Saturday, July 25, 2015

Biological Momentum vs rant

Biological momentum, could that be a suitable term for the force that drives biological life forward? The force behind evolution, growth, and even the desire to eat, aka appetite? Is the desire to eat/overeat a natural force just run amok in this time of excess entertainment, low human physical energy demand, high numbers of sitting/thinking/writing jobs. Jobs? Occupations? Endeavors?

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When a new religion comes to town, people of old listened and heard a bit. They likely adopted a few of the memes that were loaded on their existing cultural belief system. It built up into what we see today.  This evolution by district demonstrates the differences we see in religions and cultures we see today. Consider Islam and its capacity to violence from the middle east, or Islam and female mutilation from middle Africa. The hatred for blacks in the US. The dislike of new immigrants and natives in Canada. It is the combination of culture and religion that is the resultant belief and behavioral system. Deletion of  parts of our existing belief system, or over writing are not so easy. We may even know that it is wrong  socially unacceptable, but yet we believe. 

I have known that religion, as it is currently, is man made. Man has adapted the prevailing culture by adding a few beliefs at a time since the beginning of agriculture at least. I take the concept that, in the beginning, god was used as surrogate for nature which they did not understand, and man therefore created god, but nature exists, along with all the laws of nature and forces. This is essentially the Spinoza final view but with my derivation.

Man created the 12 steps, and as such these steps point crudely to an underlying principal. Step one points, I think, to the fact that some things are within our power, and some are not. Within our power are our opinions, motivation, desires, aversions, beliefs; those things totally within our minds, and all else is outside of our direct control. We only have influence at best. Our development can start once we have a clear mental separation between ourselves and our environment. We are in the process of learning all of our lives. It is just what we are learning that is up for debate.

I think, therefore; that there is no need of a god, but at the same time we cannot deny nature. The scientific solution may then be to understand nature and follow what is reasonable. We also must understand that nature generates many false leads to produce the random trials that produce evolution. We with reason, can see when we are on a path that leads to self destruction of one form or another. We can then reasonable, choose to leave the self destruction and direct our efforts in better directions, but regardless of what happens, nature is in charge; of that there can be no doubt.

Faith, hope and charity are all just fine but these are distractions from actions, which can make a difference. We are all subject to the winds of nature; whether we consider these fate or the more positive providence. Positive Psychology is partly right at least.     

What do we call the force that drives us forward?

What do we call the force that drives us forward?

Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person's frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another's shoes.

and in thermodynamics:
noun: enthalpy; plural noun: enthalpies; symbol: H
  1. a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the total heat content of a system. It is equal to the internal energy of the system plus the product of pressure and volume.
    • the change in enthalpy associated with a particular chemical proces

In thermodynamics, entropy (usual symbol S) is a measure of the number of specific ways in which a thermodynamic system may be arranged, commonly understood as a measure of disorder.

: the strength or force that something has when it is moving
: the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes
physics : the property that a moving object has due to its mass and its motion

def 1
:  a property of a moving body that the body has by virtue of its mass and motion and that is equal to the product of the body's mass and velocity; broadly :  a property of a moving body that determines the length of time required to bring it to rest when under the action of a constant force or moment
:  strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events 
So are we confused yet?
Flourishing: Health and well-being are the force that drive successful life. (note: PP states that positive emotion, engagement, meaning, action, achievement, satisfaction, joy, positive emotion... is the cycle forward.) 
  but what is the force called?

Willpower? Time? Knowledge? Understanding? Motivation? 
Is there a force? I can feel it at times. Like gravity, yet it must be biological. It appears to be natural and have existed since the time the first H+ joined with Carbon. It is the biological equivalent of electronic attraction of negative and positive ions. It is and when it gets the opportunity, it happens. 


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Religions are man made

Religions are man made. Why are we listening so intently to the preaching of the long dead?  Why do we think they knew more than we do?

Next, if religion is man made, why not gods on which these religions are based?
Just the questions, we each need to work out our own answers.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Redirection of our Narrative

Timothy D Wilson and his book Redirect is an interesting read, but changing our narrative only goes so far. We are not in life by ourselves, we are not a island. We have dependents, or are dependents with ongoing finical and family obligations. Now what happens to redirection, we can change our thinking and our outlook, but we live in a real situation, and that can turn nasty quickly. The ease way may be to continue without much change outwardly, yet the real problem may be external.  The problems also have a order that must be dealt with.

 I would bet that anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is dealing with food addiction, and further it is likely sugar and wheat based carbohydrates, or other processed carbohydrates. As the range of overweight reduces, addiction is less common, based on my observations. Maladaptive behaviors where eating is the maladaptations would be next. This includes stress, anxiety, indecision, frustration, no logical choice, trapped in abusive situations, living under a control freak, etc. We may not know how to deal with the causes of stress, anxiety, or whatever. Eating may be the best solution, keep you head down until you can escape the oppressor. Overeating is a relaxant, and that may be the only way through the dilemma we face. These can be difficult to deal with, and may occur together with addiction. Food knowledge, habit, physical drives to eat, environmental issues may also need to be dealt with also.

Knowing that our story, and that which we grew up in is all just narrative is a useful tool for self management, but we still need to live by our virtues and within the reality that we are in. We can not pull a Greese and decide to not pay our debts or impound money on deposit, and then wonder why foreign investment just dried up. We do need to take a look at our cultural narrative and adjust that going forward.

a picture for those who need to think cool thoughts
snow overhang

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Narrative Overlays

Narrative Overlays

We are born into our culture a blank slate. We learn and are taught a country, culture, religion, time, narrative. We are trained for some career(s) and continue in that narrative. We may change country's, by choice or chance, or by family decision. Again, none of this is inherently right or wrong, rather it is all narrative or story. Now we can evaluate all that narrative and through out that which does not fit, currently, culturally, personality, likes, dislikes. It does not matter, it is all meaningless, and without purpose beyond producing a next generation, and hopefully leaving the world in a better place, but we need only replacement population, not growth.

This growth in thinking is virtue, and the rules of society. The Government of Canada, in their infinite wisdom has made a decree that we shall not be raciest, misogynistic, homophobic, etc, etc. Bullshit, they cannot control what I think, only make it illegal to express my feelings. It is permitted to dislike individuals but not groups... Ya sure... We need a word to describe this... Govorrment decree. ( Ukrainian pronunciation)

The fist thing we must recognize is that there is a force in the world that is not visible, but drives us forward, causes life to grow, to reproduce, causes desire, drives us to eat, to act, to think. If there is a god of any kind it is that force, but since we can feel it we could name it the god force, or growth force. Growth force suggest that we have started to identify it's effects, but not understand it, or at least its source. We can describe it in a number of ways, but calling it god makes a god of the unknowns. Not a useful thing. God, the original cause, is also not realistic, as most of creation is physics, chemistry, biology, real material.

We have a three way split, material, forces, and possible a thought realm. 

So where is this going?

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