Thursday, 16 June 2011

Like no other

To every problematic situation we encounter in life there will always be a hidden solution. Being able to crawl out of this well is not always a matter of perseverance. It instead hinges on happening to know the right information timely. 

Know everything
Being able to recall the right fact at the right time is a great feeling. For example recalling the office location of a doctor by remembering the name and room number from a passing glance at a doorway. It stems from our brains by some chance evaluating a passing glance as something important to remember and making the right connection. We should avoid games of chance. Instead every glance is assumed to be of value someday. Simply memorizing a list of facts is ineffective, each must be understand first. Thus when storing information we have to place it in a network of interconnected details. The easiest way to do this is to connect objects with their setting. We can connect the image of the door with a hospital or clinic. When the time comes to recall this information we work our way backwards starting from all the images in our mind related to hospitals. All this talk of images may have implied a need for photographic memory.

Learn by images
Photographic memory isn't entirely a birthright. Like any task involving memory it can be trained. The biggest hurdle is practicing how to remember by images. One approach is to imagine our mind taking photographs of the object of interest. Mental images work the same way as any other form of memory, they all revolve around an object of focus. To make it easier, avoid memorizing every detail of your surroundings and only focus on the the most important clauses.

This approach to memorization is applicable in many scenarios from taking tests to managing disasters. A good approach to start preparing yourself is to apply these mottoes outside your comfort zone. We can change our day to day setting or try to learn something outside our field of profession. Our goal is to not just be good at something but to be experts at everything.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Anxiety and inherent dilemmas

As a victim of anxiety we find ourselves unable to finish our sentences. Every social encounter becomes an evaluation of our speaking ability. We might spend the next hour cursing ourselves over what we did wrong in that situation. The view I argue against is that anxiety results from low self-esteem in oneself and persona. Instead I say that anxiety stems from an over-confidence in our inner perfectionist and the permanence of our passing relationships. We can approach feelings of anxiety head on by imagining ourselves in a conversation.

When we find yourself pausing amidst a conversation, let us consider the first thoughts that cross our minds: Is there something better I can say? Have I lost the attention of my audience?

In my view, anxiety is not a dilemma of whether something should be said. It is rather an argument of the mind, contemplating which tangent to continue the conversation on next. This debate within our minds drives us inward, away from the conversation and our audience. We end up sacrificing continuity in our conversations in hope for a now unattainable response from the audience.

The audience determines our propensity for anxiety. An unfortunate reality of our social interactions is that some friendships turn sour regardless of whether we want to maintain them. It may be especially unnerving for a victim of anxiety to see these friends slowly lose interest in their encounters and drift apart.

When this happens it is impossible to change the situation. Anxiety victims often fail to see that the resulting events can't be described causally. It is human nature to become bored of the common and move on to find something new. Even when realizing this, the victim is often shocked to find the interaction was not mutual. At this point many try even harder to maintain contact only to be eventually ignored. The anxiety victim maintains the belief that perfection is possible, and by presenting the right persona the audience might again show interest. All the while the problem deepens as conversations become an internal struggle.

Anxiety is something to be dealt with independently and uniquely. Trying to correct our mistakes is a natural process in social growth. However the fear of making mistakes should not deter us from finishing our thoughts in a conversation. It helps to come to the realization that all interactions are temporary. The only advice is not to have too much respect for your acquaintances nor try too hard to hold onto them. If an interaction is not mutual, make it mutual by bringing less to the table. If your audience has come to abandon you, find another audience.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Loneliness is a sin

It seems people in the world can identify themselves as either lonely or happy. The prevailing view says loneliness is akin to unhappiness. However I want to consider the criteria by which we condemn the lonely and in turn ourselves. What is it about loneliness that makes us sad? I want to argue that these emotions of loneliness and unhappiness are not the same.

Feelings of loneliness are normally thought to stem from lack of companionship. I argue that it is not the pain of being single but rather the feelings of inadequacy that bring depression. Let us look at the characteristics of what we imagine as the ideal loner: someone unsocial, uninteresting, and unattractive. In truth we often forget these factors are relative. For example of course a person will seem uninteresting to someone who doesn't share her interests. The  inadequacy stems from mistaking these characteristics as absolutes. It comes from saying to oneself, "unsocial to all, uninteresting to anyone, and attractive to no one".

The next question is to see what task our inadequacy pertains to. I don't want to say the obvious answer: reproduction. Instead I think our intelligence allows us to set our own priorities. We prioritize our basal endeavours as they see fit to our lifestyle. In turn we have come to value the social and recreational aspect of sex more so than the procreational. Thus I think its more likely people feel inadequate because they feel their social status is threatened. They place great importance on the respect they receive from others.

For someone who values self-accomplishment over praise, loneliness is an empowering feeling of individuality.  It is the confidence in oneself to be able to accomplish the task at hand without a shoulder to lean on. Already images stem in our mind of someone successful perhaps in business or medicine but it can be anyone. Knowing this we have an obligation to put aside crippling feelings of inadequacy based on false absolutions and become individuals others come to rely on.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Universe ends

You may have noticed people say that the universe is cooling down. It is true, and it is the means to an end.

We all the know universe started with a big bang. A massive amount of energy that to this day supplies every chemical reaction. This includes the reactions that supply our power plants and the ones that maintain the human body. People often wonder if energy cannot be created or destroyed why then must the universe come to an end.

The answer lies in what form this energy is in. Take for example a seemingly infinite source of energy, the wind turbine. However with every spin it robs the wind of some of its energy. The wind gets its energy from massive geological currents ultimately powered by the Earth's gravity and rotation.

It was once thought the astronomical bodies were timeless and unchanging. This is untrue. The Earth's rotation decreases slightly every year, with each century becoming approximately 1.401 milliseconds longer. This has ammounted to a 18 hour increase in our day since the Earth was first born. Our planet's geological phenomenon including our wind and ocean currents rob the Earth of its rotational energy day by day.

This just one example of many. I for one am not giving up. Quantum physics has shown that the laws of nature aren't always intuitive. Maybe someone out there will reverse the cycle?

I will try to write something more personal soon. Bye.


Hi everyone. Welcome to my blog on the humanities. I have a large head full of ideas, and starting today I want to put them down on paper. I have a easier time selling my thoughts through pictures than words. So expect a lot of silly drawings. I am going to open up intricate issues we all think about. I am a bit of a science geek but I am also interested in ecnomy particularly our motivations.

In my time I have made a lot of experiences. I hope they will help me articulate my ideas on our emotions and the universe. With our lives so short, I think of this place as my last piece of writing. 

On a happier note. Expect more content soon. Byeee.