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Archive: May, 2011
The human mind it seems, is a lot like a computer. Runs mini-procedures (how to cut a slice of toast, how to brush teeth), mid-level procedures (how to negotiate a salary increase, how to argue your point and win), high-level programs (strategic goal achievements over many months or year involving sometimes hundreds of thousands of procedures running in the foreground and background) and because we can’t possibly know the best of everything, these programs are full of ‘bugs’. The mind is so vulnerable to interference, whether it be from incompatible programs running simultaneously that don’t agree with each other (“3 minute rush to work” procedure crashes into “grab quick coffee” procedure spilling everywhere causing “belief in whole day being ruined” program to initialize…
We run into bugs trying to run out of date programs for our newer motherboards (after installing “64-bit spiritually awakening motherboard” but still try to run old procedures like “32-bit jealousy for old stupid reason” causing “I knew we would break up over this!” program to run).
Too loud music for too long or sleep deprivation can make everything run wonky. And we are affected by power surges as we become crabby on lack of food or our disks spin too fast when we’ve had a jumbo icecream or 3 shot espresso.
The past two years I’ve been observing (well its a bit funny to stay this as the mind cant fully observe itself) how the mind responds automatically to things with the procedures we have socially learnt and run all the time, and then questioning my automatic procedure responses. I noticed that there is a defect a lot of us seem to have with our reasoning when it comes to evaluating whether things are worthwhile. This works for many things, the medical loan we’re paying off, waking up every single day for 10 years HATING that we are going into work for THAT job, the bad relationship, the big dream project that never seems to come to fruition but has resulted in the back yard being littered with broken cars and broken dreams for 20 years and not being quite able to let the house go and move somewhere nicer.
Say for example, you are in a relationship, and it starts out great, but a year goes by and things start to go bad. Do you quit or do you stay? (more…)
Wow, what an unexpected day, travelling to El Salvador, through Nicaragua and Honduras. Not that it wasn’t planned, but the things that happened I’d have never anticipated. For example, the El Salvadorian brothel. I may have been on mushrooms the whole time it all seemed so strange. (more…)
What is going on???
Eight days ago I left freezing cold Pittsburgh city and flew, smack back to my love’s arms, whisked off to a treehouse paradise and the merciless heat of Nicaragua. 30C, 95F and 65% humidity. Now I’m back on the island of Ometepe just a couple of days ago. In two weeks we will hitchhike though Nicaragua and Honduras with a small bag each to El Salvador for a major surfing trip. That is really the only fixed plan I have in my life right now. I’m afraid of having more than one fixed plan at a time it seems. And I get nervous when I don’t have one too. This is how indecisive I am at the moment.
I feel sort of strange a lot of the time. The changes in temperature, altitude, surroundings, friends… the other night I jumped up in bed a few times shouting, “WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?!!!”. I don’t remember this except that I woke up a few times for a few nights now. Apparently I’ve said a lot of scary stuff in my sleep lately. Along with very bizarre dreams. (more…)
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