Apriori Cognition

Children do not have well developed cognition. For example, when someone hides their face behind their hands and does the peek-a-boo thing, they become all excited because they do not have a fully developed sense of a-priori cognition. A-priori cognition here is as Kant states it. We do not have innate knowledge but from a-posteriori knowledge, a-priori knowledge can be derived. That is, if we see a ball rolling down a particular path and it disappears from our eye-sight, we still have an idea of where the ball lies. Seeing the ball rolling away is a-posteriori cognition and knowing where the ball would be is a-priori cognition. As we grow older, our a-priori cognition gets strengthened. Although, most people, it seems put a stop to the development of their a-priori cognitive sense.

Let’s go back to my first example. As children, the peek-a-boo thing would amuse us, probably because we were fascinated with all the sudden appearances and disappearances. One shouldn’t expect the same thing to work on a grumpy teenager. S/he probably punch your face as you pop out from behind your palms, “peek-a-b…ouch”. The teenager knows that you haven’t disappeared and magically reappeared. The teenager knows you hid behind your filthy hands and revealed your displeasing face again.

Most human emotions are based on the absence of consistent a-priori knowledge. Fear, because we do not know how something would go down. Anger, because we feel inadequate, or unable to help a situation or simply an outburst of emotions that force us into action. Sadness, because we face a loss. These emotions can be overcome easily. Say, you’d have fear if you did not study for an exam but if you did study for it, it can be overcome. Otherwise, it can be overcome by playing out in your mind what would happen if you did fail the exam and what course of action you could pursue. By action or reasoning any emotion can be overcome.

Let’s see what emotions most humans overcome this way and which ones they do not overcome. Fear of the dark. This is a splendid example. Initially when we have a poor grasp on a-priori cognition, we are scared. We are caught unawares as to what creepy-crawlies, what predators may lurk in the dark waiting for us to switch off the lights, only to pounce on us and devour us despite our bloodcurdling screams. As time goes on, we gain a-posteriori knowledge that nothing is going to attack us and we gain a-priori cognition. We take a look at things before switching off the lights and know that the things exist the way they were even when the lights are switched off. We can navigate in the dark now and have overcome our fear, a base response from an untrained mind. Humans overcome a bunch of emotions this way.

What intrigues me is how they stop developing their a-priori cognition. They develop it to brave their fear of the dark, fear of heights, to deal with sadness and control their anger by gaining a-priori knowledge by the process of reasoning, but then they stop completely at a point. They do not go on to develop it beyond a certain point. For example, the death of a loved one. Everyone is going to die. Chances are you’ve already seen a person die or even a whole bunch of people you’ve known. Everyday in the news, we hear thousands have been killed off in one corner of the world or another, be it natural disasters or army invasions or civil wars. Hell, there’s even an obituary column to remind you daily that you are temporary. Still, I’m confounded by the fact, I’m totally stumped when I see people crying. They saw it coming, all their life but still they grasp at straws instead of seeing the light. For a less morbid example, take how teenagers react when they see their friends at the mall or the sidewalk. They go crazy! Like yeah, you live in the same city and what do all folk do except go to the mall or some other stupid place. They go haywire when they see their friends,  like they won the noble prize for running hundred meters under 7 seconds, underwater in a zero gravity field.

So, yep. Develop it.

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The War Games

War is stupid. There I said it. Army is made up of idiots or psychopaths. Honestly, think about it. Imagine if a scrawny gaunt person with thinning silver hair sits in his basement all day with an overhanging light in his dank basement thinking of how to kill people, you’d label him a psychopath and call the cops on the person immediately. However, when the government you elect pays people to do it in designated, centralized air-conditioned buildings with canteens and discount shops and give them medals and bestows honors, we applaud their effort, salute them and celebrate them.

