Friday, November 2, 2018

Nelumno nucifera: Stanford meditation talk, Stanford Law - Nikkah Builder, Stanford - "Virtual Reality Technology Treatment for Mental Illness," MIT OCW-centric World University and School is planning all countries' and in their main languages' online Medical Schools, and with psychiatry departments (but MIT doesn't have a medical school), with VR and information technology, and even with developing online psychoanalysis, and re many research programs

Hi Manish (and Kathryn Devaney),

Thank you, Manish, for your edifying talk on aspects of the science of meditation at Stanford  - - and especially for facilitating the 10 minute meditating opportunity for everyone in your talk towards its close, as well. (And nice to meet you in the Stanford meditation talk, Kathryn (Devaney) - also in Stanford Medicine, but who told me her last name from the back row as I was leaving, said she was a neuroscientist, yet who's email I can't find online). I'm sorry Manish that I didn't get the chance to meet you in person afterward, but I was heading to a Stanford Law CodeX talk at 1:30. I hope we might meet, talk (and possibly meditate together even) sometime soon.

And thanks, Manish, for suggesting a researchable definition of meditation as "cognitive control," for the scientific studies you shared, and for your images to help such studies of 'consciousness' - ie the torchlight re focusing on a pile of garbage or a heap of gold - among much more. I asked the questions, Manish, from near the back of the hall about the use of the information technology of brain wave headsets as they develop in the study of meditation and especially brain modeling and imaging, (and at the street view, cellular and atomic levels especially). I also asked about operationalizing different qualities of meditation, namely the 'relaxation response' and studying this scientifically with brainwave headsets, in both warm water and on land, comparatively. I also asked whether there had been any scientific studies done on this. (Kathryn J Devaney told me that there had been a recent study on the 'relaxation response' as meditation by Lazar et al, and I found this one which it appears to be -

In asking, I was also curious about modeling meditation research scientifically in new ways in a realistic virtual earth. (Think Google Streetview with TIME SLIDER, Google Brain, at the cellular and atomic levels especially / Translate and Google / Stanford's Project Baseline, and Google's platform).

Might we even explore collaborating together to establish some meditation baselines for individuals, and in Stanford's Project Baseline, for example?

(In developing MIT OCW-centric World University and School, which is like Wikipedia in ~300 languages with CC-4 MIT OCW in 5 languages, WUaS seeks to matriculate students for online free degrees from home in all ~200 countries' official and main languages ... and potentially create the opportunity to study meditation, for example, with very large sample sizes, - large numbers of people in multiple languages meditating with brain wave headsets from home). Such data could stream into a Project Baseline and a related realistic virtual earth with avatar bots even for developing research on improving brain wave headsets for meditation research as well.

Per your - - in what ways could we best explore "some of the remaining questions and new directions for research?," and together even? (I'm seeking a position at Stanford presently, and such meditation research collaboration questions would be made easier if I had this position; I also am in touch with Stanford Medicine Chair Bob Harrington MD about WUaS's planned online Medical Schools with online teaching hospitals for online clinical care in each of all ~200 countries' official and main languages, and with Kim Bullock MD around VR for questions of the mind +).

Thank you for your excellent talk, (your humor) and your foci on meditation.

All the best,
Here are some related World Univ & Sch wiki subjects, with only a little MIT OCW:


If you have access to Kathyrn's email, could you possibly please forward this email to her too? As a neuroscientist too, and as a Stanford lecturer, she might be interested in exploring collaboration in some of these questions about the science of meditation.

I have a particular interest in studying meditation in warm water with regard to my actual-virtual ethnographic field site, Harbin Hot Springs. > For an actual-virtual anthropological example of a beginning realistic virtual earth, visit the Harbin Hot springs' gate (my physical-digital ethnographic field site) in Google Street View here ~ ~ ~ where you can "walk" down the road "4 miles" to Middletown and "amble" around the streets there, if inclined. And add some photos or videos or computer modeling or text if you have them - a new anthropological method I'm calling ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy - How individuals will be able to contribute their own meditation research from home offers fascinating potentials. +++ Am an active blogger re this 'meditation' label - - as well.

Have also taught Yoga before- - have a certificate from the IYISF, and am especiallyan appreciator of Angela and Victor's approaches to Yoga, and especially Angela's visualizations / envisioning, which would be fascinating to explore and develop in a realistic virtual earth (think Google Street View with Second Life /Open Simulator, but with realistic and fantastical avatar bots and imagery) and especially re brain < > body questions.

Thank you again, so much.

- Scott MacLeod - Founder, President & Professor

- World University and School

- 415 480 4577

- CC World University and School - like CC Wikipedia with best STEM-centric CC OpenCourseWare - incorporated as a nonprofit university and school in California, and is a U.S. 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt educational organization.

An example of brain modeling ...

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Dear Omair, (and Roland),

Thanks for your interesting presentation about Nikkah Builder - - at Stanford Law yesterday - (

Looking forward to staying in touch as World University and School begins to develop online law schools in each of ~200 countries' official and main languages.

Please see examples of these beginning Law Schools here - - (and below).

World University and School is like Wikipedia in its ~300 languages with CC-4 MIT OpenCourseWare in 5 languages ( &, and seeks to become the Harvard / MIT / Stanford / Oxbridge of the Internet in all ~200 countries' official and main languages for free-to-students' Bachelor, Ph.D., Law, M.D. and I.B. high school degrees, and wiki schools for open teaching and learning in all 7,097 living languages (per Ethnologue). Besides MIT OCW and wiki, WUaS has a particular language focus, seeking to develop an universal translator in all 7,097 living languages (Think Google Translate in 100+ languages with Wikidata/Wikibase's ~300 languages conceptually).

