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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Unentropatized

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.

Same.

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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Free Will

One of the most debated philosophical thing is this. Free will means you have a say in what you do. I like this definition from UrbanDictionary :
the idea that you could have acted in a different way the idea, that alternative actions are possible for you, the idea that you did not have to do what you did, the idea that you have a choice about what you do, the idea that you are responsible for your actions.
When confronted by a woman’s cleavage, he could not help but look. At that moment he knew free will was a myth”. Will is free if seen on the surface but go back a little, a little deeper, you’ll find it’s not.

We are a product of all our earlier years of life. When we arrived in the world, the mind, the driving force of our world, was blank. We were taught stuff by our parents and teachers and everyone else. So the blank board of mind was filled in by everyone else. If you chose something at the age of five, it’s as a result of the things others put in your mind from the last four years. The mind is like those logic gates or a mathematical equation. For a particular input, that is, for a particular situation or environment, the output is always the same. It’s predetermined. It’s constant.

At a time if you’ve two choices, say, you can either eat an apple or an orange. You choose an apple because you mind knows that it’s good for your health and tasty because that’s the data people put in your mind. After all what’s taste and what’s health? Taste is subjective and health is anything that’s good for your body but, exactly what’s good for health when your body evolves based on the surroundings. It accepts and acclimatized. Maybe apple would’ve been poisonous if it wasn’t for our ancestors. Ok, now you see them both and go for an orange because you have free will. That’s because apple is your first choice and you want to prove to yourself or someone that you’ve free will and you choose orange but, look back, the wheels have already been set in motion. You’ve read somewhere about free will and there you’d lost your free will. At that time it’s decided your next choice would be the inverse of your usual choice. This seems like an arguement for arguement’s sake even to me. meh. I’m saying you don’t have free will because you existed in the last moment, ain’t I. You exist in this moment only because you existed in the last moment. You didn’t have any free will when you were born, atleast none you’ve knowledge of. Extrapolating from that, you don’t have free will. Suprise! Suprise!!

So at any time, whatever you like is something you know someone else likes. This conforms to Spinoza’s theory that the Earth and life is a continuum and we are simply instances of something big. We’re one.

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Mind’s Relations

In one of my previous posts I’d mentioned that if you catch your audience young they’re hooked to your products for life. That’s not required.

The emphasis on this log is to show how the mind works and I can’t think of any other practical application except in advertising. The human brain starts out as a blank sheet. It observes things through our senses – sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. It collects and places raw data. All these five data parts that’re sensed by our brain are put in a memory location like in a rack with five shelves. Now, when it finds something else that matches any one of these five “sense data”, it “relates”. The brain works thusly by relating and only by relating does the brain’s utility grow.

Now, let’s say you find someone beautiful. Every little child likes his mother and father the most since and only since they see them the most. In the mind, the most accessed data is prominent and stays at top. There’re two ways that you’d first started finding that person beautiful. You either saw any of those features from either your mom or dad or it’s the common liking, the whole crowd you hang out with likes him/her, it’s the popular opinion(more on this in the next log).

So, the practical application – add a little something that the person you’re targetting definitely likes. Yes, this is already being done. Your favorite celebrities coming up on ads for products or sponsoring them.

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Stretch Time

I was stuck in a routine for almost a month. I decided to take a walk outside, in this city I hardly know. I walked, walked, walked, without any disturbances, no messages, no music. At the end of it I had walked for an hour and a half but it literally felt like I’d walked for four days!

You must’ve felt this. When you walk down a path for the first time, watch a movie for the first time – it seems long. But when you do it a second time or third, then it seems that it doesn’t take as much time as you thought.

What happens here is your brain doesn’t know what to look for the first time. So your perception of time is in-fact the amount of information that you DO NOT reject. When you do it again a second time, now your brain knows what to look for. It selects important information and rejects most of the information your eyes and ears pick up.

So, in a sense, man’s sense of time is the newness of the information that his eyes and ears pick up. If you pick up more new information for which there isn’t a filter in your brain already then you’ve longer time; you have more time. When you repeat routine you’ve shorter time. That is the amount of “new” information you get actually lengthens your time.

The all-time famous quote of “I’m busy. I’ve no time.” also conforms to this theory. They’ve the same objective time as everyone else but their relative time’s shrunk because their brain does not have the means to elongate it i.e. it needs a “change of pace”, a “change of environment”.

So try new stuff out. You might even become immortal!

Here’s a poem (not sure if you could call it that) I wrote long ago on this:
http://ruckuswreakingrambling.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/turbulent-time/

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Phoney Detector and Analyzer.

Do you ever see someone or something for the first time and immediately hate it?

There’s an interesting concept proposed in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : it says something along the lines that we might not live in reality (my inference). Our perception might be so slow that what we are currently seeing might already have been done and over. Yes of course everything is simultaneous from where we see. But what if our brain compensates as it does in a lot of places and show us only those things we want to see. The book says the duration between when we sense things and when our brain interprets is called Quality.

Now, we’ve two modes in our brain. The auto-pilot (possibly, referred to as Quality before) that draws conclusions from the plethora of experiences we’ve had before. An example of this is fire is hot, should get away. Auto-pilot only works for the current instant as it has to process such a large amount of data. The next is logical decision making. This is usually concerned with the future. Here, we consciously weigh odds and decide. The brain’s inhibiton center (the part of the brain that decides how we behave when we’re outside or when we’re alone, social behavior and such) kicks in during this mode. At any given instant we’re functioning in both the modes. The first mode acts within a second of our perception and the second mode functions after that.

I’ve noticed that whenever I hate something like that it’s because they are “phoney”. They lack Quality and it’s detected even before I’ve actually established contact.

Your brain is the world’s most powerful computer, programmed by you? No no it was programmed by anyone but you. It was programmed by everyone around you but not you. Your autocomputer brain part doesn’t take your choices at all. It takes the choices that were made for you when you were young and the choices you made when you were young. It’s got a coupla years of catching up to do. This’s where mental trauma resides.

So finally am I saying go with your gut or put conscious thought into everything? No, these modes are not mutually-exclusive. Though, I’d suggest you put a scale on things and send it over to your autopilot brain that it has to act 80% of the time, maybe the message’d be recieved in two or three years. The autopilot brain is more fun!

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