War is like a sport with less rules. During war, the world is like a giant Roman Colloseum where people hack each other to their deaths. Each side trains their teams, they practice their stuff and plan out their attack strategy. It’s like a hardcore football game with weapons instead of balls. Like seriously, isn’t that sick? You can call it “defense training” or what not but basically it’s training to kill people. You train all day to kill people effectively and all those high ranking officers think about nothing but killing people. Sick.

Why can’t we just host a battle Olympics or something? Like the runners muscle it out in the field and throw short-put balls or swing javelins, the loser team relinquishes control of the territory or the resource or pays the winner on an annual agreement.

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Do I want to do this or that!

I just can’t figure out how, when I want something and even if there aren’t any physical barriers or when it’s not beyond my ability to do the thing, why am I still unable to do it. Writing or speaking to someone has often helped me organize my thoughts and come to the answer. Let’s see if I’m able to get to it now.

I’m not exactly sure how to write this as generally as possible. So I’ll just go with an everyday example. I want to talk to a person. I have all the skills I require. I can speak. Well, what else do I need? This is what I want in my mind. To speak to the person. For some reason however, there’s a contradiction of this want in my very own mind. How can there co-exist such a contradiction! But is it even that, when only one of those thoughts present in my mind wins. Is it a want, that I cannot fulfill? It’s not like I’m lying down a grassy field with the cold moonlight showering over me, a pleasant breeze caresses me and I reach out and try to hold the moon in the palm of my hand. No, this is very doable. But still what’s stopping me? The bizarre thing is that both these thoughts of action originate in the same brain. What leads me to want to do it and what is stopping me from doing it!

Something comes to mind. Earlier I just reached home and was cleaning up the place. I lifted a chair over the PC’s monitor to clean the corner and in my mind I’d already seen this happen, the chair’s legs tripping over the monitor. I knew a couple of milliseconds ahead that it was going to happen today. Though theoretically I knew it was going to happen, I practically was incapable of stopping it. I had not even theoretically devised my course of action in case that it should really happen as I feared. Is this it? Oh yes, I believe this could be it. There’s bridging required I suppose, between one’s theoretical mind and one’s practical mind.

Even considering the above situation, I can come to the same conclusion. People can only do what they’ve been doing for a while and it comes to them easily. Anything else that’s been put away for a while becomes really really hard. Without the first step, everything is hard. I have practically not spoken to many people, honestly. I hardly speak. But why do I feel the need to do it in the first place! Again there’s a conflict of ideas here. We are born as blank slates and ideas are fed into us from a very early age. We do not get to pick which ideas would direct our life in which direction. We just absorb them initially, all of it. I believe it’s this that’s causing the confusion and muddle up in my head. The second part, which does not want to allow the action of talking to happen is the newer part of the brain, which I’ve populated with ideas that have come to me after logical reasoning. However there’s a legacy part of the brain upon which everything is built. If this were to collapse, the entire structure of it would collapse because everything in the mind is just bits and pieces linked together on a little delicate base. Every thought, idea, emotion piled up like little boxes. Over the years, I suppose the old boxes could be overpowered by the new ones, but they still exist as a nagging eerie voice inside our hollow heads.

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Objective View of Things

Having an objective view of something means to see the truth as it is, without being clouded by prejudices and emotional fallacies. But truly, can a person live while having objective views? To be objective might mean to not change anything, to be of no consequence. Only then can you see and think in terms of absolute truth. Otherwise, always there would be some kind of prejudice layered on your thoughts because we would be forced to think in terms of the outcomes and results and our past feelings and limited experiences.

Let us consider you are a single person. You are in no immediate contact with anyone else and of no consequence to anyone else. Then your view is the absolute in regards to a particular object. The object exists because you acknowledge its existence. Now your view is objective. Your subjective view becomes objective here since it’s the absolute. There are no other views available. Now if you have someone to whom you are of consequence and someone who is of consequence to you, your view might remain the same but now there’s an additional view to which you are empathetic. Now, there are two subjective views.  Through empathy both of you can decide upon a view as the absolute and both of you can enter the objective state of view. Now, there were two subjective views that let’s say, differed. One of them had to be let go to reach a state of objectivity. One person had to let go or the person saw the truth and had to alter their previous state of principles and beliefs since the person saw that the truth was different from what the person had initially believed. There had to be a compensation in one wing or the other to reach the compromised truth. This is the common truth. The truth is, when multiple parties are involved, the result reached, the belief held that spreads across most of the common denominating factor.