But MIT has neither a law school nor a medical school, so WUaS seeks to develop Law OpenCourseWare (and Medicine too) toward offering online accredited law (and medical) degrees, potentially in collaboration with and out of Stanford Law's ~10 international law projects (and Stanford Medicine too).

As WUaS grows in Islamic countries ( the ~50 Muslim majority countries in the world) online, how might we explore further perhaps developing online law courses re Nikkah Builder, and re 'western law' (and international law) as well?  World Univ & Sch's language focus would help focus this with, for example, your great knowledge of Islamic law.

Thank you, and nice to meet and talk with you in person.

Best wishes, Scott



Omair at Stanford Law CodeX ...

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Dear Kim,
(See, too -

I'm sorry I missed your Stanford "Virtual Reality Technology Treatment for Mental Illness" talk yesterday evening - - but it was full when I sought to register. I hope to see it if it becomes available online in the future. 

I'm posting below correspondence from May 2017 to refresh memory. 

MIT OCW-centric World University and School is planning all countries' and in their main languages' online Medical Schools, and with psychiatry departments (but MIT doesn't have a medical school), with VR and information technology, and even with developing online psychoanalysis, and re many research programs. For example, see - and . 

Perhaps we can communicate about this in the future further in multiple ways. 

Best regards, 

Timely and topical list of psychiatric conditions and treatments re Virtual Reality offered at Stanford Medicine ... (interesting to analyze re medical anthropology, as well)


  • Simple Phobias
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Psychosis
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Somatic Symptom Related Disorders
  • Eating Disorders


  • Patient evaluation and consultation
  • Desensitization
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Trauma-focused psychotherapy
  • Social, interpersonal, and communication skills 
  • Habit Reversal Training
  • Evidenced-based psychotherapies delivered with 
  • Mindfulness-based skills training
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills training

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May 26, 2017

Dear Kim and Juliana, 
(I couldn't find Juliana's email online, so if this email address is incorrect, Kim, could you please forward this email to her?)

Thanks very much for your edifying Stanford Medicine "Functional Neurological Disorder" talk yesterday - It was a great opportunity to meet you in the interesting culture of Stanford psychiatry. Thank you.

Per modeling the brain in a realistic virtual world, and at the atomic and neuronal levels, for example, here's Google/Stanford's Tom Dean's talk from the Stanford Neuroscience talk last October 14th - I hope you can connect with Stanford's Bill Newsome re exploring modeling the brain for epilepsy, since I think he knows Stanford researchers who are thinking about this. 

(And here's where I've posted most about modeling the brain, and brain-related issues - 

I blogged about your presentation yesterday, in response to a good friend who was an Stanford undergraduate in the early 1970s, a time I study and am interested at Stanford in socioculturally - 

It would be very interesting to talk further about FND, neurology and Stanford psychiatry and concerning World University and School's planning an online medical school with online teaching hospital in all countries' official languages - and with online psychoanalysis in all languages. For this, WUaS is planning an online post-Lacanian California School of Psychoanalysis, also in all countries' official languages, and it could even be fascinating to create a study group together to explore how we might theorize this further. Might you have interest in exploring this together? Thank you, Juliana and Kim. 

Best regards, 

Kim Bullock via 

May 26, 2017, 11:22 PM
Thanks Scott... great links.
Kim Bullock, MD          
Clinical Associate Professor
Diplomat, Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Neurology , UCNS 
Director, Virtual Reality-Immersive Technology (VR-IT) Clinic & Laboratory
Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

May 27, 2017, 

Thanks Kim ...

Exciting to see that Stanford Medicine is doing a clinical trial on FND in VR - - which I found here - - and in the - - digital mask.

It would be great to talk further about co-developing online teaching hospitals in all countries' official languages in a WUaS Medical Schools / Stanford Medicine VR collaboration. Conceptually, this would be like Google Streetview/Maps/Earth with Time Slider, with OpenSim/Second Life (but realistic) for group build-ability and avatars, and in all 8k languages, and also at the cellular and atomic levels.

For the cellular / molecular level and brain-research (potentially with brainwave headsets for studies, for example, from people's homes in all ~ 8,444 languages - per Glottolog), think Thomas Dean's Google Brain research ( and, and at the atomic / nano levels, think MIT's Ed Boyden's work on expansion microscopy ( and - all coming together in brain modeling in this realistic virtual earth, for example. Another part of this collaboration would include developing this realistic virtual earth for STEM research - for what I'm calling ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy ( where STEM researchers in many languages could add their computer modeling, carry out studies, and add data  - and which would also be "classrooms" in all languages. 

For this teaching hospital in multiple languages in this Google Streetview + realistic virtual world,  for example, remote surgery could occur (first in veterinary medicine situations) re Stanford's SIMECII -

Here's an example of my Harbin Hot Springs' field site in Google Streetview - (top left link) - before it develops (which is what my recent actual / virtual ethnographic book is about - 

WUaS also seeks to develop online libraries - for medicine especially - in all 8,444 languages and for STEM research (and matriculated students re scientific journals) in something like Google Streetview with time slider. See, for example -

Google's ecosystem would make possible TensorFlow and Google Neural Machine Translation among many, many other scalable AI / machine learning big data online teaching hospital developments. 

Looking forward to communicating further about this. 


- Scott MacLeod - Founder, President & Professor

- World University and School

- 415 480 4577

- CC World University and School - like CC Wikipedia with best STEM-centric CC OpenCourseWare - incorporated as a nonprofit university and school in California, and is a U.S. 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt educational organization. 



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