Concepts

The mind is a symbolic processor, incessantly shuffling concepts. All that we experience or know are nothing more than the play of concepts.

Heart & Mind

Close friends are held dear by empathy. Caring is the hallmark of emotional stature. Such emotional mush is an afterthought at best to a business owner. The cool analytics of profit enraptures a capitalist. Hence the regularity of public relations fiascos created by CEOs who display their love of lucre over the cares of employees or customers. This stark dichotomy between compassion and capitalism is seated within the brain.

On Purpose

Teleology posits that natural phenomena exist for a purpose; that is, nature has goals. Ancient Greek philosopher Plato (423 – 347 BCE) was a dyed-in-the-wool teleologist. But since the time of British natural philosopher Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626), empiricism supposedly trumped teleology in scientific circles. Scientific canon is that existential facts do not support purpose as intrinsic to the natural world. To that scientists agree, at least in concept. What they intuitively believe is something else.

Self-Reflection

Introspection is essential to mastering life. The quality of involvement in activity, and connections that come by interactions with others, cannot be assessed without careful self-reflection.

One-Up

The mirror mechanism is a part of intelligence systems; stimulated when an animal acts or observes another performing the same action. Many animals have mirror mechanisms, including birds and primates. The mechanism provides the basis for empathy, as well as driving status-seeking.

Going To The Dogs

It is an axiom of human psychology that choice of association both defines and describes a person. One’s choice of a pet says a lot about the person. The plethora of dog breeds provides a perfect opportunity to make a personal statement. Dog owners invariably do.

Men Under Stress

The “fight-or-flight” response to stress is well known. But human reaction to social stress has a somewhat different dynamic. Women have a “tend-and-befriend” response: an accommodating protective and friendly reaction. Men were long assumed to become aggressive under stress. But that tends to be a last resort, at least for those lacking anger issues. Instead, men also seek social support when stressed.

Enlightenment

Each of us in our own way struggle for enlightenment. The desire to understand is a step towards enlightenment, at least potentially. Alas, how little potential is realized by so many.