In our existence we run across a vast number of people, each with a subjective view of their own. It is impossible to live objectively or have a view that’s devoid of the subjective for a human being because if a human were to live entirely objective that would be akin to not existing hence, impossible. Truth is simply a conglomeration of different subjective views, where one or the other had to let go of their subjective view to reach a common ground, also know as the objective view, the truth. For two sects that hold different views, the truth might be entirely different, but each would hold their ground and have a strong base to say that this is indeed the truth, showcasing their beliefs because of the number of people that acknowledge it. Hence for a person living a disrupted life, devoid of contact nothing is the truth and everything is the truth. The views the singular person holds could be the absolute, but this isn’t ideal as such a living structure is hard to reach from the current structure which we are thrown into upon birth and, in which most continue to live in for their entire lives being blithely unaware nor having  a single thought on why things are the way they are. Also, since it’s a single person’s view, the absolute here is easy to change because the number acknowledging the said truth is minimal or one. This throwness, as Heidegger puts it, where we are thrown into a world and into circumstances that we have no control over makes it impossible for us to conceive new world views, since our perception and our thought process has been considerable narrowed to fit with the current proceedings.

To be entirely liberated and have the widest and have the most open of views is impossible because of the data we inherit. The first thing we see, hear or feel will ingrain itself into our brains and the emotions associated with it would change our perception of every single thing we see afterward. We think in terms of things we have learnt before, anything and everything. Learning or feeling a single thing can permanently alter our being and our perception. The most we can do is to explain and associate our feelings with the metaphysical world and control them.

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Gyms Workout Our Brains

I was faced with a predicament. My job needed me to come in early but my sleep cycles had gone beyond me control. Some days I was going to sleep after the birds started chirping and a few other I pushed further and had my breakfast before getting some much needed sleep. My job needed me to come in early though and it wasn’t going to accept excuses. I told them I need time to adjust and was wondering what I could relate to, to make them understand. The first thing that popped up was If I asked you to drop down and give me thirty push-ups now, would you be able to do it?

I knew the response to this would be that while one is a physically demanding activity, the other is more of a mental activity. I needed to tackle this. I needn’t employ the dialectical to do that because when I thought about it there seemed to be a scientific thing behind this; more of a behavioral thing actually.

We’ve heard of stories where scared mothers do things, stories in which they experienced an adrenaline rush as their kid got trapped under a car or got attacked by a bear and these ordinary moms lifted 2 tons of steel and fought off bears. These may or may not be true but let us consider them to be true and move on. I’ll set things in order in a while.

Remember when you hit the gym and were hardly able to lift 15 pounds? Then as you spent more time you were hitting wild reps of 50 pounds and more and more. Did you body actually get stronger here or was it just your mind removing the safety barrier? The brain meticulously sets up a safety limit and when you go beyond this, you get hurt, that is your neurons send pain signals. Consider boxing or the method used to strengthen your knuckles. Initially even a tiny punch will hurt but as you keep punching, your pain sensors dull down and you can punch with more force. Did you get stronger or did your brain remove the barrier that was preventing you from putting out more power, more force? Going by this logic, it wouldn’t  be surprising if people could lift cars when their mind temporarily shuts off, puts its priorities in an upheaval and unlocks everything.

I’ve already elaborated a bit on how every like or dislike is, how used to something we are, in some posts in my blog. So how about the view point that our brains are coded in such a way that we are cautious about every little thing and only when we do something over and over again, and incorporate it into our routine, only then does our brain sign it off as safe and gives it access to more power. Similarly, I can’t just wake up early if I wanted to. I have to condition my brain first.

