It is not difficult to work out the difference between emotions and feelings. You don't need a dictionary. It's disappointing that Mystic says he doesn't know the difference between them because I sent him the following quote just a few weeks ago: "Emotions are the animators of life. Feelings are the stories they tell."
If you're the kind of person that applies reasoning (calculating) to all of your purchases - perhaps you are frugal and try to get a good deal and not waste money - the trigger that makes your conscious mind apply this type of reasoning to your purchases is automatic and comes from the brain layer. You had no control over that trigger, and no free will was involved in calling it up and attempting to apply it.
The only definition the no 'I' people seem willing to accept for an 'I' is something that is special or supernatural. Anything that is supernatural, by definition, cannot exist within the (natural) universe, therefore no 'I' can exist. While the logic is sound, the premise it's dependant upon is not. It's a strawman argument when all is said and done.
It appears as if we have free will when the brain complies with a request without resistance. Requests from the mind are obliged by the brain with such regularity that most people assume the mind has direct control over our actions, and therefore they conclude that free will exists. The correct, and nuanced, answer to the question is that we have an indirect form of free will when the brain does not resist the mind - which can only happen when the brain is in a calm state.
People who understand consciousness know that free will is not a binary concept. The answer to the question of do we have free will cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. Those who confidently answer with a simple yes or no cannot be taken seriously.
Living in the modern world requires us to know a lot more than our ancestors; it also requires us to think a lot more. Today, people have more decisions to make each day than at any other time in human history. Not only do we have to make more decisions; the subjects are vastly more complicated and the consequences more significant.
There is a comment on Mystic's most recent video, that I feel surmises what I most notice about Mystic in his videos. Namely, that Mystic is struggling mentally with concepts that are beyond his current understanding. The long and short of the matter is that Mystic appears to be neither content nor happy.
The little town of POM is remote and difficult to reach. Few people travel through POM and even fewer stay for a visit or make it their permanent home. People often gather to hear stories of POM from the ones who claim to have been there in the hope of learning how to get to POM themselves.
Wild Wild Country is a new documentary series on Netflix that tells the story of the Rajneeshees - the followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh - and their attempt to establish a utopian city in the state of Oregon in the 1980s. It is by far the most interesting documentary I've watched in a long time - so much so that I binge-watched all six hours in a single sitting and then watched it for a second time over the course of a week.
When the conscious mind interprets an emotion, we called it a "feeling", but the interpretation itself is only a thought. The mind also attempts to rationalise why we "feel" the way we do based on our current circumstances. If the mind cannot think-up a reasonable explanation, we defer and call it a gut-feeling - an acknowledgement that what is happening is happening outside of the conscious mind.
Nobody is born with a sense of specialness or an ego. To accuse someone of being selfish or ego driven is to blame them for the unique circumstances of their lives and assumes that person's reasoning mind should be able to exert control of the reacting brain - which is impossible for all of us.
Only one of these cases is special (excuse the pun), because it is incontrovertible. Each human being has a unique biological DNA and unique life-experiences, that when combined, create the circumstances that make us "otherwise different". Even biological twins have unique life-experiences.
Generally, the body doesn't release conflicting/opposing hormones and neurotransmitters simultaneously. So, although these chemicals definitely drive one side of the reaction vs reasoning conflict, it's not feasible to claim they drive both sides. Therefore, the idea that both sides (the devil and the angel) come from the same source is misguided.
Here is a test if you believe that consciousness is a separate observer: do a math calculation in your head - one that you don't already know the answer - and just observe your mind doing the calculation without consciously taking part. You will instantly discover you can't do that. Your consciousness has to engage in the calculating process or no calculating takes place.
The brain is always busy and never switches off. It continuously reacts to inputs from the body. The wider brain cannot reason, so it passes some of these inputs along to a specific department of the brain - the conscious mind - for reasoning. All day, every day, the brain is knocking on mind's door and saying, "excuse me Mr Mind, can you apply reasoning to this input".
This past weekend, a circumstance arose that was a good test of my black-belt POM skills. I was the sole subject of an angry YouTube rant; which was sixteen minutes of somebody grossly misrepresenting me and telling me to f*%k-off among other insults.
As relationships go, you are a Special Advisor to The President. You can say 'no!' all day long, but the President is powerful and has the final say. Impulsive and lacking the ability to reason, The President will often take the advice of whoever/whatever creates the most potent emotional response.
