That humans are uniquely intelligent is a long-held sentiment. Instead, in thinking themselves a superior species, people are uniquely stupid.
Learning a foreign language often involves enunciating phonemes not found in the native tongue. Mispronunciation is common, and the mind’s bias helps not a whit.
Curiosity is the wellspring of knowledge.
Many people are creatures of their minds. The mind seeks to feed off the energy of the soul that it has captivated. One way the mind does this is through thrills. Slot machines illustrate.
Memory is the mind’s personal library. Memories are sketches, not full portrayals of events. With so much to accumulate, the mind readily merges similar events over time, efficiently filing memories according to their structural characteristics.
Children attend to all that goes on. Range of attention naturally narrows into adulthood.
Cognitive flexibility is a hallmark of intelligence, as bilingual children illustrate.
Out-of-body experiences are modest excursions compared to remote viewing.
Experiences where sensation occurs distant from the body have been reported throughout history. For most, this experience is rare – often stemming from physical trauma, such as surgery. A few can conjure out-of-body experiences at will.
Facing uncertainty, the mind informs its owner that the odds are 50:50, even when it knows better.
People are terribly gullible. In being gregarious creatures, congenital trust is a social lubricant. Cynicism is not a social grace. But the reason for innate trust runs much deeper.
The mind is the ethereal organ that perceives. As Buddha commented, “the mind is everything.”
Consciousness is the facility for awareness: the ability to be aware and perceive. There are nominally 7 states of consciousness. In the waking state, there are 4 levels of consciousness.
Empathy is a psychological tool for discerning the mind-set or emotional cast of another person via inverted projection. Instead of engendering comity, empathy succors a surety of comprehension which fortifies opinion.
Enlightenment is where you want to be. Here’s how to get there.
Mental health apps are designed to help treat stress, anxiety, and depression. They work so well that almost everyone stops using them shortly after trying them out.
The mind is a pattern processor. The mental ability to discriminate is based upon contrast. As such, a reference pattern affords finer acuity.
The mind affects the body and vice versa. What is their interface? From antiquity, the mind-body problem has been the quintessential issue of natural philosophy and science, as it addresses the fundamental nature of existence.
18th-century Scottish social philosopher and political economist Adam Smith well stated that “the theory that can absorb the greatest number of facts is the one that must rule all observation.” That theory is energyism.
Remembrance is the root of mental illness.
Humans naturally lack the compassion of other animals and are more gullible. These ubiquitous inclinations go a long way in explaining our way of life, and why our self-extinction is assured.
Foremost, living well is the craft of managing the mind. That craft involves playing the right concepts wabi-sabi style: discarding whatever is not useful or beautiful.
Research has repeatedly shown that people are less mentally flexible than other animals. This owes to lazy minds.
As American president, Donald Trump has irrefutably had a detrimental effect on all fabrics influenced by him: economic, political, diplomatic, military, environmental, societal. Yet this pathological liar is still believed by a loyal following. This extreme example demonstrates a more pervasive point.
Life’s intellectual quest is for comprehension, which is a purchase of self-deception when bought; for understanding is always circumscribed within a context that may be functionally adequate but is also always piecemeal.