Marraige Longevity

In todays issue, why marriages last longer in some cultures while in others they don’t!

It’s pretty simple actually. I live in India. Here people have to wait for 20~25 years to get laid.. I mean married. It is the most powerful driving force. And when people have been kept away from it for their whole life and are comfortably awarded with it by the society at their own disposal, they would not want to do anything to fuck it up and lose it. That’s why married people are more responsible, clutching at the only socially approved means for them to perform what every animal has to do and has done for the past million of years.

In western cultures, you can fuck around earlier. So the value of the product diminishes. Hence, when you marry you need not feel the need to put in effort to protect it; you could always get it from somewhere else if required. It’s a pretty fluid commodity.

Arranged marriages do not last longer. Those are falsehoods, misinterpretations.

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You’d know a bit of what entropy is if you’ve read my previous posts,or if you’d paid attention in your physics classes. I’m about to equate it to something else. I’m turning it into a human quality.

Unentopatized human beings are those beings that have minimum entropy and are really random. They break out of the crowd and do things that are different.

Everyone is unentropatized in the beginning. I don’t mean in the murdering, animalistic way, but just the non-conformity thing. Then as we go on living we gain entropy, it sort of maxes out, we lose all the randomness and we start following the crowd. Now when this happens and every human being gains the most entropy and evens out, that is the end of our species. There can be no apparent development after that.

These entropatized beings, these jagged rocks and edges that stick out of our history are what cause the evolution of the race to happen. So, do not gain entropy, be unentropatized! Gaining entropy is easy, that is what comes to us naturally. The sun’s gaining it, the stars are gaining it, hell every object is gaining it. Going against the flow is what’s hard but keep pushing and you’ll reach a point where you never gain it.

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The Balancing Law of Positives and Negatives

I have been wanting to write this for a while. Every little thing in the world has a balance. If something pushes you right, say the wind pushes you right, you push left with appropriate force to keep the balance. This balance can be found in every thing. This post is mostly going to talk about the impact of this positive and negative balance in our emotions and on contexts in such level, not on a base physical level, but to form a bigger picture of it.

Okay, now everyone has positive emotions and negative ones (no matter how you term whatever emotion you have, let’s just say you like some, you don’t like some). Now, the thing is, it’s really simple – can there be light without dark?  No. If there is no scale for comparison, you can’t differentiate between the two. Here’s a poem I wrote to that effect. Anyway, coming back to our topic – similarly there cannot be happiness without the presence of sadness! You drink you get a hangover, you eat too much sweets, you get diabetes, you run, you get tired, but each one of these things gives you a reward for you doing that thing  you do not want to do (get hungover, run, get diabetes)

If you lock yourself out of sadness by forming a shield, you protect yourself from it by all possible means, then there can possibly be no happiness. This applies to a lot of things. It’s not that the more prone you are to sadness, the more potential for happiness you foster. No, it’s not that at all! But if you want happiness, you have to also be open to sadness. The emotions can either flow both ways or stay at the center where you don’t feel anything and sit coolly.

Now, let’s go a little more into this, into a spiritual (bullshit) level. I’ve experienced that storing up my desires, maybe not pursuing them or not acknowledging them has worked to my advantage (or has it?). As everyone does, I too have many desires, but I actively pursue about five percent of so of them. Likewise, when I really want something and I pursue it, I get it most of the time! Almost all the time, I get something for which I put in some real effort. Only some real effort is required on my part. Is this as a result of me storing up my deservance?

What I have also found is one can channel such emotions and happiness itself. One can consciously determine (through a little bit of training) which sources provide happiness. Most people find happiness by hanging out with friends and partying and performing such social activities, but for me, it has been channeled into the admiration of the arts. When I look at a good piece of writing or a good drawing or a good dance, happy tears well up in my eyes, It is intense because of all the stored up emotions. I guess it’s like semen or something. Spiritual semen!

