March, 2011

Mar 11

Persisting in Delusion

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World

What delusions do you persist within?

Can’t come up with any? Are you just avoiding having to face an unsatisfying reality?

Here are some undeniable truths that may help you identify your own delusions:

  • You treat everyone you know differently.
  • You reach different conclusions based on what mood you are in.
  • You look for things that confirm your own preconceived notions.
  • You think that you can read people’s minds.

Try to think of concrete examples of how the above statements apply to how you think in everyday life.

As I have said before, you can become obsessed with questioning your reality.

You can let this way of thinking immobilize you.

Or you can let this way of thinking enlighten you. Everyone persists in delusion. You will never reach a fundamentally true understanding of reality.

But you know that these delusions exist. You know that you can identify them. You know that you can respond to them. And remove them.

You have rational thought. Apply it.

Mar 11

Quantifying Mindfulness Redux

I have been meditating for 5 minutes a day for the past 7 days.

I sit in a private location. My eyes are closed. I have a 5 minute countdown timer set on my phone.

I attempt to think about what I am experiencing through my senses.

After the 5 minutes are up, my timer goes off and write down what I thought about and how I am feeling after the meditation session.

The main purpose of these sessions has been to practice mindfulness. Nothing else. Keeping track of the thoughts that I had during the process is a completely peripheral goal.

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Mar 11

The Pomodoro Technique


It has been three weeks since I quit tracking everything I did.

At the end of that post, I mentioned that I would try out a few methods of tracking the hours that I work.

I did. And the one that has been working really well is called The Pomodoro Technique (copyright, trademark, etc.).

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Mar 11

Wonder, Wobbles and Water

water faucetHow about that for a title?

Mr. Salamander’s latest comment describes wonder in a way that is much more eloquent than my brief anecdotes about it.

And very serendipitously, I read his comment and not but a day afterwards I came across a excerpt from Richard Feynman’s “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman” that directly relates to what Salamander was talking about.

“I had nothing to do, so I start to figure out the motion of the rotating plate.”

He saw a plate wobbling in the air and decided that he wanted to figure out how that worked. He wanted to have fun by letting his interests take him where they wanted to go. Then he got a Nobel Prize for that work.

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