Bud­dha, Gupta on En­light­en­ment, Five Years After Start­ing Mind­ful­ness Med­i­ta­tion) and a few oth­ers (Funeral Ri­tual, Open-Source Monas­ti­cism). I thought I would en­courage this trend mak­ing this post as this seems like an in­ter­est­ing di­rec­tion for ex­plo­ra­tion and I sus­pect more progress oc­curs when mul­ti­ple peo­ple de­velop an in­ter­est in a topic at the same time than when they all ex­plore in­di­vi­d­ual di­rec­tions.

This is an open thread, so you can post what­ever you want about this topic, but here’s a few pos­si­ble dis­cus­sion di­rec­tions:

  • Have you made any at­tempt to ex­plore any kind of spiritu­al­ity in the broad­est sense? If so, what have you learned?

  • In the past, at­tempts to en­gage with post-ra­tio­nal­ity didn’t seem to be par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful. Per­haps now is a bet­ter time?

  • What are the core ra­tio­nal­ity posts or re­sources on this topic? What are some re­sources from out­side the ra­tio­nal­ity com­mu­nity that we may find helpful?

(I’m too lazy, but the links above could form the ba­sis of a Wiki post)

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