There’s also a little thing more that I want to write though it might deserve a separate post altogether, I won’t. We appreciate some emotions and discard some, as if they shouldn’t exist. I’ve come to the point where I’m almost stranded in a small floating boat, in the calmest of the calmest seas, no wind, no tide, the sky is a thick blue like someone poured out ink on a bloating paper. It’s calm, there’s no difference, everyday I see the same thing, nothing. I get happy nowadays that I can feel sadness, when there are rough winds, I feel happy, the birds chirp for me and the climate is warm and friendly. Maybe I’m nearing the Zen state or something… You, discriminate against emotions much?

EDIT: I found this gem.

Premise of Emotions

Premise of Emotions

I had lots more to write, it was a grand theory, but it seems, unfortunately, I had forgotten most of it. Anyway this is it! You can’t have one without the other, Two sides of the same coin, two edges of the same blade, and such might apply.

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A Little Extra Motivation

When left alone, you contemplate certain things that no one should have the misfortune of doing. Especially, if you do not have deep-rooted beliefs of any sort. The inception of the planets, life forms and purpose.

There is no God, no heaven, no hell. There is no one waiting on the other side, not your father or grandfather, or your best friend or husband. There are no epic battles going on. No Zeus with thunders in the background or Poseidon, to sink your ships. Once you are dead your are gone, that’s all. Imagine. You wouldn’t have to actually because you won’t feel a thing. It really is nothing.

Wonder why and how our planet has evolved this way, this particular way, so that life was and is possible. What are we to do with it?

In the movie, The Art of Getting By, there’s this awesome line

Death doesn’t scare me, no. It’s life that scares me.


Do you know what entropy is? Please read. It’s the reason everything is as it is. Even humans have entropy. Immense amounts actually. Entropy is the state of chaos. In physical terms, it is randomness, that makes action and movement inevitable. Consider a ball at the top of a slope. This might be considered as minimum entropy. When it drops to a level surface and stops rolling, it’s at thermodynamic equilibrium(this is actually kinetic energy, but just imagine something like that. And electrons don’t actually spin). Entropy, once it hits the maximum cannot be reversed. Universal entropy, that is. When the galaxies have expanded far enough, when the stars have burnt long enough, when the electrons have spun fast enough, there’ll be nothing left then. Energy can only be transferred when there is a place with higher quality than others.

So that’s that. If nothing fortunate happens, that’s how the world will go out. Like a candle that burns out slowly. Not with a boom, not with an explosion, but with a silent fizz.

So, now here we are. Insignificant specks. Compared to the length of the time line of evolution that has made our lives possible, *snap* that’s how long we are going to exist on this wretched piece of spinning rock. And we take everything to our head! As Insignificant as we are and as small, whatever we do, it don’t matter. So, go out and do those things you have always wanted to do!

There’s no purpose but the one you make for yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do. As a rule, everyone is seeking maximum entropy, unwittingly. Everyone wants the other to be similar to them, having similar likings and taste, do things they do and appreciate and in their way. Yeah, people will deny this vehemently, but it is a fact. Don’t give a flying fuck and do what you want.

Remeber there’s nothing but emptiness on the other side. So we might want to extend our stay on the conscious side a little bit. Don’t go too YOLO and you are going to be fine. The only regret you will have is the one before you die. Not on the escalator to heaven. So live life. Eh?

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First Impression Best

A short web log. Why is first impression the best impression?

The human mind is a complex thing, but it’s simple. It just puts everything it could relate in a basket or builds a tower with it. So, you meet a person for the very first time. The tower building starts. The very first things you observe forms the basement of the tower. But, once you get to know the person better the tower switches to a horizontal mode and any new part can be added anywhere and any can be removed.

Initially, however, it’s a tower and upon the first impression the whole tower is built. So, make a good one that conforms to something that the person already has in the mind.

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