When I'm not taking Modafinil, it feels like I'm pulling a heavy weight around with me and that everything I do requires more effort and energy; this applies to both mental and physical tasks. Everything I want to do feels like it's going to drain my batteries and just be a hassle I don't need. It's a resisting force that stops me getting things done or slows me down so that every task takes far longer than it should.
I need some help with my ADHD. As I wrote in my last post - I can't think my way around ADHD - energy, focus and willpower are things the automatic brain does. But, for a whole bunch of reasons, I don't want to be on prescription ADHD medication. After reviewing a lot of articles, blog posts, videos and podcasts, I decided to try Modafinil.
You just can't think your way to better energy, focus, willpower and emotional control because these aspects are firmly under the command of the brain - not the mind. Deficits in Brain Intelligence are not deficits in thinking - they're deficits in the functioning and composition of the brain.
If this is true, it means the mind exists to serve the brain, rather than the brain and body existing to serve our minds. Our minds serve the brain by performing reasoning tasks and returning the results to the brain, where it is processed just as with any other sensory information. The brain, not the mind, is ultimately in control of our actions.
I intend to address my diagnoses using an experimental protocol that I have designed. Medications are out; both prescription medications recommended by my psychiatrist and the nootropic substances favoured by the biohacking crowd.
I've not been lazy or undisciplined in the conventional sense - this ADHD character has been sabotaging me all along - and the cheeky little b**tard also let me take the blame for it. Now, I'm annoyed, really annoyed, annoyed enough to fight back.
The new year is always a good time to lay down a marker, put the past behind you, look to the possibilities ahead, and make a fresh start in life. Sure, you can do this any day of the year, but there's something extra significant about January 1st.
I don't want to manage my ADHD - I want to solve it as best I can through natural methods. I'm going to give myself six months to find a natural way to fix my ADHD (or at least dramatically reduce the symptoms), and if I can't, I'll then reconsider the medications.
Relief is, by far, the most significant emotion I've felt since my diagnoses. All my self-reflection and examination pointed to something different about the way my brain works, and I feel vindicated - I finally have confirmation that the way my brain processes information is not typical (neurotypical). What's more, I now know I'm not alone - there are millions of neurodiverse people out there in the world.
If you want to understand what has changed over the past 60 years, look at the advertising. It used to be that advertising told us about the utility value of a product or service (specifications, features etc.); today, it's all about lifestyle and how a product defines your identity and place in the social hierarchy.
The more people I speak to about ADHD, the more apparent it is that ignorance of ADHD is common. When I describe the symptoms - such as an inability to concentrate or get things done, distractibility, poor short-term memory, impulsivity, sleeping issues etc. - the typical response is "isn't that the same for everybody?"
Getting a diagnosis of ASD and ADHD means I don't have to accept all those labels and accusations people have placed on me. Those people are wrong. Those people don't know me. The guilt and regret I had about being different and underachieving were misplaced. I know myself much better than before the diagnoses.
Two weeks ago, I received an eighteen-page report from the psychiatrist who assessed me for autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Crutially, though, the psychiatrist didn't diagnose ADHD - which is understandable because the assessment was explicitly for ASD. So, last weekend, I went back for an ADHD assessment.
A friend and I went to the cinema last night to watch a documentary film called Tawai - A Voice From The Forest. It was a beautifully shot documentary and it triggered lots of interesting thoughts in my head. Unfortunately, I could barely sit still in my seat.
As an adult, I've only had one real desire: to achieve peace of mind (POM). I've had goals such as financial independence, to work for myself, to own a house without the obligation of paying a mortgage; but those goals were part of my quest to achieve POM.
The brain, 'I', consciousness and obtaining peace of mind (POM) has been the dominant subject at Only the POM. Going forward, I will expand the range of topics I cover to include minimalism, autism/Aspergers, ADHD, veganism, entrepreneurialism and whatever else takes my fancy.
Now that I've had a couple of weeks to learn about ADHD, I'm starting to understand how it affects me. The most significant realisation I've come to is that my long pursuit of POM has been a quest to alleviate my ASD and ADHD symptoms.
Last Monday, I was clinically diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The type of ASD I have is commonly called Asperger's Syndrome, and although I wasn't aware of it until recently, I've had it all my life.
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