For life to sustain, several million things must happen in a particular order. But death can occur in any of the million ways. There lies the secret behind the apparent immortality of mortality. Death doesn’t have any special status in the greater scheme of things. We just need to jump too many hoops to avoid death. I believe that the Universe doesn’t care if we live. And that It doesn’t care if we die.
So was Howard Roark. And, very probably, Ayn Rand was a psychopath too. But they were all so called ‘high functioning’ psychopaths. In other words, they have a psychopath’s psychological make up, but they have used the traits constructively.
If you are, like me, don’t have an inheritance or a nest egg to see you through the rest of your life on this planet with your present level of creature comforts, it is a good idea to start a business. That is, if you haven’t started one already. If you run a business or planning to start one, this blog post will answer the all important ‘how to name it’ question.
In the last post, we saw SCARF model proposed by David Rock, identifying five strong human motivations (Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness & Fairness). The last post also discussed Status. In this post, we will discuss the Fairness, or morality.
The most important paradigm shift on morality is this:
Fairness and other morals are hard coded in our genes!
The conventional belief is that the moralities have been given to us by religions. But the more we understand how humans and other animals work, the more it becomes clear that
Religions have simply documented the moral values that we have inherited through our genes.
If you are a corporate type, I am sure they have already bored you to death with Abraham Maslow’s human need pyramid. Maslow proposed that human beings start addressing their needs from the bottom most layer. Typically, after the bottom layer is addressed, they move to the layer above. How-much-ever popular Maslow’s pyramid is, I can never figure out what self-actualization is!
Fortunately, there is a delightfully alternative human-drive model that works for me. Proposed by David Rock, the SCARF Model identifies five human needs that have huge impact on our decisions. And it is not as if one of them is more important than the other.
Killing negative, worrisome and stressful thoughts is simple. If you use a bit of neuroscience.
Two types of problem solving require two diametrically opposite mental states.
One of the best kept secrets of medical industry is that life extension techniques are here and now!
You might be among the first to defy death! Or, be among the last to celebrate life!!
I don’t invest much of time thinking about politics and governance. I think they would take several years to master them. I also think that because they are poorly documented, at least in India where I live, only a person in the middle of all this on a day to day basis can master them.
But today, I had an interesting insight into improving the quality of democracy in a meeting organized by a FaceBook group called Occum’s Saloon (since shut down).
Here are a bunch of questions about human sexuality that no one wants to ask. Probably because the answers frighten everyone!
Date: 2012 NOVEMBER 25 (SUNDAY)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: AT JAMMI MIND SPACE, CHENNAI (map)
Occum’s Saloon is a FaceBook group that discusses topics about de-cluttering our understanding of the world around us. For the first time, some of the members of the group are meeting in the brick-and-mortar world. The details of the even is available from this FaceBook Event Page.
Cost: Funded by the participants
Row 1: Ann Saravanan, Arunagiri Nallasivam, Balakrishnan Kasilingam, P. Elanthirumaran
Row 2: Narasimham Jammi, Kravmaga Sreeram, Raghunandan Rao, Saravanan Balakrishnan (me)
Row 3: Shobana Balachandran, Uma Raghavan, Veerappan
We are naturally inclined to associate only one idea with one person. This innocuous cognitive limitation called generalization is hugely responsible for decoloring people and societies.
Normal is made by mixing a little bit of each color. It results in a dull gray. Eccentrics, on the other hand, is all of few shades and none of the rest. Eccentrics are like a riot of colors.
4 out of 5 writers are known to have incidence of bipolar disorder in their family. 1 in 2 entrepreneurs are known to have ADHD spectrum disorder. People are known to get powerful religious visions after epileptic seizures.
What is going on here? Why haven’t these conditions go away from human gene pool, even though they usually are detrimental to the carrier’s ability to reproduce?
We can’t understand human beings without understanding human sexuality. Recently, I had a post that discussed the orgasmic potential in women. It was well received by people I happen to know in real life. Whereas, for the first time, I had people unsubscribing to the blog updates! I thought I should explain why I keep straying into human sexuality every now and then.
Whenever a belief or an attitude is shared by all (or most) of humanity, it must have offered us a significant survival advantage in our evolutionary past. After all, people without this belief/attitude were wiped off from the gene pool!
In an earlier post, I discussed about how our sense of spirituality is suspected to be an evolutionary by-product. Scientists working on evolution suspect that our compulsion to subscribe to concepts like God and Life-Purpose might have similar evolutionary origins.
OkCupid has a nice blog, where they keep publishing interesting pieces of researches, based on gargantuan sample size. Compared to their studies, the regular University researches look laughably puny and homogeneous.
These are some of my favorite findings:
I don’t know the significance any of the other information in this post either. At this point in time, all of them seem to be completely useless pieces of trivia.
We didn’t grow a large brain to help ourselves find better food, fend from predators or to change the very landscape of the planet, like we are doing today. We evolved a large brain hundreds of thousands of years before we did all that.
We often confuse the selfish motives of our genes with the motives an the animal. We shouldn’t. We are not our genes. We are not more. We are not less either. We are different.
IQ is not the ultimate predictor of success in life. Never the less, IQ research provides some fascinating insights.
For an agnostic like me, spirituality is the “anything related to my super-set“. Simple. It works regardless of whichever context I see that word coming up in.